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Nicotine And The Weirdness Of Harm – New Article by Clive Bates

By 11 Aug 2022No Comments

“What if nicotine use is no longer all that harmful? What if the real problem was always the inhalation of toxic smoke while trying to consume nicotine for its benefits?”

Clive Bates, THR advocate and Director of Counterfactual Consulting, writes a new article on how we need a “complete rethink of nicotine as a legal and recreational drug.”

Clive discusses the value and benefits of nicotine; from people who are living difficult and stressful lives to those who enjoy the stimulating and calmful effects of the drug, and asks the question: what if nicotine use is no longer all that harmful? Is nicotine now at levels where there is an acceptably low risk to the consumer? 

Clive also discusses why he thinks there is so much opposition to nicotine, which he calls ‘the weirdness of harm’ . Should nicotine be treated in the same way as other psychoactive and relatively low risk drugs such as caffeine and alcohol? Read the article here to find out more

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