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The Truth at last.

For 22 days the hunger strike was one of Americas best kept secrets because of the anti- smoking sentiment and liberal bias of the electronic press, that being that only liberals are guaranteed the right of free speech.

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The hunger strike was undertaken as way to unlock the Cigarette Gate© which blocked the public form knowing the difference between cigarettes and tobacco. Yet once begun, the struggle became more of an issue over free speech and the result of the fact that after more than 15 years of attempting to stir fair public debate on the smoking issue and despite having collect tens of thousands of signatures asking for such debate nothing but form letters had been received.

The response to the letter sent to Donahue which preceded the letter which threatened the hunger strike met only with excuses for not answering the mass of communications sent previously. There seemed to be little possibility of POSTting a fair hearing thus the letter threatening the hunger strike was sent. The arrogant nature of the Donahue response to this letter clearly illustrated that there was no free speech when it came to the rights of smokers. At this point the hunger strike became a matter of free speech and resulted only after years of writing letters in defence of the difference between cigarettes and tobacco which met with only stall after stall from those whom he petitioned. The stone wall continued as even his request after the hunger strike for reconsideration and reconciliation also went ignored.

Despite a deluge of faxes, calls and letters of support for Dr. Lapides from his community, renown talk show hosts like Springer, Geraldo, Oprah, and Larry King, who in defence for their lewd tabloid approach to programming publicly profess to give anyone a chance to speak, privately did all that they could do to keep the truth about the difference between tobacco and cigarettes from the public and to suppress the news about the hunger strike.

The fact that the concentration of ownership of the media has given a few the ability to impose national censorship was never clearer. One of the National Bureau Vice Presidents for the Associated Press expressed his regret that he would not put the story on the AP wire because he had to back up the decisions made by his Knoxville reporter, regardless of the reporter's bias.

This reporter along with his counter part at the Knoxville News Sentinel conspired to keep the news of the hunger strike from gaining national attention, since they were both unashamedly anti-smoking. It worries me that they got to decide for America what it should hear, though neither impressed me as having the capacity of understanding the arguments or implications of the chemical issues involved with my struggle. Since both in my opinion had obviously risen to their positions as entitlements because of their conditions, I was not surprised by their astonished negative response to my question as to whether they would censure the "physically challenged" or "women" if they personally (though rather unlikely) held such blind bigotry against those groups.

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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