Category Archives: Advocacy

Harm Reduction: Cliff Notes

I’ve been searching for quite a few years for someone louder in the tobacco control and public health sectors, for a hero. Someone to correct easily repeated disinformation and outright lies. Someone with balls. Cliff Douglas notes harm reduction with precision.

In a surprising tweet, Cliff Douglas did just that. How? He released a document titled “It is Time to Act with Integrity and End the Internecine Warfare Over E-Cigarettes” in a tweet (here) on March 4th, 2021. It’s about damn time.

In dealing with e-cigarettes, he explains the tobacco control community is “letting down tens of millions of adult smokers, their families and friends”, along with “healthcare providers, and government decision-makers.”

He calls to “pursue rational, social justice-oriented approaches to tobacco harm reduction” and later states: This is clearly a social justice issue.”

opposition to even considering positive scientific findings related to the promise of vaping for cessation and harm reduction is widely reinforced by confirmation bias“…

Crafted with direct language to his colleagues, he’s quick pointing out valid concerns for vaping products not being ‘approved’ by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), but states the issue is “factually separate from whether these products are in fact helping a significant number of adult users quit smoking“. That’s harm reduction.

Also discussed is the rise in cigarette sales due to a massive “negative coverage on e-cigarettes” and bans on “all flavors” in e-cigarettes because of youth use (<– that’s an important link), while ignoring adults wanting to choose safer alternatives.

Not mincing words on the 2019 “Evali” fiasco, he states: “To be clear, EVALI is caused by vitamin E acetate added to illicit THC vaping products“, adding his niece returned to smoking because of the misleading headlines.

“Stop skirting the truth when it feels inconvenient”


Is this statement from Cliff Douglas too late?

I certainly hope not. During the middle of a real health crisis – the covid pandemic, politicians are distracted by pushing for a vape mail ban to restrict access to adult consumers, and because of pubic opinion of a fake ‘epidemic‘, outright flavor bans are still being pushed to ban less smoking by politicians like Senator Mitt Romney and Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi for products children cannot legally obtain.


Blackballing – Blacklisting

With the leadership Cliff Douglas portrays, I hope to see others willing to have the courage to speak out. I say that because fear of being shunned – literally blackballed by their professional peers for explaining data, research, and science, is a thing.

I say again, blacklisting that’s a thing in the public health sector. I’ll let two examples from professionals – where they will turn, with vile contempt, on themselves…

In 2009, Dr Michael Siegel explained his experience of stepping out of line with the anti-smoking narrative:

“Importantly, only one perspective on this issue was presented to us in the trainings. There was no room for disagreement or challenge. These ideas were presented as scientific facts, not subject to debate. In fact, if we were to challenge the ideas, the implication was that we – ourselves – might be accused of working for Big Tobacco or receiving secret payoffs.”

Dr. Siegel’s statement is found here.

Highly respected public health warrior, Dr. Marewa Glover, (Centre of Research Excellence, Indigenous Sovereignty & Smoking) – knows all too well how vindictive the community can be. After decades dedicating her life, well respected experience, the damage already done, she was eventually given an apology (here).

She also gave Patrick and I keen insight to fundamentalist anti-tobacco stigmatization – cynical optimists I call them, who use deliberate behavioral methods – to ‘help’ and manipulate smokers with cognitive dissonance, projecting a ‘spoiled identity’, “barbarian whipping school” style – on Smoke Free Radio last year (here).

What about employees of big, bad tobacco companies? Do they get their say? Well, personally, as much scrutiny as they’re always under, (and public health isn’t), I trust them way more than you might think.

Thanks to Skip for the next two links:

Speaking of being under a microscope, Dr. Gilchrist, the head of Scientific and Public Communications for Philip Morris International… Her twitter says she’s an “Advocate for “better”. Science Lady” (who I admire and follow on Twitter):

I can think of countless times when others in the scientific community have been afraid to support us publicly – despite supporting our smoke-free vision and the evidence – because they feared for their reputation, job or funding if they were to do so.

Dr. Gilchrist’s quote is found here:
Speaking out when it’s not safe – for your reputation

Next, from Nicotine Policy, Neil McKeganey and Christopher Russell:

There is a real danger here of creating an academic environment in which allegation or suspicion has supplanted proof when it comes to scientific misconduct.

This quote can be found here:
Tobacco Industry Funded E-Cigarette Research and the Rise of Academic McCarthyism

Like most of my regular readers, I’ve searched for – and found – a few individuals in the public health and tobacco control sectors willing to stand up, unabashedly state facts, call out the preposterous junk science, and stop the manipulation of information about vaping products.

Then they’ve been ostracized. Who wins? Certainly those valuing their pride overrides the very public’s health they’re paid by and employed to, to “protect”.

Consumers need the truth

If less smoking “at any cost”, is the “end game”, and is their only goal, they’ve done a piss poor job of trying to convince me and millions of smokers and families looking for answer(s) buried in their constant attempts to be the “popular kid” on campus spewing contrived sociopolitical and pseudo “science”. That’s not harm reduction.

My hope is this powerful statement by Mr. Douglas encourages others in all facets of leadership roles in public health, to do the same. I’ve revised my statement: “I’m for whatever works for the informed consumer. Patch, gum, Heat Not Burn, vaping, snus, acupuncture, books, hypnosis, counseling, Hale, Juul, etc. Do I “like” them all? No. It’s not about or me, or what “I” like. What may work as a choice for a consumer is first.” That’s harm reduction.

I implore EVERYONE in public health to consider what Mr. Douglas asks in his tweet below. His paper is linked for your convenience just below his tweet.

Here’s Cliff’s Paper:

It is Time to Act with Integrity and End the Internecine Warfare Over E-Cigarettes


I’ll repeat myself: If less smoking, “at any cost”, is the “end game” and is their only goal, the words in the tweet below should be used at all times. “No neighbor left behind”. That’s harm reduction.

I’ll be covering You Don’t Know Nicotine again very soon.

I’ll paraphrase Skip Murray (I affectionately call her #CrankyOldBroad). None of this should be “us” against “them”. It shouldn’t be about who’s “winning”. It should be about helping one another. Period. That’s harm reduction.

Like my last blog, it’s a matter of public health, and it’s personal.

Let’s get to work, public health.



Added March 10th, 2021:

This is Philippines, not USA...

but gives insight to the obvious influence of “non-profit” “charitable” organizations…

“Suansing noted that in addition to receiving funds from the Bloomberg Initiative, the FDA also admitted to soliciting and accepting funding from another anti-tobacco and anti-vaping organization, The International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union).”

Suansing calls ‘deplorable’ FDA’s premature issuance of vape, HTP regulations

It’s FREE, have you joined CASAA? Have you added your testimony here?

I join Patrick on Smoke Free Radio on Friday nights

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


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 – December 28th, 2019

Vaping In The News


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.


Congress Raises Tobacco Use Age to 21 ~ The bipartisan Tobacco 21 push is a flawed effort supported by big tobacco and prohibitionists ~ Vape Bans Won’t Make You Safer ~ Tweets of the week ~ Mental Health Facility to Give Free E-Cigs to Adult Smokers Wishing to Quit ~ Newest CDC Data Confirm that Respiratory Disease Outbreak was Caused by Vitamin E Acetate Oil in THC Vaping Cartridges ~ Examining the relationship of vaping to smoking initiation among US youth and young adults: a reality check ~ Michigan Supreme Court declines to reinstates flavored vape ban for now ~


I hope this year-end edition of Vaping In The News finds you all in good health and spirits, and I hope to see you all with better vision in 2020!

Congress Raises Tobacco Use Age to 21

Although vaping products are wrongly, and politically classified as “tobacco“, There should be no need to ban flavors if kids can’t obtain them, right?

Congress Raises Tobacco Use Age to 21


The bipartisan Tobacco 21 push is a flawed effort supported by big tobacco and prohibitionists

Mike makes me think. I’d like to make you think. Once you’ve digested it, you’ll have insight.

The bipartisan Tobacco 21 push is a flawed effort supported by big tobacco and prohibitionists


Vape Bans Won’t Make You Safer

No need for science or facts folks. Orchestrated hysteria is what is necessary to manipulate public opinion. This is full of great references and should not be missed.

Vape Bans Won’t Make You Safer


Tweets of the week.

I despise Jerry (“Jerome“), but I do love Paul Blair.

Phil is not wrong.

I’ve asked before: “WHERE are my patch, gum, and Chantix enthusiasts”…???


Here’s a great deal from Lunar Rover!

LUNAR ROVER | Premium eLiquid

Simply use “vapinglinks” at checkout for 15% off your entire cart!

Please visit my proud sponsor

Lunar Rover thumbnail_624x90

Mental Health Facility to Give Free E-Cigs to Adult Smokers Wishing to Quit

While the United States health sector wants to ban vaping products…. across the pond, they’re encouraging them.

Mental Health Facility to Give Free E-Cigs to Adult Smokers Wishing to Quit


Newest CDC Data Confirm that Respiratory Disease Outbreak was Caused by Vitamin E Acetate Oil in THC Vaping Cartridges

This speaks for itself. Repetitively. Repeatedly. Over and over…

Newest CDC Data Confirm that Respiratory Disease Outbreak was Caused by Vitamin E Acetate Oil in THC Vaping Cartridges


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

Understanding in 2014 there was no “gateway“, this where the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and Truth Initiative realized the 20% fulfillment rate of recruiting new smokers wasn’t working out so well for them – so they created a an “epidemic” and a “new” “problem”.

“There was a substantial increase in youth vaping prevalence beginning in about 2014. Time trend analyses showed that the decline in past 30-day smoking prevalence accelerated by two to four times after 2014.”

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


The Vaping Panic Is a Major Setback for Public Health

What’s that? Hysteria, you say?

The Vaping Panic Is a Major Setback for Public Health


Michigan Supreme Court declines to reinstates flavored vape ban for now

Good. Gretchen can pound sand.

Michigan Supreme Court declines to reinstates flavored vape ban for now


Lunar Rover

This blog is sponsored by LUNAR ROVER|Premium eLiquid.

Check them out!

They not only produce cocktail and fruit flavors, they also have a range of tobacco flavors ranging from 0-18 strength.

Here’s a great deal from Lunar Rover!

Simply usevapinglinks” at checkout for 15% off your entire cart!

Lunar Rover thumbnail_300x90


Have you met my OUR friends at vapers.org.uk?

vapersukgraphic.JPG


Are you familiar with Tobacco Harm Reduction For Life?


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




It’s FREE, have you joined CASAA? Have you added your testimony here?


Keep up with the latest here with the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World


Medical, Research, Science Professionals:

Research:


Politics:

E-Cigarette Politics

You Don’t Know Nicotine

A Billion Lives


#ChangeTheConversation

#YouDontKnowNicotine

Consumers:

Vape Radio

Smoke Free Radio

VAEP : Vaping Education

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



Our Voices: We, The People

I was LOOKING at the WHITE HOUSE.

Over the weekend, I took a little trip to Washington, D.C. to exercise my first amendment rights with a few friends. It’s kind of a thing, speaking my mind. Knock, knock, Mr. President.


On Friday, while I traveled to D.C., President Trump stated they’d be coming out with a “very important position on vaping” and mentioned raising the age to “21 or so”, as reported here. I saw that on the eve of what would be, in my mind, a historic showing of consumers the following afternoon. On September 11th, he’d already stated bans were coming.

It didn’t matter what I heard. The Office of Management and Budget had already cancelled appointments the week before. None of that mattered, we were already knocking on his WE, The People’s door. We were prepared to make a unified statement about our CHOICE for less harmful products remaining available.

Many had already arrived, more were on the way, and you could feel the passion.

I want to thank EVERYONE wearing those vests. They were invaluable in keeping this rally safe and smooth.

They said it couldn’t be done

Humor me: If you’d told me I was going to be in D.C. – at the White House – because I stopped smoking….. well – here I was with what I hoped to be thousands of others. Why? Because we’re adults. Because we’re consumers. And small businesses. And we’re all frustrated and angry.

We were in our nation’s capital – to have our voices heard, to exercise our rights and responsibility: “The right to freedom of association is recognized as a human right, a political right and a civil liberty” as so many had done before us.


For YEARS

We’ve listened to PHINO’s (Public Health In Name Only) lie. They’ve altered presentations. We’ve watched them conduct themselves with bias, without accountability, interpreting, manipulating, and misrepresenting “dangers” and hyperinflated youth data.

For YEARS

We’ve been completely dismissed… ignored. Preempted, with hostility. Talked down to. Talked over. Not included in the conversation. We’ve been lied to in court hearings, lied about in the press. Small businesses (and consumers) have been accused of “marketing to children“.

For YEARS…

…we’ve been called what could not be further from the truth: Addicts, Anecdotes, Bots, Impugners, Sheep, Shills, and worse. (I am kind of fond of being called a bot, though.)

For YEARS…

…despite the fact that there are plenty of examples of reasonable regulatory steps, “trusted public health experts” and non-governmental organizations quietly sit with mouths clamped shut, standing with hands open, choosing demanding (and hiding cowardly behind) Master Settlement Agreement funding, instead of putting forth effort by making an already less harmful choice for the world – better.

THOSE people hide behind the illusion of “helping”.


I’d heard “we should go to Washington” so many times, I didn’t care if there were 9 people or 90, or 900, or 9,000.


For YEARS…

we’ve watched politicians demanding (and recently invoking) bans for anything but cigarettes. We’ve watched media vultures – gnawing on every buzzword like “deaths” of unrelated, illegal products – to bring it all full circle… to regulate, restrict, tax & ban any and all forms of less harmful products, and flavors.


So yeah, I was excitedly in our nation’s capital… with a growing crowd of pissed off people fighting peacefully for freedom of choice against the threat of BANS of less harmful adult flavored products for everyone across the country, and quite possibly the world. If they could get away with this, what other abuse of power and criminal acts can non-governmental organizations and “public health ‘experts” get away with? Knock, knock, Mr. President.

NO more.


If you build it, they will come

While it may not have looked difficult for this to have been accomplished, preparations and logistics HAD to be handled. This was White House property. There was National Park Service & Secret Service to coordinate EVERYTHING with. There were all volunteer marshals for safety & logistics – and it couldn’t have been done without them in place.

The United Vapers Alliance planned & coordinated anything and everything that could have been thought of (<-video). This was not just pulling into the park with the family and having a picnic. This was the nation’s capital. Anyone or everyone “could” have been removed at any time by the National Park Service or Secret Service at their discretion – for the slightest infraction.

There were rules for everyone to follow & abide by. Restrooms were at least a ten-minute walk away. A first aid station. Assigned people for talking to the media. There were to be no bags left unattended. Permits to be obtained. We wanted to be HEARD, so stage and sound had to be rented and set up. Signs were ordered. Radios were needed. The coordination and the flow of speakers… cleanup… and leaving the park just the way we’d found it.

All we were waiting on were YOU, the people. We knew they were coming from Alaska, Georgia, Tennessee… New York… Ohio… Florida… and they were coming by the busload… some were already in the park and coordinating the days event.


Wait… Secret Service said we had to vacate the area, (we knew it could happen) because President Trump was flying out. When the Secret Service says move, you MOVE. Most went across the street to the Washington Monument.

This photo was stolen approximately one gazillion times from, and credit to: John Glauser

While almost everyone waited across the street, the President flew directly OVERHEAD… so he SAW us… He must have thought – that many people must be serious if they’re willing to travel, stay, congregate, and assemble peacefully as WE, the PEOPLE, in Washington, D.C. on a cold Saturday afternoon.


“History is full of disapproval of or objection to something “someone else” didn’t like.” ~ Me.


President Trump was gone, but We, The PEOPLE, were NOT.

The Secret Service were extremely kind and held traffic for us WE, The PEOPLE to get back across Constitution Ave. Here we are streaming back into the park after the flyover.

Back to business at hand, folks – back in the park we go. We’re coming back in…and more were almost here on various buses. (One of my photos.)

YOU, the people, came.

The vast majority of us use flavors. We’ve TOLD them that. It has been submitted to the FDA. Without linking it all, authorities HAVE data.

We came to speak our collective minds. We were #LOUDER. (Thanks, Sherwin!) We are, and have been tired of being lied to, lied about, and ignored.

Speakers spoke. The crowd listened. “We Vape, We Vote“.


How many were in the crowd? I don’t know the total number in attendance at this historic event, but I know I missed finding and meeting some of you. That’s how many came. So, speculation of numbers? More than 9, more than 90, and more than 900. Hats, hoodies & sunglasses disguised (us) some of you – but I found a few… gratefully, a few, like Amanda Wheeler, found me!

Image may contain: 2 people, people smiling, outdoor and closeup
The amazing Amanda Wheeler & I!

I wandered around – surfing the crowd –like a bot– listening to the speakers. Taking photos, taking the moment in – still dumbfounded I was standing in eyesight of the WHITE HOUSE with thousands of others who had simply quit smoking, having to FIGHT for our rights to flavors because we didn’t quit smoking the way “they” wanted us to.

Image may contain: 4 people, outdoor
Another image stolen by me and probably thousands of others by now (I don’t know who to credit!)

I saw familiar digital faces, some I didn’t recognize until I heard their name. I shook hands, got hugs, saw Brent Stafford from Regulator Watch covering the event. (See his site for interviews!!!)

Then, while behind the stage I heard Business Insider, Buzzfeed, CNN, Fox, NBC, NPR, and Vice (who said the rally “was relentlessly sincere“), were also there.

Rolling Stone was there. HUH!

One of my photos while James Jarvis spoke.

Here’s a great deal from Lunar Rover!

LUNAR ROVER | Premium eLiquid

Simply use “vapinglinks” at checkout for 15% off your entire cart!

Please visit my proud sponsor

Lunar Rover thumbnail_624x90

I said to myself and others about 5,000 times Saturday: “Holy shit, I’m in front of the White House. It’s about F’n TIME”. And just like that, harm reduction-this cause, is national news…

Whether you came or not, if you read this blog, YOU had a place here in Washington, D.C. on November 9th. YOUR consumer voice was represented. If you weren’t there, you were tweeting and flooding the switchboards (ring, ring, Mr. President) with calls to the White House.


I proudly carried this sign.

“We vape, we vote”.

What was the message? The message was “to educate the public and politicians regarding the benefits of harm reduction via vapor products, and will strongly convey that changes must be made, within the FDA, to provide an economically feasible pathway to market.” (Source) including FLAVORS.

Here’s 28 seconds of Gregory Conley explaining:


Here’s Alex Clark explaining:


You may ask – was this necessary?

After all, President Trump had already left for a football game. Was he listening? Did he care? I’ll answer: YES. Period.

Was this rally important?

  • Was it #LOUDER? YES.
  • Did it make an impact? YES
  • Was the timing right? I’ll get to that.
  • Did this rally change the conversation? YES.
  • Do I think we got our collective message across? Hell yes.
  • Was explaining how our voting power in swing states could change an election? Yep.
  • Was the effort and collaboration of consumers showing their faces in D.C. worth it? Hell yes.

Was it “worth it” to get national press, and for our President, the leader of the free world, explaining on Veteran’s Day, that he’d be meeting to come up with an acceptable solution in less than 48 hours after the event?

Pay attention to CASAA’s words: “...the MAIN STAKEHOLDERS in this issue are the millions of voting CONSUMERS who rely on these products.”

Abso-damn-lutely.

By any means, this isn’t over. This fight has just begun.

Consumers need small businesses, and small businesses need organizations who represent them all – to have their collective voices heard.

Two months after announcing his administration would “clear the market”- to the day, he decided he will “be meeting with representatives of the Vaping industry”.

Did this rally give pressure to change the President’s MIND or give pause to his decisions concerning our freedoms? I certainly hope so.

Link to tweet

The world was watching.

No one had done this before.

Will this event be analyzed or criticized? Possibly, yes.

Without question, We conducted ourselves in a civilized manner – and had some of the loudest voices in the nation representing you, the people, in a civilized manner.

I have hope that if you were unable to attend this event, you tweeted, called the White House, and saw that if it can be done in Washington, D.C., it can be done anywhere in the country.

I hope it inspires and motivates you to DO that very same thing in your area, and to show up at city and state hearings. I hope it inspires you to be #louder.


Thank YOU.

I’d like to thank ALL donors, speakers, organizations, and importantly, the marshals and all the attendees for showing up to help make this event HAPPEN. I’d like to thank the Secret Service and National Park Service staff for guidance and information crucial to having a successful event.

I thank consumers and small businesses who couldn’t make it, but called the White House, and tweeted, and write their representatives, and continue to keep awareness up all the time.

I thank Sherwin Mena, Tristan Thompson, Matthew Salter, Tammy Michaud, Matthew Elliott, Allen Davis, Cory Amedio, and Matt Culley for allowing me to join them in what was a pivotal and historic moment and effort for this community and cause I love dearly. Fighting for themselves, each other, you, small businesses, and future smokers who have the RIGHT to choose to switch to a less harmful alternative, with flavors of their choice…


Mike Peterson chats with Sherwin Mena, Nick Orlando, and James Jarvis about the rally here.


Jim McDonald just released his article about the rally over at Vaping 360, you can read it HERE.


On a personal note – I reflected quietly – with my mind racing on the drive home… about the awe-inspiring experience, realizing I’d been a part of history. I was VERY proud of us.

In hindsight, I have just one regret for November 9th… I didn’t think to call the White House to oppose a flavor ban between speakers, and invite the President to come visit us from the stage myself… of course, he’d already left for a football game.


Lunar Rover

This blog is sponsored by LUNAR ROVER|Premium eLiquid.

Check them out!

They not only produce cocktail and fruit flavors, they also have a range of tobacco flavors ranging from 0-18 strength.

Here’s a great deal from Lunar Rover!

Simply usevapinglinks” at checkout for 15% off your entire cart!

Lunar Rover thumbnail_300x90


Have you met my OUR friends at vapers.org.uk?

vapersukgraphic.JPG


Are you familiar with Tobacco Harm Reduction For Life?


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




It’s FREE, have you joined CASAA? Have you added your testimony here?


Keep up with the latest here with the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World


Medical, Research, Science Professionals:

Research:


Politics:

E-Cigarette Politics

You Don’t Know Nicotine

A Billion Lives


#ChangeTheConversation

#YouDontKnowNicotine

Consumers:

Vape Radio

Smoke Free Radio

VAEP : Vaping Education

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

Freedom of Assembly

If you’re going to Washington D.C. for this consumer rally, I hope to shake your hand. If you’re unable to attend, please know you are being represented by some of the most passionate consumers in the country who are defending your rights (and future rights of others) for keeping flavored products and less harmful alternatives on the market. Period.

United Vapers Alliance press release is here.

“The right to freedom of association is recognized as a human right, a political right and a civil liberty.”

Source


History is full of people fighting for civil liberties.

The history of the United States is full of motivated people. Immigrants came to find a better life, traveling in uncomfortable conditions for a better life, seeking freedom and civil liberties…

In 1920, the 19th Amendment granted women the right to vote.

Rosa Parks sat down on a bus in 1955 to defy unjust laws saying she couldn’t.

In 1963, there was a civil rights movement called the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom where Martin Luther King gave his iconic “I have a dream” speech.

In the 1970’s, students were gunned down here in Ohio at Kent State for protesting the bombing of Cambodia by U.S. forces.

In the 1980’s, protesting went directly to the FDA while their broken system would turn law abiding citizens, AIDS patients, into criminals.


What else will they take from Americans?

I’ve heard – since 2014 – we should go to Washington, D.C. and protest for our, and future rights to have access to less harmful alternatives. Now we are going… Like many before us, we will have our collective voices heard.

Is our cause as important as a right to vote or a right to have a seat on a bus over another? I believe it is the the exact same fight. Those same people expressed their rights, in the same way facing disapproval of, or objection to something “someone else” didn’t like. In our case, unjust laws, junk science, propaganda, and control are still being utilized to deny freedom and liberty of choice with the same disapproval and objection.

The freedom of assembly is part of our First Amendment. I plan, with a few of my friends and fellow consumers, to exercise that right in Washington, D.C. on November 9th.


Here’s a great deal from Lunar Rover!

LUNAR ROVER | Premium eLiquid

Simply use “vapinglinks” at checkout for 15% off your entire cart!

Please visit my proud sponsor

Lunar Rover thumbnail_624x90

The World IS Watching.

We are consumers. If you CAN attend this historic rally, you are taking your seat on the proverbial bus. This is FEDERAL property. Please know the do’s and don’t list.


On November 3rd, this is where we discussed logistics, planning and rules to the rally.


Please see Jim McDonald’s take on this here (short videos within from both Matt Cully & Grimm Green.)

Vapers Will Rally Saturday in Washington D.C.

If you are going, Vaping 360 had a fabulous idea for those unable to attend, and want your photos!

If you have last minute plans to join, AWESOME. All other information for this rally is here on the Facebook page and the here on the website.


Lunar Rover

This blog is sponsored by LUNAR ROVER|Premium eLiquid.

Check them out!

They not only produce cocktail and fruit flavors, they also have a range of tobacco flavors ranging from 0-18 strength.

Here’s a great deal from Lunar Rover!

Simply usevapinglinks” at checkout for 15% off your entire cart!

Lunar Rover thumbnail_300x90


Have you met my OUR friends at vapers.org.uk?

vapersukgraphic.JPG


Are you familiar with Tobacco Harm Reduction For Life?

I proudly joined David Goerlitz 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




It’s FREE, have you joined CASAA? Have you added your testimony here?


Keep up with the latest here with the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World


Medical, Research, Science Professionals:

Research:


Politics:

E-Cigarette Politics

You Don’t Know Nicotine

A Billion Lives


#ChangeTheConversation

#YouDontKnowNicotine

Consumers:

Vape Radio

Smoke Free Radio

VAEP : Vaping Education

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 – October 19th, 2019

Image may contain: mountain, sky, cloud, text, nature and outdoor

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.


Are you listening? ~ Do YOU vape and vote? ~ Are you coming to D.C. on November 9th? ~ Congress Believes Social Media Bots Enticed Minors To Vape ~ Vaping Twitter Bot Study is Dehumanizing Propaganda ~ New Pro-Vaping TV Commercial is Aimed at President Trump ~ Vape Rally At The White House! You Don’t Want To Miss This ~ Regulate, but don’t ban, flavored e-cigarettes ~ Please take the time to listen to Supervisor Gaspar. ~ Appropriate for the protection of public health ~ Five myths about vaping ~ State court halts Whitmer’s flavored vaping ban ~ Oregon appeals court halts governor’s vaping ban on flavored tobacco products ~ Dr. Glover joined us on Smoke-Free Radio


Pressing questions first:

Are you listening? Are you paying attention?


Do YOU vape and vote?

In less than a minute: Tell President Trump. Azar said on Fox that he & the President are removing flavors from the market! Make your voice heard now. Answer that question – quickly, and share it in your spaces:

I VAPE, I VOTE


Are you coming to D.C. on November 9th?

Another quick and easy question – if you’re coming or not!

Are you coming to D.C. on November 9th?

(I covered the rally here: We, The People.)


Vape Rally At The White House! You Don’t Want To Miss This

Matt speaks briefly about the rally in Washington November 9th.


Congress Believes Social Media Bots Enticed Minors To Vape

VITN rules, I see Mike, you see Mike.

Congress Believes Social Media Bots Enticed Minors To Vape


Vaping Twitter Bot Study is Dehumanizing Propaganda

Editor note: I was one of five accused (“Account 3”) of being a bot. Now, that may sound trivial – but I (yeah, me) am described as “creating and releasing false information”, I am “particularly malicious”, and, according to @JoeSmyser @DrArturoNJ @NicholsonForNJ @PublicGoodProj @WSJ @EnergyCommerce, I am “actively involved in misinformation campaigns“.

Think of the underLYING motive for tax dollars wasted while Congress investigates whether I, and four others, of millions of accounts, are “bots” – accused of targeting underage kids. Breaking the law. Really? All this – to manipulate public opinion. What ELSE are they doing this with?

Yes, I’m angry. I’m very angry. But, it is much bigger than myself, or the others above. This IS defamation of character to ALL of us and describes this blog, your tweets, thoughts, any research you and I see performed, explained, and then shared – and very existence of US is described – minimized at best, and meaningless – not worth the attention of anyone’s time.

The original report is linked within by Vaping 360 and guest writer, Amelia Howard did a wonderful job explaining this.

Vaping Twitter Bot Study is Dehumanizing Propaganda


New Pro-Vaping TV Commercial is Aimed at President Trump

Go ahead – click on it!

New Pro-Vaping TV Commercial is Aimed at President Trump


Regulate, but don’t ban, flavored e-cigarettes

One of two appearances from Dr. Siegel this week.

Regulate, but don’t ban, flavored e-cigarettes


Here’s a great deal from Lunar Rover!

LUNAR ROVER | Premium eLiquid

Simply use “vapinglinks” at checkout for 15% off your entire cart!

Please visit my proud sponsor

Lunar Rover thumbnail_624x90

Please take the time to listen to Supervisor Gaspar.

Appropriate for the protection of public health

An explanation of the IQOS heated tobacco product from Dr. Moira Gilchrist herself.

Appropriate for the protection of public health


The CDC is Still Misleading the Public

STILL.

The CDC is Still Misleading the Public

Related: How mainstream media botched the vape lung story


Five myths about vaping

I cannot imagine how myths emerge……. because there are… Ah, kind of what James covered well, here. Or I’ve covered, here.

Five myths about vaping


State court halts Whitmer’s flavored vaping ban

GOOD news for our friends in MICHIGAN:

State court halts Whitmer’s flavored vaping ban


Oregon appeals court halts governor’s vaping ban on flavored tobacco products

GOOD news for our friends in OREGON:

Oregon appeals court halts governor’s vaping ban on flavored tobacco products


Dr. Glover Joined us on Smoke-Free Radio.

Wonderful insight from Dr. Glover covering her 30+ year career in tobacco control, her well deserved apology from the Public Health Association of New Zealand (PHA), and facts about many things including suspicions of tactics used against us over the years.

Patrick, Fig and I have a bit of #BotTalk afterwards. Quite a different show from the norm.

Dr. Glover joined us on Smoke-Free Radio.


Lunar Rover

This blog is sponsored by LUNAR ROVER|Premium eLiquid.

Check them out!

They not only produce cocktail and fruit flavors, they also have a range of tobacco flavors ranging from 0-18 strength.

Here’s a great deal from Lunar Rover!

Simply usevapinglinks” at checkout for 15% off your entire cart!

Lunar Rover thumbnail_300x90


Have you met my OUR friends at vapers.org.uk?

vapersukgraphic.JPG


Are you familiar with Tobacco Harm Reduction For Life?


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


It’s FREE, have you joined CASAA? Have you added your testimony here?


Keep up with the latest here with the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World


Medical, Research, Science Professionals:

Research:


Politics:

E-Cigarette Politics

You Don’t Know Nicotine

A Billion Lives


#ChangeTheConversation

#YouDontKnowNicotine

Consumers:

Vape Radio

Smoke Free Radio

VAEP : Vaping Education

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

WE, The People

October 1st, Columbus, Ohio Statehouse rally.

Consumers: WE, the people.

That’s YOU.

Over the past few years I’ve seen and heard variations of “we should go to Washington and hold a rally.” Well, dear fellow consumer we, the people, it is beyond time. Suddenly, when President Trump tweeted about vaping, we are IN the national spotlight.

Now is the time for we, the people to come together in one voice – and make our presence known in our nation’s capital. Millions have bravely gone before us, now it is our turn.


“Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness”.

What does that mean to we, the people? As long as you’re of legal age, smoke if you like. Or don’t. To me, it means freedom of choice of a less harmful alternative to smoking.. and that includes flavors.


See the source image
Source

Dateline: December 16, 1773, BOSTON.

Boston Tea Party

I’m confident American small business owners and consumers alike are familiar with the history that helped frame the foundation of the United States.

Enraged by control, taxation, tyranny, and demanding freedom – the Sons of Liberty (merchants/small business owners) decided, defiantly, to throw themselves a tea party in the Boston Harbor. They became #louder.

Before this, boycotts and smuggling – black market – tea was prominent.

Now replace the word tea – with cigarettes. Next, replace the words “No taxation without representation” with “lessharmfulproducts“.


Here’s a great deal from Lunar Rover!

LUNAR ROVER | Premium eLiquid

Simply use “vapinglinks” at checkout for 15% off your entire cart!

Please visit my proud sponsor

Lunar Rover thumbnail_624x90

October 1st, concerned citizen from Akron attending the Columbus, Ohio rally.

This is our “Boston Tea Party”.

Despite efforts to circumvent the movement we, the people, vaping products are removing cigarette tax revenue from the government. That’s what small businesses and consumers we, the people, are doing. This is our “Boston Tea Party”.

#WashingtonDC. Harm reduction. We the people. November 9th.

#Louder.


Who

No photo description available.

The United Vapers Alliance (UVA) was formed as a 501(c)(4) organization earlier this year. The sole intent is to educate the public and politicians regarding the benefits of harm reduction via vapor products, and the right to keep flavors on the market as a consumer choice.


Why:

Because the government is WRONG. Our messaging needs to be clear, simple, peaceful, and united. Consumers, we the people’s rights are being infringed, restricted, and may possibly be extinguished by government actions and policy all over the nation. The time for silence is over. The time to be heard is NOW.  For too long, we have waited for our politicians to do the right thing.  No more.

“So whether or not we choose to believe the FDA’s stated intent to entertain the re-introduction of flavored vapes at a later date, this is, at least, a de facto permanent prohibition for smaller operators.” Source

THOUSANDS of citizens like Susan Ripley (below), have created small businesses, creating jobs by investing in this life-changing technology. Now they are fighting for their rights – along with ours.

Image may contain: 1 person, smiling, standing, crowd and outdoor
October 1st, Columbus, Ohio rally.
Photo courtesy Susan Ripley.

How:

United Vapers Alliance will LOUDLY inform Congress and the FDA, that if they do NOTHING, 99% of all vape products will be removed from the market by May, 2020.  United Vapers Alliance will fight for the right to live a less harmful lifestyle and see OUR children grow. 

We are an estimated thirteen+ (13+) million strong, with families and friends who have seen the positive change that vapor products have provided.  If our politicians will not listen to our voices we, the people, then our voices will be heard at the ballot box this 2020 election.

Together, consumers will rally with ONE voice, ONE mission, ONE message, and will shake the very foundations of power in Washington D.C..


When and where

WASHINGTON, D.C.

When: November 9, 2019: 12p-4pm
Where: The Ellipse @ 1450 Pennsylvania Ave NW
WASHINGTON, D.C.


You can find UVA’s website here: United Vapers Alliance

You can find also find & join UVA’s Facebook page here:

United Vapers Alliance


Footnote:

This Washington, D.C. voyage has the same importance for me personally as my trip to Milwaukee did. This is history in the making. Monumental. I want to stand beside you, the people, with some of the loudest voices representing our country, and to be heard. To change the conversation.

This country was founded on we, the people. Someone was standing up for your rights, the rights of others, and those generations who will follow. This country was founded on #louder voices. This is no different. I consider myself one who speaks for many. I hope to see you there, and don’t be shy. I’ll be the 6′ redhead looking forward to standing beside you and shaking your hand.


Lunar Rover

This blog is sponsored by LUNAR ROVER|Premium eLiquid.

Check them out!

They not only produce cocktail and fruit flavors, they also have a range of tobacco flavors ranging from 0-18 strength.

Here’s a great deal from Lunar Rover!

Simply usevapinglinks” at checkout for 15% off your entire cart!

Lunar Rover thumbnail_300x90


Have you met my OUR friends at vapers.org.uk?

vapersukgraphic.JPG


Are you familiar with Tobacco Harm Reduction For Life?

I proudly joined David Goerlitz 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 GONZO GIVES?  VapeTithing? Do that! #FundTheFuture!


It’s FREE, have you joined CASAA? Have you added your testimony here?


Keep up with the latest here with the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World


Medical, Research, Science Professionals:

Research:


Politics:

E-Cigarette Politics

You Don’t Know Nicotine

A Billion Lives


#ChangeTheConversation

#YouDontKnowNicotine

Consumers:

Vape Radio

Smoke Free Radio

VAEP : Vaping Education

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 – June 22nd, 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.


Global Forum on Nicotine Asserts Urgency of Tobacco Harm Reduction ~ 10 Things I Learned From the Global Forum on Nicotine 2019 ~ Pushed by Federal Court, FDA Releases PMTA Guidance ~ VTA Responds To PMTA Final Guidance ~ Tobacco’s ‘Special Friend’: What Internal Documents Say About Mitch McConnell ~ In praise of Dr Marewa Glover ~ Criminalizing E-Cigarettes — Perpetuating the Spiral of Poverty Smokers: Step Away From the Fire With These Safer Cigarette Substitutes ~ New Deeming threat as FDA loses court case to extremists


Global Forum on Nicotine Asserts Urgency of Tobacco Harm Reduction

“Essentially where they’re heading is to treat harm reduction products exactly the same as combustible tobacco. And I hate to say that they’re doing quite well with that agenda.”

Global Forum on Nicotine Asserts Urgency of Tobacco Harm Reduction


10 Things I Learned From the Global Forum on Nicotine 2019

I like Lee. I think you will, too.

10 Things I Learned From the Global Forum on Nicotine 2019


Pushed by Federal Court, FDA Releases PMTA Guidance

Are you walking away from the fire, or directly towards it?

You’ve got less time to get your millions of dollars counted, stacked – and submission for each sku in – while dodging public health airstrikes from all corners of of their flat earth – to possibly be denied. Or accepted. Who knows. Either way, I’m not shutting up.

Here’s Jim McDonald:

Pushed by Federal Court, FDA Releases PMTA Guidance


VTA Responds To PMTA Final Guidance

“under no circumstances should it set that deadline sooner than 10 months from the date of its decision

VTA Responds To PMTA Final Guidance


Tobacco’s ‘Special Friend’: What Internal Documents Say About Mitch McConnell

Pay no attention to the man behind the smokescreen.

Tobacco’s ‘Special Friend’: What Internal Documents Say About Mitch McConnell



Here’s a great deal from Lunar Rover!

LUNAR ROVER | Premium eLiquid

Simply use “vapinglinks” at checkout for 15% off your entire cart!

Please visit my proud sponsor

Lunar Rover thumbnail_624x90


In praise of Dr Marewa Glover

I appreciated where this came from, and who it was about.

In praise of Dr Marewa Glover


Criminalizing E-Cigarettes — Perpetuating the Spiral of Poverty

Speaking of Dr. Glover, here she is:

Criminalizing E-Cigarettes — Perpetuating the Spiral of Poverty


Just over six years ago, you couldn’t have convinced me tobacco companies are making more sense than “government“, “public health“, or tobacco control.

But, here we are.


Smokers: Step Away From the Fire With These Safer Cigarette Substitutes

If you smoke, smoke. If you are interested in alternatives – Dr. Rodu took the time to write the blog I wish I’d written.

Smokers: Step Away From the Fire With These Safer Cigarette Substitutes


New Deeming threat as FDA loses court case to extremists

Finally, THE Fergus Mason must’ve completed the sale of his soul to… oh never mind.

New Deeming threat as FDA loses court case to extremists


Lunar Rover

This blog is sponsored by LUNAR ROVER|Premium eLiquid.

Check them out!

They not only produce cocktail and fruit flavors, they also have a range of tobacco flavors ranging from 0-18 strength.

Here’s a great deal from Lunar Rover!

Simply usevapinglinks” at checkout for 15% off your entire cart!

Lunar Rover thumbnail_300x90


Have you met my OUR friends at vapers.org.uk?

vapersukgraphic.JPG


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

Are you familiar with Tobacco Harm Reduction For Life?


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 GONZO GIVES?  VapeTithing? Do that! #FundTheFuture!


It’s FREE, have you joined CASAA? Have you added your testimony here?


Keep up with the latest here with the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World


Medical, Research, Science Professionals:

Research:


Politics:

E-Cigarette Politics

You Don’t Know Nicotine

A Billion Lives


#ChangeTheConversation

#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

Ohio Vapor Trade Association

Image may contain: 6 people, people smiling, people standing, suit and indoor

“And active membership is much more important than a membership with a lot of people.” ~ Nick Orlando.

The Ohio Vapor Trade Association (OHVTA) held their 2019 conference on Tuesday, May 14th, where OHVTA President James Jarvis hosted Ohio State Representative Doug Green, and Ohio State Senator John Eklund.

Along with James Jarvis, speaking at the event was Ohio Rep. Doug Green, Ohio Senator John Eklund, OHVTA Lobbyist Charlotte Hickcox , Nick Orlando with Florida Smoke Free Association, Keynote Speaker Dimitris Agrafiotis of Tennessee Smoke Free Association, Tony Abboud with Vapor Technology Association (VTA), and Fig Ramsey of Vape Tithing.

Also joining the conference was Jonathan Varner, head of JVA Campaigns (OHVTA’s digital media firm), along with Kevin Boehner and Justin Zink of the Ohio Chamber of Commerce.


This meeting included an active power-bank of knowledge with insightful points of view, experience and education across the day-long conference with members from Florida to California. Industry guests spoke about current issues including lobbying, underage sales and proactively navigating the ever-changing landscape and future.


Image may contain: 6 people, people smiling, indoor

Changing The Conversation

OHVTA is changing the conversation with lawmakers.

Representative Green and Senator Eklund spoke to the group with sincerity about issues and answered questions. One question was about the best way to go about contacting them, and the answer was clear: email or phone calls. Their staffers take each call and relay it to them.

They want to hear from consumers and businesses, and – we were told, oftentimes lawmakers don’t hear anything about issues they’re voting on, so your call or email could change the mind of your lawmaker.


In Ohio, trying to define vaping products as tobacco and restricting adult access (Tobacco 21) is another concern to adults as another attendee, Lindsey Stroud (below) points out here.

Left to right, myself, Fig Ramsey & Lindsey Stroud.

Image may contain: 7 people, people smiling, people standing
Tony Abboud, Frank Cahall, Fig Ramsey, James Jarvis, Jeff Kathman, Bo McCoy and Rhonda Burch.

If you told me 6 years ago when I switched that I’d be sitting in Columbus, Ohio for an event like this – I’d have called you insane.

Instead, I was honored to be invited to an industry event, attending this meeting with the perspective of a concerned consumer, much like when I attended “A Billion Lives“. With great concern.

Witnessing what I did, I discovered heroes with one common goal. What I experienced was listening to actively engaged members (and leaders) in this industry who are passionate about their business, their customers, and attain their goal: To help smokers choose a safer alternative. To educate lawmakers. To educate consumers.

Notably, these professionals are proactive about keeping those products out of hands of underage youth. Furthermore, those same people are concerned about politicians trying to take their livelihood, and your choice away from them, and you.



Here’s a great deal from Lunar Rover!

LUNAR ROVER | Premium eLiquid

Simply use “vapinglinks” at checkout for 15% off your entire cart!

Please visit my proud sponsor

Lunar Rover thumbnail_624x90

The OHVTA Members Legislative Reception (held after the conference) was provided by 80V E-liquid – John Nathan, Demand Vape – Jon Glauser and (Fig Ramsey) VapeTithing.

Image may contain: 2 people, people smiling, beard

I finally got to meet Dimitris Agrafiotis.

Dimitris Agrafiotis and I. Don’t tell Phil!

Fig Ramsey, myself, Lindsey Stroud, Jeff Kathman, Frank Cahall. Photo credit Fig Ramsey

If Ohio is an example of how trade organizations represent the industry, I’m impressed. These people are part of the solution. These folks have a network and discuss experience with local, state and national issues with each other. Engaging. Inspiring. Proactive.

I left this meeting with a renewed sense of hope from these business leaders fighting for consumers who have switched and those who may choose to switch, despite government resistance for the choice to do so.


If you are a consumer, join CASAA. Be engaged. If you’re in business and you haven’t, BE ENGAGED. Join an industry group. I don’t care who you choose, but choose. Conduct yourself as if your life and lives around you, and your business(es) depends upon it. If you don’t, who will?

If you don’t know why, go here.


The Takeaway

Nick Orlando

“And active membership is much more important than a membership with a lot of people.” ~ Nick Orlando.


Here’s Mike Peterson with OHVTA Board Member, Bo McCoy discussing the event.



You can learn more about VTA here.

You can learn more about OHVTA here.

You can learn more about VapeTithing here.

Lunar Rover

This blog is sponsored by LUNAR ROVER|Premium eLiquid.

Check them out!

They not only produce cocktail and fruit flavors, they also have a range of tobacco flavors ranging from 0-18 strength.

Here’s a great deal from Lunar Rover!

Simply usevapinglinks” at checkout for 15% off your entire cart!

Lunar Rover thumbnail_300x90

Have you met my OUR friends at vapers.org.uk?

vapersukgraphic.JPG


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

Are you familiar with Tobacco Harm Reduction For Life?


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 GONZO GIVES?  VapeTithing? Do that! #FundTheFuture!


It’s FREE, have you joined CASAA? Have you added your testimony here?


Keep up with the latest here with the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World


Medical, Research, Science Professionals:

Research:


Politics:

E-Cigarette Politics

You Don’t Know Nicotine

A Billion Lives


#ChangeTheConversation

#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

Vaping In The News – April 20th, 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.


New Bill in Congress Would Destroy the Vape Industry ~ Bizarre FDA vaping retail restrictions more likely to do harm than good ~ Popcorn Lung, Formaldehyde, and Now Seizures, Oh My! ~ FDA Created the Youth Vaping Epidemic, Now It’s Doubling Down ~ Speaking of Frank Pallone ~ Tobacco Wars collateral damage: feature, not bug ~ US cigarette sales slump as vaping hits new heights ~ Nicotine replacement: when quitting cigarettes, consider using more nicotine, not less ~ In Approaching Nicotine, Let’s Learn From Past Harm Reduction Victories ~ Actual Tobacco Settlement Payments Received by the States (in millions)


New Bill in Congress Would Destroy the Vape Industry

Are you a business? Are you pissed off yet? Huh.

It’s possible Jim McDonald may raise your awareness – or at least your blood pressure. Not sure.

New Bill in Congress Would Destroy the Vape Industry


Bizarre FDA vaping retail restrictions more likely to do harm than good

Still with me? No seizures or strokes yet? Tolerance still tip-top shape? Jury isn’t in yet? Well – proceed with Clive:

Bizarre FDA vaping retail restrictions more likely to do harm than good


Popcorn Lung, Formaldehyde, and Now Seizures, Oh My!

Mad yet? Really? I’m not convinced, but our friend Lindsey might talk you down a bit. Or not. See, if you haven’t already tried to stop regulations, restricti… never mind.

Popcorn Lung, Formaldehyde, and Now Seizures, Oh My!


FDA Created the Youth Vaping Epidemic, Now It’s Doubling Down

See, YOU know they did, and I know they did, and THEY know they did. That’s how it works. Now the country believes it. Have you called anyone or shown up to stop regulations, restricti… data, resea Never mind. . .

FDA Created the Youth Vaping Epidemic, Now It’s Doubling Down


Speaking of Frank Pallone

Frank Pallone (D), New Jersey – he wants $100 million for you to not smoke. Frank is hiding behind children to regulate, restrict, tax and ban less smoking.

Link to this idiotic tweet.

You can see what New Jersey spent on smoking prevention in 2014 here.


Here’s a great deal from Lunar Rover!

LUNAR ROVER | Premium eLiquid

Simply use “vapinglinks” at checkout for 15% off your entire cart!

Please visit my proud sponsor

Lunar Rover thumbnail_624x90

Tobacco Wars collateral damage: feature, not bug

So, I wonder if you’ve… Never mind.

Tobacco Wars collateral damage: feature, not bug


US cigarette sales slump as vaping hits new heights

So, you’d think this is good news for the industry, have you possibly – as a business owner – had a meeting with your local and state reps? Mayor? City council? BEFORE they fini…. well…

“Sales fell by 8.8% year on year…”

They’re almost acting like they’re having convuls seizures. It’s as if their funding depends on sales – so they have to regulate, restrict, tax, and ban… never mind.

US cigarette sales slump as vaping hits new heights


Nicotine replacement: when quitting cigarettes, consider using more nicotine, not less

Do NOT limit nicotine strength.

Discussed by me (in a far less professional manner) here, it’s also here.

Nicotine replacement: when quitting cigarettes, consider using more nicotine, not less


In Approaching Nicotine, Let’s Learn From Past Harm Reduction Victories

The more I see of Michael McGrady… so shall you.

In Approaching Nicotine, Let’s Learn From Past Harm Reduction Victories


Actual Tobacco Settlement Payments Received by the States (in millions)

A more up to date – sort of interactive source for your STATE Master Settlement Agreement RICO infested funds. (See the “”The Ponzi Scheme”: Master Settlement Agreement” section on the right blog.) This link cleverly goes to the state list, but note there are other sources included in this site to use when you take yourself to the city, county, and state you’re in business in… never mind.

(Thanks to Xavier Limodin for the link!)

Actual Tobacco Settlement Payments Received by the States (in millions)


Last, but certainly not least, I wasn’t joking when I covered the importance of businesses belonging to an, (one, any, multiple) organization(s) here. You don’t have to convince me – but belonging to a state or national group will help you prepa…. NEVER MIND.

It’s like the government is playing a game – saying to the industry: “Finish Him“.

Here, Fig explains a few things such as advertising and being louder. Without being rude.


Lunar Rover

This blog is sponsored by LUNAR ROVER|Premium eLiquid.

Check them out!

They not only produce cocktail and fruit flavors, they also have a range of tobacco flavors ranging from 0-18 strength.

Here’s a great deal from Lunar Rover!

Simply usevapinglinks” at checkout for 15% off your entire cart!

Lunar Rover thumbnail_300x90


Have you met my OUR friends at vapers.org.uk?

vapersukgraphic.JPG


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

Are you familiar with Tobacco Harm Reduction For Life?


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 GONZO GIVES?  VapeTithing? Do that! #FundTheFuture!


It’s FREE, have you joined CASAA? Have you added your testimony here?


Keep up with the latest here with the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World


Medical, Research, Science Professionals:

Research:


Politics:

E-Cigarette Politics

You Don’t Know Nicotine

A Billion Lives


#ChangeTheConversation

#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

Vaping Industry Trade Associations

You are one person, don’t you have enough to do already? How many hats can you wear in one day? With a trade association, you are many being represented as a collaboration of many with one loud voice.


Are you louder?

Well funded and oiled organizations are already so loud, I’m barely able to hear you over the noise. They have friends at the local, state and national levels. They have political influence across the country. They have allies and long-standing relationships. They aren’t questioned about their motive. They have immediate credibility just by saying their names.

Other non-profit associations (Tobacco-Free Kids, Truth Initiative, American Heart, Lung, Cancer, American Medical Association, etc.) have already and are still designing and passing tobacco 21 laws, regulations, restrictions, taxes, and bans to put you out of business. It’s like cutting cookies. Wash, rinse, repeat. They’re organized.

They’re doing it – and getting away with it – right in front of you. They’ve already defined your product as a “tobacco product”. The rest is easy for them. While they regulate, restrict, tax and ban less smoking, the rest of your time in business – at the moment – is just a polite formality until you are gone.


You are in business, right?

State and national trade associations are designed to be a resource for professionals to keep up with YOUR industry news, legislative and regulatory alerts, trends, public affairs and education regarding YOUR business.

A trade association should be an invaluable resource for business owners to learn, share, and teach key information with other business owners about things they commonly need like insurance and credit card processing.

Also, they can provide information on issues like compliance, OSHA and industry standards, operating procedures, (carding, transporting, material, battery and chemical handling, clean rooms, etc), protocol and general business practices, they also should be involved with you at the local, state and national level communicating with lawmakers, and creating and maintaining a favorable public image for your industry.

They also likely maintain relationships with other trade associations and suppliers relating to your industry.


Trade Associations

All over the United States, from gumball machines to taxicabs, hairstylists and grocers to various forms of manufacturing and service industries, trade associations are a way for businesses to (here’s a short list) exist and thrive.

Lots of hats to wear

As a former business co-owner, I was a member of the “Taxicab, Limousine & Paratransit Foundation” (TLPF). Why? Because I was a dispatcher, driver, mechanic, lawn boy, car wash guy, human resources, ceiling tile counter, janitor, night watchman, city ordinance liaison, public relations manager, plumber, and vice-president – and I just didn’t have time to know every single bill front and back coming down the pike.


Here’s a great deal from Lunar Rover!

LUNAR ROVER | Premium eLiquid

Simply use “vapinglinks” at checkout for 15% off your entire cart!

Please visit my proud sponsor

Lunar Rover thumbnail_624x90

Did you know?

Did you know taxicab drivers are exempt from overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FSLA)? I did. At one time, some taxicab businesses were exempt from gas taxes. From seat belt laws to overtime, I understood the groundwork laid decades before I was in that industry, and why. The state and national trade associations were instrumental in keeping it that way.


Think about gumballs

Why would gumball machine owners need a trade group? Here’s an example that started a trade association group – from the 1950’s:

“In 1950, the United States Treasury Department attempted to impose gambling excise taxes on bulk vendors on the grounds that there was no way for consumers to know for sure which gumball or other product the machine would dispense. For a short time, manufacturers installed viewfinders in bulk vending machines to display the next item to be vended.”

“Vendors organized to found the National Bulk Vendors Association (NBVA), which successfully lobbied against the taxes, arguing that the items vended were of approximate or equivalent value. The NBVA has since lobbied on behalf of bulk vendors on a variety of issues; for instance, it joined the Coin Coalition which pushed for elimination of the U.S. one dollar bill in favor of the United States dollar coin.” (Source).



Do your part – or not

Keeping irresponsible laws and taxes out of politicians hands is YOUR job as a business. With taxes comes higher prices passed on to the consumer. If YOUR customers, consumers like me, are willing to pay higher prices, you’ll be fine. If they can find your product or service reasonably priced, you have a customer. Without customers, you are out of business.

Industry trade groups are designed for businesses. What should your customers know? Consumer groups are designed for consumers. They pass on calls to action and information to help YOU as well as them. You, as a business, should be supporting them as well by telling your customers about those consumer groups along with regulations, restrictions, taxes, and bans coming in your state.

You don’t have much time left. If you’re doing what I, as a consumer, expect you to do as a business owner, thank you. I wish you many years of success. If you’re not, I imagine your customers can find out once they discover your shop has closed.


Lunar Rover

This blog is sponsored by LUNAR ROVER|Premium eLiquid.

Check them out!

They not only produce cocktail and fruit flavors, they also have a range of tobacco flavors ranging from 0-18 strength.

Here’s a great deal from Lunar Rover!

Simply usevapinglinks” at checkout for 15% off your entire cart!

Lunar Rover thumbnail_300x90



Have you met my OUR friends at vapers.org.uk?

vapersukgraphic.JPG


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

Are you familiar with Tobacco Harm Reduction For Life?


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 GONZO GIVES?  VapeTithing? Do that! #FundTheFuture!


It’s FREE, have you joined CASAA? Have you added your testimony here?


Keep up with the latest here with the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World


Medical, Research, Science Professionals:

Research:


Politics:

E-Cigarette Politics

You Don’t Know Nicotine

A Billion Lives


#ChangeTheConversation

#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