By Michael Hiltzik, USA TODAY An editorial writer for the New York Times has said that he’s not a smoker, but he does take nicotine-containing products and believes they’re harmful.
In an op-ed published on Wednesday, William D. Burchfield, the former editor-in-chief of The Times, wrote that he has not smoked cigarettes since he was 20 and that he doesn’t consider himself a tobacco user.
He said that his views on tobacco products have changed over the years and that when he was in college, he used to think that cigarettes were just like candy and candy was just a bad idea.
But as he grew older and realized that nicotine is more harmful than candy, he changed his mind and now he said he doesn, too.
He also noted that he was the one who introduced nicotine-free products, like chewing gum and nail polish remover.
“I know that nicotine, when it’s combined with other substances, can have a harmful effect,” he wrote.
“It can cause a condition known as nicotine syndrome.
I know this because I have had it.
I have known it, and I have seen it firsthand.
It is not my opinion, and it is not something I would recommend to others.
I just don’t take tobacco products.”
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