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The Truth About Cigarettes.
Research done in 1978 by Dr. Ira T. Lapides into the
economics of cigarette smoking and the relationship between
health and the chemicals used in the production of
cigarettes lead to both the creation of the Gatlin-Burlier
Tobacconist, a tobacco store dedicated to chemical free
products, and to the beginning of an 18 year struggle to
inform the American public about the chemical additives in
their cigarettes and the possible health effects of these
chemicals. His findings were presented in a brief report
which was mailed to Federal and State elected officials,
'responsible' government agencies, newspapers, magazines,
and to radio and TV news organizations. He pushed for
labeling legislation and study committees at the State
level and was one of the first researchers to point to the
lack consumer information about the gaseous phase of
Only the Readers Digest, which had previously carried
anti-cigarette articles responded in a positive way to his
attempt to make the public aware that the brown stuff in the
middle of the cigarette was not 100% leaf tobacco.
In the early 1980's the Government foolishly encouraged people to switch to low tar
cigarettes without warning them that the word tar had relatively little meaning. Another
way to say it is that it would take tons of horse poop to truly disrupt the ecology of a large
pond nestled away in the isolated mountains, while a teaspoon of plutonium 231 would
be enough to change that ecology forever. So it is with tar.
'Tar is as Tar does' to paraphrase Forest Gump. The explanation as to why a greater
proportion of the population smoked during your grandfather's days and yet
had far fewer smoking related illnesses and far fewer types of smoking related
diseases is easily found in the analysis of the chemical make up of tar created from burning
tobacco verses the tar created from burning chemical additives.
Over the next 18 years, the information which should have been disclosed to the American smoking public
was hidden away from them by use of an intricate web of laws designed to keep this information hidden even
from the U.S. Congress. The fair and open debate over cigarettes was closed with the death of the FCC
Fairness Doctrine and, as a result, smokers were deprived of their right to consumer information.
After attempting to generate public debate by petitioning the Donahue Show to host an open discussion of
the issues, Dr. Lapides undertook a last ditch effort to bring the fact that cigarette and tobacco meant
different things to the public's attention by going on a 22 day hunger strike.
The two most consequential results were that the GRAS (Generally regarded as safe) list of allowable
chemical additives for cigarettes production was removed from its the safe which held it since 1971 and read
into the Congressional Record. On the basis of a call from the ABC News show, Day One, Dr. Lapides ended
his hunger strike, and ABC NEWS produced a story which, however critical of the cigarette manufacturers,
still broke the 25 year ban on the discussion of cigarette manufacturing over the public air waves.
ABC was promptly sued following the airing of the program because, rather than sticking to the
information that they had, they simplified the appropriate statements to say that the cigarette producers
spiked their cigarettes with nicotine.* Still the production of the ABC News Day One program was the
watershed which, if repeated, would open the door for attempts to reinstitute the 'Fairness Doctrine' and thus
full public debate on smoking. This is something that the large cigarette producers would probably like to
avoid and a $10,000,000,000 lawsuit would surely stop.
*Actually, other chemicals exist which influence the 'addictive' effect nicotine, and there are still others
which mimic the effects of nicotine. Although no proof that these chemicals are used in the production of
cigarettes, synthetic or reconstituted tobacco can be supplied, one can imagine that they were invented and
protected by patents so that they could be used.
95% of our orders are shipped the day they are received.
- You MUST be at least 18 years of age to purchase tobacco products in Tennessee!
- We do not sell tobacco products in Maine or Arizona.
- All Packages are shipped US Post Office unless you specify UPS.
- All Customers will be Charged for Shipping & Return Postage on any Refused or Returned package(s).
- International Customers: You are to check with your local customs & duty officials to see if there are additional duties or fees required, or if there are prohibitions on tobacco or amounts of tobacco which can be shipped to your country.
- Charge card customers may order by calling
- To check on an order call 865-436-4412, 9am-3pm Eastern Time Monday-Friday.
- Visit our showroom on D-Level of the Mountain Mall, on the corner of Parkway and River Road in Gatlinburg!
- We are open 7 days a week.
- Prices subject to change without prior notice.
- No Cash Refunds. Merchandise credit ONLY on returns.
- We DO NOT ship cigarettes.
603 Skyline Dr.
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
24hr Fax: 1-865-430-7476
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Here is the change in government you were promised!
THE GATLINBURLIER DOES NOT SHIP CIGARETTES.
Change in the form of a 30% or better increase to the cost of tobacco products with an added dose of insult. Get mad. Call your representatives and call them a name. Economically Ignorant Extortionist Fool, is politically correct and accurate. Here is the phone number for contacting your US Senators.
Here is the phone number for contacting your US Senators.
PHONE NOW: 202-224-3121
Tobacconists are as helpless as any other victim of organized crime. Maybe we are even more helpless since we face criminals masquerading as government representatives.
The time for nice words and platitudes has passed. The tax-gouging Congress has declared war on 20% of the American population. They have used taxation as a method of discrimination and discrimination as a tactic for persecution. Their punitive taxes have caused tremendous price increases for product, and you and we in the tobacco business have no representation to or protection from our government. Our forefathers went to war over a few pennies increase in the tax on tea, while we suffer from tax increases in the hundreds of percents. We too are being forced to cede our freedoms or also go to war.
The government’s negative economic radical action against smokers will cause decreased tax revenues for the programs that these new taxes were to fund, and sooner rather than later, all will share in the misery caused by congressmen turned extortionists. It is way past time for being the squeaky wheel. It is time to be the screeching halt. Consider acts of civil disobedience before your obedience becomes subservience.
Ira T. Lapides, PhD