Vaping In The News ~ June 28th, 2020

Vaping In The News covers media stories on smoking, vaping, snus, heat not burn, e-cigarettes, exposing tobacco control, public health, government, regulations, policies and more worldwide.

“The largest threat to Public Health is an informed consumer.”


Angry Vapers Force Australian Health Minister to Back Down ~ Health Minister delays ban on prescription nicotine-based e-cigarettes ~ Perverse Psychology ~ Trigger ~ HK Ban Prop Dropped ~ First PMTA from an Indie Vape Manufacturer Submitted ~ David Dorn’s “The Pleasure Principle” revisited ~ Associations of Flavored e-Cigarette Uptake With Subsequent Smoking Initiation and Cessation ~ The past is not the future in tobacco control ~ Slice & Dice | Vape Crusader Fights Toe-To-Toe | RegWatch


Angry Vapers Force Australian Health Minister to Back Down

On the 26th of January, in fast and accurate form as always, Jim McDonald breaks down the FIGHT in Australia.

Angry Vapers Force Australian Health Minister to Back Down


Health Minister delays ban on prescription nicotine-based e-cigarettes

Also, for perspective:

Health Minister delays ban on prescription nicotine-based e-cigarettes


Perverse Psychology

Reader warning/disclaimer:

You will be triggered, you may, could, might, or are likely not to return for the rest of my news this week.

I’ll take my chances.

Perverse Psychology


Trigger

If that didn’t trigger you… (Blame Michelle Minton, I warned you), I’ve made a nifty-diftly little meme for you to connect the dots from the FDA, flowing through non-profit political front groups posing as “public health”.

They’re blaming YOU in business for something THEY created – and they’re getting away with it. But, think for yourself. I’m here to help. You’re welcome.

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HK Ban Prop Dropped

“It welcomed the science-based approach that embraces the concept of tobacco harm reduction”… see what Dave has to say:

HK Ban Prop Dropped


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First PMTA from an Indie Vape Manufacturer Submitted

The deadline looms… so…

First PMTA from an Indie Vape Manufacturer Submitted


Fresh off the press:

What? WHAT??? W H A T ? ? ? That just can’t be!


The Pleasure Principle revisited…

David Dorn, if you remember, was at the Global Forum on Nicotine in 2016. He made a speech. Now in June of 2020, Samantha below finds it, loves it, and explains it. David’s work did not, and will not, go unnoticed or forgotten as long as I’m around.

THIS is another reason I love Twitter and do what I ‘do’.


Associations of Flavored e-Cigarette Uptake With Subsequent Smoking Initiation and Cessation

17,929 participants? Nice! It’s not as large as Dr. Farsalino’s largest ever found here with 69,233 participants, and submitted to the FDA as Docket No. FDA-2017-N-6565_FARSALINOS.pdf. (We’ve NEVER heard a word since that I’m aware of).

“In this study, adults who began vaping nontobacco-flavored e-cigarettes were more likely to quit smoking than those who vaped tobacco flavors.”

Their link is here:

Associations of Flavored e-Cigarette Uptake With Subsequent Smoking Initiation and Cessation


The past is not the future in tobacco control

It really, really isn’t.

We should encourage product innovation and support civil dialogue on issues related to smoking harm reduction.

We really should.

The past is not the future in tobacco control


Slice & Dice | Vape Crusader Fights Toe-To-Toe | RegWatch

Finally, I hope you can bear an hour and a half of listening to me with Brent Stafford of RegWatch, he invited me (yay!) on to discuss a few things… I was honored to be invited and followed a great number of people I’ve admired over the years on his show.

I want to thank Cindy Schmidt specifically for reminding me of the reason I do what I do, and the perspective and kind words she had at the beginning of the show, and for Mike Peterson’s words and of course, vapers.org.uk.

Slice & Dice | Vape Crusader Fights Toe-To-Toe | RegWatch


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Vaping In The News ~ June 14th, 2020

Vaping In The News covers media stories on smoking, vaping, snus, heat not burn, e-cigarettes, exposing tobacco control, public health, government, regulations, policies and more worldwide.

“The largest threat to Public Health is an informed consumer.”


Louise Ross: Pragmatism versus dogma ~ Global Forum on Nicotine ~ The Unlikely Savior ~ Don’t Ban Today What May Have a PMTA Tomorrow ~ R.J. Reynolds Wants Out of Historic Tobacco Settlement ~ Anti-Drug Warriors’ Crocodile Tears ~ Snus ~ Butthurt Stan ~ No Flavour Gateway


Louise Ross: Pragmatism versus dogma

A pioneer (and someone I adore) speaks at the Global Forum on Nicotine, and Clive Bates covers it:

Louise Ross: Pragmatism versus dogma


Global Forum on Nicotine

Here’s a subtle observation about #GFN20 each year. Those claiming to be “experts” have an open invite, yet are not speaking or attending to share their ‘knowledge’.

Those experts who ARE attending & speaking? I’ve never seen ONE of them proclaim expertise.

They just show up.

Here’s where it’s curated:

Global Forum on Nicotine


The Unlikely Savior

Smoking, nicotine and Covid-19: What is going on?

Maybe it’s simply because smokers are already forced to be anti-social by being put in smoking areas. Maybe it’s the nicotine, or some other constituent in cigarettes… either way – I know the tobacco CONtrol and anti-nicotine crowd have (depending on where you’re from) – their panties, knickers, or shorts in a knot about even imagining nicotine has a “good place” in the world.

That’s how I like to picture them: uncomfortable, scratching their heads and picking their asses, in public.

I’ll let Clive Bates take over from here:

The Unlikely Savior


Don’t Ban Today What May Have a PMTA Tomorrow

I’m not sure how many times I’ve said this: If you are IN this industry, you MUST have working knowledge of your local (and state) representatives (and opposition). You MUST be PROactive. You MUST be JUST as concerned about THEIR concerns and answer those questions before your 3 minutes at a podium ticks quietly by on deaf ears. Certainly, out of breath – I’ve covered these and more as a consumer, HERE: Vaping Industry Trade Associations.

So this caught my eye, and you, in industry, should read it. Your business, your choice. The deadline is looming, and I’m still rooting for you.

“It is reasonable for states and localities, which can often move faster than federal regulatory bodies, to regulate tobacco products in a way that suits their constituents.”

Don’t Ban Today What May Have a PMTA Tomorrow


Helen Redmond asks an engaging question to former smokers. Consumers. YOU.


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R.J. Reynolds Wants Out

I read this, and thought… this should be both fun and entertaining for the listener… after all, who could’ve predicted this?

R.J. Reynolds Wants Out of Historic Tobacco Settlement


Anti-Drug Warriors’ Crocodile Tears

I adore Michelle Minton. She wrote (among many things) this. This time she covers virtue signaling and disingenuous crocodile tears… from those who openly perpetuate the problem.

Anti-Drug Warriors’ Crocodile Tears


Snus


Butthurt Stan

Just the title alone should’ve brought you this far down the page… It seems Professor Puff-N-Stuff in in need of a little ointment and of course, more funding.

Butthurt Stan


No Flavour Gateway

Something else I’ve said ’till I was blue in the face: I said in 2017 there is NO GATEWAY, AGAIN, there is NO GATEWAY to smoking from vaping products.

Someone else said it again. They’ve got titles and stuff.

No Flavour Gateway


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Vaping In The News ~ June 7th, 2020

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Vaping In The News covers media stories on smoking, vaping, snus, heat not burn, e-cigarettes, exposing tobacco control, public health, government, regulations, policies and more worldwide.

“The largest threat to Public Health is an informed consumer.”


Ray Yeates ~ Global Forum on Nicotine ~ Harry’s Blog #101: The New Colonials ~ In the UK National Health Service, Staffers Benefit From Subsidized Vapes ~ WHO Uses World No Tobacco Day To Attack Vaping ~ Experts accuse WHO of encouraging smoking to waste more lives


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Global Forum on Nicotine

This is an unprecedented opportunity ***this week*** to virtually attend a meeting I’ve wanted to go to since its inception in 2014. If you can, register and join!

Scheduled to appear are a who’s WHO of harm reduction idols of mine, and likely yours. Here’s where you can register:

Global Forum on Nicotine


Harry’s Blog #101: The New Colonials

Pirates… public health… flags… this is important.

Harry’s Blog #101: The New Colonials


In the UK National Health Service, Staffers Benefit From Subsidized Vapes

Michael McGrady gives some insight across the pond………. and well, those are the rules.

In the UK National Health Service, Staffers Benefit From Subsidized Vapes


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WHO Uses World No Tobacco Day To Attack Vaping

Another year, another hijacked hashtag.

WHO Uses World No Tobacco Day To Attack Vaping


Experts accuse WHO of encouraging smoking to waste more lives

These are actual experts in this piece. It’ll do you good to indulge. Even if it “is” the Guardian.

Experts accuse WHO of encouraging smoking to waste more lives



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Vaping In The News ~ May 16th, 2020

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Vaping In The News covers media stories on smoking, vaping, snus, heat not burn, e-cigarettes, exposing tobacco control, public health, government, regulations, policies and more worldwide.

“The largest threat to Public Health is an informed consumer.”


Death Sentence For A Vape Advocate Refused Oxygen Because He Vapes ~ The Bizarre Attack on Vaping ~ Tracking Vapers ~ Nicotine Could Prevent the Spread of COVID-19, Studies Suggest ~ First Study of ZYN, A Novel Consumer Nicotine Product ~ New Report Unveils The Extent To Which The CDC And FDA Lost Focus ~ Since I switched to vaping ~ Piss poor methodology ~ United States Vaping Association- USVA ~ Mitch Zeller with AMJ Public Health (Podcast).


Death Sentence For A Vape Advocate Refused Oxygen Because He Vapes

I’ve affectionately called Ray a #CrankyOldMan since late 2014.
He introduced me to the thought that what governments were doing *then* (and still are) by banning, regulations, restrictions of vaping products are crimes against humanity.

Now he himself is faced with those charges. INNCO is *working on* a possible Gofundme for Ray. As soon as there is a resolution I will let everyone know on this blog.

Death Sentence For A Vape Advocate Refused Oxygen Because He Vapes

THIS.

Here’s Ray in court in Canada:


The Bizarre Attack on Vaping

Is there any other kind of attack on vaping? Nice to see a non-vaper writing.

The Bizarre Attack on Vaping


Tracking Vapers

Sure, of course… this could work…. specifically “how deeply they inhale”… never mind.

Tracking Vapers


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Nicotine Could Prevent the Spread of COVID-19, Studies Suggest

If I see Michael McGrady, so shall you.

Nicotine Could Prevent the Spread of COVID-19, Studies Suggest


First Study of ZYN, A Novel Consumer Nicotine Product

There really are fewer sources to less harmful information about about less harmful smokeless tobacco products. Like snus. Yeah, I said that.

Dr. Brad Rodu is one of those sources.

First Study of ZYN, A Novel Consumer Nicotine Product


Since I Switched To Vaping:

Ya know… inspiration comes in many formsYolande Jeffares (who I adore) was in the chatroom on #SonOfLibertyRadio Friday night… she had a comment and idea that caught my eye… Since I switched to vaping…

Funny thing about inspiration, and hashtags… they can make a difference.

You can use the #vaping_i_can and/or #SinceISwitchedToVaping hashtags…


New Report Unveils The Extent To Which The CDC And FDA Lost Focus

Well, there are a thousand examples, here’s another.

New Report Unveils The Extent To Which The CDC And FDA Lost Focus


Piss poor methodology


The United States Vaping Association- USVA announces:


Mitch Zeller with AMJ Public Health

Link to podcast from the FDA tweet above: AMJ Public Health Podcast


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Vaping In The News ~ May 9th, 2020

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Vaping In The News covers media stories on smoking, vaping, snus, heat not burn, e-cigarettes, exposing tobacco control, public health, government, regulations, policies and more worldwide.

“The largest threat to Public Health is an informed consumer.”


Deadly agency nominated for award ~ Lessons From the Public Health Responses to the US Outbreak of Vaping-Related Lung Injury ~ A Look Back at CDC’s Award-Nominated “EVALI” Response ~ Cigarette sales are rising in the middle of a pandemic ~ Nicotine Policy Should Not Be Exempt From Science ~ How ASH turned the views of just SIX smokers into a headline-grabbing 300k ~ Speaking of government math ~ What’s that? Juul and Pave? ~ Survey: ‘Cool’ factor, not flavor, drives teens to vape ~ Dependence on e-cigarettes and cigarettes in a cross-sectional study of US adults.


Deadly agency nominated for award

Because you need to pat yourselves on the back for a pseudo-job well done. You have work to do with those states banning ‘our’ products on false pretenses. Now you have the tools.

Deadly agency nominated for award

Related:

Human beings died while we eluded to something else causing the problem – and that assumption caused cities and states to ban nicotine vaping products.

We’re still confusing the public. We’ll mention it, but we’re not going to blow the same budget resources admitting or rectifying blatant misconduct. But hey, look at us! We’re a finalist for an award!


Lessons From the Public Health Responses to the US Outbreak of Vaping-Related Lung Injury

You have work to do with those states banning ‘our’ products on false pretenses. Now you have the tools.

“The CDC’s public advice and the media were slow to report the evidence on the role of cannabis vaping. Popular government regulatory proposals – bans on sales of nicotine flavours and vaporisers – were based on the assumption that nicotine vaping was the cause of the outbreak.”

Lessons From the Public Health Responses to the US Outbreak of Vaping-Related Lung Injury


A Look Back at CDC’s Award-Nominated “EVALI” Response

Jim McDonald takes a step-by-step look at the theatrical production of the CDC and how it lied about ‘evali’.

A Look Back at CDC’s Award-Nominated “EVALI” Response


Cigarette sales are rising in the middle of a pandemic…

Well, that’s not the title – but what difference does it make?

Despite Pandemic, Stockpiling Boosts Altria’s Cigarette Brands


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Nicotine Policy Should Not Be Exempt From Science

I’ve covered this here, but Jeff Stier does it so much better, here:

Nicotine Policy Should Not Be Exempt From Science


How ASH turned the views of just SIX smokers into a headline-grabbing 300k

Government math.

How ASH turned the views of just SIX smokers into a headline-grabbing 300k


Speaking of government math:


What’s that? Juul and Pave?


“Stop being “anti-tobacco”. Start being pro-human.”


Survey: ‘Cool’ factor, not flavor, drives teens to vape

Color me surprised.

Survey: ‘Cool’ factor, not flavor, drives teens to vape


Dependence on e-cigarettes and cigarettes in a cross-sectional study of US adults.

From March, I don’t see it in my bookmarks… so here it is:

“Use of e-cigarettes appears to be consistently associated with lower #nicotine dependence than cigarette smoking.”

My notes: Also, a lower association with everything else such as health problems, narrative, taxes, revenue, & control. That’s why they’re mad.

Dependence on e-cigarettes and cigarettes in a cross-sectional study of US adults.


What Carl said, and the video Jerry is in was “produced at taxpayer expense”.


Screwdrivers…


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Vaping In The News ~ May 2nd, 2020

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Vaping In The News covers media stories on smoking, vaping, snus, heat not burn, e-cigarettes, exposing tobacco control, public health, government, regulations, policies and more worldwide.

“The largest threat to Public Health is an informed consumer.”


Effects of electronic cigarette on platelet and vascular function after four months of use ~ Editorial: Nicotine and SARS-CoV-2: COVID-19 may be a disease of the nicotinic cholinergic system~ FDA Deems Certain Tobacco Products Subject to FDA Authority (*Revised) ~ Tobacco Harm Reduction 101 ~ Anti-Vaping Zealots Find Opportunity in the Pandemic ~ CASAA CEO Responds to Biased Bloomberg Rag Decrying Bias, Slandering Advocates ~ What We Know—and Still Need to Learn—About Coronavirus and Nicotine ~ 180 by Glantz ~ Nicotine Nightmare for the Antz ~ Blu Files PMTA; Will the Indie Vape Industry Be Shut Out? ~ Electronic Cigarette Use Among U.S. Adults, 2018 ~ Coping in Lockdown Study


Effects of electronic cigarette on platelet and vascular function after four months of use

LESS harm. Harm reduction. To my knowledge, no mice were harmed in this HUMAN study.

Effects of electronic cigarette on platelet and vascular function after four months of use


Editorial: Nicotine and SARS-CoV-2: COVID-19 may be a disease of the nicotinic cholinergic system

While still in the discovery mode, there is much more in here than I understand. (From Dr. Farsalinos and team).

Editorial: Nicotine and SARS-CoV-2: COVID-19 may be a disease of the nicotinic cholinergic system


‘Why Is a Liquor Store Essential and I’m Not?’ Asks Store Owner During N.Y.C. Coronavirus Lockdown

My occasional tin foil hat wearing self says high volume state taxes determined what “is” ‘essential’ and ‘non-essential’… maybe if vape shops and clothing stores and churches sold liquor, cigarettes and lottery tickets….

‘Why Is a Liquor Store Essential and I’m Not?’ Asks Store Owner During N.Y.C. Coronavirus Lockdown

Link to tweet

FDA Deems Certain Tobacco Products Subject to FDA Authority (*Revised)

No one celebrates “National Tobacco Day” like the anti-movement. No one seems to CARE that definitions and science isn’t important legally. In addition to the list including “programmable software” (like this blog or your point of sale software?), now, the FDA has “revised” (among other things)

The following is a nonexhaustive list of examples of objects used with e-cigarettes or other ENDS that would likely be considered accessories:

Screwdrivers

Lanyards

to the ‘tobacco product‘ category. Someone should alert the major hardware outlets.

FDA Deems Certain Tobacco Products Subject to FDA Authority (*Revised)


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Tobacco Harm Reduction 101

Lindsey with an “E” has taken this to task – and is a great source for those of you in business as reference for politicians.

Tobacco Harm Reduction 101


Anti-Vaping Zealots Find Opportunity in the Pandemic

There’s nothing that will change someone’s moral outlook quicker than cash in large sums.” — Larry Flynt, Hustler Magazine

Anti-Vaping Zealots Find Opportunity in the Pandemic


CASAA CEO Responds to Biased Bloomberg Rag Decrying Bias, Slandering Advocates

Freedom of speech doesn’t protect speech you like; it protects speech you don’t like.” — Larry Flynt, Hustler Magazine

CASAA CEO Responds to Biased Bloomberg Rag Decrying Bias, Slandering Advocates


What We Know—and Still Need to Learn—About Coronavirus and Nicotine

Dr. Sally Satel…

What We Know—and Still Need to Learn—About Coronavirus and Nicotine


180 by Glantz

Well, who knew Professor Puff-N-Stuff, after making a lifelong career out of ruling lives and looking the other way… that it would… oh never mind.

180 by Glantz


Nicotine Nightmare for the Antz

I believe the unwanted attention on nicotine will reveal more liars than anyone could ever expect – regardless of the outcome.

Nicotine Nightmare for the Antz


Blu Files PMTA; Will the Indie Vape Industry Be Shut Out?

Jim McDonald explains “All three major U.S. tobacco companies that sell vaping products have now submitted Premarket Tobacco Applications (PMTAs) to the FDA”, and while reporting on that, recalls in January “Alex Azar promised to create a “streamlined” PMTA pathway for small vaping manufacturers”….

Blu Files PMTA; Will the Indie Vape Industry Be Shut Out?


Electronic Cigarette Use Among U.S. Adults, 2018

They KNOW (above and elsewhere) they reduce smoking. They KNOW they are less harmful. How important IS that? Here’s the link:

Electronic Cigarette Use Among U.S. Adults, 2018


Coping in Lockdown Study

Dr Marewa Glover, Dr Robin Shepherd, Dr Kumar Paramanathen, and Dr Carl V Phillips are at the helm of this and it was made possible by a grant from the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World. Data is data.

Coping in Lockdown Study


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Vaping In The News ~ April 26th, 2020

Vaping In The News covers nicotine, smoking, vaping, snus, heat not burn, e-cigarettes, harm reduction, tobacco control, public health, government, regulations, policies & more worldwide.

The largest threat to Public Health is an informed consumer.


It’s Official! PMTA Submission Deadline Will Move to Sept. 9th ~ Will Nicotine Be a Game Changer for COVID-19 Patients? ~ Tobacco Free Kids has no data ~ Truth Initiative is posturing publicly ~ White House weighing plan to replace Azar ~ Surgeon general gets pushed to sidelines, sparking questions ~ Mixed Messages from Surgeon General ~ COVID-19 Lockdown and The Damage to Vape Businesses and Their Customers ~ WHO Values Lines Of Text Over Saving Lives ~ WHO Rips Into Vaping Yet Again In This Shocking Video


It’s Official! PMTA Submission Deadline Will Move to Sept. 9th

If you haven’t heard or have been under a rock, the deadline has been extended. This does not give you three extra months to be negligent in your responsibility. In fact, I encourage you to take the allotted time to be precise, factual, and focused in your actions.

It’s Official! PMTA Submission Deadline Will Move to Sept. 9th


Will Nicotine Be a Game Changer for COVID-19 Patients?

Imagine the idiocy of ‘experts’ hiding, and demonizing a substance for 30+ years because they are afraid of exposing themselves and truth? As I’ve stated before, imagine the heads of tobacco control ‘experts’ hitting desks at the speed of disbelief… if, and I use the word if very seriously, nicotine (or other substance) ‘may, could, or might‘ be beneficial to preventing, suppressing or helping reduce COVID19.

Imagine, if that same study conducted (and also concluded) showing no complaints about addiction or withdrawal of the said substance at the same time. That would put 30+ years of liars in a pickle, and would warm the cockles of my heart.

Either way, science will prove, or disprove this hypothesis.

Will Nicotine Be a Game Changer for COVID-19 Patients?


Tobacco Free Kids has no data

They’re spitting in the wind and being called out for it.


Truth Initiative is posturing – publicly.

The American Vaping Association is calling out another political front group spitting in the wind… no phony agenda there…


White House weighing plan to replace Azar

He said, she said… could be true –

White House weighing plan to replace Azar


Surgeon general gets pushed to sidelines, sparking questions

The hashtag #FireTheSG isn’t just fun, it’s a goal. In the meantime, I have plenty of questions as to why they would keep the muppet on.

Surgeon general gets pushed to sidelines, sparking questions


Mixed Messages from Surgeon General

After being absent from multiple press conferences, Jerry has come out of double-secret probation. Yes, I did this. See, the words are there, you just have to read between the lines.

I call this one “All in the wording”.


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COVID-19 Lockdown and The Damage to Vape Businesses and Their Customers

With shops already and consistently under great pressure, I don’t like this.

COVID-19 Lockdown and The Damage to Vape Businesses and Their Customers


Once Again: Flavours Are Preferred by Adults, Not Just Teens

Covered over, and over, and over… and another from Penn State College of Medicine shows the same thing. Oh, and anyone 20 or under are not legally able to purchase these products.

Once Again: Flavours Are Preferred by Adults, Not Just Teens


WHO Values Lines Of Text Over Saving Lives

To understand the rabbit hole we’re swirling in with official stances of powerful political and pharmaceutical front groups posing as “public health groups” would take three months to do, so I’ll assume you know. Now Dick takes the latest irony of the World Health Organization’s position to task.

WHO Values Lines Of Text Over Saving Lives

Related: Neil Humber from EcigClick goes into detail of WHO’s (continued) position on vaping here:

WHO Rips Into Vaping Yet Again In This Shocking Video


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Vaping In the News ~ April 19th, 2020

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FDA Rejects Krishnamoorthi’s Call for a Temporary Vape Ban ~ The Damage to Vape Shops Deemed “Non-Essential”—And Their Customers~ US vaping lung injury outbreak was a public health fiasco or worse – comment to FDA ~ Federal Obsession With Fake Epidemic Distracted Nation From Pandemic Preparedness ~ No, vapers are not at greater risk of catching Covid-19 ~ FDA Admits There’s Actually No Evidence Vaping Makes COVID-19 Worse ~ COVID-19 Vape Survey – Scientists Need Help From the Vapers Of the World ~ Harm Reduction Expert: WHO’s Stance on Vaping is Costing Lives ~ Did the vaping industry target youth? ~ Adults don’t like flavors, but Nancy Pelosi does. ~ Public Health Covid19 email thread


FDA Rejects Krishnamoorthi’s Call for a Temporary Vape Ban

Nationally, while there are simple (and common-sense) suggestions of washing hands and such, there are also broad, borderline infringements on we, the people’s rights. Timing ‘is’ everything. Science is also a factor.

Jim McDonald:

FDA Rejects Krishnamoorthi’s Call for a Temporary Vape Ban


The Damage to Vape Shops Deemed “Non-Essential”—And Their Customers

VITN rules are strictly adhered to.

Speaking of rights. Classification of ‘non-essential’ businesses is subjective to who is making the determination without consideration for whom it may, or may not -arbitrarily- apply.

Michael McGrady:

The Damage to Vape Shops Deemed “Non-Essential”—And Their Customers


US vaping lung injury outbreak was a public health fiasco or worse – comment to FDA

Skirting facts, utilizing conjecture, the “evali” fiasco was a precursor to what the FDA, CDC, – really any ‘public health’ authority could screw up with a looming pandemic, proving they were both dishonest and unprepared.

US vaping lung injury outbreak was a public health fiasco or worse – comment to FDA


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Federal Obsession With Fake Epidemic Distracted Nation From Pandemic Preparedness

Speaking of unprepared…

Federal Obsession With Fake Epidemic Distracted Nation From Pandemic Preparedness


News that Takes Your Breath Away: Risk Perceptions During an Outbreak of Vaping-related Lung Injuries

Influence on perceptions. Misconduct in my opinion. Note, this has a PDF at the bottom of their page.

News that Takes Your Breath Away: Risk Perceptions During an Outbreak of Vaping-related Lung Injuries


No, vapers are not at greater risk of catching Covid-19

EVERYone has the same risk. Well, read on.

No, vapers are not at greater risk of catching Covid-19


FDA Admits There’s Actually No Evidence Vaping Makes COVID-19 Worse

Imagine that? The Surgeon General said VAPING might not be the only ’cause’ of COVID19. On national television… but… In fact, the FDA released a statement:

FDA Admits There’s Actually No Evidence Vaping Makes COVID-19 Worse


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COVID-19 Vape Survey – Scientists Need Help From the Vapers Of the World

Yes, yes there is a survey. Just in case.

COVID-19 Vape Survey – Scientists Need Help From the Vapers Of the World


Harm Reduction Expert: WHO’s Stance on Vaping is Costing Lives

With the United States echoing positions on masks, they also echo the position of their perception of harm reduction of vaping products.

Harm Reduction Expert: WHO’s Stance on Vaping is Costing Lives


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Did the vaping industry target youth?

A valid question answered by Michael J. McFadden:

Did the vaping industry target youth?


Adults don’t like flavors, but Nancy Pelosi does.

Allegedly, adults don’t like #Flavors, candy or ‘other flavors’, Nancy. This will look great in court.

Pelosi answers the question, “How much of your regular diet do you think is ice cream & candy? with “As much as possible”. “I enjoy it-I like it better than anything else.”

Also, *note the candy behind the adult host in her very own video showing her love of ice-cream and flavors.


Public health Covid19 email thread

With my own tweet, I give an example to the Surgeon General about this… I’ll link the PDF I refer to below it. It is well worth your time to scrutinize what they already were being shown, told and advised.

And they sat quietly.

Full email chain provided here by the New York Times in PDF format.


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Vaping In The News ~ April 13th

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The largest threat to Public Health is an informed consumer.


FDA and Media Spreads Fear About Fake Vape-COVID Connection ~ Cannabis industry says the feds’ failed response to VAPI was a warning about coronavirus ~ Dear Mitch ~ Innovative approaches to support smoking cessation: Twitter chat with Charles A. Gardner PhD ~ Words Count: Nicotine and Tobacco Research Priorities ~ COVID-19 and Smoking Updates ~ Rep. Eric Swalwell ~ Clive Bates ~ Erika Lynne ~ David Newell~ BAT files patent suits against Philip Morris’ IQOS products ~ Papers about effectiveness of basic masks #masks4all


FDA and Media Spreads Fear About Fake Vape-COVID Connection

There is NO connection. -0- evidence linking COVID-19 to nicotine, vaping, or smoking, (or drinking, lifestyle choices, and all the other idiotic claims I’ve seen) ANYONE can get it.

But of course, they did it anyway.

FDA and Media Spreads Fear About Fake Vape-COVID Connection


Cannabis industry says the feds’ failed response to VAPI was a warning about coronavirus

Speaking of failures, the incompetence of current covid19 response reminds me of…

Cannabis industry says the feds’ failed response to VAPI was a warning about coronavirus


Dear Mitch

Dave Cross over at Planet Of The Vapes is another writer who has caused me to delete more draft blogs… in this one:

“Thomas Miller, the Attorney General of Iowa has written to Mitch Zeller, the Director of the Centre for Tobacco Products at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). He and a number of other tobacco harm reduction advocates are concerned about recent statements linking vaping to the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Dear Mitch


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Innovative approaches to support smoking cessation: Twitter chat with Charles A. Gardner PhD

Well worth the time in a “Twitter chat” transformed to a blog.

Innovative approaches to support smoking cessation: Twitter chat with Charles A. Gardner PhD


Words Count: Nicotine and Tobacco Research Priorities

As Dr. Gardener states in this: “This was a simple exercise undertaken for illustrative purposes”, however, the initial showing of words used (and not used) and the source being the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco, you’d think there’d be more meaningful content.

Words Count: Nicotine and Tobacco Research Priorities


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The ‘correlation’ of smoking and COVID-19 is opinion-based at best for the moment in my amateur opinion… BUT…

COVID-19 and Smoking Updates


BAT files patent suits against Philip Morris’ IQOS products

Well isn’t this interesting…

BAT files patent suits against Philip Morris’ IQOS products


Rep. Eric Swalwell

Ya know… when a representative refers to the advice of the Surgeon General as moronic…


Clive Bates

You know when Clive gets to this point, he’s had quite enough. I don’t often see Clive Bates do this, as it is out of character for him to not be professional. Now, because he has, I hope I see more of it from him, and all public health perspectives calling out any lies concerning public health.

But wait, there’s more.

Again, when Clive uses a hashtag, specifically that one, it is not without thought before he typed it.


Erika Lynne

Erika has been on a while and had the opportunity to participate in a PAVe webinar… great thread.


David Newell

Oh… and David… once the most blocked twitter account ever, has highlighted a perplexing position the World “Health” Organization (WHO) have placed themselves ‘in’.


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Papers about effectiveness of basic masks #masks4all

Papers about effectiveness of basic masks #masks4all


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Are Officials Masking Covid-19 Advice From The Public?

face, masks, respirators

I can’t believe there is this much discourse about face masks.


What if, despite “expert” advice, simply suggesting wearing a mask may, could, might, or possibly reduce your risk from the other asymptomatic humans, and “flatten the curve”? To overlook deter something as simple (and inexpensive) as face masks as part of the standing COVID-19 advice to the public should be construed as negligence. Reasonable “explanations” for not wearing masks is quite frankly, worse.

I can’t believe there is this much discourse around the world about face masks.

So, while looking for the difference of ‘experts’ downplaying a need, increased hype against the need, and common sense for, or against wearing a mask for personal use, I’ve highlighted a Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) preventive graphic: I see exposure, person to person, close contact, and finally, how droplets can… wait, let me get my mask.

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It’s personal.

For all intents and purposes, all humans have the same preventive goal: To protect our individual selves and the ones we love. To choose to wear a mask is a personal, individual choice. I’m all for it, and that. Wikipedia explainsPersonal protective equipment (PPE) is protective clothing, helmets, goggles, or other garments or equipment designed to protect the wearer’s body from injury or infection.” To reduce risk of that which poses a threat. To minimize exposure. It doesn’t say it will work. I know less than you do about infectious diseases, and I can’t say you’ll wear a mask properly or if it will work. But……….

In densely populated (and worst hit) areas of the United States (think New York, you know, subways and stuff) I’ll ask again: What if, simply wearing a mask would achieve their slogan of “flatten the curve”? What if “they”, the chosen experts, are wrong?

“Tinfoil hat time”: What are they trying to hide? Why are they trying to hide it? Are they ignoring information for appearances? Do they want this pandemic to get worse?

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Creating fear?

Are masks unnecessary? Are they purposely downplaying the need? I’ve seen ‘higher risk’ groups singled “stigmad” out (yep, made it up) because of age, alcohol use, being overweight, smokers, vapers, and more. To gaslight “groups” of people claiming they are at a higher risk is idiotic. I can only think that narrative would give anyone not in that group a false sense of security. I also think well, gee, those people should be wearing masks!

If you’re old enough to remember, this is how AIDS ideology, stigma, and discrimination was fueled. You’d THINK “Public Health” would learn.

Interestingly, Twitter just released guidelines saying : “Claims that specific groups, nationalities are never susceptible to COVID-19″ and on my point, bold being my emphasis again: “Claims that specific groups, nationalities are more susceptible to COVID-19″… that’s found here. I hope it extends to other false narratives.

I stated on Twitter: “Someone tell me ‘I’m’ wrong.”: (this includes you!) “*Everyone* has the exact same RISK of #COVID19. Washing hands, social distancing, less exposure, reduces RISK. Exposure is the risk, anyone *having it* who also suffers from chronic disease MAY, could, or might have more detrimental outcomes.”

Remember the CDC graphic above? The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. I don’t find it unreasonable to utilize a mask as a preventable measure. What if it helps….

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Don’t wear a mask? Says W.H.O.?

Why not? The World Health Association (W.H.O.) says if you’re healthy, only wear a mask if you’re attending to anyone suspected of a COVID-19 infection. Well that’s odd. I suspect anyone is licking toilet seats or not washing their hands are suspect, but I can’t tell those humans apart from the ones that don’t. Also, those telling you and me what we can, cannot personally ‘do’ are by all accounts, suspect. It’s a thing with me.

In the tweet above it states “Irresponsible use of masks by those who do not need them can be harmful”.

But… this, from October 2019 states: “

Recommended for symptomatic individuals, and conditionally recommended for public protection“, alsoGiven the costs and the uncertain effectiveness, face masks are conditionally recommended only in severe influenza epidemics or pandemics for the protection of the general population, but are recommended for symptomatic individuals at all times.

This is found on page 28 of this PDF here: “Global Influenza Programme

Did I run out and purchase masks? No, but if you’re like me, you’re not randomly doing as you’re told. I’ll wear a bandana. Simple, makes me feel better. It’s a personal, individual choice. Besides, I don’t trust their advice on things I know, why should I trust them with things I don’t. I already suffer from borderline anti-public health ‘expert’ syndrome.


On February 29th, 2020, the U.S. Surgeon General stated scolded the public with all the professionalism in the world. He tweetedSeriously people- STOP BUYING MASKS!“, I decided he’s marginalizing something bigger than he is – like his ego and narrative, and I’ll assume he’s wrong. What if he is?

How DARE (I) we humans question authority or think it (may, could) might be acceptable to think for ourselves, and by the way, Jerry… why are you taking the liberty of relinquishing Americans of their personal choice by demanding we do, or not do anything?

Update April 3rd, 2020: We the people weren’t “buying masks” as Jerry arrogantly accused We, The People of. No, he deflected his amateur tweet at us while millions of masks were being exported.

Meanwhile, one of the giants in the industry argues against exporting their products.

Update April 3rd, 2020:

Update April 9th:

The precautionary principle states we should sometimes act without definitive evidence, just in case…”

“The public” here are not volunteers in someone else’s experiment in a flu outbreak—they are people the world over who are trying to stay alive in a deadly pandemic.”

Is it me, or is it hard to fathom potential & devastating (hindsight in 2020 will be 20/20) there could ever be so much debate and professional division about masks?

Face masks for the public during the covid-19 crisis

“Covid19 has released global awareness about #PublicHealth, spotlighting & exposing unprepared experts who assume, correlate, fabricate, hypothesize, speculate & manipulate #data leveraging financial/political advantages against humans.

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Peeling off the mask

What about research, or data on masks vs no masks? Because I adore JoodiG, and because of what she (and Patty McNulty above her) said, I was intrigued. REDUCING RISK. Then of course, there’s that personal, individual choice again.

Are public health “leaders” trying to make us “look like” we’re not panicking to the rest of the world? We’ve already bought all the toilet paper, is wearing masks considered taboo in the USA? Is it that the government was already in an unprepared en mass position, and the public depleted the normal needed stock of masks too quickly? I’ll get back to that link JoodieG shared shortly below… and hey, thanks for hanging with me.

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I have to ask, what about the flu?

What about wearing masks for flu season(s)… what does the Centers for DISEASE control say about that? Well…. interestingly…

NO recommendation. Huh.

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Link to CDC’s website (this is toward the bottom)

I do like to fact check, so off I go… where one tab becomes three, and five… and wait a minute.

So, what about the flu… well… This got my attention. Sherif Mossad, MD isn’t a political or governmental public health figure, he is an infectious disease specialist. At the Cleveland Clinic. Wait, now when flu season is in, why are we not being told to wear masks? I’ll let you ponder that as this paragraph comes to a non-conclusional (Yep, made that one up myself as well) close.

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Someone’s lying, or someone isn’t telling the whole truth, so because I like to poke Jerry… the expert.

Look at the graphic again, and look at what Jerry said.

Popular (Twitter) hashtags about this subject are #masksforall and #masks4all.

The link to the article (graphic) in my above tweet is here.

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Points, counterpoints.

For time and space, you can click here for this tweet, and it will open to a continuous ‘thread’ of other related tweets from this and other users. Also, as always, I highly suggest joining Twitter (There’s that personal, individual choice again.)

So what have we been told? They don’t ‘prevent’ anything, they might even make it worse?

This article came up, and is highly recommended. Besides, who among us doesn’t like scientific rationale???

COVID-19: WHY WE SHOULD ALL WEAR MASKS — THERE IS NEW SCIENTIFIC RATIONALE

Update April 3rd, 2020: Experts tell White House coronavirus can spread through talking or even just breathing

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Meanwhile, In Austria

Huh. Bet they “flatten the curve”. That’s all I have to say about this:

Austria to make basic face masks compulsory in supermarkets

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This poll came out yesterday on Twitter.

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Obviously, healthcare workers should get priority on the appropriate masks because they – are – at the highest risk for exposure.

That said, how about Mrs. Johnson down at your local brick and mortar? She’s exchanging your money in face to face transactions tirelessly, because she is an essential worker. How, if anyone can not show symptoms immediately, can they know they’re contagious? Does anyone not deserve a mask in face-to-face transactions? As much as I like Mrs. Johnson, if neither of us are wearing masks as a preventative measure and she’s asymptomatic, and I come home to my grandson…

Masks allow the user to reduce their risk. Also, see harm reduction, and there’s that personal, individual choice again.

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Remember JoodiG’s tweet?

Do you know why I’m the guy who asked all the annoying questions in class? Because either I didn’t understand it, and/or others were afraid to ask. Yeah, that was me.

Here’s the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health (NCBI link) JoodieG referred to above in her tweet.

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I’m just a human being wondering how big a failure this could be, and what else they are already not doing.

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Yep, I still can’t believe there is this much discourse about masks. My disclaimer? I’m not an expert. I can only read, comprehend, and decide for myself and my family. Your personal decision to buy, make, and wear, or not wear masks is your decision. From a social distancing standpoint, and human interaction, You do you, I’ll do me.

I hope and predict (see same-day update from the Washington Post below) masks will be suggested soon by U.S. officials with some excuse that new data has come out, they didn’t know, without admitting a failure, by pointing fingers at the public – in the ‘we didn’t plan to have enough’ chain of events that will unfold in disbelief, right before our open, gaping, uncovered mouths… I mean, eyes.

Updated 4/2/2020: White House expected to recommend Americans wear cloth masks to prevent coronavirus spread

Please, don’t hold your breath, I’ve been wrong before. The one thing I am confident in? Trust, but verify.

They could be right, I advise to ALWAYS question public health “experts”, and wash your hands. Masks are optional and, that advice, of course, is a personal, individual choice for you to make. Or not.

Be well.

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UPDATE:

President Trump was asked about masks today 3/30/2020 (the same day as this blog). His remarks are below, and on this tweet with the question starting at the 46:36 time mark.

The question (and response) was:

Reporter: “Scott Gottlieb, your former FDA Commissioner wrote a roadmap for recovery after the coronavirus. President Trump: Very interesting I saw it. Reporter: He suggests, the roadmap suggests that everybody wear a mask in public. Is that something that the task force – thinks is a good idea?”

President Trump: “We haven’t discussed it to that extent… but it’s certainly something we could discuss. We’re getting certainly the number of masks that you need. We are in the process of talking about things, I saw his suggestion on that, so we’ll take a look at it, for a period of time, not forever I mean you know we want our country back.”

He went on to say “We’re not going to be wearing masks forever but it could be for a short period of time after we get back into gear. People could, I could see something like that happening for a period of time. But I would hope it would be for a very limited period of time. Doctors, they’ll come back and say for the rest of our lives we have to wear masks.”

HUH.

I found this from the Washington Post late this evening:

Now it’s being considered…..

“according to a federal official who spoke on the condition of anonymity because it is an ongoing matter of internal discussion and nothing has been finalized.”

CDC considering recommending general public wear face coverings in public

How about this… seems legitemate to me.

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What does a scientist from China say?

Not wearing masks to protect against coronavirus is a ‘big mistake’

Huh.

This VA Hospital Cited “Misleading” Data to Restrict Mask Use for Health Care Workers

And, a tweet is in this article I didn’t include:

Should you wear a mask in public? The narrative is shifting.

And…..

It’s Time to Face Facts, America: Masks Work

I hope to update this soon.

Update 3/31/2020:

Guess what the City of Memphis says:

“Masks may serve as additional protection when combined with other preventive measures.”

Facial Covering or Mask Guidance for General Public

How about this:

“Guidance needs to change and needs to be clear that these nonmedical, nonsurgical masks are beneficial to the general public and should be worn when outside of the home,” said Robert Hecht, a professor of epidemiology at the Yale School of Public Health.

Mask mystery: Why are U.S. officials dismissive of protective covering?

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What about THIS from 2009 via the Centers for Disease Control?

“relying on laboratory-confirmed cases as the primary outcome may have been unrealistic for a study of this size”

“Masks may therefore play an important role in reducing transmission.”

Face Mask Use and Control of Respiratory Virus Transmission in Households

This is frightening: “The lack of research on facemasks and respirators is reflected in varied and sometimes conflicting policies and guidelines.”

Facemasks for the prevention of infection in healthcare and community settings.

My home state of Ohio:

White House press conference 3/31/2020

Dr. Birx: Masks: “It’s just being considered by the task for now about whether that (CDC) recommendation that already exists relevant to to wearing masks should be altered in any way so it’s still under discussion.”

(This is found at approximately 1:54:35 in this link to press conference.)

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In California: UPDATE: Riverside County on Tuesday issued guidance to cover your face:

California Promises Guidance On Wearing Masks In Daily Life, Newsom Gives Coronavirus Update

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I like this tweet.

4/01/2020

Jacob Sullum asks the question:

What’s Up With All the Contradictory Advice About COVID-19 and Face Masks?

Multiple authors agreed, and explained in this:

  • Encourage the Public to Wear Masks. “There is emerging evidence that asymptomatic and presymptomatic transmission of COVID-19 is possible,18 which complicates efforts to pursue case-based interventions. To reduce this risk during Phase I, everyone, including people without symptoms, should be encouraged to wear nonmedical fabric face masks while in public.19 Face masks will be most effective at slowing the spread of SARS-CoV-2 if they are widely used, because they may help prevent people who are asymptomatically infected from transmitting the disease unknowingly.

  • Face masks will be most effective at slowing the spread of SARS-CoV-2 if they are widely used, because they may help prevent people who are asymptomatically infected from transmitting the disease unknowingly. Face masks are used widely by members of the public in some countries that have successfully managed their outbreaks, including South Korea and Hong Kong.20 The World Health Organization (WHO) recommended members of the public use face masks in the event of a severe influenza pandemic.21

National coronavirus response: A road map to reopening

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Now, still 4/01/2020…

“aaaaaaand”……. Here are a few things the Surgeon General suffered from in 00.59 seconds this morning on the TODAY Show:

And – what’s that? A review? What?

Surgeon general says CDC was asked to review guidance on wearing masks


Oh, and

What about this? Why isn’t this part of flu ‘season’ messaging?

“Our findings suggest that a homemade mask should only be considered as a last resort to prevent droplet transmission from infected individuals, but it would be better than no protection.”

Testing the Efficacy of Homemade Masks: Would They Protect in an Influenza Pandemic?

(From the 31st)

“If, in fact, a person who may or may not be infected wants to prevent infecting someone else, one of the best ways to do that is with a mask,” Fauci told CNN’s Jim Acosta. “So perhaps that’s the way to go and again, I say Jim, that’s under very active consideration. As I say, we’ll be discussing it today, this afternoon, at the task force meeting.”

White House Coronavirus Task Force is giving ‘serious consideration’ to suggesting Americans wear face masks


Larado, Texas:

A second motion was passed that included the mandate for all Laredoans to begin wearing protective face masks, or “nose to mouth” covers. That includes any type of fabric, scarf, or bandana.

Laredoans must now wear protective masks when entering building

Update April 12th, 2020:

While a “6” foot rule has been established, this shows the “Virus was widely distributed on floors, computer mice, trash cans, and sickbed handrails and was detected in air ≈4 m from patients.”

That’s 13.1234 FEET. Will they update it?

“positivity was relatively high for floor swab samples”…

“Because patient masks contained exhaled droplets and oral secretions, the rate of positivity for those masks was also high (data not shown). We recommend adequately disinfecting masks before discarding them.”

Aerosol and Surface Distribution of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2


April 12th, 2020:

This Google Doc was linked by a twitter user, and is “curated by Jeremy Howard and the fast.ai community.”

Papers about effectiveness of basic masks #masks4all


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