Highest Rated Comments

tommygun168811 karma

I think you're confusing correlation with causation, there is no evidence nicotine causes mental illness. But there is a lot of evidence that mentally ill people try to self medicate, with nicotine & other drugs. I've also never heard of nicotine causing memory loss or exacerbating mental illness (in fact I'm pretty sure nicotine helps with memory retention). Can you point to one study that supports these claims?

In fact, there is evidence that giving prisoners e-cigs (and prisoners have higher rates of mental illness than the general population) helps significantly reduce violent incidents while they're incarcerated.

Here's one study, from a very reputable journal, supporting the claim that quitting smoking for mentally ill patients actually makes their mental state deteriorate: https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lanpsy/article/PIIS2215-0366(17)30209-2/fulltext

I agree we should try to prevent people from starting to use nicotine and we should help those who've already started to quit. But I'm generally not in favor of prohibition of things, it just creates black markets, and then there's the fact that young people tend to be drawn to trying the "forbidden fruit".

tommygun16881 karma

Do you think lying or manipulation of data, about health effects, statistics, etc., by anti-smoking/anti- vaping lobbyists and activists has inhibited fact based policy making and reasonable regulation? Or have you found both sides of the debate to be pretty reasonable?

By the way, I will add, I am in strong agreement with the stances you've voiced here today. If you can let me know how to get involved I would appreciate it.

tommygun16881 karma

Why do you think there is a crisis in mental health that's occurring right now, or what's the biggest contributing factor you've seen?

I've heard some say "we're just better at diagnosing mental illness", but that wouldn't account for increases in metrics like the increased per capita suicide rates.