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Tobacco Harm Reduction

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I didn’t quit smoking. I didn’t stop smoking. I switched to a less harmful alternative. I chose to try a “cig-a-like” and I didn’t want a cigarette within 48 hours, and my wife chose to do the same thing.

My journey was no different than most others who accidentally found an alternative to smoking that actually worked with no withdrawal and no noticeable side effects.


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After more than four years, I’ve found myself in a cesspool of adults –  specifically professionals with titles and “I love me” walls – who pretend to have no common sense.

I take that back, there are side effects to not smoking with my chosen path.

Reading. LOTS of reading.

Research. Finding answers myself.

Asking questions and “networking”. I have found that if I don’t know or understand, someone will, without fail, answer my question both truthfully and in a way I will understand.

Blogging. To get what I do learn & understand out to others who hopefully will find it – and understand it.

Twitter. Immense knowledge and reference from worldwide advocates.

Questioning.

I am constantly questioning everything I thought I knew I was told about smoking.


Tobacco Harm Reduction.

Health and government organizations don’t subscribe to tobacco harm reduction. With them, you will find cessation.

According to Merriam-Webster, “cessation” is to stop.

  1. :  a temporary or final ceasing (as of action) :  stop mutually agreed to a cessation of fighting


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What “organizations” and government are doing is promoting a highly profitable and repeatable business.

The vulnerability of someone with great expectations isn’t considered, it is mocked.

They wrongfully blame the consumer. They blatantly blame “nicotine“.

What they “give away” are products made by pharmaceutical companies and an air of authority, combined with an illusion of an answer to help someone stop smoking.

The reality of these methods and the failure rates is dismal and never discussed.


Entertain yourself.

Call a quitline and ask them about the success rates with the patch or gum.

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Success?

Well, I’ll let the display of an “expert” organization speak for themselves below:

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What you do not see promoted is tobacco harm reduction.


For Life.

For the record, I am not against the patch, gum, lozenge, hypnosis, a self-help book, accupuncture, heat not burn, snus, smokeless tobacco, e-cigarettes, and other alternatives.

Only if used with extreme caution and understanding the well documented side effects, medication is also avaible to help someone choose to stop smoking.

I am, however against giving improper or bias information to those who don’t know any better and rely on “trusted” organizations, public health & government officials.

I will do this until I can’t type, call, scream, tweet or blog any longer.


Think of the possibilities.

I am a consumer. I have no ulterior motive.

I take that back, I have ulterior motive. The choice of smoker, the non-smoker and education of the consumer.

I have proudly joined the Board of Directors of THR4Life (Tobacco Harm Reduction 4 Life) along with 5 others:

Kevin Price, Lindsay Stroud, Skip Murray, Jenny Ho and David Goerlitz.

This group of individuals are strong, opinionated, intelligent and, without question, looking out for the consumer.

Join our facebook page here:

Tobacco Harm Reduction 4 Life

 


 

Tobacco Harm Reduction 4 Life is are a Public Charity 501c3 and we are Tax-Deductible for bequests, devises, transfers or gifts under Section 2055, 2106, or 2522 of the IRS.

THR4Life

 

 


As David Goerlitz has said, “The gloves are off”.

 


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Vaping In The News ~ July 22nd, 2017

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Vaping In The News

July 16th – 22nd, 2017

Clive Bates ~ Advocacy ~ Carl V. Phillips (x’s2) ~ THRA Survey Results ~ Why Should Vapers Defend Smokers? ~ ECigIntelligence Survey Results ~ Please Keep Smoking ~ WHO declares they need more money ~ Silencing Public Dissension ~ Frank Davis ~ Robert Morgen ~ Bill Godshall ~ Countdown ~ Kevin Price: THR4Life ~ David Goerlitz


Clive Bates:

Clive is always, and I mean always, spot on.

English tobacco control plan embraces tobacco harm reduction – world first


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Interesting thread:


The Results Are In:

THRA Annual 2017 Vaping Survey


Have you seen THR4Life?

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Carl V. Phillips:

Utter innumeracy: six impossible claims about tobacco most “public health” people believe before breakfast

Carl, again… with Simple Simon.

Simple Simon would refuse to meet the pieman


If you know, move along, nothing to see. If you don’t…

Why should vapers defend smokers?


More Survey Results:

ECigIntelligence User Survey


Do you know about NNA?

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#PleaseKeepSmokingWeNeedTheMoney

Nothing says keep smoking more than this.

Anti-smoking council has £85m invested in tobacco companies


Taxes & a Ponzi Scheme.

Here’s that #PleaseKeepSmokingWeNeedTheMoney motto speaking for itself again:

WHO report published


You’re reading it here – maybe not first, but you’re reading it here.

Silencing Public Dissension | Public Comment Periods are No Guarantee of Coordination


Frank Davis

Frank is always a good read…..

Completely Out Of Control


Are you familiar with INNCO?

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Robert Morgen

Again, not news if you switched, but nobody in public health will talk about it.

Smokers Switching to Vaping See 66% Respiratory Improvements


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Bill Godshall

Mr. Godshall is an invaluable source of information.

Godshall Chronicles 07/07/17


Countdown:

Death of the Vaping Industry


Kevin Price, THR4Life

An idea, in fact – a vision –  from Ray Yeates of the THRA (Tobacco Harm Reduction Association of Canada) quite a while back is breathing air.

Kevin Price announced the Board Of Directors of Tobacco Harm Reduction 4 Life (A 501c3) July 17th, 2017. The Board consists of Lindsay Stroud Skip Murray, Jenny Ho, David Goerlitz and myself.

This organization will include a 1-800 number for smokers to call in with questions.

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A Statement from David Goerlitz:

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Vaping In The News ~ July 15th

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Vaping In The News

July 9th – 15th, 2017



I am a Vaper ~ ♫ I’m just a shill… ♫ ~ That word ~ Brian Fojtic ~ Coffee ~ Colin Mendelsohn ~ Deeming Regulations ~ THR4Life


I am a Vaper

“I am a vaper. That’s not a confession, by the way; it’s a statement I’m proud to make. I used to smoke and now I don’t. For many that’s a difficult journey, but it doesn’t have to be.”

I am a Vaper, and I am one of #ABillionLives


It’s a two-fer from Sparkles!

♫ I’m just a shill… ♫


I wonder…

When will W.H.O. stop tobacco “CONtrol” from interfering with success of e-cigarettes instead of denying their proven potential and continuing their agenda of the fiscal con.

Rhetorical.

I’m calling on a resolution to prevent all tobacco control activites.

Here’s where WHO FCTC pretends to bite the hand that feeds them:



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That word….

Did you “quit”? Did you “stop”? Did you “switch”?

David Dorn speaks about “That word….”

That word….


 Brian Fojtic

“Miller expressed concerns about misleading messages coming from tobacco control groups and government agencies”

Democrat Attorney General Encourages FDA to Reconsider E-Cigarette Regs


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Like nicotine, coffee is life.

Scary words – nicotine and caffeine….

I do love my coffee –

Drinking coffee could lead to a longer life


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Associate Professor Colin Mendelsohn:

Australia is still facing one of the most idiotic fights to keep people smoking in the world. Quit or die is an ineffective and worn out calling card –  to keep smokers smoking.



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Deeming Regulations

If you had doubts about the proposed new vaping rules in the House Agriculture Appropriations Bill — now working its way through the House committee process — take some comfort knowing that vaping’s biggest enemy doesn’t like it one bit. Maybe that’s a good sign.

Here’s Jim McDonald with that:

Possible change to deeming regulations scares our enemies



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Vaping In The News – July 8th, 2017

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Vaping In The News – July 2nd – July 8th, 2017


Public Health’s dishonesty about vaping, hurts youth ~ Psychological Distress ~ Vapers In Power ~ 69% e-cig tax defeated ~ Mental Health ~ Wound Science ~ Respiratory Improvement ~ THR4LIFE



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Public Health’s dishonesty about vaping, hurts youth

It’s the mantra chanted by public health anti-tobacco groups around the nation. On their self proclaimed mission to “protect the children”, these groups petition municipal and state legislators to pass strict and often over reaching regulations when it comes to tobacco use and sales.

Public Health’s dishonesty about vaping, hurts youth


Psychological Distress

“Smokers with Psychological Distress” (SPD) may be more vulnerable toward ENDS use, as they are for combustible cigarette use, due to greater positive expectancies of the products.

That’s a bad thing?

Electronic Cigarette Expectancies in Smokers with Psychological Distress.


Are you familiar with INNCO?

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“NEVER STOP FIGHTING FOR WHAT’S RIGHT“.

~AgentAnia


Vapers In Power

I dislike Chapmanzee just as much as the rest of you.

Vapers in Power condemn doxing attacks on our party officers

Speaking of Chimpmanzee:

Anti-vape Mouthpiece Slammed


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Vaping victory in Ohio: Gov. Kasich’s 69% e-cig tax defeated

Another Ponzi scheme down in Ohio.

Also included as a line item was a proposed licensing fee of $1,000 for all vape shops and distributors statewide.

Vaping victory in Ohio: Gov. Kasich’s 69% e-cig tax defeated


Do you know about NNA?

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Mental Health

Because anti-smoking crusaders are nuts.

Being anti-smoking damages your mental health


Wound Science

“Experts” keep saying nicotine is a problem….  well… it isn’t.

 

If you’re not on Twitter – the study in the tweet is here:

A comparative assessment of e-cigarette aerosols and cigarette smoke on in vitro endothelial cell migration


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Respiratory Improvement

UK vaping study shows up to 66% improvement in respiratory symptoms

This isn’t a surprise.

See also:

Ecigs Health Effects – Dr. R. Cranfield

Improved lung function, lower infection rates with vaping products.


THR4LIFE

This isn’t your average “association”.

This is the real deal in the United States:

 

This is harm reduction.

THR4Life is raising money



Bonus “junk science” find of the day – it’s not just for e-cigs:

Will Aspartame Kill You? No, Dumbass. Here’s Why.




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Vaping In The News July 1st, 2017

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Chinese courts call for death penalty for researchers who commit fraud ~ Matt Myers ~ Jester ~ Sensible regulation of e-cigarettes: Opportunities for reform (Video) ~ Learning from our failures in smoking cessation research ~ NO Gateway ~ Understanding Nicotine Strengths and Percentages ~ Tobacco company outsmarts tobacco control experts again ~ Big Government, Public Health, and E-Cigarettes, I, II & III ~



Chinese courts call for death penalty for researchers who commit fraud

That’ll shut ’em up.

Chinese courts call for death penalty for researchers who commit fraud

This, in case you missed it, is a link within above:

U.S. researchers guilty of misconduct later won more than $100 million in NIH grants, study finds


Matt Myers

I do recommend following and reading everything & anything Jim McDonald writes.

Matt Myers explains the “flexible” deeming regs

Speaking of Jim McDonald:

Breaking news: changes to FDA regulations in new house bill


NEVER STOP FIGHTING FOR WHAT’S RIGHT“.

~AgentAnia


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He’s not just not human, he’s a blogging machine.

The Consequences Of Prohibition

Also see:


Sensible regulation of e-cigarettes: Opportunities for reform

American Enterprise Institute

If you’re a regular reader, you’ll recognize the names in the panel.

 


Learning from our failures in smoking cessation research

Be more forceful with things that don’t work – sounds like a plan.

“Widespread access to a range of treatments (perhaps more appropriately termed “cessation aids”), offered at little to no cost and available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 12 months a year ought to be ubiquitous. We should, as Baker notes, be more forceful in bringing the treatment to the smoker.”

 


NO GATEWAY

How many times do I gotta tell ya……. there IS no GATEWAY.

E-Cigarettes Not a Path to Teen Smoking


Understanding Nicotine Strengths and Percentages

Nicotine strengths are important.

This is an excellent reference from Lee

Understanding Nicotine Strengths and Percentages


Tobacco company outsmarts tobacco control experts… again.

The tobacco control/public health sector is much more interested in taxing tobacco for its own financial gain via funding and what they call an “end-game”. The “end-game” is simply their business plan – with no thought other than their survival – not the public – to continue what seems to be their “fight” against tobacco, and to fund themselves.

On the other hand, tobacco companies are well ahead of TC and public health posturing  – they are rightfully setting themselves up for the future with innovation & expectations – brought by consumer & market demand.

Combustible tobacco will never go away, but may lose its appeal. While tobacco control experts want to control tobacco for their own purpose, tobacco companies are finding a less harmful alternative to the traditional combustible products – like ecigs & heat not burn.

“Peter Nixon, the UK chief executive of the international tobacco giant said, “We are absolutely serious – one day, we want to stop selling cigarettes.” The company has committed to bringing about a smoke-free world that it has decided to pay brand ambassadors, termed “freelancers”, to persuade people to quit smoking.”

Tobacco giant Philip Morris is paying people to help quit smoking


My memory fades at times, I do not know where or when I first came across Mr. Fojtik, but I am glad I have. He coined the phrase “Phino” some time ago.

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Please give him your attention:

Big Government, Public Health, and E-Cigarettes, Part I

Big Government, Public Health, and E-Cigarettes, Part II

Big Government, Public Health, and E-Cigarettes, Part III


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Vaping In The News – June 24th, 2017 – O_O

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Vaping In The News ~ June 18th – 24th, 2017

Letter to Scott Gottleib ~ Do As You Are Told ~ Does the Gateway Effect Really Exist? ~ Clive Bates ~ Is Raising the Smoking Age A Good Idea? ~ Is the American Heart Association a terrorist organization? ~ GFN ~ Agent Ania

 

In loving memory of

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Agent Ania

 


Dear Dr. Scott Gottlieb, MD, Commissioner:

A letter dated the 14th of June was sent to Dr. Scott Gottleib, Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration from who I would call true Tobacco Control experts.

Reform of tobacco and nicotine regulation at FDA


Do As You Are Told

Paul seems to have a distinct tone in his voice. I’m taking a shine to that.

Do As You Are Told


Does the Gateway Effect Really Exist?

I had not seen this before. A stunning view of the “gateway effect” by Sallie Goetsch – standing the test of time.

Does the Gateway Effect Really Exist?


Clive Bates – Short & Sweet.


Is Raising the Smoking Age A Good Idea?

The Truth About Tobacco 21

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Is Raising the Smoking Age a Good Idea?


View story at Medium.com

Is the American Heart Association a terrorist organization?

“Sure, the AHA isn’t beheading people in the streets or strapping bombs on children. But that’s not the only way to be a terrorist organization, is it?”

Is the American Heart Association a terrorist organization?


GFN – Global Forum on Nicotine

 

 


Agent Ania

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Agent made this.


 

She changed it eventually and “scolded” me privately more than once – for using the one above…more than once…after it was modified.

 

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Taking a life of its own, it was modified again and it now includes snus.

(Thank you Atakan.)



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Ann, below with Greg Conley of the American Vaping Association at the Milwaukee premier of A Billion Lives, has sadly passed away.


It breaks my heart, as she was one of the first few people I followed early on Twitter (@agentania).

I, and I am sure like others, had oodles of messages and exchanges with her.  Everything from Kitty2 and her view(s) on a variety of topics.

Like a secret agent, Ann did things behind the scenes and wanted no credit.

Her spirit, spunk, snark, fight and her love will never die and is in all of us.


 

As Shannon relayed for us above, we will

NEVER STOP FIGHTING FOR WHAT’S RIGHT“.

 

As DrMA says below, in loving memory.

 

I’ll be blogging on Ann very soon.


 

I know you’re watching us, Agent.

O_O.

Rest, sweet Ann.

 


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Vaping In The News – June 17th, 2017

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Vaping In The News June 11th – 17th, 2017

Tobacco will grow ~ E-Cigarettes Less Addictive Than Cigarettes, PATH Study Shows~ Rodent ~ 3D Printing Proves Scientists Really Have No Clue ~ Pariahs, predators or players? ~ Smoking Fireman ~ Dick Puddlecoat ~ Youth Smoking (A Threefer) ~ Heat Not Burn ~ Global Forum On Nicotine

 


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Tobacco Will Grow

Festive moods as planting season is well under way for tobacco. Don’t let anyone in “control” fool you.

It isn’t going anywhere.

Tobacco planting season goes well: DeGroote


E-Cigarettes Less Addictive Than Cigarettes, PATH Study Shows

They’re tossing around the addictive word a bit too much for my taste, but… I do enjoy the show.

 

E-Cigarettes Less Addictive Than Cigarettes, PATH Study Shows


Phil made me laugh

I love a funny rodent!


3D Printing Proves Scientists Really Have No Clue

I admire Paul MUCH more than I let on. No, I love Paul.

3D Printing Proves Scientists Really Have No Clue


This will be the part of my blog where I’ll just leave this here. By itself. Take your time. Figure it out. I believe in you. 🙂

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Pariahs, predators or players?

Clive Bates is an astonishing source. Playing on his vast knowledge of the past and future, this is an invigorating read.

“…the conversation with and within public health on these issues is mostly infantile, and that needs to change.”

If you don’t follow him, I highly reccomend you do.

Pariahs, predators or players? The tobacco industry and the end of smoking


A Fireman Smoking.

So,  a tragic fire in London inspires of all things –  a photo of a fireman smoking a cigarette and a bit of hate…

Maybe it’s just me, but I ask the stupidest questions… is he in the smoking section and you’re pissed?

Leave the man alone.

The tweet itself was deleted. However… Shannon taught me about screenshots. 

https://twitter.com/MartynWilson8/status/874910712312803329

 

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Dateline, Dick Puddlecoat:

On Wednesday, 13 June 2012, I was still a smoker. I was almost two years away from stumbling my way accidentally to e-cigarettes. I’d never read this until this week, and it is stunning how Mr. Puddlecoat could see and predict the future from the past in his 2012 blog.

I don’t think he’s human.

E-Cigs: The New Bad Boy In Town


I don’t trust anyone in public health other than a select few worldwide who are brave enough to speak OUT, and I don’t trust ANYONE in “tobacco control“.

 



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Youth Smoking (3 for one special!)

  1. Tobacco control freak, Matt Myers wants to take all the credit in the RECORD lows  -and had to boast…


Well- I do love a good truth from Michael Siegel :

2. New CDC Data Should Put to Rest the Contention that E-Cigarettes are a Gateway to Youth Smoking

And this was mine – showing how children will keep smoking:

3. Smoking Rates Among Youth Now At “Unimaginable” Levels


Do you know about NNA?

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Heat Not Burn

Konstantinos E Farsalinos, MD

Nicotine delivery to the aerosol of a heat-not-burn tobacco product: comparison with a tobacco cigarette and e-cigarettes.


Global Forum On Nicotine

The Global Forum On Nicotine Program Outline is here.

 


Bonus” link:

Why Don’t More Smokers Switch to Using E-Cigarettes: The Views of Confirmed Smokers


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Smoking Rates Among Youth Now At “Unimaginable” Levels

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Smoking rates are now dropping MUCH faster than anticipated.

That is against the master tobacco control “endgame“.


The propaganda of e-cigarettes being “gateways” and creating “new addicts” are unfounded. The ever-popular phrase “think of the children™” squealed by experts is another contrived and unsuccessful effort to keep themselves relevant.

Smoking rates have now plummeted “among youth” AND adults.


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Matt Myers, of Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids is in shock. The decline of tobacco use and e-cigarette use is so dramatic, the claims of a gateway or addicting new smokers is now plenty of reason for the whole world to pause for a moment – or two.

Statistic have been manipulated,  creating mythical gateways, pretending there is such a thing as nicotine addiction.

The December U.S. Surgeon General propaganda train was covered here, here, here, and here.


You still haven’t answered my question.

LESS smoking concerns you “how”?


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Keep The Lies On Your Side

Smoking and e-cigarette use is declining so dramatically, Matt Myers, President of  “Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids” said “This is unimaginable, extraordinary progress” in this Washington Post article.

What were you thinking when you co-sponsored this letter?

You still haven’t answered this question, either:

WHY aren’t you working on reducing or eliminating the non-compliance level – evidently acceptable – TWENTY percent of sales of tobacco to minors by retailers?

Where is that press release? Where are signatures from all your groups?

Why can two out of ten children still possibly purchase tobacco?

Synar Amendment.



The Heat Is On

“Approved” products do not work.

With snus largely ignored, the advent and success of e-cigarettes, heat not burn products coming into the market, the public is generally unaware of you deceiving them and withholding information about MUCH less harmful products.


Since its inception and invention, the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and President Matt Myers has done anything and everything to keep people smoking.


Less smoking and e-cigarette use is still concerning you, Mr. Myers?

If e-cigarettes and flavors are a gateway to smoking, where are all the new smokers?

This graph from the Centers for Disease Control – even with my amateur assessment – is the general experimentation of smoking with kids, which will happen with, or preferably without you. Don’t flatter yourself.

You didn’t cause that rate to drop. E-cigarette availability and preferability did.

What the hell is wrong with you?

YOU want e-cigarettes regulated, which will, in turn, create more smokers.

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Yes, Mr. Myers. Unimaginable to believe after more than thirty years of manipulation, you’ve got your work cut out for you. You need to figure out how to remain suitable to shareholders to continue the business of being a front group.

In order to retain your status, your “non-profit” business model must have new smokers whether they’re kids or adults.

You can pretend your “efforts” brought these numbers down all you like, posturing as a hero and gloating…but you, and tobacco control’s agenda-driven irrelevance is drivel dripping down your chin.



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Why Can Children Still Purchase Tobacco? Ask “Tobacco-Free Kids”

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There is an illusion that the front group, the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, is in the business of reducing and preventing children from smoking. As CEO and President, Matt Myers has done more to keep tobacco use in the United States than any tobacco executive could hope for.

In fact, as a tobacco executive’s wet dream, Myers promotes smoking to adults and eludes to protecting children. What a guy.

Adults have choice. Meanwhile, children have opportunity.


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Tobacco Free Kids was invented in 1995 and funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (Johnson & Johnson, makers of smoking “cessation” products).

Matt Myers has negotiated with Philip Morris to determine terms of the Master Settlement Agreement, and”helped” create legislation with his friends once again in 1994 to create legislation for the Food and Drug Administration to regulate tobacco.

You know, to keep it around.


Enacted by Congress

in 1992, the Synar Amendment was enacted and

“requires states (that is, all states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and six Pacific jurisdictions) to enact and enforce laws prohibiting the sale or distribution of tobacco products to individuals under the age of 18. States must comply with the Synar Amendment in order to receive their full Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant (SABG) awards.

It also has an ambiguous “ambitious” goal of 80% success when retailers sell to minors.

2 of ten children could purchase tobacco in their “compliance checks” and STILL be IN compliance? WHY is this so lenient, still acceptable and still in “practice”?

Negotiate interim targets and a date to achieve a noncompliance rate of no more than 20% (SAMHSA requires that each state reduce its retailer violation rate to 20% or less by FY 2003)

“Failure to promptly and adequately correct all violations and ensure compliance with all applicable laws and regulations may lead to enforcement actions, including Civil Money Penalties or No-Tobacco-Sale Orders.”


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So what if you’re a retailer?

Obviously there are penalties and fines, right? The WeCard program and individual retailers are responsible to check the identification at the point of sale, just like alcohol.

According to Transform Tobacco, “FDA inspections of retail establishments have shown a 95% retailer compliance rate when it comes to checking identification prior to sale”.

Transform Tobacco is a project of RAI Services Company on behalf of the tobacco company, Reynolds American.

Obviously, they do more to reduce underage tobacco sales at the point of sale than the law requires.

 

Added 6/15/17

Nothing’s changed:

PDF from Public Health Law Center


Prepare yourself

What if a retailer breaks the law? Of course there are tough and stringent consequenses to selling tobacco – right?

“Under the law, the FDA may pursue a No-Tobacco-Sale Order (NTSO) against retailers that have a total of five or more repeated violations of certain restrictions within 36 months.”

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Wait. What?

There are groups like Tobacco Free Kids and Truth Initiative dedicated to reducing tobacco use –

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— and the acceptable rate of sales of tobacco to minors has a noncompliance rate of no more than 20%?

FIVE infractions?

Well….c’mon in kids.   We’ve got tobacco.


 

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Pay no attention to the man behind the front group.

WHAT exactly are the front groups like Truth Initiative and Tobacco Free Kids doing?

They’re keeping an acceptable amount of smoking for children and adults under the pretense of “kids and truth” with no integrity or accountability for their actions – more specifically, their inactions.


David Goerlitz

 

 

David is the only man alive that’s seen every aspect of the tobacco, anti-tobacco and tobacco control world –  and talks about the seedy side of the corruption starting in the ’80’s here with Fergus Mason.

“The deals they made in these meetings should have been about protecting the nation’s health – but, far too often, they were about money.”

David Goerlitz Interview: The Winston Man Talks Tobacco and Vaping

He talked about it throughout the award-winning documentary A Billion Lives.


WHEN will “Tobacco CONtrol” figure it out?

Skip’s got a question about CONtrol here.

They won’t. They can’t. It isn’t in their – or their founders – best fiscal interests.

After more than 30 years of “fighting” tobacco, (they) can’t “figure out” how to keep tobacco out of children’s hands?

Why aren’t they paying attention and CHANGING existing idiotic loopholes instead of patting themselves on the back for not doing a damn thing?

Someone get a letter together to “convince” these assholes to change this friggin’ Synar law.


Imagine if you didn’t do your job for 30 + years…

Ask yourself – why they are still “in business”?

The illusion – “Think of the children™” posed to the public to create the illusion is just that. An illusion. A lie. The “children” are expendable and profitable casualties of their made up, self-serving war.

Tobacco control stays in “business” with what looks like good intentions,


Related:

Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids contributed to youth cigarette addiction

The Truth Shall Set Ye Fret

Dear Matt Myers, President of Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids

Reducing smoking, a challenging “Campaign” for Tobacco Free Kids

 


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Tobacco 21: Synar Amendment and Nanny-State Funding

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If you haven’t noticed

Tobacco control, the public health sector, along with politicians are hell-bent on raising the age from 18 to purchase tobacco to 21 (T21) primarily within cities or counties, not states. They must have hurt themselves to come up with a creative name, though. “Tobacco 21”.

A seemingly enormous amount of energy (and likely tax dollars) are being put into this “effort”.

Those “kids” at 18-20 couldn’t possibly walk, get a ride or drive to the next city or county line now could they? As an example, in Cleveland, Ohio – while the state law is 18 – they’ve passed an ordinance to make it 21.

It is destined to fail.




Read this very carefully…….. and read the astute Agent’s question…


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Nanny State

As Senator Steve Linthicum (R – Oregon) puts it,

 “freedom from responsibility” will enable more state intervention for many years to come.

The Senator’s Op-Ed is here:

Smoking age law simply more nanny state


Hawaii

is the only state that has their age restriction to purchase tobacco, and “treat e-cigarettes the same as regular cigarettes” set at 21.

The other 49 states are at 18.

Purchasing and smoking are again two different things.

A few states have restrictions the age to smoke and/or possession at 18, and a few are also at 19. Most do not have a “possession / smoking age”. Hawaii “treat e-cigarettes the same as regular cigarettes”

Smoking age

Conflicting with what I stated above, I also found this “map”.

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Update 6/10/17:

Correction: Hawaii, California, and Washington DC are at 21. (Thanks Skip!)

 


Riding the boot

This seemingly sudden traction in support for raising the age of smoking does not surprise me. The public takes any THINK of the CHILDREN ™ statement seriously until snot runs down their chin. (The adult’s chin, not the kids).

Not to poke the bear, but – oh screw it – I’ll poke the bear.

At first glance, I see trouble smoke on the horizon.

 

Tobacco “free” kids. They are saying, without publicly admitting it, that they can’t and HAVEN’T been doing “their jobs” in tobacco control.

You won’t hear them talk about their blatant, blinding inadequacies.

With that, they “should” raise the minimum age to purchase to 21.

Posturing? Absolutely. Looks GREAT in writing? Well -not if you read between the tweets, so to speak. In the scheme of thinks, they’re admitting their organizational failures, lackluster “efforts” and it’s beyond obvious they don’t “help” reduce the smoking rates of teens – or adults, for that matter.

Most people start smoking much earlier, by their own admissionwell before the age of 18 despite laws and ordinances to prevent it.

Will requiring the age to purchase tobacco at 21 make any difference in children under 18 finding ways to get tobacco?

I’d like to think so, but I think not.


The Synar Amendment

While snooping around for the reason to “suddenly” restrict consenting 18 to 20 year old adults from purchasing tobacco at their leisure, I have found with the effort, there is funding and reward.

Here’s a look at the Synar Amendment.

There is also funding to be lost.

States must comply with the Synar Amendment in order to receive their full Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant (SABG) awards.

Imagine my surprise.

Chapter and Residency Program Mini-Grants for Tobacco and Nicotine Prevention and Control

Again, shocked:

Raising the Minimum Legal Sale Age for Tobacco and Related Products\

Huh… since this blog, they took that link DOWN.

I’ll update as soon as I hear something…


Stay with me – my train of thought is a bit – well – discolored and smokey…

The Synar Amendment. Poof.

In my (highly acclaimed by me) opinion, as the age of purchase was 18, they are having a difficult time keeping their percentage at acceptable levels, and now want to raise it to 21 to recreate the problem.

As my curiosity and attention span equals or exceeds a cat, I briskly asked my favorite tobacco control “expert” of her insight – and I spelled Synar incorrectly in the tweet, forgive me. Tweetin’ ain’t always easy. 🙂

Acceptable levels being – they want them UP so close to 20% that they’re needed, but not enough to lose funding. They’re having a difficult time with that. Smoking rates are dropping MUCH faster than anticipated or desired. See, this plan isn’t working for them.


So…

HOW the *%&^ can TWENTY percent of underage sales BE an ACCEPTABLE level?

I’ll repeat that. The acceptable level of SALES of TOBACCO to minors is set at 20% – and funding will STILL commence. Two out of ten CHILDREN can possibly purchase cigarettes according to this and be acceptable.

(Don’t get me wrong, the WeCard program, in my opinion, is an awesome program from what I see.)

Vape shops were self-regulating and doing this LONG before NICOTINE was deemed tobacco.


Bold is my emphasis

The inspection program, named for late U.S. Rep. Mike Synar of Oklahoma, is a federal mandate requiring each state to document that the rate of tobacco sales to minors is no more than 20 percent at the risk losing millions in federal funds for alcohol and other drug abuse prevention and treatment services.

Here, in 2012, (bold is my emphasis)

demonstrates that the average nationwide retail store infringement rate of tobacco sales is down to 8.5%.

Tobacco Sales To Minors Reach All-Time Low

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That’s good, right?

Well – wait a minute, the train is chugging but pulling into the station.

According to the “agreement” they can:

“Negotiate interim targets and a date to achieve a noncompliance rate of no more than 20%”

“Nicotine” is now a “tobacco product”. “Use among teens”… so…with e-cigarettes…

If they raise the minimum to 21, they create a whole new class and “infringement rate” – and in the process, create more funding to do what “they’ve” already allegedly done. Job security.

If smokers under 21 want to try e-cigarettes, oh, too bad.

Electronic Cigarette Age Restrictions May Drive Teens to Traditional Cigarettes

Harm Reduction Drives Younger Vapers, Not Flavors

“If “children” are *already smoking, they’re *smokers regardless of age. Think of the children™.”


In the end:

Most of the posturing going on – at least around the United States – isn’t about children.

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Final mixed thoughts:

Obviously, no one’s complained or thrown their arms up about the Synar Amendment  –  they must be just fine with the status quo – as if their funding depended on it.

To have each organization claiming they want to “reduce” tobacco with this disturbing insanity of ANY type of loophole is beyond words.

I don’t want “children” to start smoking as young as I did, and I was purchasing them at 9 without a second look. Within these restrictions, they not only restrict tobacco purchases, they are also lumping in and restricting the choice of e-cigarettes as an alternative.

What I DON’T like is restricting of age consenting ADULTS from choice.

I’m not positive of “where” the Tobacco 21 movement is “going”, but with funding comes diversion and manipulation I can still, at times barely comprehend, so cut me some slack for not having a full grasp on it and its leaders “direction” at the moment. It will come to me eventually.

What do YOU think? I’m sure it will come to one of you.

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