Derek Yach had this to say on nicotine:
— ‘It is my conviction that nicotine … both helps the body to resist external stress and also can as a result show a pronounced tranquillising effect. … under modern conditions of life people find that they cannot depend just on their subconscious reactions to meet the various environmental strains with which they are confronted. … smoking has considerable psychological advantages and a built-in control against excessive absorption. It is almost impossible to take an overdose of nicotine in the way it is only too easy to do with sleeping pills.’ 29 May 1962, BAT memo ‘The Smoking and Health Problem’
Derek Yach is executive director of the Vitality Institute and previously headed tobacco control at the WHO.
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