Last month, Congress heard testimony about how “Facebook chooses what information billions of people see, shaping their perception of reality,” that “they have 100% control over their algorithms,” that it’s “buying its profits with our safety.”
What about Google? Although yesterday Google made headlines for not playing fair in the European Union, what about here in the U.S. when public health, not profits, is the core issue?
According to the Surgeon General, tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States and worldwide. While COVID-19 related deaths averaged 35,120 per month during the past 21 months, tobacco-related deaths have averaged 40,000.
Not nearly as innocent as most who contract COVID-19, still, nearly all smokers became addicted to inhaled nicotine while children or teens, with most having little appreciation of what it means to be addicted.
With smoking claiming half of adult smokers, the lifetime struggle for more than 30 million Americans is ending their slow suicide.
What if quitting cold turkey is both more productive and effective in creating ex-smokers than over-the-counter (OTC) nicotine replacement therapy or NRT? And what if Google’s search algorithms suppress sites that encourage, teach and support abrupt nicotine cessation, while featuring sites that discourage it?
NRT (Nicorette gum) was…