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Vaping In The News – February 9th, 2019

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.

All photos courtesy Moose Jooce Vape Shops, Michigan

FDA: Conflict of Interest or Business As Usual ~ Collusion | Dirty Details of the Coordinated effort to Kill Vaping ~ State of Public Health: Failure ~ Smokeless Tobacco ~ Having Health Insurance Increases Your Risk ~ Does the American Lung Association Really Hate Smokers ~ Why is vaping now more dangerous ~ ATR Leads Coalition ~ It is about church ~


FDA: Conflict of Interest or Business As Usual

Bookmark alert: I’d say this is ass-ripping testimony.

FDA: Conflict of Interest or Business As Usual

Related: Senator Burr in this discussion with Mitch Zeller in 2014.


Collusion | Dirty Details of the Coordinated effort to Kill Vaping

Are you paying attention?

Censorship of information and policy, funding interests behind the scenes to fit a controlled narrative of non-profit organizations (of any issue) is clear.


Brent Stafford works very hard with Regulator Watch Canada to disseminate fact from fiction with Michelle Minton here in the U.S.

I, and thousands have been saying this for a very long time.


State of Public Health: Failure

Similar to what I hope you watched just above, I searched for “positive” statements from “health groups“. It took me a substantial amount of time to find them. It makes me “feel and believe” they can say they’ve “said” it, they’re just (unsurprisingly) very quiet about it.

State of Public Health: Failure


Smokeless Tobacco Can Save Lives, But Only if Smokers Have All the Facts

Just the facts. Is that so hard to ask for? Jeff Stier explains.


Smokeless Tobacco Can Save Lives, But Only if Smokers Have All the Facts


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#SGWatch

On the 5th of February, Surgeon General was quoted below saying nicotine is “pound for pound, as addictive as heroin”:

Then, on the 7th I see this. So far during my ‘one-man’ Surgeon General watch I’ve linked my challenge, Aaron Biebert has asked Dr. Adams politely for an interview, and the thread gets more interesting by the day.

For the record we’ve gone from a definitive statement of “pound for pound, as addictive as heroin”, to “a medical viewpoint-& it’s complicated” in two days.

At least it isn’t about feelings.

This thread gets longer by the day.

Having Health Insurance Increases Your Risk of a Heart Attack

Dr. Siegel flips a coin…

Having Health Insurance Increases Your Risk of a Heart Attack, and Other Cross-Sectional Study Foibles

He also asks

Does the American Lung Association Really Hate Smokers

Really Hate Smokers So Much that They Discourage Quit Attempts Using E-Cigarettes

Why is vaping now more dangerous than smoking cigarettes?

The answer from Marion Burt is priceless.

Why is vaping now more dangerous than smoking cigarettes?


ATR Leads Coalition Urging President Trump to Halt the FDA’s Regulatory Assault on E-Cigarettes

Will Trump pay attention to less government intrusion of personal choices?

ATR Leads Coalition Urging President Trump to Halt the FDA’s Regulatory Assault on E-Cigarettes


It is about church

If you don’t believe this idiotic fight is already a political and money-motivated movement, don’t start now. That said, I’d better see you dressing nice and in your pews on Sunday.

It Is About Trust


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I proudly joined David Goerlitz on his latest podcast: David G Model Citizen.

Are you familiar with Tobacco Harm Reduction For Life?


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#ChangeTheConversation

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Your comments are NEVER filtered, always encouraged and welcome at the bottom this blog. There is definitely more to come.

Keep ON #Vaping On.

Kevin


Dr. Gottlieb: E-cigs CAN Help Smokers Quit And Improve Their Health

Dr. Scott Gottlieb, Food and Drug Administration

Dr. Gottlieb of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) tweeted “e-cigs can help currently addicted adult smokers quit; and improve their health.” If you had internet connection issues yesterday, it may have been jolting shocks of horror from ‘experts’ seeing what he tweeted.

This isn’t the first reference to less harm, Dr. Gottlieb has passively stated in the past: “If you could take every adult smoker and fully switch them to e-cigarettes, that would have a substantial public health impact”. He’s also stated:

“E-cigarettes may present an important opportunity for adult smokers to transition off combustible tobacco products and onto nicotine delivery products that may not have the same level of risks associated with them.” (Source)


That’s pretty big news no one is hearing over the incessant chanting from others. If a “substantial public health impact” is a goal, Dr. Gottlieb will have to speak up. (I can barely hear him.) How about, oh – I don’t know, maybe a press conference with a mandatory presence of the alleged “health leaders” for a start.


Source

Dr. Gottlieb will have to speak up if a “substantial public health impact” is a goal:

In the four years (hard to believe, today) since the release of the results of my consumer survey, I have finally seen a credible and official statement saying “e-cigs can help currently addicted adult smokers quit; and improve their health.” from the Commissioner of the FDA.

This isn’t a secret. No one is listening. It’s something consumers have said all along.

Link

Not only did he tweet those words, he also tweeted a follow-up about improved health.

Link

I can’t be so arrogant to believe these tweets came from my urging, but I was shocked to read what Dr. Gottlieb said. Maybe he isn’t using his (this is funny) mute button! I’m skeptical, he’s at least tweeted it – with a comment about improving health. Twice. Vape shops are not permitted to say that. In my book, it’s better than a poke in the eye.

I can’t ask for… Wait, if the goal of reducing smoking is the goal, I’ll expect much more.

In my excitement, I mistakenly linked the Surgeon General from his personal account on a few nudges. However, I included him in other tweets in his “official” capacity. So far, no reference to this new study has been made from his personal or official account.

No “health group” has mentioned Alex Azar’s statement below. This information is NOT foreign to Dr. Adams or Dr. Gottlieb. They were present when U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Secretary Alex Azar spoke these words:

Quote is at 3:35 on this video

No surprise

Those ‘experts‘ I referred to above? The horror must’ve made them leave early to grab their favorite flavored Starbucks coffee. With Gottlieb making a statement like he did, I was eager to see if the American Heart, Lung, Cancer, or even Tobacco-Free Kids may, might, or could have mentioned it.

In conducting a quick general twitter search for the article link and found –ZERO– mentions from those organizations front groups. So much for a public health impact.

If smoking is “the single largest preventable cause of death and illness in the world”… and all “health” organizations are about health,  and improving health, then why does my pal DrMA below need to raise awareness of their omission a day after Gottlieb’s statement …


Tweet

Scepticism and merit


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Picking Up Momentum

Tammy and others went all out:

Link

Our friend James Jarvis did as well.

Link

I’m in the middle

The headlines are wonderful, the truth is the average number of attempts for a smoker to stop is 30. The success rates of gums and patches are about 7%. The average success of e-cigarettes is 70% (low end), or more, and they know it, government funded research proves it. Downplaying it, giving it no attention isn’t informing the public. That doesn’t improve health.

Change The Conversation

It’s time for public health and politicians to make a decision:

They want less smoking, or they don’t.

They want less harm, or they don’t.”


CALL THEM OUT

If making public health a priority and “improving health” is their goal… With all we do know, EVERY single township, official, city, who have regulated, restricted or banned 18, 19, and 20-year-olds from less harm and choice should be questioned – having an opportunity to explain themselves.

EVERY news outlet should be screaming about improving health with e-cigarettes, and interviewing every single township, official, city, health group and expert in the area who restricted or banned those choices.

Consumers (like me) take it upon themselves to blog, tweet, write their representatives out of passion and conviction. If I’m doing it wrong, I’m willing to learn.


This just happened. At least that’s what I heard.
This is 2019. (“Hi, Fig”!)


These are the types of thing you may not be aware you, as a business, giving smokers a healthier option, are up against:

Original Tweet

Sometimes I pick my battles carefully.

Careen is responding to my “Vape Shop” photo. I imagine she’s being engaged with. Link.

It’s time for vape shops/industry to make a decision as well.

I know, love, and respect some business owners who are fighting by themselves for their customers, and future customers, either through a local or state industry organizations. If you’re not aware, you’re not doing yourselves any favors.

If you are in business giving smokers a healthier alternative to smoking and don’t change the conversation quickly with local, state and national lawmakers…… ahh, who am I to say what you should do. After all, it is your business.

I would read about this (here and here, or listen to this man and act accordingly with any representatives about youth, adult choices less harmful products, and more here:

Senator Burr (R-NC) Floor Speech on FDA Ban of Menthol Cigarettes

Senator was also in this discussion with Mitch Zeller in 2014.

Please see my last blog: You Don’t Know Nicotine.


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Keep ON #Vaping On.

Kevin

You don’t Know Nicotine

You Don't Know Nicotine
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You Don’t Know Nicotine

Award-Winning Filmmaker

Award-winning independent filmmaker Aaron Biebert is on the move again. He and his core team are ready to get to work on his new ground-breaking documentary, “You Don’t Know Nicotine”. In just four days, momentum is building quickly towards the first goal of funding this new film.


It isn’t a question, it is a statement.


“You Don’t Know Nicotine”.


On the Kickstarter page, Aaron asks:

  • How does nicotine actually affect developing brains?
  • Are there any benefits to adults who use nicotine without smoking?
  • Who’s covering up the truth about nicotine, and why?

Updated 1/30/2019: “Thanks to you, our project is currently the #1 most popular film project on Kickstarter!”


What they say

Varied statements of nicotine being as addictive as “heroin and cocaine” have been made for decades. They don’t just say it, they are assertive about it.


Action on Smoking and Health quotes Dr. Gottlieb stating it “rivals the addictive power of heroin and cocaine. For teens, it is particularly risky” and it “can rewire an adolescent’s brain“.

Action on Smoking and Health
Source

The Centers for Disease Control say nicotine is a drug that “can harm brain development, memory, and attention“.

Centers for Disease Control
Source

Cliff Douglas, “Vice-President Tobacco Control, American Cancer Society, and faculty, University of Michigan School of Public Health” states nicotine leads to changes in the brain.

Cliff Douglas
Source

The Food and Drug Administration says – like heroin or cocaine, it changes the way your brain works.

Food and Drug Administration
Source

The Surgeon General says nicotine is “highly addictive” and can “harm brain development“.

Surgeon General
Source

Ruth Malone, Professor of Nursing & Public Health Policy UC San Francisco, Editor, Tobacco Control journal – has a slightly different slant.

Ruth Malone
Source

“The great enemy of truth is very often not the lie–deliberate, contrived and dishonest, but the myth, persistent, persuasive and unrealistic…”


Are There Benefits? Are they right?

Think about it: is nicotine addictive? Is it dangerous? What are the health risks? Can it harm brain development? Are there benefits to the chemical?

What are they hiding?

Is there justification to what you’ve been told about nicotine or is the information outdated? Is what they say taken out of context? Do some of the people repeating it know it’s true or false?


“Too often we hold fast to the cliches of our forebears. We subject all facts to a prefabricated set of interpretations…”


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Is there a controversy?

The subject matter of this film is intriguing to me. In March of 2017, and in collaboration with others, I conducted a “30-day Nicotine Challenge (with criteria: still uncontested).


What I expect from Aaron Biebart and his seasoned team is thought-provoking truth. I am looking foward to their findings, good or bad.

Why has this not been explored before?

Like his last award-winning independent film, I’m fascinated to see this subject taken head-on. I expect the public health community to line up (in an orderly fashion) to take unprecedented opportunity to explain themselves intelligently and end the debate publicly.

I also expect some to ignore it.


We enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought. ~John F. Kennedy


Searching for answers

While getting to the bottom of this, I expect – and predict – this director will enlighten us in the process, bringing this subject front and center, telling the world what we don’t know about nicotine.

I fully support this project because I understand the freedom of expression without outside influence. I understand educating the public is much less about ego and much more about education.

Regardless of the outcome, I look forward to the opportunity of discomfort of thought.


I’ll leave you with what the Kickstarter page says:

“We will chase down as many experts (willing & unwilling) as our budget allows. It’s time to get answers from all sides of this debate.”

If you’re interested, you can pitch in as little as $5.00 or much more, with levels and rewards being different, such as your name in the credits, an early streaming link, honoring a loved one who died from a smoking-related or brain-related illness, a public screening license, and much more – up to and including the “Tater Tot” level.

The Kickstarter campaign is here.

Hashtag #YouDontKnowNicotine

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My sincerest hope is this film will Change The Conversation .




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I proudly joined David Georlitz on his latest podcast: David G Model Citizen.


You can find me here trying to be cordial on Facebook

You can find me here being a bit more evil on Twitter

You can find me here on Instagram

You can also find me on LinkedIn


Are you familiar with Tobacco Harm Reduction For Life?


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Research:


Politics:

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A Billion Lives

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Your comments are NEVER filtered, always encouraged and welcome at the bottom this blog. There is definitely more to come.

Keep ON #Vaping On.

Kevin

Vaping In The News – January 26th, 2019

“Feelings” with Surgeon General Jerome Adams.

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


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


You Don’t Know Nicotine ~ The great American youth vaping epidemic. Really? ~ The FDA hearing that wasn’t ~ The Impact of E-Cigarette Warnings ~ Burning Sub-Ohm ~ Bucking Bad Legislation in the Buckeye State ~ Electronic Cigarette Fires and Explosions (U.S.A.) 2009 – 2016 ~ A Meme


You Don’t Know Nicotine

Aaron Biebert, Director of A Billion Lives, announced his new project during his visit in Oklahoma City at Vapers Carnivale:

If you’re interested, you can pitch in as little as $5.00 or much more, with levels and rewards being different, up to and including the “Tater Tot” level! 

The Kickstarter campaign is here.

Follow this on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


The great American youth vaping epidemic. Really?

With the lack of being a professional statistician or researcher, I did my improvisational best covering the Surgeon General’s affirmation of the U.S. teen ‘epidemic’. I questioned the absence of daily data and babbled about it as I do.

Here, Clive Bates, someone I admire, explains what I could not, well beyond my expectations.

The great American youth vaping epidemic. Really?


The FDA hearing that wasn’t

Speaking of curing children, and a fraudulent epidemic, the FDA took it upon itself to hold a public hearing on the youth vaping “epidemic”. Instead of a balanced conversation between harm reduction proponents and anti-tobacco activists, the hearing became a one-sided stage for fanatics.

The FDA hearing that wasn’t


The Impact of E-Cigarette Warnings

Next up… contrived epidemic. Our friend Chris just below explains the “epidemic” was a plot (graphic below found here) to start with from this tweet in November of last year.

I’m not sure what to call this study. Note it was submitted on the 21st of September 2018. In the theme of warnings, something the ‘epidemic’ was based on, this short paper shows an “online experiment” and ‘“brain” and “chemicals” warnings’ were higher discouraging youth from e-cigarettes.

Well, of course, ” Research should continue”.

The Impact of E-Cigarette Warnings


Burning Sub-Ohm

Paul puts common sense down so even I can understand it. I don’t sub-ohm. I’m certainly no mathematician, but I do understand researchers must have fire extinguishers ready at all times.

Burning Sub-Ohm


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Bucking Bad Legislation in the Buckeye State

Our friend James Jarvis joins Lindsey Stroud of Heartland Institute to talk about legislation in Ohio.

Bucking Bad Legislation in the Buckeye State


An Open Letter to the WHO Executive Board

Aside from the obvious harm reduction, also mentioned:

  • “Courage, creativity, and the ability to seize opportunities”
  • -0- links to industry, independent. (meaning no control of studies either, essential, science/data is clear and independent.)
  • Very low quit rates: Market failure (and “TC/PH” failure in my opinion).
  • Awareness, progress is mentioned (#LOUDER!)
  • Interest of public health (Which leads me to believe this is an opportunity to break the chain of the standard “we don’t know” crowd.)

An Open Letter to the WHO Executive Board


Electronic Cigarette Fires and Explosions (U.S.A.) 2009 – 2016

“Reports of 195 separate e-cigarette fire and explosion incidents in the U.S. were found, dating from January 2009 to Dec 31, 2016. In 68 percent of these incidents, 133 acute injuries were reported. No deaths were reported during the study period.”

Electronic Cigarette Fires and Explosions (U.S.A.) 2009 – 2016


A meme.

Over the course of time, I’ve made my share of amateur graphics, “memes”. In the spirit and need for ALL of us to change the conversation, I asked Chris Hughes if I could use his photos for this blog in 2016, and again below.

Thanks to you who’ve shared it. It seems to have hit a nerve.


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I proudly joined David Georlitz on his latest podcast: David G Model Citizen.


You can find me here trying to be cordial on Facebook

You can find me here being a bit more evil on Twitter

You can find me here on Instagram

You can also find me on LinkedIn


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Medical, Research, Science Professionals:

Research:


Politics:

E-Cigarette Politics

A Billion Lives

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#YouDontKnowNicotine

Your comments are NEVER filtered, always encouraged and welcome at the bottom this blog. There is definitely more to come.

Keep ON #Vaping On.

Kevin


Nicotine and Vaping: Let’s Change The Conversation

Let’s Change The Conversation.

Let’s change the conversation about the myths surrounding nicotine and vaping.

The government resists ignores the opportunity to correct myths surrounding nicotine, vaping, and snus. Most things shared in mainstream media is full of multi-layered bias. There are difficulties explaining admitting vaping products and nicotine (and snus) are a safer, less harmful alternative to smoking, and the government continues to mislead the public.


Let’s change the conversation.


Myth:

Vaping does not work.

Truth:

Vaping does work.

Current nicotine cessation products show smoking cessation rates below 7% at 1 year.

Dr. Gottlieb knows the 93% failure rate is accurate.

However, what you’re not being told they won’t admit: Without question, e-cigarettes have shown extremely high success rates. A survey conducted by the Moffitt Cancer Center funded by the National Institute of Health (NIH) and National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) showed as far back as 2013: 79% had completely quit smoking cigarettes

An immediate transition

42% quit switched in one day. 75% stopped smoking switched within a month in (my) global survey of 7,238 participants. While some ‘experts’ believe this is bias because vapers participated, this shows ‘real world’ beneficial bias. I found their experience similar to mine and wanted the world to know. So did they.

This more recent survey shows “real world” results as well..

Flavors: This United States survey, the largest survey ever performed on e-cigarette use in terms of sample size with 69,233, shows flavors was associated with significantly higher odds of adults having quit switched with vaping products and was submitted to the Food and Drug Administration.

The FDA has not published or utilized these findings to my knowledge.


“They want to regulate, restrict, tax and ban less smoking.”


Consider this:

Did you know “it may take 30 or more quit attempts before being successful” They DO.

I do.


Myth:

“We just don’t know enough”, there’s not enough research.

Truth:

There’s plenty of research.

There are over 200 pages of research found here.

56 more demonstrating vaping products are less harmful than cigarettes or are effective to switch can be found here.

Dr. Farsalinoshas been conducting laboratory and clinical research on e-cigarettes as a principal investigator since 2011” has his research found here.


Point To Ponder:

The FDA experimented with Chantix on 12-16-year-olds. “The study failed to meet the main goal”. You read that right. It’s here.

Fun Fact: They are encouraging more smoking.

According to this press release: “Agencies of the U.S. federal government have invested more than $100 million in independent clinical research with SPECTRUM cigarettes

Dr. Gottlieb, along with the majority of non-profit “health” organizations are excited to support more combustible cigarettes (with “lower nicotine“) entering the market.


There’s More:

This February 2018 article from Moffit Cancer Center, where Thomas H. Brandon, Moffit’s Director of Tobacco Research and Intervention Program is in the middle of “a large national study” and states “my perspective that e-cigarettes represent the most important change in the landscape of tobacco use during my 36 years in this field. We need to harness this change to maximize the public health benefit“.

Dr. Brandon acknowledges quitting takes “several serious attempts” and smokers should make use of the seven products approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and adds: “And yes, e-cigarettes, whatever works!” (Article.)


Let’s change the conversation.


It’s time for public health and politicians to

make a decision:

You want less smoking, or you don’t.

You want less harm, or you don’t.


Not the only one wanting to change the conversation with public perception, Dr. David Abrams of New York University agrees with Public Health England’s 2015 report.

According to this article, he knows vaping products are “substantially less harmful than cigarettes“.


Annual Reviews of Public Health

Again, changing the conversation is paramount to “reframe societal views of nicotine use” and stressed the need to “get out the latest accurate information about reduced harm”, along with the need for “ethics and integrity in responsibly interpreting the scientific evidence with rigor” is a necessity in this Annual Reviews of Public Health.


Consider this:

YOU are CASAA. The Consumer Advocates for Smoke-Free Alternatives has been changing the conversation since 2009. There are thousands of real-world testimonials here, and it is free to be a member and I encourage you to join here.

Tobacco Harm Reduction 4 Life (THR4Life) is another consumer group. THR4Life wants to change the conversation by supporting and educating consumers.


WHY are government officials withholding information on legal consumer nicotine/tobacco products from the public?


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Myth:

E-liquid is a tobacco product

Truth:

As of August 8th, 2016, e-liquid (with or without nicotine) and vaping products are “deemed” (looked on, or to regard or consider in a specified way) tobacco products for the sole purpose of then regulating, restricting, taxing (like cigarettes) and even banning them.

Milk is not beef. Syrup is not wood. Grapes and hops are not alcohol. Almonds are not milk. Nicotine is not tobacco.

Sources for nicotine patches, gums, inhalers, and e-liquid all come from the same source. While some e-liquids do contain nicotine extracted from the tobacco plant, it can also be synthetic.

Exempt? Nicotine patches, gums, inhalers

It’s the same nicotine. “Nicotine can also be purchased in many other forms including patches, chewing gum, and liquid extract formula.” That’s here.

Are E-Cigarettes Tobacco Products?

Schrodinger’s Nicotine: Not Derived From Tobacco

American Cancer Society on vaping: Nicotine is not tobacco


DEFINITIONS matter:An almond doesn’t lactate, I will confess,” Dr. Gottlieb said. It doesn’t meet “standards of identity” in this article.

Definitions matter, evidently. Gottlieb says non-dairy products like “almond milk” and “soy” are not “milk”.

(Article reference, video reference)

Myth:

Vaping products and nicotine replacements like patches contain nicotine, I’m trading one addiction for another. Vaping is just like smoking.

Truth:

No. These products are different and the likelihood of addiction is very low.

While the nicotine itself is the same nicotine, these products deliver nicotine differently and have a much lower risk of addiction than cigarettes.

“To debate a comparison of e-cigarettes to combustible tobacco is gross negligence or voluntary incompetence.”

There are other chemicals in cigarettes, like ammonia, for enhancing nicotine delivery. There is much more to it.Research is showing that nicotine may not be the only ingredient in tobacco that affects its addictive potential” and “…likely caused by some as-yet-unidentified ingredient in tobacco smoke other than nicotine.”

You can see more about this hidden at the bottom of the page in purple from drugfacts.org here.


There’s More:

I understand your skepticism about nicotine. In fact, despite what you’ve heard since the 1988 Surgeon General’s report, there is no proof nicotine addiction exists.

This, from Hanan Frenk and Reuven Dar, says claiming nicotine addiction “could only be sustained by systematically ignoring all contradictory evidence” and “is remarkably biased and misleading.”.

That’s explained here:

If the data contradicts the theory, throw out the data. 

It is also explained very well by Chris Price here:

Is Nicotine ‘Addictive’?

Still not convinced? I still understand your skepticism.

Consider this:

This is ground-breaking research on Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. Dr. Paul Newhouse is director of Vanderbilt University’s Center for Cognitive Medicine.


“…and nobody started smoking cigarettes.”

“It seems very safe even in nonsmokers,” he said. “In our studies we find it actually reduces blood pressure chronically. And there were no addiction or withdrawal problems, and nobody started smoking cigarettes. The risk of addiction to nicotine alone is virtually nil.”

Study finds nicotine safe, helps in Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s

And this:

The effects of nicotine itself are similar to that other popular drug, caffeine. There is no evidence that nicotine causes any substantial risk for cancer, and the research shows that the risk for cardiovascular disease is minimal. The confusion about nicotine comes from anti-smoking activists talking about nicotine and smoking as if they were the same.

This website also has information about smokeless tobacco including snus.

All about Nicotine (and Addiction)


Let’s change the conversation.


Consider this:

In Florida, Dr. Lee, faced with a five-year-old (at the time) experiencing “20 seizures a night” with a rare form of epilepsy decided to administer nicotine via a patch. Dr. Lee also “found evidence that a nicotine patch helped stopped seizures in an adult”.

Stunned? That’s here: Nicotine patch ends seizures for 5-year-old girl


No one has proven themselves right with criteria provided in my “Nicotine Addiction: An Open 30-Day Public Health Challenge“.


Myth:

There are no side effects from vaping products.

Truth:

An important point for someone considering vaping as an alternative, Vaping 360 has some astounding information on their website. One example is ‘The Potential Side Effects from Vaping“.

Also, some have experienced allergic reactions to propylene glycol.

Myth:

If I use vaping products, I will experience no withdrawal symptoms or cravings quitting smoking during my transition.

Truth:

Vaping products reduce withdrawal symptoms associated with cigarette smoking.

In fact, many (mentioned in the survey linked above) experienced little or no withdrawal symptoms during their transition. Nicotine strength is essential.

Let’s change the conversation in the next myth below.


Myth:

If I start vaping, nicotine strength should be reduced as soon as possible.

Truth:

You should not limit your nicotine strength.

During your transition, the strength of nicotine you choose mimics the throat hit you experienced while smoking. It’s your pleasure. If you decide to switch, it is recommended nicotine strength matches to make the transition easier. There are also nicotine calculators to estimate your nicotine strength.

As an example, if you smoke heavily, your nicotine strength should be 12, 16, 18, or 24mg. Strengths do go higher, (36, 54 and even as high as 72mg). If you are a light smoker, it may only be 0, 3, 6 or 9mg nicotine strength you would be satisfied with. Start higher, and over time you can lower your nicotine if you feel you should. Your local vape shop should be able to determine your needs.

Since myths of nicotine have been ingrained into the public and culture so long, finding this study showing higher nicotine strengths was intriguing.


Myth:

Nicotine causes cancer.

Truth:

Nicotine does NOT cause cancer.


There’s More:

World renowned cardiologist Dr. Farsalinos explains in this article: “Nicotine does not cause cancer“, he goes on to say “All medical experts around the world know this to be a true fact. And yet, many continue making the mistake of associating nicotine with cancer.”

Chris Price also explains it well here:

Nicotine And Cancer – Is There Any Link?

There’s MORE:

In fact, the Royal Society for Public Health DOES say “nicotine is no more harmful than caffeine”, here.


Myth:

Only healthy people can use Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT), or nicotine.

Truth:

The effects of NRT and vaping products on the body is not “fully known”, but these products are safer than cigarettes. By using vaping products to switch from smoking, “you reduce your exposure to many chemicals found in tobacco smoke.”

In fact, 85% of the medical professionals in this survey said they are safer than combustible cigarettes.

If you have any concerns, talk to your doctor before doing so. Some find as patients, they are educating their doctors.

Under the direction of your doctor, most people can use NRT. Generally, NRT and vaping products can be safely used by people with diabetes or high blood pressure and does not increase the risk of heart attacks.


“Think of the children™.”

It is an appeal to emotion designed to create moral panic.

Myth:

E-cigarettes are “an epidemic among children”

Truth:

No, there is no “epidemic”. With bold being my emphasis, It may surprise you to see this via Clive Bates:

“Applying this proportion to the 2018 data would suggest about 4% of high school students are daily users (this compares to the headline 20.8% use in the past 30-days).”

That’s here: The great American youth vaping epidemic. Really?

Added 4/04/2019:

Some FDA Claims About Teen Vaping Confirmed, Others Evaporate


Points to ponder:

It is illegal to purchase these products for anyone under 18 21. (Trump amended the law in December of 2019).

That fact is on page 13 of the 499 page document found here.

Did you know?

Since 1992, retailers must “achieve a noncompliance rate of no more than 20%” selling tobacco to minors (80% is acceptable in accordance with the Synar Amendment)

That fact is here and is tied to funding: Synar Amendment


Myth:

E-cigarettes are “marketed to children”.

Truth:

This short video featuring Dr. Steven J. Allen from Capital Research explains:

It may also surprise you to see this:

“Anybody who tells you Juul is a panic or an epidemic in America is deceiving you”~ Iowa Attorney General ~ Tom Miller

Campaign For Tobacco-Free Kids Market E-cigarettes and Tobacco to Children.


Myth:

Only children like flavors.

Truth:

Surely you can answer for yourself if you like flavors (coffee, cake, cookies, candy, Grandma’s pies, etc.). While the myth of flavors being a ‘gateway‘ to smoking for teens (it is not), it is noted flavors like fruit and desserts, pastry and other flavors are extremely important in your transition.

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Myth:

E-cigarettes are a “gateway” to smoking.

Truth:

More truthful information across the board = less harm.

“If our primary concern is population-level trends in youth and young adult smoking, which we believe is appropriate, then vaping has not shown to be a serious cause for concern”.

That statement can be found here:

Examining the relationship of vaping to smoking initiation among US youth and young adults: a reality check

Two other studies, one here, and one from Yale showsas a result of these bans, more teenagers are using conventional cigarettes than otherwise would have done so“, here.

Also: Gateway Effects: Why the Cited Evidence Does Not Support Their Existence

Also: Gateway effects and electronic cigarettes.


Myth:

There’s “anti-freeze” in e-cigarettes, and I’ve heard about “popcorn lung”.

Truth:

Blatantly lying, there is no “anti-freeze” in e-liquid. This statement is simply manipulative and absurd. As of the publishing of this post, the well respected American Academy of Pediatrics is still alluding to ‘anti-freeze’ as an ingredient in their ‘quick facts’ section here.

A twist of words on an ingredient, “facts” by various health groups and professionals. This article from Lee Johnson will ease your mind about this subject:

Propylene Glycol in E-Cigarettes – Is PG Dangerous to Inhale?

Popcorn lung is also false. From Dr Farsalinos, Brad Rodu, Dr. Siegel and more, a collection of evidence to the contrary:

A Bucket Full of Popcorn


Myth:

What about “second-hand” vapor?

Truth:

A valid concern. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health took that quite a bit further in a vape shop, where more than one person would be using these products.

“We evaluated concerns about exposure to vaping-related chemicals in a vape shop. Exposure to flavoring chemicals (diacetyl, 2,3-pentanedione, acetaldehyde), formaldehyde, nicotine, and propylene glycol were all below occupational exposure limits.”

That”s here: HHE Report No. 2015-0107-3279

Also see: “Results indicate e-cigarette secondhand exposures are sources of elevated nicotine and propylene glycol exposures. Secondhand exposures to e-cigarettes did not contain consistently elevated concentrations of formaldehyde or acetaldehyde.”
That’s here:

Air monitoring at large public electronic cigarette events.

And here from Clive Bates:

Public health snoopers detect vapour aerosol at vape conference and fake a particulates scare


If you’re interested:


There’s More:


Linda Bauld: “despite the lack of data of safety in pregnancy, we can be relatively confident that if the choice is between continued smoking and use of an e-cigarette (‘vaping’) then vaping is the safer option.”

Are e-cigarettes safe to use in pregnancy?

Linda Bauld: “the benefits of e-cigarettes for smokers have been shown to far outweigh the harms”

E-Cigarettes Could Help Control Weight Gain in Smokers Trying to Quit


Also, Dr. Robert L. Cranfield, MD:

“E-cigarette users with 3 or more years of use were found to have a 96% reduction in reported adverse health events after initiation use, and a resolution of 61.8% of the measured existing health problems that developed while smoking.”

A Comparison of Health Events in Previous Smokers With Three or more years of Electronic Cigarette Experience.

“You can smoke and vape. In fact, I encourage it.”

If you are a smoker choosing to switch to vaping products, do it for your own reasons. If you smoke and vape – just to try it, that’s called “dual use“.


Should vaping products be designated as a “medical device”? Swedish courts found: “the product must have the function of preventing or treating an ailment” and are not medical devices.


From my point of view, this is about proper information and choice.

Dr. Glover: “We need a new way to deal with smoking, and shaming current smokers into submission is NOT it…”

Smoke Shaming Has Gone Too Far – How I “Deprogrammed” Myself


“They want to regulate, restrict, tax and ban less smoking.”

There’s More:

What about regulations? Well, Clive Bates answers some very important questions here:

Rethinking nicotine: FDA asks six questions about the future of nicotine regulation

Many more points here.

After everything you’ve learned so far, and before you go on, there’s a quiz (I love to hate to love) from Clive Bates:

Rethinking nicotine – a quiz


FDA’s Mitch Zeller, Director, Center for Tobacco Products knows vaping and snus doeswork:

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SOURCE: The State of Tobacco Use and Regulation in the U.S.

Dr. Scott Gottlieb, former commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration knows vaping works:

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SOURCE: FDA Commissioner on E-Cigarettes and Public Health Concerns

Points to ponder

Nicotine “addiction” is blamed solely on “nicotine”. Why are teens not using patches and gums to hide their addiction?

At what age is a smoker considered a smoker?

Immature Manipulative Data

While smoking among teens has reached it’s lowest levels in history, The 2018 “Monitoring The Future” survey shows teens are using e-cigarettes at ‘epidemic’ levels at 26.7%, yet fails to show daily use (habitual).

Daily use was not asked. It did not have data showing:

  • What users were of legal age
  • What users did not use nicotine
  • How many were smoking and switched
  • Why marijuana is included with “any vaping
  • Why is “use” defined as in the past thirty days, not daily

Why?

Why would anyone in the government or public health field purposely mislead the public?

When #data collected fails to generate daily data to analysis and assess information, which bias is utilized best? Is it:

  • Area Bias?
  • Self-Selection Bias?
  • Leading Question Bias?
  • Social Desirability Bias?

How To Lie, Cheat, Manipulate and Mislead using Statistics and Graphical Displays.



Think about this very carfully:

“They want to regulate, restrict, tax and ban less smoking.”

The FDA position to limit access to adults is clear.

They’ve claimed e-cigarettes are a “gateway” to smoking.

Helen Redmond explains it eloquently here.


To put fear in the public mind, “brain damage” is also alluded to, but only found in animal studies, not humans.


Fun Fact: For the record, they want to eliminate 18, 19, and 20-year-old adults from accessing products by including vapor products with “Tobacco 21.

There’s more

They want to restrict access to cigarettes and e-cigarettes. For adults.

They already are well aware it doesn’t work. In fact, it makes no sense here. Creates more smoking, and didn’t make sense here. It also doesn’t make sense here.

The movement to raise the age to 21 for tobacco is not going to work. According to the Centers for Disease Control, underage drinking is still continuing to be a problem.


Switching and the Pleasure Principle

In the very important video below, fellow consumer David Dorn says in less than five minutes what most tobacco control experts never took the time to understand. He talks about switching and the pleasure principle.

It is highly recommended for smokers being pressured and families of smokers. This should be required for anyone in the professional crowd to listen to.

Ultimately, it is about choice and pleasure. David talks about switching. Pleasure. Choice.

From the Global Forum on Nicotine (GFN2016): The Pleasure Principle – David Dorn


Why?

Why would anyone in the government or public health field purposely and knowingly mislead the public?

Here are a few reasons in no particular order:

WHY are government officials withholding information on legal consumer nicotine/tobacco products from the public?


Let’s CHANGE The Conversation.

Along with e-cigarettes, I must point you to this important link from Dr. Brad Rodu about Mitch Zeller making false statements about smokeless tobacco needing to be part of the conversation as well. Dr. Rodu also talks about snus, and here where Mitch Zeller quietly answers Bengt Wiberg and absolutely admits snus is another alternative in the world, but no one hears that.

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If the time, energy and money it took to convince the public otherwise been spent over the last ten+ years e-cigarettes have been available to educate, not manipulate, they may have achieved their goal of less smoking in the United States. I applaud the few who have stepped up despite the pressure of professional peers, and I encourage the others to do the same.

Medical, Research, Science Professionals: M.O.V.E.

On one hand, when if authorities, legislator and public health officials swallow their pride and see the need, en mass, to listen and to change the conversation completely, they will be very embarrassed.

On the other hand, changing the conversation, for most, isn’t their goal.

Let’s change the conversation about myths surrounding nicotine and vaping.

This blog was derived, in part, from a previous post featuring James Jarvis, and “Dispelling Myths about Nicotine Replacement Therapy”: Myths about Nicotine


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Vaping In The News – January 5th, 2019

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Managing nicotine ~ THR4Life ~ Self-determining nicotine consumption ~ I bought my dad a Juul  ~ Dr. Gottlieb ~ Poison Control ~ Surgeon General Jerome Adams ~ Voices Of Vapers ~ VapeTithing ~ FDA Comments




Managing nicotine without smoke to save lives now: Evidence for harm minimization

    • Products that do not burn tobacco are substantially less harmful than deadly smoke.
  • E-cigarettes do help smoker’s switch or quit smoking especially if used daily.
  • Youth use of e-cigarettes is experimental and not a gateway to lifetime smoking.

Managing nicotine without smoke to save lives now: Evidence for harm minimization


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Self-determining nicotine consumption

Maybe patches and gums have never been enough strength? Is it the delivery system?

Stop the neanderthal fear-mongering, Tobacco CONtrol.

#YouDontKnowNicotine.

Self-determining nicotine consumption will assist people who smoke give up behavior


I bought my dad a Juul e-cigarette to see if he’d give up his Marlboros.

CNBC reporter Angelica LaVito bought her father a Juul – and he “hasn’t smoked a cigarette in 30 days.”

I bought my dad a Juul e-cigarette to see if he’d give up his Marlboros. Here’s what happened


Scott Gottlieb

A.J. is one of the people I follow on Twitter. Government officials are assumed to have a staffer manning their social media accounts. I – along with many others have tweeted at, to and above the “Dr. Gottlieb” account –  thousands of times. This, of all things, got a response from Gottlieb. While we know he now knows there’s a mute button, we’re not sure if he’s utilized it.

Finally a bit of levity from Dr. Gottlieb.


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Poison Control

To be clear, the numbers below are *calls* to poison centers, not visits or treatment. Jake Jacobsen (@Jake2001 on Twitter) has been and continues to compile these each month.

“Here are the final numbers for 2018 from the U.S. American Association of Poison Control Centers. (AAPCC) Again, common household products continue to be much more prevalent.” – Jake

To my knowledge, no “epidemic” or crisis has been issued or discussed for laundry pods or hand sanitzer. Huh.

Poison 2018


Surgeon General

The Surgeon General has decided to take matters to his own personal twitter account to discuss e-cigarette use and ‘epidemic’ proportions of said use in youth. This seems to take a bit of heat of Dr. Gottlieb directly (on purpose?) – and of course, there is a disclaimer on the account: “Tweets/RT don’t represent endorsement or my employer.”

I, among others, have decided to take him to task. “Past month” use is not equal to “daily use” and therefore does not constitute any meaning of ‘epidemic’.

Alcohol is 30.20% for “past month” use. Quite high! On the surface, I would call that a huge concern.

The Surgeon General conveniently displays data. No one has uttered a word of an epidemic of alcohol use.

Daily use of alcohol is significantly lower, reported at 1.20%. That’s an extremely dramatic drop in what on the surface looks like a very high and concerning number for “use”.

The only conclusion is for me, they didn’t ask – or report it – on purpose. If it were truly and epidemic, certainly daily use would be the most intriguing and telling figure for what would be an “epidemic” and the most important question asked.

Author note: In or out of context, he’s sharing “national sentiment” and lack of balance.

His job description as Surgeon General is to provide “Americans with the best scientific information available on how to improve their health and reduce the risk of illness and injury.”

If you’re interested, you can also see what Dr. Adams has said in his non-representation of his employer about “feelings” and 30-day-use here.

Surgeon General Feelings

I call bullshit, Dr. Adams. Fraud, corruption and conflict comes to mind. Those are my feelings. I suppose that’s what feelings are for. Imagine my feelings when I found while in your role as Indiana State Health Commissioner – overseeing Indiana’s Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Commission – you owned (or still own?) stock in tobacco companies.

Huh.


Voices of Vapers

Speaking of A.J…. he’s joined Lindsey Stroud!

In this episode of Voices of Vapers, A.J. Moll, Executive Director of Missouri Smoke Free talks about his efforts in Missouri, his extensive research on tobacco harm reduction, and the recent Twitter antics from U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams.

Vaping in the Show-Me State & Misconstruing Data (Guest: A.J. Moll)


VapeTithing

Speaking of Fig Ramsey… I’m still in awe of his drive, determination, commitment and – well, #Figshair.

#FundTheFuture. Listen to Fig.

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FDA Comments

Your government at “work”.

The Food and Drug Administration is requesting comments for the “potential role of drug therapies to support youth e-cigarette cessation”.

Don’t let my editorial comments fool you, but remember, the standard and idiotic blanket statement of nicotine being “more addictive than heroin or cocaine” rings loudest in my ear.

This comment from you they seek, is for children. To have nicotine therapy.

These “therapies” below include “keep trying thirty times and experience 93% failure rates”. The last one has that pesky side effect of and includes suicidal thoughts.

They’ve lost their minds revenue. Need to build that back up.

  • Nicorette Gum
  • Nicorette CQ
  • Habitrol
  • Nicotrol NS
  • Nicotrol Inhaler
  • Nicorette Lozenge
  • Nicorette Mini-lozenge
  • Zyban (buprofin)

The public hearing will be held on January 18, 2019, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The public hearing may be extended or may end early depending on the level of public participation. Persons seeking to present at the public hearing must register by January 8, 2019. Persons seeking to speak at the public hearing must register by January 15, 2019. Persons seeking to attend, but not present at, the public hearing must register by January 15, 2019. Section III provides attendance and registration information.

Electronic or written comments will be accepted after the public hearing until February 1, 2019.

Note: Because I’ve seen way to many negative entries in these in the past, my strong suggestion is for everyone to make their comment(s), and make them clear – and polite.

The Role for Drug Therapies; New Date for Public Hearing; Request for Comments


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Vaping In The News – November 24th, 2018

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Scott Gottlieb: JUUL is Now Your Bitch ~ FOIA Request for Nicotine Statements… ~ Are The Kids Alright? ~ The “Winston Man”: A Transition from Cigarettes’ Model to Vaping Advocate ~ Should flavours be banned in cigarettes and e-cigarettes? ~ More than 50 tickets issued for underage vaping ~ Tobacco Control Is Failing! ~ Antivaping Hysteria Is Unhealthy ~ The Last and Only Solace ~ Stossel: Let Them Vape ~ “National Drug Threat Assessment” ~ Vaping to smoking initiation among US youth and young adults: a reality check ~ RODENTS! ~ Free Child Labor ~ More Junk Studies



Scott Gottlieb: JUUL is Now Your Bitch

Well, I’m not against… wait a minute…

Scott Gottlieb: JUUL is Now Your Bitch

Same Author, my favorite subject: FOIA Request for Nicotine Statements…


Are the Kids Alright?

One of the best breakdowns yet.

Are the Kids Alright?

From the same author – on Twitter:


The “Winston Man”: A Transition from Cigarettes’ Model to Vaping Advocate

“The independent vape industry is serving the market on a silver platter to the tobacco companies,” explained Goerlitz.”

The “Winston Man”: A Transition from Cigarettes’ Model to Vaping Advocate


Should flavours be banned in cigarettes and e-cigarettes?

NO. Nicotine strength should not, either. Period.

Should flavours be banned in cigarettes and e-cigarettes?


More than 50 tickets issued for underage vaping

If Gottlieb was intending swift and STRINGENT ENFORCEMENT – and fines to exceed these – and I mean extreme fines – for selling to minors – for ANY counter sales – vape shops or otherwise, including losing their licences – via the Synar Amendment – changing it to 95% to “qualify for funding’ rather than the EXTREMELY lenient and  ‘acceptable’ 80%, I’d almost start respecting efforts similar to these from Dr. Gottlieb.

More than 50 tickets issued for underage vaping in Park Ridge since penalties took effect last year: police


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Stats On Tobacco Use Indicate Tobacco Control Is Failing!

When dissention begins… put me at the front of the line.

Shocking Stats On Tobacco Use Indicate Tobacco Control Is Failing!


Antivaping Hysteria Is Unhealthy

A question from Steve Forbes himself:

“What are these witless prohibitionists inhaling?”

Antivaping Hysteria Is Unhealthy


The Last and Only Solace

For the smokers at heart.

The Last and Only Solace


Things I love to see:


Stossel: Let Them Vape

Of the few reporters I admire, John Stossel is one. In an attempt to get some attention, I’d once tweeted to him about A Billion Lives here and asked him to talk with David Goerlitz here.

I was pleasantly surprised to see this balanced piece, especially with Michelle Minton.

Stossel: Let Them Vape


“National Drug Threat Assessment”

For something compared as “addictive as cocaine or heroin”, I am VERY disappointed not to find evidence of nicotine gangs, cartels, trafficking, abuse or threats and specifically “epidemics” listed on the just-released “National Drug Threat Assessment”.

It was pointed out on Twitter that Kratom was not on the list.

Nicotine is absent as well.

Surprise!

National Drug Threat Assessment


Vaping to smoking initiation among US youth and young adults: a reality check

I can’t tell if this got released “too early”, too quick, or dammit, there just isn’t a gateway despite Gottlieb’s determination of creating, nurturing and finally revealing an “epidemic”.  Certainly, there is no gateway.

Examining the relationship of vaping to smoking initiation among US youth and young adults: a reality check


Rodents!

Call me crazy, I follow a few rodents on Twitter. Outstanding mouseamatician, VladTheVaper,  a VapinSquirrel, a WhiteRabbit and Phil.

Phil linked this from 1998:

Making the world safe for cigarettes


Free Child Labor

With the “Great American Smokeout” behind us, Tobacco Free Indiana took the opportunity to raise hope Indiana legislators will increase the state’s cigarette tax by $2 a pack.

How’d they do it? Well, adults in charge put forty-five children “on their hands and knees” to pick up cigarette butts. That’s 45 hours of free child labor.

“Think of the children™.” Will they also have those children “volunteer” to pick up used condoms and needles to raise awareness of safe sex and drugs?

 

All in the name of funding.

Free child labor.

Isn’t that nice.

Pisses me off.

“… more importantly, the clean-up was a good way to give back”.

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More Junk Studies

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Vaping In The News – November 3rd, 2018

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


Vape shop owner considers suing Gallatin Co. Health Dept. ~ Metal emissions from e-cigarettes: a risk assessment analysis of a recently-published study ~ Truth’s JUUL Study: Deception and Confusion ~ Gottlieb has lost his mind: cognitive dissonance ~ Climbing Mountains ~ I have a dream




Vape shop owner considers suing Gallatin Co. Health Dept.

I have been intrigued by what Deanna and Ron Marshall have allowed us to see so far. The owners of Freedom Vapes in Boseman, Montana have utilized the “Freedom Of Information Act” to find the information we common people wouldn’t normally… see… and we can’t unsee it.

Vape shop owner considers suing Gallatin Co. Health Dept.


Truth’s JUUL Study: Deception and Confusion

Jim McDonald vividly explains the numbers.

Truth’s JUUL Study: Deception and Confusion


Metal emissions from e-cigarettes: a risk assessment analysis of a recently-published study

Like most, John Hopkins is wrong.

Metal emissions from e-cigarettes: a risk assessment analysis of a recently-published study


Gottlieb has lost his mind and credibility

Gottlieb LIES again

Future suicides along with 93% failure rates will be the prescribed norm for the well advertised and manufactured epidemic… because NO one in “Public Health” has balls to admit nicotine is not the problem. Of course, this is fully sponsored by Tobacco-Free Kids and endorsed by “Dr.” Gottleib.

The new numbers of the “epidemic” rise in e-cigarette use have yet to be released.

Continued efforts to address growing epidemic of youth e-cigarette use, including potential new therapies to support cessation

  • I’ve, to the best of my ability, diagnosed & concluded Dr. Gottlieb is suffering from (among other things), a psychological condition called cognitive dissonance.
  • I also concluded this condition may, could, might or possibly be caused by nicotine deficiency in his system.

It sounded better than just calling him an incompetent buffoon. (You’re welcome).


Climbing Mountains

I asked for comments when I conducted my survey. One of those memorable comments was about climbing mountains.

Now, along with runners like Chris Baxter and Jerry Iozzo (among others), here is Dominique Rodriguez explaining his accomplishments and his climb to the highest mountains.

E-cigarettes Save Lives, One Man’s Proof


I have a dream – Attila Danko

There have been many presentations from many during different events around the world. One of the first I’d seen from Dr. Danko was here.

Here is another.

 


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Vaping In The News – September 22nd, 2018

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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.”




Vaping is Tobacco Control ~ “Epidemic?” A Perspective of Youth Vaping & Tobacco Use Trends ~ Dear Family and Friends ~ Research Looking into Media Coverage of E-Cigarette News ~ Studying Flavours ~ Speaking of Control ~ JUUL and other stealth vaporisers ~ Teens smoking less is unacceptable ~ FDA launches new, comprehensive campaign to warn kids ~ Statement from FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb ~ Keep Smoking We Need The Money




Vaping is Tobacco Control

Tony Ottomanelli II has explained this and you shall understand it.

Vaping is Tobacco Control


“Epidemic?” A Perspective of Youth Vaping & Tobacco Use Trends

OUR consumer group, CASAA has released this. Kudos to ALL who do the work behind the scenes.

“Epidemic?” A Perspective of Youth Vaping & Tobacco Use Trends


Dear Family, Friends, Parents, Educators and Medical Professionals

This one’s from me. I consider you all intelligent and capable of thinking for yourselves. I’m telling all my friends, now I implore you to tell all your friends, relatives, neighbors, enemies, pets…


Research Looking into Media Coverage of E-Cigarette News

This, from Diane Caruana – goes right along with what I said above:

“The media still spreading misinformation”


Studying Flavours

After (our) the U.S. Flavor Survey (that ANYONE can USE for legislative and other puposes)…

Paul explains: “Flavours are one of, if not, the key to successfully switching to vaping.”

Even if he does spell flavors wrong, he’s never rude, we’ve made some trouble on Twitter a time or two… and I like him.

I miss 👼#AgentAngel trying to keep us in line.

Agent naughty

Studying Flavours


Speaking of Control

There’s no “first-hand” control over the data/science/research and “they” don’t like it. They have to replicate it rather than fluffing it up to “their” standard. They’ve lost control and narrative of any & all findings for the first time on a very large scale.

In other words, Tobacco Control “Expert” Ruth Malone doesn’t want to be exposed to “second-hand research“. You know you giggled.


JUUL and other stealth vaporisers: hiding the habit from parents and teachers.

Well… damn kids.

JUUL and other stealth vaporisers: hiding the habit from parents and teachers.


Teens smoking less is unacceptable

Another from me this past week.

Teens smoking less is unacceptable


FDA launches new, comprehensive campaign to warn kids

  • Kids will listen:

“seeks to snap teens out of their ‘cost-free’ mentality”

  • Believes? Epidemic? Conjecture:

“believes that youth use of e-cigarettes is reaching epidemic proportions.”

  • Yeah, these will be collector items and traded for e-cigarettes:

“Posters also will be placed in at least 10,000 high school bathrooms”

FDA launches new, comprehensive campaign to warn kids


Statement from FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb

Gottlieb and Zeller large

He’s talking about this “convincingly”… as if he’s selling something. Cigarettes, maybe?

Proof by assertion:

“We’re in possession of data that shows a disturbingly sharp rise in the number of teens using e-cigarettes”

Conjecture:

“use of e-cigarettes has reached an epidemic level of growth”

Threatening adults:

“we’re going to encumber adult smokers by putting in place restrictions that make these products less attractive, or harder to purchase by adults.”

Are you pissed off yet?

Statement from FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb


Ethics money to burn

You have entered the

Keep Smoking We Need The Money

section:

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#KeepSmokingWeNeedTheMoney

$20 million grant will fund continued research

Wait, what? I thought regulations were established, there was no more research needed…they’re giving away more money…

“to continue to investigate the influence of flavors and sweeteners, and other constituents, on the appeal and addictive potential of traditional tobacco products and newer products like e-cigarettes.”

Addictive potential? Wait, what?

$20 million grant will fund continued research by Yale Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science

$20 Million More!

Wait, what?

UCSF Receives $20 Million to Study New Tobacco Products

18 Million More!

Penn researchers receive $18 million grant for Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science

6 Million for “Fall River” Massachusetts!

Tobacco grant to target smoking, vaping among Fall River area teens

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FDA launches “Every Try Counts” campaign to manipulate smokers

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FDA launches “Every Try Counts” campaign

Attention, smokers. The FDA launched their latest campaign to help smokers with an “adult smoking cessation education” campaign aimed at encouraging cigarette smokers to quit through messages of support called “Every Try Counts”. While the challenge will remain the same, their “tough love” approach of demonizing and shaming and nicotine guilt trips has turned into – well, a softer, kinder “positive” type of manipulation to say the same thing. Keep trying.

There seemed to be buzzwords like “stakeholders“, “medicinal” products, and “health” coupled with “technology” and “smoke-free society”. In the latest battle cry of “Every Try Counts“, there certainly seemed to be more grab-assery in the almost 2 1/2 hour Glantzian propaganda video than there was “effort” put forth by the FDA.


I did find e-cigarettes. The “e-cigarette” section of this campaign claiming “for now, we do not know” is difficult to find and treated like a red-headed stepchild on the naughty step (hat tip to Agent Ania who I adored and miss dearly), here.

What I know they know is in their possession all over this blog here, and here and so on.


“Every Try Counts”

In the latest smokescreen release:

“The FDA is committed to reducing tobacco-related disease and death by helping people quit combustible cigarettes and implementing comprehensive policies to reduce addiction to nicotine. Our aim is to render cigarettes minimally or non-addictive”


Stop. Do you know what a 100 Million+ Dollar commitment of comprehensive policies from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) return on investment might look like? I do.



*If any of you know of 100 million dollars being spent in a similar fashion for e-cigarettes, snus, etc., PLEASE link them in the comments.



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I couldn’t tell if this was a slip, or a tactically designed ploy by using the words “spectrum of risk” at 1:03:40 and 1:04:07 in the video….

According to “22nd Century” – “Spectrum” is the name of their product at this time)

bold is my emphasis within below:

MRTP designation

Perhaps the most immediate upside comes from the possibility of its very low nicotine cigarettes Brand A (containing 95% less nicotine compared to conventional cigarettes) to get the Modified Risk Tobacco Product (MRTP) designation.

The company would then be able to market Brand A as such, a very low nicotine cigarette which has less health risk as it reduces addiction.

An official application was made to the FDA in December last year, and a rather substantial meeting (involving no less than 22 FDA staff members and another 20 by telephone) took place within two weeks, suggesting substantial FDA interest.

This interest was already evident from the ($10M) financing by the FDA and NIDA of a landmark study using 22nd Century’s Spectrum research cigarettes that appeared in October 2015 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

This double blind, parallel, randomized clinical trials involving 840 smokers, found that smokers of Spectrum very low nicotine cigarettes consumed far fewer cigarettes per day and doubled their quit attempts versus smokers of cigarettes with conventional nicotine content.


“Every Try Counts”

Here’s the “landmark study”:

Randomized Trial of Reduced-Nicotine Standards for Cigarettes

How will the FDA get a return on investment with this campaign? They’re in the tobacco business. They’ll sell more cigarettes and collect the tax. I predicted it in advance here, and where “expert” personalities and political front groups are on board, I covered it here.


“while encouraging the development of potentially less harmful tobacco products for adults who still want or need access to nicotine.”

Well, thanks very much.


Continued babbling

The announcement rambles on, stating:

“At the same time, we’re also taking new steps to improve access and use of FDA-approved medicinal nicotine products to help smokers quit.”

The government and experts claim “government approved methods work to help smokers” but no one brags of 93% failure rates. No one mentions false hopes choosing those options. No one mentions the methods approved by the government, fanatically promoted and shoved into smokers faces, are designed to fail.


Imagine my surprise to see political front groups such as the Heart, Lung, Truth Initiative along with CVS “pledging” resources manipulation with the FDA.

The last campaign was a $200 million dollar flop.


Every Try Counts, right before your eyes

There’s a hashtag “#MedNicotine ” entangled in the manipulation.

What Duke-Margolis is quoting from Fred Saunders of Glaxo-Smith Kline (GSK) to smokers is:

Give us a call because you’re too stupid to understand we’re not going to make a product to help you, so call us: we’ll explain how you’ll fail. These products are useless without counseling. Give us money. Do as you’re told. Use them anyway.

Fundamentally.

Fund Us Mentality.


Added 12/14/17:

The day after this blog, this comes across my eyes:

“preclinical research conducted at Duke University”

Seems “#MedNicotine” was pretty serious….

Seems “Every Try  Counts” includes “medical nicotine”.

Axsom Therapeutics Collaborates with World-Leading Nicotine Addiction Research Center for Phase 2 Trial of AXS-05 in Smoking Cessation


The FDA can’t prove nicotine addiction or gateways exist.

Without tobacco/maio’s, Nicotine is not addictive.

When will the class action law suits begin?

One more thing. I primarily tweet and blog about e-cigs, but that does not mean I am against Heat not burn, snus, and so on. In my opinion, if you’re trying, it all counts.

I saw “dip” but Swedish Snus isn’t talked about enough, either.

From Bengt Wiberg




I urge you to read what Brian Fojtik has to say:

We Don’t Need The Government To Solve Smoking Problem


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