Jessica Simpson Discusses Nicotine Addiction

In April 2010, Jessica Simpson appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. At approx 1 minute and 11 seconds from the end of the 5 minute video clip, the conversation went like this:

Jay Leno: “Now tell me about this addiction that you have.”
Jessica Simpson: ”Oh, we’re going to into that”?
Jay: “Yeah, this is the strangest thing I have ever heard.”
Jessica: ”I am addicted to Nicorette gum.”
Jay: ’Ok,, now, Ok, Ok, that, that is not…”
Jessica: “I just spit it out and put it on my water bottle before I came out because I thought it would be rude if I were chewing it.”
Jay: ”That is not odd. That’s not the odd part … Have you ever smoked”?
Jessica: “No, not once…”
Jay: “OK, alright, see there…like to me…”
Jessica: “Never in my life.”
Jay: “Like I’m on methadone, I’ve never done heroin… I just enjoy methadone!…I don’t… I don’t understand it!”
Jessica: “The first time I ever chewed a piece of Nicorette gum one of my close friend’s mother gave it to me. I think she thought she was giving me a piece of Dentyne Ice or something.
And like I’m chewing it and it’s like a party in my mouth! It was like fireworks! And I’m just like Oh my God! I’m talking a million miles an hour! I love this gum! What kind of gum is this? I have to have this gum! And it’s Nicorette and it gives me energy…it’s like drinking three Red Bulls (energy drinks).”

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In discussing her addiction to Nicorette gum, Jessica Simpson gave a vivid description of her first nicotine ‘high’. Her testimony corroborated the findings of medical researchers that the adolescent brain can become addicted to nicotine after just one exposure to it—in Miss Simpson’s case the “nicotine delivery device” was nicotine-containing chewing gum. Miss Simpson went on to say that she has “…not once…never in my life” smoked a cigarette.

In approximately 60 seconds Jessica ingenuously taught what the tobacco companies don’t want us to understand – “It’s the nicotine, stupid”.
Nicotine addicts, but tobacco kills!

Tobacco smoke would likely affect Miss Simpson’s beautiful singing voice and increase her risk of heart and lung disease. She prudently has avoided these hazards by gratifying her addiction with a less harmful form of nicotine.

(Regarding Jay’s comments on methadone and heroin, many opiate addicts prefer methadone to heroin. Methadone lasts longer and gives a stronger euphoria for many addicts. There are many pain patients addicted to methadone who have never used heroin.)

Physicians and Nurses Against Tobacco thanks Miss Simpson for a vital and priceless contribution to the discussion of nicotine addiction.