Think different, think big: Final solution to nicotine challenge
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Doctors Against Tobacco Sweden, Sweden
Publication date: 2023-10-08
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David Chalom   

Doctors Against Tobacco Sweden, Sweden
Tob. Prev. Cessation 2023;9(Supplement 2):A65
The tobacco industry continuously launches new nicotine delivery methods. These products are marketed with hundreds of tastes and attractive packaging, leading children to believe are safe to consume but contain strongly addictive nicotine increasing young nicotine addiction alarmingly. Nicotine, a psychotropic substance and highly addictive drug is detrimental to health and fulfills WHO’s criteria for being classified as a narcotic drug. It should be because: -Research shows harmful effects on fetuses, teenage brain, cardiovascular system, -Nicotine affects blood vessels causing tissues to degenerate faster, -Nicotine addiction drives cigarette use. One billion people smoke worldwide causing six million deaths/year, -New nicotine products create addiction at much higher extent. The industry’s looking for ways to introduce into more countries, and -Nicotine opens for other addictive drugs’ abuse.

Solve the nicotine challenge in order to eliminate its threat to the health of coming generations.

Material and Methods:
Focusing on eliminating the source of the problem, investigate how to best solving it: by studying the process for the classification of narcotic drugs and their control.

Based on set criteria, the WHO’s Expert Committee on Drug Dependence assesses narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances, and may then advise the UN’s Commission on Narcotic Drugs to schedule them for international control. This process is initiated by: -Notification to the Secretary General of the UN from a country/party to the UN conventions on narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances, or by -Information brought to WHO’s attention that a substance is a serious threat to public health. 

The tobacco prevention community can help policymakers/governments focus on the heart of the problem in order to finally solve the tobacco/nicotine challenge and notify the UN’s Secretary General or the WHO on the necessity of assessing nicotine to protect our children.

The author has no conflict of interest to disclose.
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