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The History of Lip Balm Anonymous

In early 1995, Kevin C. was a suffering Chap Stick addict. Though others had mentioned to him that he had a problem with lip balm, Kevin figured that since it was legal there was no problem with his usage. But, deep down, Kevin knew that his lip balm use was unhealthy. But, Kevin was weak and he did not know where to turn for help.

Later that year, Kevin had several friends who used 12-step programs to overcome alcohol or caffeine. At last, Kevin knew there was a chance. He quickly read the 12 steps and adapted them for his own purposes. He enlisted his 12-step veteran friends to counsel him. Just three weeks later, Kevin C. was free from lip balm.

Once free for over 200 days, Kevin C. decided to spread the faith. He met informally several times with friends and convened the first official meeting of Lip Balm Anonymous in a meeting room in Mountain View, California. Several new members urged Kevin C. to make available the story of life without lip balm to the rest of the world. That effort resulted in the pages you are reading now.

We hope that the word of lip balm's harmful effects will be seen by the populace at large and that others will lobby Congress to ban the substance which became the bane of our existence.

Our ultimate dream: the elimination of lip balm, except for medical purposes, by the year 2000!

Carma Lab's Carmex

This stuff is probably the strongest lip balm around...with a rush that rivals crack cocaine when you first apply it. There is probably more brand loyalty with Carmex than with any other brand of lip balm. What is Carmex and where does it come from? While the other lip balm companies are truly large ventures, Carma Labs is still family owned. They are led by Alfred Woebling, who still comes to work at the ripe old age of 95. Woebling founded Carma Labs in the 1930's and produced the first pot of Carmex in 1937. He claims it was just a way to stop cold sores, and that the product's fame spread through word of mouth. The company takes pride in their lack of advertising. Lack of national advertising never hurt drug dealers either!

Carma sent several newspaper articles, including a May 18, 1993, article from the San Francisco Examiner entitled "Pssst; Wanna Get Lip Balmed?"

Examiner columnist Stephanie Salter tells all about lip balm addiction, but couches the situation in humorous or drug language. For example, she talks about Carmex users scrambling for pots under bar stools (like alcoholics) and users sharing their stash with each other (like marijuana).

Carma Labs does admit to putting salicylic acid into their lip balm, and they acknowledge the rumor that they put ground fiberglass into the lip balm. But, they do not deny this rumor! Frankly, Carma Labs sounds like a mob crime family to me!

When confronted with claims of addiction, Carma's Paul Woebling was quoted by the Boston Herald as saying "We're in full compliance with the Food and Drug Administration." So are cigarette manufacturers, and nobody questions that cigarettes are addictive!

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