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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 cigarette smoke.

It ain 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.

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*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.

Area information for Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Sevierville and the Great Smoky Mountains.   Make it a perfect day and enjoy a meal at one of our Gatlinburg restaurants.
  • 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.
The Gatlin-Burlier
603 Skyline Dr.
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
24hr Fax: 1-865-430-7476

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WARNING: This product contains nicotine. Nicotine is an addictive chemical.


As with any avalanche of lemons into one's life, survivors attempt to make lemonade and so it is with the Gatlinburlier Tobacconist. G&B Tobaccos new licensing and stature as a Tobacco Manufacturer now presents many opportunities for our loyal long-time customers. Not only does this new status make the Gatlinburlier the only truly legal tobacco retailer in the country, but it opens opportunities for us to expand our lines, since our access to specialty tobaccos has been vastly expanded. We plan to offer special deals on our new products as we produce new blends and attempt to improve some of our existing blends.

Tobacco being a natural product varies in characteristics year to year. It takes constant adjusting to keep blends consistent in taste, color, and burning qualities. In many cases blenders keep several years worth of tobaccos on hand so as to phase out one years product while phasing in another years crop to minimize the changes in the qualities of the blends. Over the 37 years that we have blended tobaccos some of our suppliers have left the business and other tobacco components have changed so much that we think we need to make adjustments to a few of our blends.

Gatlin-Burley our Americanized English once contained a very special Green River Valley tobacco which became unavailable. Given our new contacts within the industry we now have access to this rare tobacco, and have re blended this great blend, with just a touch of Latakia to meet its original qualities.

Gatlin-Burley was a blend created to keep the smoker's interest and encourage the maturation of the smoker's own tastes. Thirty-seven years ago it was our flag ship. It was an Americanized English that seemed to change taste as the smoker's pallet change over the course of one day and over the course of many weeks.

As a special short term offer we will send you a two ounce bag of this fabulous rebirth of greatness for only $5.95.

This extraordinary blend mixes fabulously with our Cades Cove Cavendish and our Chimney Smoke to make it even more tame for the American taste. For those looking to find a slightly more mature taste than is offered by our "natural aromatics" - Gatlin-Burley is the tobacco blend they are seeking, but "Made Even Better®".

2oz for only $5.95