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American Spirit Cigarettes: Not Healthy and Not Native

American Spirit Cigarettes: Not Healthy and Not Native

September 19, 2007 —

American Spirit tobacco products pose difficult ethical challenges.  The products, made by the Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company, are made of organic and natural tobacco and do not contain many of the harmful chemicals of other brands. The fact that American Spirit contains organic tobacco means that many smokers who use American Spirit products claim that the cigarettes are safer and better for smokers than the usual commercially available cigarettes. But is  it true or even desirable?

Santa Fe itself does not make such claims, but some smokers believe that switching from some brands—such as Camel or Marlboro—to an organic cigarette will actually be a ‘healthy’ decision.  American Spirit, the only U.S. brand made of “100% certified organic tobacco,” clearly states on its homepage: “No additives in our tobacco does NOT mean a safer cigarette.” And though American Spirit contains links to sites that may help a smoker quit, the company is still pedaling a carcinogenic product—even though it uses organic products.

According to the American Cancer Society, 60 of the 4,000 or so chemicals in cigarette smoke are linked to cancer. In 2001, PETA and other animal activists applauded American Spirit for becoming the first-ever cruelty-free cigarette in the U.S. as the first company to refuse to fund any smoking tests on animals.

Some critics also question the use by American Spirit of a Native American on its packaging, especially considering that the Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company states that it “is not an American Indian enterprise, nor are we affiliated with any American Indian groups.” Rather, American Spirit products are “based on our belief in the traditional American Indian usage of tobacco—in moderation and in its natural state.” The makers of American Spirit, Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company, is owned by R.J. Reynolds, the world’s second largest tobacco company (behind Philip Morris), which also owns Camel, Winston, Salem, Kool, Pall Mall, other cigarette brands. Santa Fe operates as a wholly owned, independent subsidiary of RJR.

Comment on this article:

First Comment About American Spirit

Submitted by Brad Berman on September 21, 2007 - 15:53.

According to the American Cancer Society, 60 of the 4,000 or so chemicals in cigarette smoke are linked to cancer. In 2001, PETA and other animal activists applauded American Spirit for becoming the first-ever cruelty-free cigarette in the U.S. as the first company to refuse to fund any smoking tests on animals.

Some critics also question the use by American Spirit of a Native American on its packaging, especially considering that the Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company states that it “is not an American Indian enterprise, nor are we affiliated with any American Indian groups.” Rather, American Spirit products are “based on our belief in the traditional American Indian usage of tobacco—in moderation and in its natural state.” The makers of American Spirit, Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company, is owned by R.J. Reynolds, the world’s second largest tobacco company (behind Philip Morris), which also owns Camel, Winston, Salem, Kool, Pall Mall, other cigarette brands. Santa Fe operates as a wholly owned, independent subsidiary of RJR.

okay, so remind me again why

Submitted by Anonymous on April 7, 2008 - 20:17.

okay, so remind me again why American Spirits are bad

More Facts next time, less

Submitted by Anonymous on April 21, 2008 - 18:59.

More Facts next time, less opinions. They may not be safe cigareettes, but their better than camel or marlbro. Take it form me, I can actually run much longer... now that I smoke american sprits!

OK, so I'm a nitpicker. The

Submitted by Anonymous on April 22, 2008 - 23:19.

OK, so I'm a nitpicker. The word is "peddling" as in selling, not "pedaling" as in bicycling. The grammar geek will not shut her yap.

Oops, that was supposed to

Submitted by Anonymous on April 22, 2008 - 23:21.

Oops, that was supposed to say the grammar geek will NOW shut her yap. Though she probably won't, so perhaps the original statement is more a Freudian slip than a necessary correction. NOW she will shut up. She promises. (And she promises to stop speaking of herself in the 3rd person. Aren't you relieved?)

you're not a nitpicker-

Submitted by Anonymous on May 1, 2008 - 11:16.

you're not a nitpicker- you're right. It's hard for me to believe anyone pushing their opinion who uses words they're clearly unfamiliar with in print. I guess I value a demonstrably educated opinion.

I smoke American Spirits and

Submitted by Anonymous on May 31, 2008 - 08:22.

I smoke American Spirits and they have been my only brand for 10 years. I have never smoked more than 5-7 cigarettes a day, and on the occasions when I have quit for a few months or a year, I never went through withdrawls. I believe because they are organic and additive free that they do not addict you in the same way that other brands do, as that has been my experience. When I smoked camels I was up to nearly a pack a day.

American Spirits cigs

Submitted by Anonymous on June 22, 2008 - 09:11.

American Spirits cigs actually contain more nicotine than any other major brand on the market. They are actually more addictive than camels or Marlboro's.

Well, American Spirits lets

Submitted by Anonymous on June 28, 2008 - 09:07.

Well, American Spirits lets you know exactly how many mg of nicotine there is in each kind box.

You're still smoking

Submitted by Anonymous on July 1, 2008 - 18:54.

You're still smoking tobacco. However, I went from a pack a day of Marlboro Reds (100s) to American Spirits. My nicotine addiction was so bad I would wake up a few hours after going to bed with the need to have a smoke or two. American Spirits contain more nicotine, they don't burn the mouth or throat nearly as badly, and I only smoke four cigarettes a day with no feelings of anxiety or getting the urge that I have-to-go-smoke-right-now-or-I'll-croak that I used to get smoking regular cigarettes.

When you smoke at all, you have to realize that the ash you're inhaling into your lungs is toxic and can be detrimental to your health. Personally, I'd rather inhale just tobacco than tobacco and only god knows what else.

"When you smoke at all, you

Submitted by Anonymous on July 2, 2008 - 16:53.

"When you smoke at all, you have to realize that the ash you're inhaling into your lungs is toxic and can be detrimental to your health. Personally, I'd rather inhale just tobacco than tobacco and only god knows what else."

That's exactly it. Harm reduction is the name of the game. Few smokers even try to pretend anymore that their (our) habit is not destructive. And so we seek out less destructive ways to maintain it, so that the benefits can better outweigh the drawbacks. (And because, though so many of us try, few of us are likely to stop anyway!)

How many chemicals do the

Submitted by Anonymous on July 8, 2008 - 16:55.

How many chemicals do the other manufacturers' smokes contain again? How many cause cancer? Now how many of those chemicals are in american spirit cigarettes? Use some frigging logic PLEASE. Formaldehyde and Ammonia are inside any ol' brand of cigarette. Do you think the nicotine is really doing more harm than smoking those chemicals? DO YOU? This makes me want to spit.

Stupid studies prove what you pay them to prove, if something doesn't mesh with your logic (like fluoridating water), don't believe it. Let's all stop abandoning our own relatively sane conscience for people who are paid to make other people money.

FYI, look at how they're attacking bottled water nowadays. The voices of insanity are actually forcing bottled water companies to ADD fluoride into the water! Dentists don't give a F about people getting too many cavities, it's good for business, the same way doctors never seem to cure diseases with their scientific bullcrap and the same way computers don't last more than a year or so.

It's all a scam!

Let's see now American

Submitted by Anonymous on July 8, 2008 - 21:34.

Let's see now American Spirit cigarettes are more harmful not because they contain deadly chemicals but they contain what .....

Tobacco!!!!

This is typical of the smoke free nazi mentality. They'd rather have people sucking back cyanide than the deadly heathen drug nicotine.

You guys need to get a grip.

Submitted by Anonymous on July 17, 2008 - 16:33.

You guys need to get a grip. It might not have additives, BUT the only reason they say it doesn't have additives, is for everyone's peace-of-mind.

this article sucked. it was

Submitted by Anonymous on July 21, 2008 - 18:25.

this article sucked. it was biased as hell and there was no real point to it.

While combustion of paper

Submitted by Anonymous on August 7, 2008 - 05:56.

While combustion of paper and tobacco MUST produce some chemical byproducts, the "4000 chemicals" statistic is derived from analysis of standard cigarette brands, which are certainly laden with a large number of additional chemical enhancements. I'd be interested in seeing a comparative analysis of smoke from, say, Marlboros vs. American Spirit vs. a homegrown and hand-rolled organic tobacco-- just to see how they stack up in the carcinogen stakes.

Amen, brother! (or

Submitted by Anonymous on September 2, 2008 - 18:01.

Amen, brother! (or sister!)

Trying to sift through all the hype about American Spirit cigarettes is a total headache! Everyone has an opinion, but there are few, if any, readily available FACTS about them! I am all for 'healthier' choices for smokers, and am trying to find out if AS cigarettes would be a better choice for the smokers in my family. I am not a smoker, but I try to be thoughtful of those around me who are. So please pass on any ACTUAL COMPARISON FACTS about AS. Thanks!!

although they're not

Submitted by Anonymous on September 30, 2008 - 17:18.

although they're not officially affiliated with any native american organization directly..american spirits donate a portion of their profits to both the Native American Rights Fund and the American Indian Education Foundation

i can stop any time i want

Submitted by Anonymous on September 30, 2008 - 17:20.

i can stop any time i want with spirits. the differences between me and my friends who smoke parliaments, camels, etc. is ridiculous. they have 4 or five at a time when i'm satisfied with just one or even none.

My point exactly. I don't

Submitted by Anonymous on October 8, 2008 - 16:27.

My point exactly. I don't have the same mentality as anyone who smokes regular cigs. they all say its a habit, they cant stop, they need it. I say, i can stop whenever i want. i don't need it and if it is bothering someone, i can put it out without feeling the need to keep that half-smoked cig. These organics put smoking on the same level as drinking. You don't HAVE to, but you do it when you want.

Anyone trying to put down organic brands needs to quit talking like they were taught to and start using some common sense. Its Non-Addictive, its BETTER THAN NORMAL CIGARETTES, and the Periques are really really good.

Sorry, that was directed to

Submitted by Anonymous on October 8, 2008 - 16:28.

Sorry, that was directed to the person who posted on Sep 30th.

Dude, they are not

Submitted by Anonymous on October 8, 2008 - 17:28.

Dude, they are not non-ADDICTIVE, they are non-ADDITIVE.

Learn to read.

you guys spend more time

Submitted by Anonymous on October 9, 2008 - 13:15.

you guys spend more time bitching and critizing spelling than talking about smoking. We are in fact killing ourselves, but ya to the people who care enough about themselves to even research something that might be remotely better than what they are smoking now. Quiting is a difficult thing. I my self would like to quit, but I think changing to a brand like American Spirit is moving toward that goal.

i can stop any time i

Submitted by Anonymous on October 12, 2008 - 09:08.

i can stop any time i want
Submitted by Anonymous on September 30, 2008 - 17:20.
i can stop any time i want with spirits. the differences between me and my friends who smoke parliaments, camels, etc. is ridiculous. they have 4 or five at a time when i'm satisfied with just one or even none.

you cant stop anything, you are an idiot. You think you're better off than others jsut because you smoke your fancy american spirits, while you're just another smoker.

American Spirits have more

Submitted by Anonymous on October 12, 2008 - 09:11.

American Spirits have more nicotin, it is just as bad as any other, you just spend more money on them. Stop trying to feel better about yourselves by changing to AS, and either quit or dont even bother trying to find "safer" solutions to smoking.

Healthier or not, the fact

Submitted by Anonymous on October 17, 2008 - 12:54.

Healthier or not, the fact that American Spirits are not tested on animals was enough reason for me to switch. I'd be thrilled to find out that they're a better alternative to the Marbs I was smoking (and I'm convinced they are), but even if they're not better for me, I know they're better for these guys:

http://www.smokinganimals.com/bigsmokingchicken.jpg

http://www.smokinganimals.com/sa-dogsbig.jpg

I have been smoking American

Submitted by Anonymous on October 22, 2008 - 18:52.

I have been smoking American Spirits for many years. With NO chemicals they have to be better than the others. No benzine, formaldahide, resins. At least they are just tobacco. I need less to satisfy, and find that in the long run they actually cost less. It has to be better to smoke natural tobacco and LESS of it. Non smokers are just snobs. Smoke American Spirits!

haha i noticed that as well.

Submitted by Anonymous on October 22, 2008 - 19:37.

haha i noticed that as well.

I roll up my own cigs, using

Submitted by Anonymous on October 22, 2008 - 20:31.

I roll up my own cigs, using Organic American Spirit tobacco. Ever tried them? Without using filters, smoking only ONE of these a day is good enough for me. I experience an instant buzz every time (I've been a smoker for 2 years, on and off, and switched to AS a year ago) and I make sure I enjoy every moment of it. The nicotine rush can bee too much at times.

I've tried quitting many times, the best being me off of cigs for 4 months straight until I broke up with my girl friend.

But I'm not gonna lie, I love the social aspect of cigarette smoking. I have met so many nice people at smoking corners.

I went from smoking a pack

Submitted by Anonymous on October 29, 2008 - 14:36.

I went from smoking a pack of camels or parliments a day to just one or two AS a day. I smoke the mellow yellows and don't even need a whole one. It says on the package they contain 25% more than a king cig so yes you are getting more tobacco. Makes me feel alot better though!
Can't say thats not better right! I never feel that urge that I have to smoke a cig or I'll break down. I love them! And I'm never going back to back to any other cig.

Seriously they are better.

Submitted by Anonymous on November 2, 2008 - 17:45.

Seriously they are better. Period. While ive never been a cant-go-to-sleep-less-smoke-a-cig gotta-have-one-the-second-I-wake-up smoker i have smoked my fair share over the last 10 years. Always when drinking. Sometimes tho, i would smoke a half-pack or even entire pack in a night of drinking. With AS's tho i really only want to SHARE one or two. Really one is wayyy to much for me, and sometimes with camels we'd light up another after just smoking one, for the fuck of it. Instead of buying a pack before going out, i have one left over from weeks ago, literally. They are INCREDIBLY more satisfying and nicotine-crave killing than any other cig BAR NONE. Really, if you have a bad habit, at least try to find some organic roll your own or AS organic,or something. You WILL notice the difference. That said, this won't apply to everyone as ive met AS smokers that do smoke them continously throughout the day, but they had a daily wake up n smoke habit while i have always 3-4 days in a week of non-cig smoking (haha but not entirely non-smoking). If you smoke TRY SOMETHING NATURAL, BURNING CHEMICALS IS MEGA-GNAR FOR YOUR LUNGS!!! But ideally dont even start smoking...

i love american spirits, and

Submitted by Anonymous on November 7, 2008 - 20:43.

i love american spirits, and have been smoking mellow yellows for about 6 years now. i previously smoked camel lights. i find the spirits to be infinitely more satisfying, with a longer burn time (7-10 minutes, compared to regular cigs 4-6 minutes), and a rich full flavor. however, i do not find them any less addictive, which may have more to do with my psychological state, but remains an issue. i smoke 1/2 to a full pack a day, and often smoke them almost back to back while reading. i will be turning 30 in less than a month, and have maintained for many years now that the day after i turn 30 i will stop smoking. i have a 5 year old son, and because i don't want him to grow up thinking of his mommy as a smoker who might get cancer more easily, and i also want to have more children which requires an over 30 parent to be as healthy as possible, i will stop. but it will suck. i will very much miss the comfort i've enjoyed in relaxing with a pack of a.s. smokes, a good book, and a mug of steaming spicy hot cocoa- and yoga sure as hell doesn't have the same appeal!

so i guess i would say that as long as a.s. cigs are smoked in moderation, probably less than 5 a day, one could most likely avoid the psychological mosquito buzz of addiction, not to mention most of the health risks- every dr i've spoken with has said 5 or less a day puts you in pretty much the same health category as a nonsmoker. which is great unless you're like me and 5 is never enough- so stopping altogether is my best option.

so AS cigs have more

Submitted by Anonymous on November 9, 2008 - 18:54.

so AS cigs have more nicotine, so it satifys the cravings more?

Precisely. Since they are

Submitted by Anonymous on November 11, 2008 - 20:17.

Precisely. Since they are also much tighter inside of the cigarette you get a longer burn time. Ultimately, smoking is a bad habit, no matter what you smoke. Quitting is the best option.

At the same time, for those who currently smoke Marbs, or Camels, etc., switching to American Spirits (A.S.) is a step in the correct direction. For any average smoker who goes through a pack of Camel lights in one day, could easily halve that amount simply by switching. Strictly numbers speaking here, it is cheaper to purchase a pack of A.S., since you will smoke less of them, thereby reducing the frequency at which you purchase them.

Where I live, a pack of Camel 99s costs a little over $4, typically around $4.25. A pack of A.S. Blue will run you anywhere from $4.89 to $6.25, depending on the store. Maximum difference in price being 6.25-4.25, or $2. In my experience with them (having been a Camel smoker, and then switching to A.S.) I am smoking LESS THAN half of what I do with Camels.

4.25*2 = $8.50. (Multiplied by 2 because most would smoke twice as many Camels than A.S.) This is compared to a minimum price difference for the most expensive store I've been to. That price being 6.25. 8.50-6.25 = $2.25 A 2.25 dollar savings over a long period of time will actually amount to something.

Overall, the savings are obvious, so long as you are averaging with these figures. They ARE better for you than most other brands, however, they are in no way GOOD for you.

Cheers.

Exactly right. The word is

Submitted by Anonymous on November 13, 2008 - 14:29.

Exactly right.

The word is Toxicity.

Its defined as thus:
"The Degree of poisonousness: any substance in excessive amounts can act as a poison or toxin. With drugs, the margin between the dosage that produces beneficial effects and the dosage that produces toxic or poisonous effects varies with the drug and the person receiving it."

I can only speak for my self, but I notice a huge difference in my body clock when smoking American Spirits as opposed to Marbs, Camels.

Meaning, I smoke much less when smoking American Spirits
and I smoke alot more when I got a nice pack of Red Mediums sittin in my pocket.

If something can curb my smoke urges and get me to smoke less, while still being able to enjoy the act of smoking then I say lesser of 2 evils chosen.

5 cigarettes a day as opposed to a pack a day...

you decide.

I used to smoke 2 1/2 packs

Submitted by Anonymous on November 14, 2008 - 22:01.

I used to smoke 2 1/2 packs a day, generally Winstons, each one down to the filter. quit for a while - 9 mos., about. Then i started again, but got myself down to 10 - 12 a day. I found that was my minimum to keep from getting "crazy". I recently moved over to A.S. & am now smoking 7 or less cigarettes, and generally only a half a smoke.

In cigarette-size doses, nicotine, in & of itself, is not harmful. It's the chemical and fiber additives in the paper, filters, and the petrochemical fertilizers that are normally used in the manufacture of "major" brands of cigarettes that produce the carcinogens in cigarettes.

It's not the nicotine that kills you, it's the delivery system that kills you.

ok then how is that i can go

Submitted by Anonymous on November 25, 2008 - 06:19.

ok then how is that i can go through a pack a day with camels and in 4 days it takes me to smoke a whole box of spirits?

Rather one sided article to

Submitted by Anonymous on November 28, 2008 - 17:24.

Rather one sided article to say the least!

I have just recently changed from amber leaf tobacco to American Spirit. In my opinion tobacco with no poison's or killer chemicals can only be better than the alternative brands on the market.

Have recently noticed raw, sell non bleached cigarette papers and chlorine free filters for an all round better smoke

As the Native Americans would say "peace"

i am a smoker and wish i

Submitted by Anonymous on December 23, 2008 - 00:27.

i am a smoker and wish i never started. it's one of the worst products made available for society. there are no long term benefits of cigarette smoking and im suprised they are legal considering they cause addiction. most smokers want to quit, but it is too hard of an addiction to kick. out of the 20 cigarettes you get in your little precious pack how many of those do you really enjoy? i tried american spirts cause of the no additive stuff and all that and i like the taste. they definately taste better than Camel, Marlboro, and whatever. Nicotine and tar levels are much higher than the usual brands but just in some styles like the Full Flavors or Perique. If the loss of additives, and 25% more tobacco does not mean a safer cigarette than why market it that way? A lot of people are misled or are dumb enough to believe they are improving themselves by smoking American Spirits. I think a good idea for those who want to quit smoking is to buy those herbal cigarettes. You still get the action of taking a drag off a smoke but without the addiction ingredient that is nicotine.

I've been on the spirits for

Submitted by Anonymous on January 12, 2009 - 17:02.

I've been on the spirits for five days. I smoked Marl. lights for over ten years. In my years since college, I have began smoking less (much less actually, less than half a pack a day in the past few years) despite cutting back, I still had horrible "smokers cough".

So far, my opinion is that Spirits are smoother, taste better, and I have not noticed coughing at all (and it's 25 degrees outside right now, usually a really bad time to cough anyway). And I have been smoking even fewer a day.

Now, all the non-smokers reading this, I'm not saying that smoking American Spirits has cured my cough. But, it has disappeared, I'm talking about the nasty throat clearing cough, not from a common cold, this was something I used to do year round with the Marlboro's.

I love the furry friends too, I have three (who by the way I don't smoke around, they're like my kids). The not testing on animals was a large part of my decision to "just try them".

But, different strokes, different folks.

Here's some food for thought...IF there are now lawsuits against Victoria's Secret for putting formaldehyde in their materials used for bras, due to causing "some people" skin problems.

Then it makes me feel a lot better knowing I'm not smoking the crap anymore.

I would like to see a

Submitted by Anonymous on January 16, 2009 - 08:58.

I would like to see a comparison as well. If only 60 of the chemicals can lead to cancer than I don't care about the other 3, 940 as much. I want to know how many of the 60 are in American Spirits. I quit smoking (smoked American Spirits) and though I spent a lot of time getting through my days on the comfort that these were "not AS bad for me" I still got tired of it. I wouldn't want my kids doing it, and they will if I do, thats just how it works 90% of the time. It's bad for your heart. It feeds the R.J. Reynolds money machine. It smells bad. It made my breath smell like sh*t. The list goes on and on. Though I was down to 5 or 6 a day I was still an addict. I'm not giving those theifs and murderers anymore of my money and I'm not teaching my kids its okay to smoke.

THE INTERESTING PART OF THIS

Submitted by Anonymous on January 20, 2009 - 13:22.

THE INTERESTING PART OF THIS WHOLE PAGE

""In cigarette-size doses, nicotine, in & of itself, is not harmful. It's the chemical and fiber additives in the PAPER, FILTERS, and the petrochemical FERTILIZERS that are normally used in the manufacture of "major" brands of cigarettes that produce the carcinogens in cigarettes.

It's not the nicotine that kills you, it's the DELIVERY SYSTEM that kills you.""

Notice how AS never mentions anything about the additives in their papers or filters...just about the tobacco. So I deduce that they might have a little less chemicals in them than other brands because of the growing process. But THAT'S ALL FOLKS.

Some say that they are smoking less cigarettes when they switch to AS. Yep, that happened to me too. But that's only because 1 cigarette lasted as long as 2 and I would put it out halfway, so therefore it seemed like I was smoking less but I wasn't because of the amount of tobacco in AS cigarettes. One pack of AS every two days as opposed to almost a pack a day of marlb lights. I'm an addictive person and I didn't notice any changes on the addiction side of things.

So, maybe all in all, the AS tobacco itself is less harmful than regular tobacco, but everything else seems the same; same paper, same filters, same DELIVERY SYSTEM

Let's not be delusional

Submitted by Anonymous on February 2, 2009 - 15:47.

Let's not be delusional here. American Spirits ARE addictive. I've been smoking American Spirits for 9 years myself now. I've never smoked another brand, and I started out smoking only occasional. Most people start out smoking only occasionally. The fact is that some people can manage only smoking 5 cigarettes a week for years, and then there are people like me who do smoke a pack a day eventually.

Yes, I smoke one pack of American Spirits per day. Interestingly enough, I cannot tolerate the taste or odor of other brands. I always keep extra packs on hand, because to run out of my brand is a hair pulling moment of agony. Believe me when I say that I've traveled very far, and spent great deals of money when the stores near me ran out.

At 8 dollars a pack, please believe that I would at least cut down if I wasn't physically addicted. Yes, I'm old enough to understand that it does come down to choice and willpower, but to state that they're some how less addictive is totally false.

As for this article itself, it seems a little silly. Smoking habitually is bad, even without the chemicals. We might feel that American Spirits are a "safer" choice, but they are not safe cigarettes. However, just because habitual smoking is still dangerous, that doesn't mean there's nothing to be said for the lack of extra chemicals.

As for the image on the box, it doesn't offend me. It seems a little silly to me (sort of like this article), but I don't think it is at all noteworthy in this context. Personally, I don't know anyone who has ever mentioned being offended by it, or anyone who thinks it is a Native brand.

Which Marlboro or Camel exec

Submitted by Anonymous on February 9, 2009 - 23:22.

Which Marlboro or Camel exec approved the posting of this article? Regardless of whether or not smoking anything is good or bad, any decrease in smoking the commercial garbage laced with addictive additives is a step in the right direction. If the person who wrote this bunk essay cared one iota about the "health" of others, they would be at least encouraging a switch to the lesser of evils. Afterall, we've seen how effective the abstinence only policy has been, especially against the industry that will do whatever it takes to get people hooked. If people are going to smoke anyway, we need to do everything in our power to make sure they smoke as safely as possible.

I smoked cigarettes for 10

Submitted by Anonymous on February 10, 2009 - 00:26.

I smoked cigarettes for 10 years. I quit mid-January. I had switched to AS a few years ago. For some reason, it was easier for me to smoke less of them. Maybe because they burn longer? And I smoked the ultra lights, which is similar to smoking air....and then the last few weeks, I simply smoked the tobacco from AS out of a pipe. Just the tobacco. I am so happy to be done with that part of my life, even though statistics show that 1/3 of people who have quit will still DIE from a smoking-related illness. Sweet. One can never win. I hate that chick in middle school who was like, "smoke it. smoke it. It's so cool. She ruined me. She got cancer in college, too. This world is fu$*&^ed. That's all I have to say. QUIT NOW. ALL OF YOU. SAVE YOUR LIFE. LET'S START LIVING RIGHT NOW. YOU CAN DO IT! YOU CAN DO IT!!! ...if withdrawal doesn't kill you first. We should all sue the tobacco companies. Each of their executives should be shot. For working to kill people worldwide for money. Assholes.

I SMOKE menthol smokes..

Submitted by Anonymous on February 10, 2009 - 23:52.

I SMOKE menthol smokes.. nat sherman naturals menthol are better then american spirit menthol, but im not sure they're better health-wise..they have no additives but i see nothing about being organic.

i think non-additive cigs have to be 4000 times better then regular cigs health-wise by reason of simple subtraction.

4000 less negatives

the original smokers(indians) died of old age..although there diets were 10 times better then ours.

i own. u?

nuff' said man

Submitted by Anonymous on February 10, 2009 - 23:58.

nuff' said man

I've Been smoking American

Submitted by Anonymous on February 14, 2009 - 00:20.

I've Been smoking American spirits for a couple of months and there are a few changes I can mention from the time I used to smoke regular brands and other rolling brands like Golden Virginia.

1 - I can taste things better

2 - I don't feel my throat as irritated as I used to

3 - I feel less tired

4 - Non-smokers around me reported that AS does'nt smell as bad as regular cigarretes and sometimes it's not noticed at all.

5 - When I try regular brands I clearly notice the difference in taste and the way my body reacts.

Conclusion: Smoking is not good at all and I'd love to stop but all I can say is that smoking AS is less harmful to my body than smoking regular brands.

Thank you.

Smoking is very healthy

Submitted by Anonymous on February 15, 2009 - 15:46.

Smoking is very healthy combined with a healthy lifesyle. Smoke more, eat less. Eat small portions of natural foods throughout the day(fruit, nuts, tea, etc.) get your excercise (long walks or whatever) and smoke up your natural tabacco.
Smoking helps you maintain your proper weight and keeps you in a relaxed state through out the day. It's all the other things that smokers do that kill them , I don't believe its the smoke. I myself just took up smoking a pack a day and feel ten times healthier already.
Just check out these articles www.forces.org/evidence/evid/therap.htm www.forces.org/evidence/hamilton/other/oldest.htm

sorry no they are not. I had

Submitted by Anonymous on February 20, 2009 - 04:40.

sorry no they are not. I had been smoking marlboro's for over 15 years. About two years ago i decided I would try american spirit. The idea of organic cig was great as I allready use many organic products. Switching was harder than I thought. I would find myself buying both brands and alternating between the two. One pack of american spirit's would last me almost two weeks as I would find myself reaching for the Marlboros every time. So about 6 months ago I stopped buying marlboro cigs. After a month or so I noticed food tasted better, my sense of smell improved which I thought was really cool. During this time I also noticed my stress levels seeming to increase which I attributed to other things in my life. I own my own landscape buisness and this last season there was very little rain. A bad year financially, plus the national economic climate, two teenage boy's etc. I found myself having major mood swings anxiety attacks, grouchy one minute deppressed the next. Allways feeling like I was on the verge of freaking out, I did not know what was going on was considering therapy even. Then one day I was talking to a customer who had recently lost a son to cancer and she was telling I should'nt be smoking. I told her abot my recent switch to an organic cig and that eventually I was going to quite altogether. Thats when she told me she had stopped smoking 9 years ago and for almost six months she did not know who she was the withdrawl was so bad. Bingo I though thats the way I feel. But wait. I'm still smoking! Hmm. Well a few days later during an acute anxiety attack a freind offered me a cig (marlboro) and low and behold my anxiety instantly disolved. Funny thing is I had just finnished an american spirit before I met him and it did nothing for my anxiety. Hmmm. I have since repeated this litte experiment a few times to confirm the obvious. There is something way more addictive in mainstream ciggs than God put into plain old tobacco!!! And mind you there is more nicotine per cig in american spirit than reg cigs. I would get soooo pissed off everytime a nicorett comercial would come on I wanted to throw out my tv!! Nicotine is an addictive substance for sure but its the other stuff in regular ciggs that puts you in chains. I find I smoke less now than when I was smoking Marlboro's. And when I do it's not an overwhelming craving. It is more a choice now than it ever has been for me. It has been six months since my switch and things are much more level for me now. So I am here to testify in my experience nicotine is a very small small fraction in the equation of smoking addiction. Chemicals put in them are the real issue!!! Thanks for your time!

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