Guinevere Gets Sober

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Nicotine addiction kills 5 million worldwide per year

Many people don’t think of smoking tobacco as a “real” addiction.

Take a look at these stats from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime’s World Drug Report executive summary:

[T]he consumption of tobacco, an addictive, psychoactive drug that is sold widely in open, albeit regulated markets, affects as much as 25% of the world adult population. . . . [M]ortality statistics show that illicit drugs take a small fraction of the lives claimed by tobacco (about 200,000 a year for illicit drugs versus about 5 million a year for tobacco).

Amazing. Tobacco kills 5 million people worldwide per year. How can anyone think of it as not a “real” addiction?

I don’t agree with the War On Drugs… But if we’re going to have a war on drugs, why don’t we pick the right drug to fight?

If you smoke, please save your life and quit.


  1. I was definitely addicted to smoking both of those things, in fact smoking pot is what initially led my way into AA and getting sober because I was living my entire life around getting stoned and drunk.

    I also smoked cigarettes since I was very young, and finally quit in January which was 6 months into my sobriety. I could not feel better physically.

    Thank you for sharing!

  2. guinevere

    June 7, 2010 at 1:15 am

    Em, congratulations on quitting smoking! I am so happy to do anything I can to support anyone who quits tobacco… Please share what worked for you in quitting, or if you had any special difficulties or successes. I’ve known addicts who have said that smoking was tougher to kick than drugs. … also, well done on getting sober. much respect, G

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