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(Tech Times)   Next bio-engineered miracle: new cigarettes with all the cancer causing qualities of the old ones, but without that pleasant nicotine buzz.   ( divider line
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2002-02-17 09:51:49 AM  
What is next, crack that won't get you high?
2002-02-17 10:07:04 AM  
I must as well start to smoke roofing tar.
2002-02-17 10:08:51 AM  
Cigarettes suck IMO, I never had one ever in my life.
Stick to bongs of White Widow.
2002-02-17 10:25:13 AM  
You are lucky to have such a hard policy on cigarretes in US. It makes easier to quit, i guess, since you can't smoke almost anywhere but your own place.

And that european campaign against smoking was cool, showing pictures of cancerous people in cigarette packs.
2002-02-17 10:38:44 AM  
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2002-02-17 10:42:34 AM  
Why would big tabaco want to make cigarettes that are lLESS adictive? This is as useless as dealcohilzed beer. Why don't they do it the other way round. Cancerless Nicoteen sticks.

Seriously, if it tastes just as gross (or even worse, as is the case with "near-beer") but doesn't give you the buzz, then why bother.

IF they made a "Healthier" cigarette that actually had little to no cancer causing agents, especially in the second-hand smoke, but all the nicoteen, then you'd have a winner.
2002-02-17 10:44:23 AM  
Who the fark would buy cigs if they couldn't get a buzz?

How many people do you know that buys a keg of non-alcoholic beer for their party??
2002-02-17 10:56:20 AM  
Buzzless Cigs?. Is this what our money is being wasted on. Come on, make a super laced nicoteen cancer/tar free ciggie. Then you would be making millions.
2002-02-17 11:06:46 AM  
Hah, but the point is that cancer and other cigarette-induced diseases are actually good.

Don't you remember that infamous statement from Phillip Morris?

It said that the premature deaths caused by smoking cigarretes help the government save $$ in health expenses.

Now that's good marketing for PM.
2002-02-17 11:26:55 AM  
Company officials say there is no danger of contaminating conventional tobacco because the biotech version is grown and handled separately from conventional crops.

Oh. I see. OK then.
2002-02-17 11:34:22 AM  
Hmm. They went to all that trouble when they could've just stopped spraying the old shiat with concentrated nicotine. Still, if these do make the market, it'd be a good way to quit. Cure the physical addiction before the psychological one.
2002-02-17 12:10:11 PM  
Yeah Grub, it's just like all that bioengineered corn in central america that isn't interbreeding with the natural variety. And like they haven't found trans-genes in a few percent of maize planta in remote areas of southern Mexico and up to 60 percent near population centers. They know how to handle their plants
2002-02-17 12:36:04 PM  
I had never before thought of nicotine as a pesticide. How many pesticides are in regular cigarettes, anyway?
2002-02-17 01:16:30 PM  
Whats the bloody point?
2002-02-17 01:27:50 PM  
The bloody point is that you want to get consumers up to 4 packs per day (it's less nicotine, not none) and also petition the gov to get a tax break on these "safe" cigs. Money is the point.
2002-02-17 01:47:06 PM  
Marlboro Employee: Boss, I have a wonderful idea! Why don't we make cigarettes LESS addictive but still have the same amount of cancerous causing ingredients in them!
Boss: Good heavens boy! I think you're on to something here. Who wants that nicotine buzz anyway?

Yeah, way to go.....I don't smoke but I know that's the reason that everyone I know does.
2002-02-17 02:19:37 PM  
This actually works out BETTER for the tobbacco companies, not worse. Think about it. If you dont get as much buzz, you need to smoke more. Its like crack. You start off on a maybe one shot a day, but then it starts to wear off. You need more and more and more. So, if the tobbacco companies raise the prices for packs, people are going to go crazy.
2002-02-17 03:02:43 PM  
They should just put marijuana in the cigarettes. Then I wouldn't have to be addicted to go back to them.
2002-02-17 03:57:11 PM  
Young_Fart and Livewire have it right. and this is why I refused to switch to light cigs when I was smoking. you get less of a buzz and they tell you they're not as unhealthy, so you smoke more of them. if you want to smoke, I think that's fine, smoke regulars, or cigars, or something you can actually enjoy. if you want to make philip morris and jr reynolds rich while dying a slow painful death, smoke lights.

the scary thing is that I don't believe nicotine is the most addictive chemical in cigarettes. I know that even though I started smoking camels, once I switched to marlboros, every puff I took off a camel made me gag. there are hundreds of chemical additives in cigarettes, specifically designed to make you addicted to a certain brand. so I'm sure that these new cigarettes will still be highly addictive and carcinogenic, but because there's not as much nicotine they're ok.

"mothers, are your children crying at night? just give them one of our new, safe, nicotine free cigarettes before bedtime and..." I don't know. but I do know that some evil new marketing strategies are already being drawn up somewhere.
2002-02-17 04:28:39 PM  
why don't they put a huge dose of arsenic in every fiftieth cigarette?
i wonder if even that would make niccoteen junkies think twice about lighting up.
paying seven dollars a box doesn't make them flinch.
everyone and their uncles shouting 'cancer' at them constantly has no effect...
even this campaign is going to work, less buzz per pack and they're going to smoke more to get it.
i want to see 1/50 cigarette users drop dead instantly, and still have them say "yeah, but... what are you gonna do?"
2002-02-17 04:46:43 PM  
shouldn't this have the Asinine tag?
2002-02-17 10:16:21 PM  
Krinkle... why stop at cigs? Let's also mandate that every fiftieth dram of alcohol-containing drink contain pure rat poison. That should provide entertainment in bars as frat boys drop like flies. That'll teach those booze junkies!

Seriously though, this is without a doubt the stupidest product idea ever floated around. What's next, a condom thicker and even more sensation-robbing than whatever's out there? Maybe it should also come in a bright pink wrapper so as to maximize the embarassment of having them on one's person, and emblazoned with the words "Mamma's boy" while we're at it.
2002-02-18 11:13:56 AM  
S T U P I D.
2002-02-24 08:57:19 PM  
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