The Nicotine Worms

There has been a video circulating that looks like something Kenny Everett would have made as a parody of antismoking – or rather Antivaping, which is actually Antismoking, The Next Degeneration. It’s really, really bad. It’s like those old SF/horror B movies that were so bad they gained cult followings for being hilariously bad.

I have saved this still from the video because it has so much comic potential

They claim that vape pods are littering the whole planet, leaching out heavy metals (plus nicotiiiiiiine!) and getting worms addicted to both. So we can expect to see worms on street corners passing round illicit tobacco while bopping to Iron Maiden. I can see story potential in that image. I’ll consider an antismoking/antivaping parody short story collection if there are enough ideas out there and really, how can you be short of ideas now? There are more ideas than there are clowns in a car.

Do people randomly discard vape pods? I’ve never seen one on the ground and yes, I do enter civilisation (reluctantly) on occasion. I see cigarette butts but those biodegrade, despite the lunatic idea that they are immortal. You see them every day because there are new ones every day and that’s because smokers are forced outside. If they were immortal we’d be wading through them by now.

But vape pods? I bought one of those Juul things to try out. It’s okay but the EU have limited the nicotine in them to Consulate or More levels. So it won’t work. The best alternative I have tried is still the HNB IQOS device but you can’t use that when driving and it can be a bit of a pain when it runs out of charge. Oh I still use it, mainly when I run out and can’t be bothered tubing up some more ciggies, and it’s still pretty good, but it hasn’t taken me off the real thing so far.

Most vapers, certainly in the UK, use refillable tanks. They will only be discarding little plastic bottles and those will mostly be discarded at home, into the recycling (I do love to put empty Viking and Skjold packs, Danish cigarettes, into recycling in the hope it’ll scare the shit out of a dumb drone in the recycling plant).

No, I don’t care if they think they will get The Lumps from seeing the packs and subsequently shit themselves in a panic attack. Anyone stupid enough to believe the antismoking/antivaping nonsense deserves all they get. I am sick of trying to tell them the truth. No more. Die if you want to. Live in terror of a mythical monster if you want to. I don’t care any more.

Like the old saying goes, ‘First they came for the smokers, and I’m a smoker, and nobody (not even pubs) spoke out for me so don’t expect me to give a shit when they come for you.’

The same is true of the Church of Climatology. You want to believe that rubbish? Go ahead, believe it. Don’t make any preparations for the Grand Solar Minimum that has already started and boy, you think you have ten years? You don’t have five. You’re demanding action in the wrong direction and it’s already too late for you to change. Tough titties. I’m getting ready for the right thing and I am no longer interested in saving the world.

Truth be told, I never was. I was only ever interested in saving friends and family and me of course. I did try to warn the rest of them but they came back with sneers and insults until I thought ‘Why am I trying to help these morons?’ Oh I’ll still drop them a hint now and then but there’s no point getting too close to them. They’ll all be dead soon.

Nicotine is not addictive. Nicotine causes no harm at all. Nicotine, or rather the oxidised form, enhances brain function. These things are real. Science, what’s left of real science, has already proven them. Nicotine from burning or heated tobacco, or heated on a coil in a vapouriser, works this way. Nicotine absorbed through the skin does not. Patches and gum miss the point – if they were loaded with oxidised nicotine they might work but nobody is listening.

And I’m no longer telling them.

Nicotine delays or maybe even prevents dementia and Alzheimer’s. Antismokers seem to be largely already suffering these things.

Nicotine is not a bad thing. I will accept that smoking real burning leaf can lead to bad things but nicotine is not the cause of those bad things. Nicotine only became a ‘bad thing’ when vaping fired up. If nicotine kills, every doctor who has prescribed patches and gum is guilty of attempted murder. Take a moment to savour the idea of those trials. Imagine antismoking/antivaping trying to wheedle their way out of it now. I wish I could afford a lawyer for this.

Oh that oxidised form? It’s called niacin. Look up the history of pellagra to find out why it’s added to so many foods, and where it came from. Or search for comments by Rose in the history of this and other smoker blogs. Or, if you prefer, avoid all foods containing niacin (nicotinic acid) and die happy and in horrible agony. The game is yours. Make your choice. I really don’t care any more.

I have retired from science and from researching it. I still do rare consultancies when they show up but I do not work for tobacco companies because my specialisation means they have never asked me to. I will not work for antismoking research, and they are unlikely to ask.

As for vapers, most of them are good guys. Still they have a vocal born-again-nonsmoker group that means I will not support them. You support the fight against antismokers as well as antivapers or you will lose.They are the same enemy and they have been very clever in splitting us. You rail against antivapers and also against smokers? Half of your effort is directed at your own side.

If you will not see that, then…

First they came for the smokers. I was a smoker and they came for me first and nobody spoke out for me.

Then they came for the vapers. They added to the hate that was already on my shoulders so I will not speak out for them.

The game is on. Your move, vapers.

7 thoughts on “The Nicotine Worms

    • The only thing I’ve persisted with is the IQOS, and that’s not perfect. It’s far too heavy to use while driving or while doing something else, it occupies one hand fully while in use.

      It’s the nearest to the real thing I’ve tried though.

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  1. The more vocal and better-educated vapers on Quora are with us in our fight against the Antismokers and I’ve seen some of them jump on occasional Antismokers with even spikier heels than *I* usually wear! (‘n’ I gots EXTRA sharp spikes on mine!)

    When you mentioned wormy vape vids I thought you were referencing this one:

    which I and several others have written about over on Quora at:

    https://www.quora.com/Are-these-ads-showing-wormy-vaping-monsters-squirming-under-the-flesh-of-young-teenagers-faces-a-good-thing-or-a-bad-thing-and-why-do-you-feel-that-way

    Leggy, your TruthInitiative vid has to win the prize for sheer jaw-dropping crazy, but I think the “What’s In A Vape” takes the cake for disgusting.

    – MJM, who wonders how many teens who’ve tried vaping once, or were simply NEAR a vaper at some point have gone on to commit suicide because they believe they now have vape-worms germinating in their bodies.

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  2. Leggy, a summing up of my research.

    Nicotinic Acid
    Niacin, Pellagra-Preventive (P.P.) factor

    “Pellagra has been recognized as a disease since the eighteenth century in Italy. In 1912 Funk postulated a pellagra preventive vitamin. In 1926 pellagra was induced in volunteers by a deficient diet and both these volunteers and patients were cured with yeast The isolation of nicotinic acid was accomplished in 1912 from yeast and its identity with the P.P. factor established in 1937.”
    https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-94-011-9797-7_12

    “The conquest of pellagra is commonly associated with one name: Joseph Goldberger of the US Public Health Service, who in 1914 went south, concluded within 4 months that the cause was inadequate diet, spent the rest of his life researching the disease, and found that brewer’s yeast could prevent and treat it at nominal cost.”
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4530670/

    “Conrad Arnold Elvehjem was internationally known as an American biochemist in nutrition. In 1937 he identified a molecule found in fresh meat and yeast as a new vitamin, nicotinic acid , now called niacin. His discovery led directly to the cure of human pellagra, once a major health problem in the United States.”

    “Pellagra defines systemic disease as resulting from a marked cellular deficiency of niacin. It is characterized by 4 “D’s”: diarrhea, dermatitis, dementia, and death.”

    Medicine: Pellagra Cure
    Monday, Aug. 22, 1938

    “Over 1,000,000 families in the rural South eat nothing but salt pork, corn meal and molasses. Their members are frequent victims of that painful deficiency disease, pellagra, with its attendant diarrhea, dementia, dermatitis. Physicians have known for nearly 25 years that small amounts of green vegetables and milk will forestall the disease. But still pellagra continues. In its advanced stages it has been considered incurable, since the patients are unable to ingest the necessary kinds of food.Last week the Journal of the American Medical Association printed two articles on pellagra showing the startlingly beneficial results of a new treatment.Nicotinic acid,”
    http://content.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,788409,00.html

    “Nicotine is produced in the roots of tobacco by the linking of compounds derived from nicotinic acid and putrescine. Nicotine is one of many nicotinic alkaloids in tobacco but is the most prevalent, making up 85-95% of the total of nicotinic alkaloids in typical commercial tobacco.”
    http://www.xxiicentury.com/technology/

    The Structure and Estimation of Natural Products Functionally Related to Nicotinic Acid.
    C. A. Elvehjem and L. J. Teply
    1943

    I. HISTORICAL
    “The first chemical production of nicotinic acid is credited to Huber. In 1867 he obtained from nicotine, by oxidation with sulfuric acid and potassium dichromate”
    http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/cr60106a001?journalCode=chreay

    P. Lorillard Company
    Tobacco-Cigarettes-Cigars
    Middletown Branch
    OHIO

    Nicotinic acid – 1941 (p.2)

    “You will recall that in our letter of March 11th we doubted that vitamins could be absorbed from tobacco smoke by the throat and lung tissues. However, we have now found that nicotinic acid is dissolved in the saliva of the smoker when smoking ordinary cigarettes, and even in greater amounts when smoking cigarettes made from the enriched tobacco. Thus, the vitamin does not have to be absorbed thru the lungs, but will be swallowed in the approved manner. These conclusions are based on actual analysis of saliva, collected from a smoker while smoking.
    In other words, we analyzed the saliva, which would have otherwise been swallowed. No Nicotinic Acid occurred in the smoker’s saliva before smoking. We feel that we have made this report sufficiently long to cover the discoveries, which we regard as quite remarkable”
    https://www.industrydocumentslibrary.ucsf.edu/docs/#id=gywc0066

    LAB OF INDUSTRIAL HYGIENE,VITAMIN TESTING NEW YORK
    1944

    THE ABSORPTION OF NIACIN IN THE SMOKING OF CIGARETTES
    “The niacin content of unfortified tobacco was found to be 0.13mg. niacin over three fourths of the cigarette.”

    This is a confidential report whichy may be used when requested by physicians and health officials, but is not to be used in any form of advertising.
    https://www.industrydocumentslibrary.ucsf.edu/docs/#id=kmjc0115

    LORILLARD RESEARCH ON NICOTINIC ACID – Conrad Elvehejm
    “Parmele informed Mr Riefner that work on nicotinic acid could be confirmed free of charge by Dr Elvehjem at the University of Wisconsin.
    Dr Elvehjem analyzed samples prepared by Parmele by the microbiological assay method of Snell and Wright. The mirobiological method was more specific than the chemical method employed by Parmele.
    Lower levels of nicotinic acid were found, but Parmele’s essential findings were confirmed”
    https://www.industrydocumentslibrary.ucsf.edu/tobacco/docs/#id=fjhf0191

    What’s smoke for the goose …
    December 16, 2013
    https://underdogsbiteupwards.wordpress.com/2013/12/16/whats-smoke-for-the-goose/

    Nicotine vs. nicotinic acid (niacin).
    December 17, 2013
    https://underdogsbiteupwards.wordpress.com/2013/12/17/nicotine-vs-nicotinic-acid-niacin/

    Niacin
    “pellagra-preventing vitamin in enriched bread,” 1942, coined from ni(cotinic) ac(id) + -in, chemical suffix; suggested by the American Medical Association as a more commercially viable name than nicotinic acid.
    “The new name was found to be necessary because some anti-tobacco groups warned against enriched bread because it would foster the cigarette habit.” [“Cooperative Consumer,” Feb. 28, 1942]
    http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/niacin

    Ministry
    International Journal for Pastors

    Nicotinic Acid vs. Nicotine
    1942

    “Some have apparently gained misleading impressions from recent press reports to the effect that nicotinic acid is now to be derived from the tobacco plant. Information at hand indicates that individuals have con­cluded from these reports that nicotinic acid is of the nature of nicotine, and therefore undesirable as a product in the “enriched” flour program that has recently been launched —a program that deserves hearty endorsement.

    Nicotinic acid is the term given to one of the dietary essentials for complete nutrition. This factor is quite widely distributed in na­ture in various plants and foods, as milk, eggs, wheat germ, and green vegetables, and is also derived from brewers’ yeast. It is produced synthetically for commercial use. Nicotinic acid does not in all- respects conform to the nature of a vitamin (it partakes of the nature of a coenzyme) ; yet because of the close relationship which lack of nicotinic acid bears to dietary-deficiency disease, particularly pellagra, it is classed with the vitamins.

    The name “nicotinic acid” was attached to this factor because of the fact that it was first isolated during the chemical study of the tobacco plant. However, one is not to be misled by this association, for there is no relationship, as relates to effects and actions in the body, between nicotine and nicotinic acid. In fact, authorities in the field of chemistry and nutrition are proposing that the name “nicotinic acid” be changed

    Nicotinic acid is found rather bountifully in the wheat germ. Flour made from the entire wheat kernel needs no enrichment, of course, but since it is not possible to commercially supply the general population with such entire-grain flour, the enrichment program is a laudable step taken to overcome the ill results of the extensive use of white flour.

    Nicotinic acid is present in the wheat kernel; else why would it be added to white flour to more nearly restore all the properties of the original grain ? Had some other common name been given to this important antipellagra factor, as indeed will no doubt be done soon, no objection would have been made to this chem­ical substance, which is one of the links of the dietary chain needed for optimal growth and buoyant health. Any implication or indication that flour enriched by the addition of nicotinic acid contains nicotine, or is undesirable be­cause of that addition, we regard as very unfortunate, misleading, and wholly contrary to established scientific evidence.”
    https://www.ministrymagazine.org/archive/1942/01/nicotinic-acid-vs.-nicotine

    The name Nicotinic Acid is changed –

    The Journal of the American Medical Association
    March 1942

    NIACIN AND NICOTINIC ACID

    “A poor name is a handicap to the promotion of a meritorious product. The name “nicotinic acid” for the vitamin so important in the prevention of pellagra has been doubly unfortunate. To the general public the word “nicotinic” implies too strongly the relationship of this vitamin to nicotine, the chief alkaloid of tobacco often used as an insecticide. The term “acid” denotes a corrosive substance such as the liquid used in automobile storage batteries. The vitamin called “nicotinic acid” was first produced in the laboratory in 1867 by the oxidation of nicotine with potassium chromate and sulfuric acid. Later the compound was named nicotinic acid because it had been made from nicotine and it had the ability to form salts. As a laboratory curiosity, which it remained for over seventy years, nicotinic acid was adequately named.
    From the point of view of those interested in furthering the distribution of foods enriched with this dietary essential the name has proved unsuitable.”

    “Following the announcement of proposed regulations for enriched bread by the Food and Drug Administration, a well known trade publication announced the event with the heading “Tobacco in your Bread”
    http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=254218

    The JAMA article goes on to point out that the nicotinic acid going to be added is being made from a much cheaper derivative of coal tar as it is today.

    “Commercially, niacin is obtained from beta -picoline or from quinoline, which are both obtainable from coal tar.”
    http: //www.chemicalland21.com/lifescience/foco/NIACIN.htm

    Effectiveness of food fortification in the United States: the case of pellagra
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1446222/pdf/10800421.pdf

    And yet in Jamaica in 2014

    “As proof, my grandmother was born on the 27th of August, 1898 and died on the 28th of February, 1988. Along with others her age and older in the adjacent communities, she started smoking tobacco, in her early 20s when she started to have children. Apart from pellagra — the disturbing symptoms of which they controlled by smoking tobacco — all these people lived healthy lives and respectively died in their old age without being affected by cancer and the other conditions that are wrongfully blamed on tobacco smoking.

    My grandmother grew her own tobacco and did what is called chain smoking with her chalk pipe. Apart from pellagra, she had never been ill and had never gone to a doctor and or physician throughout her 90 years, with the exception of getting the necessary immunisation shots.

    For my grandmother and others in the adjacent neighbourhood, their more or less proper health was based on the unprocessed fresh foods that they ate. They had lived in the rural hilly areas of the Dry Harbour Mountains. This is far away from the town and city areas with the many automobiles and factories with the density of carbon monoxide, radiation and viruses that are chief among the deadly wastes in the immediate environment.

    In the environment of the hilly areas, therefore, the mixture of carbon monoxide, radiation and the other deadly wastes in the atmosphere are less and are at a more controlled level than the high density in the towns and cities. However, if it were not for the acid rains, other contaminants in the water supply and other necessary foods that are processed, etc their span could have been greater.

    Therefore, with pellagra as the cause of the smoking of tobacco and niacin as the only antidote against pellagra, it is necessary for the minister of health to institute a rapid public education programme; in the proper use of niacin against pellagra.

    This process is the light to destroy the darkness of making criminals of the victims of pellagra by criminalising the smoking of tobacco that cannot cure pellagra.

    The minister would be doing the correct thing to control and help eradicate the disease so as to prevent the smoking of tobacco and whatsoever danger to health it caused in the mixture with the more and most deadly substances. ”
    Dr Basil R Simms is a biochemist and business consultant.
    http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/More-on-carbon-monoxide-and-tobacco-smoking_17349090

    P. Lorillard Company
    Tobacco-Cigarettes-Cigars
    Middletown Branch
    OHIO

    Nicotinic acid – 1941 (p.2)
    “We find that the smoke from ordinary Ripple cigarettes contains the anti-pellagra vitamin or nicotinic acid in fairly substantial amounts. However, the quantity is probably too low for a man to rely upon this source alone for his nicotinic acid requirement. At least to do so he would find it necessary to smoke an unreasonable number”
    https://www.industrydocumentslibrary.ucsf.edu/docs/#id=gywc0066

    The solution to my problem of having to do my civic duty for two weeks in a sealed non-smoking environment –

    Twiglets

    “Twiglets were invented in 1929 by a French biscuit maker named J. Rondalin, a technical manager at Peek Freans’ Bermondsey factory, who added brewer’s yeast to a leftover batch of Vitawheat dough. They were first launched onto the consumer market in 1932 by Peek Freans. Today, Twiglets are manufactured in Aintree by United Biscuits subsidiary Jacob’s.”

    I knew if my interpretation of the science was wrong it was going to be very unpleasant indeed, but being cooped up in a non-smoking building for hours seemed like an opportunity too good to miss to test the theory.

    Thank goodness slowly dissolving the brewers yeast in my mouth every time I wanted a cigarette worked.
    I didn’t smoke when I got out of the building or on the hour long bus ride home.

    But then of course I needed to know why it had worked.

    My guess

    Sublingual and Buccal Medication Administration

    “Sublingual or buccal forms of drugs have their advantages. Because the medication absorbs quickly, these types of administration can be important during emergencies when you need the drug to work right away,”
    https://www.healthline.com/health/sublingual-and-buccal-medication-administration

    Twiglets: 30g (multipack) bag: 115 calories, 3.5g fat, 0.8g salt

    “They also supply B vitamins from the yeast extract coating (12 per cent of the recommended daily allowance of folate – the healthy-heart-and-pregnancy vitamin) and 13 per cent of the recommended amount of niacin (for energy release).”
    https://www.standard.co.uk/news/are-any-crisps-good-for-you-7291064.html

    How the Taste Bud Translates Between Tongue and Brain
    1992

    “However, taste researchers now know that the end result is a series of micro-electric currents, induced by nerve-cell messenger chemicals or direct interaction of taste stimuli with taste-cell membranes, that tell the brain what the tongue has experienced less than a moment ago”

    Thank you for all your help.

    NASA Researchers Find “Frozen” Recipe for Extraterrestrial Vitamin

    “Vitamin B3 could have been made on icy dust grains in space, and later delivered to Earth by meteorites and comets, according to new laboratory experiments by a team of NASA-funded researchers. Vitamin B3, also known as niacin or nicotinic acid , is used to build NAD (nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide), which is essential to metabolism and probably ancient in origin. The result supports a theory that the origin of life may have been assisted by a supply of biologically important molecules produced in space and brought to Earth by comet and meteor impacts.

    The new work builds on earlier research by the team in which they analyzed carbon-rich meteorites and discovered that vitamin B3 was present at concentrations ranging from about 30 to 600 parts-per-billion. In that work, the team performed preliminary laboratory experiments that showed vitamin B3 could be made from a simpler building-block organic molecule called pyridine in carbon dioxide ice under conditions that simulated the environment in space.”
    https://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/nasa-researchers-find-frozen-recipe-for-extraterrestrial-vitamin

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