How can so many people be so stuck in a “habit” and unable to escape? What if you found out that the third most addicting drug in the world was “juiced up” with a potent, deadly and volatile chemical, and has been for five decades? Let’s get right into this one: ammonia does not register on nicotine level testing, but a chemical process similar to freebasing cocaine is used to enhance the potency of nicotine up to 35 times, and this alone converts bound nicotine molecules into free molecules, reaching the heart and brain within 3 seconds. This form of nicotine is highly addictive and travels so quickly in the body because it vaporizes into a gas that is absorbed by the lungs and then distributed to the brain and heart immediately.
Decades ago, the entire tobacco industry, better known as “Big Tobacco,” was brought to court in Minnesota for marketing fraud and for illegally “hooking” their customers with this supercharged nicotine. By 1990, tobacco companies were shown to be using more than 10 million pounds of ammonia compounds each year; that is why Marlboro nearly put every other brand out of business back in the 1960’s and early 70’s, because they were the strongest and fastest-hitting nicotine fix or “nic-fit” brand. Once R.J. Reynolds caught on to the “Breaking Bad” style of cooking nicotine with ammonia, the rest of Big Tobacco jumped on board, and here we are today, 45,000,000 people deep in America alone, and the number is growing.
An addiction expert at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine conducted a study on this and said, “The modern cigarette does to nicotine what crack does to cocaine.”