Category Archives: Anti-Tobacco

Vaping In The News – July 29, 2017

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Vaping In The News, July 23rd – 29th, 2017

Vape Shop Employees: Public Health Advocates? ~ Is vapor also unhealthy for lungs? ~ TRIPLE cessation. ~ Dance, monkey, dance ~ Huh ~ Budget Cuts ~ FDA Announcement

 


Doing more than tobacco control does:

“…relish their role in assisting others in taking what employees view as positive health actions…”

Vape Shop Employees: Public Health Advocates?


You want to know:

“…it is impossible to find any evidence – and difficult to find any reasonable argument – that vaping will not turn out to be 99.9% safer than smoking, +/- 0.1%, since there are no visible routes to serious health issues visible at this time.”

Is vapor also unhealthy for lungs?


TRIPLE cessation.

Don’t hurt yourselves watching this.

 


Have you seen THR4Life?

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Dance, Monkey, Dance.

Is Simon Chapman dancing to the tune of Big Tobacco?


Huh.

Americans are quitting smoking in higher numbers; study suggests e-cigarettes help


Breaks my heart.

No it doesn’t.

Budget cuts leave WV Tobacco Prevention Office with one employee


Do you know about NNA?

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FDA Announcement via Dr. K. Farsalinos:

FDA announcement: a policy change of endorsing harm reduction?


FDA Announcement via Clive Bates:

Huge FDA announcement on future tobacco and nicotine strategy


Are you familiar with INNCO?

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FDA Announcement via Paul Barnes:

FDA Announcement: What Does it Mean?


FDA Announcement via THE Fergus Mason:

PMTA Delay Buys Vapers Some Breathing Space


FDA Announcement via Simon Chapman


Richard Besser

President and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation — Johnson & Johnson, is concerned… about his front groups & revenue falling from sales of patches & gums.


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Vaping In The News ~ July 22nd, 2017

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Vaping In The News

July 16th – 22nd, 2017

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


Clive Bates:

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

English tobacco control plan embraces tobacco harm reduction – world first


Advocacy

Interesting thread:


The Results Are In:

THRA Annual 2017 Vaping Survey


Have you seen THR4Life?

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Carl V. Phillips:

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

Carl, again… with Simple Simon.

Simple Simon would refuse to meet the pieman


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

Why should vapers defend smokers?


More Survey Results:

ECigIntelligence User Survey


Do you know about NNA?

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#PleaseKeepSmokingWeNeedTheMoney

Nothing says keep smoking more than this.

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


Taxes & a Ponzi Scheme.

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

WHO report published


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

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


Frank Davis

Frank is always a good read…..

Completely Out Of Control


Are you familiar with INNCO?

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Robert Morgen

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

Smokers Switching to Vaping See 66% Respiratory Improvements


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Bill Godshall

Mr. Godshall is an invaluable source of information.

Godshall Chronicles 07/07/17


Countdown:

Death of the Vaping Industry


Kevin Price, THR4Life

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

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

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

THR4Life


A Statement from David Goerlitz:

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Vaping In The News – July 8th, 2017

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


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



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Public Health’s dishonesty about vaping, hurts youth

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

Public Health’s dishonesty about vaping, hurts youth


Psychological Distress

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

That’s a bad thing?

Electronic Cigarette Expectancies in Smokers with Psychological Distress.


Are you familiar with INNCO?

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“NEVER STOP FIGHTING FOR WHAT’S RIGHT“.

~AgentAnia


Vapers In Power

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

Vapers in Power condemn doxing attacks on our party officers

Speaking of Chimpmanzee:

Anti-vape Mouthpiece Slammed


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

Another Ponzi scheme down in Ohio.

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

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


Do you know about NNA?

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Mental Health

Because anti-smoking crusaders are nuts.

Being anti-smoking damages your mental health


Wound Science

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

 

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

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


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Respiratory Improvement

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

This isn’t a surprise.

See also:

Ecigs Health Effects – Dr. R. Cranfield

Improved lung function, lower infection rates with vaping products.


THR4LIFE

This isn’t your average “association”.

This is the real deal in the United States:

 

This is harm reduction.

THR4Life is raising money



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

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




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

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

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

Adults have choice. Meanwhile, children have opportunity.


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

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

You know, to keep it around.


Enacted by Congress

in 1992, the Synar Amendment was enacted and

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

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

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

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

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


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So what if you’re a retailer?

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

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

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

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

 

Added 6/15/17

Nothing’s changed:

PDF from Public Health Law Center


Prepare yourself

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

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

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Wait. What?

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

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

FIVE infractions?

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


 

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Pay no attention to the man behind the front group.

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

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


David Goerlitz

 

 

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

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

David Goerlitz Interview: The Winston Man Talks Tobacco and Vaping

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


WHEN will “Tobacco CONtrol” figure it out?

Skip’s got a question about CONtrol here.

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


Related:

Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids contributed to youth cigarette addiction

The Truth Shall Set Ye Fret

Dear Matt Myers, President of Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids

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

 


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“Nicotine” is not tobacco.

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The insideous fight in Australia continues where cigarettes are still legal, and the option of e-cigarettes are being blocked.

This is a guest collaboration blog with my friend, Broony, the Thunder from Down Under.


Nicotine Is NOT Tobacco

The definition of “nicotine” and e-cigarettes must stop being compared to, or thought of, as tobacco.

E-cigarettes are helping people, by choice, permanently switch from smoking to a much less harmful product. Nicotine is not problematic when used in eliquid or snus. It also isn’t harmful in the patch, gum or normal healthy diet. Nicotine is not tobacco.

There are many reasons adults use nicotine, besides pleasure, it is a quick remedy for anxiety, ADHD (yes, adults suffer from that too) and more. Nicotine is also recognised as an aid for schizophrenia, memory loss, and mental health issues.

If nicotine is tobacco, it will be taxed, regulated, and would be designated for funding, health insurance rates and more “as tobacco“.

Other “chemicals” in tobacco aren’t considered “tobacco”.

“Nicotine constitutes approximately 0.6–3.0% of the dry weight of tobacco”.

That’s found here at Wikipedia.


Milk isn’t beef. Syrup isn’t wood.

Should Nicotine Be Classified as Tobacco?

 

 


This Is War

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The war created to stop vaping is by public health experts and organizations that do not understand nor want to understand the science and pychology of nicotine.

They LIE saying nicotine is addictive.

Continuing the confusion, they pretend the definition of nicotine “is” tobacco and lack intelligence or are unwilling to separate the concept that vaping is another way to decrease tobacco use, nor capitulate vapers are an independent group of individuals who have found that vaping is a successful tool in their lives.

Many studies recognise vapers as ex-smokers who show no signs of being a smoker. This war against e-cigarettes must stop.


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Creating A Black Market

There will never be a successful prohibition, most people who would never otherwise touch black market goods will change their minds to keep from going back to smoking.

Just like smokers in Australia who are not ready (or put off) to switch to vaping already – obtain much of their tobacco now through the black market.

Because they truly cannot affort to appease their habit, people who would not normally break the law are doing so because they are forced to by lies being told to the government by those not prepared to listen to those who know:

Anti Tobacco & Nicotine Zealot, ANTZ for short.


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Legalize Nicotine

STOP lying. STOP withholding information for consumers. If vaping was allowed and nicotine infused eLiquid could be sold in Australia, more smokers would eventually switch. Doing so would create less

  • of a burden to the health system
  • downtime at industry
  • money going to organizations trying but failing miserably
  • money going to the black market
  • money going overseas

People are still smoking.  Plain packaging doesn’t work. Cigarettes are still available.

The government must be made to see this and bring change to the laws banning e-cigarettes – effectively blocking smokers from choosing to switch to a virtually harmless alternative nicotine source.


Gone in 60 seconds: Govt backs vaping law then announces inquiry one minute later

Sources

New Nicotine Alliance AU

International Network of Nicotine Consumer Organizations

Fight. #Louder: SUBMIT your voices. #Loudly.

Inquiry into the Use and Marketing of Electronic Cigarettes and Personal Vaporisers in Australia

Broony’s previous guest blog is here:


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Vaping In The News–April 29th, 2017

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Vaping In The News – April 23rd – April 29th, 2017

Regulations ~ Small Town America ~ Bye-Bye Murthy ~ Tobacco Profits ~ Dr. Siegel ~ Federal Action Needed ~ Rethinking Nicotine ~ Think of the children™ ~ THE Fergus Mason ~ THRA Worldwide Survey ~ Nicotine Challenge


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Regulations

Within the political ring, there are two distinct and sadly needed actions in the United States right now to fight the regulations of e-cigarettes.

First, the ever-imperative Cole-Bishop bill, (H.R. 1136) explained via CASAA here


Meanwhile

Duncan Hunter (R,CA)  has introduced one of his own, taking tobacco OUT of the description completely.

Related by Dr. Siegel:
Also:

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Small Town America

Speaking of legislation, Federal law requires “federal regulatory agencies must coordinate their policies, plans, actions, and regulations with local governments.”

That is found here from the Electronic Vaping Coalition of America (EVCA)

WHAT IS “COORDINATION” IN FEDERAL LAW?

The Village of Hartland, Wisconsin is taking testimony and questioning the F.D.A. and its regulations over e-cigarettes.

“If it’s proven agencies fail this obligation, their rules become moot — not just in a local community, but nationwide.”

Small-town America takes on FDA over e-cigarette regulations


Added 4/30/17:

I covered it here with links to all three videos:

Coordination with the FDA: Hartland, Wisconsin Holds Public Hearings


Bye-Bye Murthy

Vapers rejoice in Trump’s firing of Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, gun control advocates angry


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Tobacco profits

This keeps the tobacco control crowd rejoicing…. job security.

Against All Odds, the U.S. Tobacco Industry Is Rolling in Money


Dr. Siegel

Is the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids Even Capable of Being Honest?


Federal Action Needed:

From The Executive Director of Missouri Smoke-Free, A.J. Moll

Federal Action Needed – Let’s Protect Public Health


Rethinking Nicotine

With Sharon Cox & Sarah Jakes:

Nicotine and e-cigarettes: Rethinking addiction in the context of reduced harm


Think Of The Children™:

“Frequency of Youth E-Cigarette and Tobacco Use Patterns in the United States: Measurement Precision Is Critical to Inform Public Health”


THE Fergus Mason

Mr. Mason eloquently describes for you the difference between an expert and extremist – about a legend in his own mind, Professor Stanton Glantz.

Stanton Glantz – Expert, or Extremist?


WorldWide Survey

The Tobacco Harm Reduction Association of Canada (THRA) is conducting this survey for anyone – ANYONE to take. Smokers, non-smokers, vapers.

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The importance of your voice is NEEDED.

Please take the survey HERE.


Nicotine Challenge:

30+ days have come and gone. The nicotine challenge has raised $605 for Dr. Farsalinos & his team.

The Gofundme page will expire Monday, 2 May.

If you would still like to donate, please go here:

Nicotine Addiction: An Open 30-Day Public Health Challenge



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Incoherent Screams & Observations

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Some days

When I’m writing on my blog, I wonder, does anyone read it. Does anyone understand the consumer’s point of view?

I’ve said “we look harder for information, good or bad,” than those who pretend they present it to the public effectively and accurately.

Those self-centered “officials” who still pass information off as if it were “for the greater public good” (without regard to the actual public) and posing as experts –  are pissing me off.

You too? Good, let’s move along.


What Was Released

With the FDA regulations well underway, some idiots decided to “mine” tweets to observe “influencers” to determine and analyze “information shared on Twitter for insights into initial public reactions” to the regulations.

Denial, manipulation and keeping up appearances to protect cigarette sales is the goal. Because they’ll do a better job.

Public health advocates should consider using social media outlets to better communicate the policy’s intentions, reach and potential impact for public good to create a more balanced conversation.

There’s no balance. There are barely conversations.

There’s also no secret to professionals trolling on Twitter about e-cigarettes –  as it has been done in the past here and where we “may be an impediment to tobacco control research and practice” here.

Now it is being passed off as “research” and tends a reader to believe this is “may, could, might” be normal behavior of tobacco control or public health if there is such a thing.

I’ll get to that.

Another wonderful example of the scream test has found its home in the US National Library of Medicine National Institute of Health:

Public reactions to e-cigarette regulations on Twitter: a text mining analysis.


Screams Of Fear

What exactly are these people afraid of? They want their bias quota met. They want those who are against it suppressed. They want the public to know just what they want them to know, not information we are finding and providing, not what is factual or coherent. Just what they want the public to understand.

Much to my surprise, and with so much stiff competition, I proudly happened to be on the list of examples in the impugning world of influence balance and truth on twitter.


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That insight to their scream test, control and predicted eventual demise is the actual report not shown in the first link here:

You know, the bigger picture. Click.

Public reactions to e-cigarette regulations on Twitter: a text mining analysis.

Maybe someday they’ll do some actual research about e-cigarettes instead of wasting everyone’s time and money.

Added 4/5/07:

From Tina in the comments:

Last I knew, this study was still going on:

Is Twitter Censoring Us?

The tweet from Big Vaping’s DrMA is from the 21st of March, the release date of the “analysis” above was the 24th.

I wonder how powerful “they” are. This “may, might, could” be coincidental.

Update 4/14/17:

An Update on Safety


Public Health Out Of Control

Is this normal behavior? Are the emporers not wearing any cloths?

Speaking of incoherent babbling – Public health all along has coerced, suppressed and controlled public opinion to create a “balance”, as long as it’s weighted to their decisions.

We are, after all, the “enemy of the people”.

I’m not sure who said this, I asked and did not get an answer.

I assume it was Martin McBubbleGum.


Enough Is Enough

Along the same subject line as above, with the attitude and behavior towards smokers, smoking or any other power “health” has over the “enemy of the people” follows below:

A sad statement for smokers from ACSH today showing what lengths “orgs” will go to demean rather than assist. It’s not about “you”.

This, is normal behavior?


Street Fight

We’re impugning. We’re getting on their nerves. They are hedging their bets with your health. They think they can keep getting away with it.

They are hedging their bets with the consumer’s health and choice.

While we’re trying to get every single drop of information, good or bad, from reliable sources about e-cigarettes, public health wants to play games. They want to control them.

Their livelihood and egos are obviously more important than our, and consumers who may instead keep smoking’s  – very lives.


They are in it for themselves first. This is about lives, choice and telling the truth.

Keep doing that.

This is a street fight.

Get LOUDER.

As David Goerlitz has said — and will again soon…the gloves are off.


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Nicotine Addiction: An Open 30-Day Public Health Challenge

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Foreword:

For decades, Public Health, Tobacco Control, and Government experts have agreed in unison, that nicotine is the addictive chemical in cigarettes with comparisons and statements that nicotine is as or more addictive than heroin.

This “Public Health Challenge” is to show scientific proof that the assertions of addiction are true.


I have decided to put (our) money where your assertions are by taking you, the health, tobacco control, science and research communities, to literal task on nicotine addiction.

This is a 30-day challenge for anyone in public health to show nicotine addiction in humans, without MAOI’S, ammonia, or any other non-nicotine additive or any form of tobacco, without question.

You don’t need to prove me wrong, you need to prove yourselves right.

That’s it.


Nicotine Addiction

An Open 30-Day Public Health Challenge:

Addiction to a habit-forming substance is defined by Merriam-Webster:

Medical Definition of addiction

  1. :  compulsive physiological need for and use of a habit-forming substance (as heroin, nicotine, or alcohol) characterized by tolerance and by well-defined physiological symptoms upon withdrawal; broadly: persistent compulsive use of a substance known by the user to be physically, psychologically, or socially harmful [emphasis added.]


Criteria:

To show proof of nicotine addiction with existing clinical trials, case studies, data, and scientific documentation of addiction to nicotine alone, without any form of tobacco or Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOI’S), ammonia, or any other non-nicotine additive, in humans.

Documentation submitted (either as a text file or in the form of a web link) must be accessible and not be behind a “paywall”.


Documentation:

Unacceptable documentation:

  • Animal studies (rats, mice, monkeys, etc.) are not acceptable.
  • Submissions not published in professional or scientific journals or government websites are not acceptable.
  • Anything inaccessible by the public, including “paywalls” via the internet, are not acceptable.
  • Oral presentations, press releases are not acceptable.
  • Existing clinical trials, case studies, data, in vitro studies, self-reported surveys and scientific documentation in humans that claim probabilities or hypothetical possibilities as they do not show nicotine “is” addictive and are not acceptable.
  • Existing clinical trials, case studies, data, in vitro studies, self-reported surveys, and scientific documentation cannot include words and phrases like “hand to mouth, dependent, habitual, ritualistic” or words like “can, conceivably, could, likely, may, might, perhaps, possible, possibly, possibility, probably, probability” and cannot include tobacco or MAOI’s, ammonia, or any other non-nicotine additive for this challenge.

Acceptable Documentation:

  • Documentation must be accessible to the public.
  • Documentation must show the acceptable definition of addiction in existing clinical trials, case studies, data, or science and include characteristics of addiction such as increased tolerance, and withdrawal symptoms of nicotine alone, in humans, without any form of tobacco or MAOI’s, ammonia, or any other non-nicotine additive.
  • Documentation showing addiction in clinical trials or case studies with 3% or 2 subjects, whichever is greater.
  • Documentation must include a clear description of methodologies and results.
  • Peer-reviewed submissions must include names and affiliations of reviewers.

Documentation submitted (either as a text file or in the form of a web link) must be accessible and not be behind a “paywall”.

Documentation submitted must also include proof of existence with at least three of the following compulsive use or behaviors identified and defined, such as:

  • Physical addiction
  • Loss of job
  • Erratic or deviant behavior
  • Decreased social activities
  • Increased tolerance of nicotine and use over time
  • Harm to the patient or others around them
  • Withdrawal symptoms, phases

Submission:

Documentation must be submitted to this blog publicly and directly in the comment section below.


Reward:

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If addiction to nicotine is proven according to the criteria above, 5% of the funds donated during this 30-day challenge (minus processing fees) will be donated to The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids.

The remaining 95% (if proven) will be donated as follows:

In the absence of or lack of documentation submitted per the criteria stated above, or if this Public Health Challenge is deemed uncontested, any and all funds donated during this 30-day challenge (minus processing fees) will go to ecigarette-research.org for further research by Dr. Farsalinos and his colleagues.


To *donate any amount, please go here to the GoFundMe page:

Nicotine Addiction: An Open 30-Day Public Health Challenge


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Tobacco Control: Losing Control.

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According to “them”, tobacco control has an end game. Lots of players in the game. Lots of rules. All to “end” tobacco. Lots of money. Careers. Longevity.

Lots and lots of funding, grants, – you know – money. Well, money doesn’t motivate anyone. Lack of money motivates, but I digress.

It seems “they” – or at least seven of them have decided they don’t like – well – stuff. Now, they’re making more rules throwing a tantrum! Hurray!

Tobacco. Widespread carnage. Millions of lives. Important stuff. What are they babbling about? They don’t like personal blogs impugning. Awww. What that means in the #KeepSmokingWeNeedTheMoney scream test is:

Tobacco CONtrol doesn’t like their authority control being challenged or questioned.

In the words of Steve Martin: Well excuuuuuuse me.

Tobacco control can’t do its job and hasn’t for years. They’re losing control. Tobacco CONtrol is, after all, a punchline.


I’m not that good to perceive myself as interrupting the good work tobacco control alleges they “do”. I can’t imagine the “blog fog” from the BMJ Tobacco Control does anything to advance anything other than more control. After all, who doesn’t like an “I love me” or an “I’m so important” wall?

“Recent comments posted on some personal blogs impugn the objectivity of Tobacco Control and its reviewers, questioning our motives and the veracity of peer review.”

Funny, one of the authors of the “Blog Fog” tweeted this:

 

I do love ProPublica, they do awesome work.

Sorry, got off track.


I have my suspicions as to who – and there are multiple suspects, the “blog fog” could have been about. More power to them. I won’t try to assess the whining or illusions these 7 are under… pretending to defend themselves against defending themselves, I’ll let the links below do that.

What I did take to heart, and you may as well, is “personal blogs impugn the objectivity” and “questioning our motives and the veracity of peer review” within. Ya think?


I care about the unreasonable denial of less harm with vaping products that are ignored BY tobacco control resulting in inadequate and bias “objectivity”.

Act like adults. What I care about less harm with “ecigs” and how quickly dismissive it is for those in charge – to be arsonists to the very thing that may take their livelihood away from them. E-cigarettes.


And that, to my hearts content, will be blogged about about until my fingers bleed.


The tweet below isn’t a co-author of the “blog fog”, but it reminds me of the same.

This was part of a scolding I received last fall from another CONTROL fanatic.

(If you like, you can see my take on Ruth Malone’s objectivity (like Hefler’s) in Alice In TobaccoLand here)


SEVEN people had to “take the time” to contribute to what someone has – evidently – been impugning. You, you opinionated impugners!

Blog fog? Using rapid response to advance science and promote debate


Responses were swift & admirable. MORE of this, please:

Shannon: Open Letter to Ruth Malone

Paul: Denial of the Echo Chamber

Neal: Hey Ruth, This one is for you

Michael Siegel:

Tobacco Control Journal: There Can Be No Legitimate Discussion of Our Articles Without Our Permission

Carl V Phillips:

Editors of Tobacco Control admit they publish indefensible junk science

 Added 2/22/17 by Carl V Phillips (part II)

More on Tobacco Control’s “stop talking about us!” editorial

Dick Puddlecoat:

Hey! Bloggers, Leave Our Junk Alone!

Bolton Smoker’s Club:

The Abject Failure of the Tobacco Control Magazine

Frank Davis

If Air Traffic Control was like Tobacco Control


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I’m not shutting up, and blogging until my fingers bleed. Impugning, if you will.

You do the same.

More to come.

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Vaping In the News

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Depending on where you look and who’s got the narrative on e-cigarettes –  There is good, bad, and ugly. Every DAY, vaping is in the news. Every day, something is breaking.

In the spirit of and inspiration from my friends across the pond at Vapers.org.uk, this is a quick selection of what I’ve seen (good, bad and ugly) this past week with the obligatory op-ed above each one designed to inform, enlighten and enrage.


The Outstanding News

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If you don’t know about Cole-Bishop, you need to hydrate, educate yourself –  and waste no time:

“There is a legitimate role for tobacco regulations, but vaping is not a tobacco product.”

“Regulations should be based on evidence and the FDA doesn’t have the evidence to say that vaping is a harmful product.”

“There is a legitimate role the FDA plays for tobacco regulations, but e-cigarettes are not a tobacco product.”

Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK) Discusses the Cole-Bishop Amendment with Nicopure Labs



The Good

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It’s an amazing thing when people take matters into their own hands when decisions they make have a direct impact on their lives. There is a continuous stream of light from consumers who have switched from smoking combustible tobacco and their journey with e-cigarettes. We, after all, are the experts.

Shining that light is a proactive effort to educate the public and smokers who may be thinking of switching to e-cigarettes.

A series of videos released by the National Centre for Smoking Cessation and Training (NCSCT) and New Nicotine Alliance (NNA) was released with personal stories from those who have made The Switch.

More on this from Diane Caruana at Vaping Post:

Short movies about vaping by the NNA and NCSCT


Next, another video released by CASAA with a no-nonsense tone explaining the obvious difference between combustible tobacco and e-cigarettes.

How they work, less harm, nicotine and more.



The Bad

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Click-Bait Trend

Click-bait is the staple of the media, and this a sparking example of controlling the flow of information by deleting comments.

You can read the sparkly tweet and have enough to decipher the stupidity, and to read the article would take you less than one minute. I’ve linked with a “do not link” url here so they get no traffic ranking from this blog. I’d venture to say if it weren’t for vapers, there wouldn’t be any traffic to some of these idiots.


Would you like fries with that?

The Mayo Clinic has released positive views about e-cigarettes here.

Now, they’ve caught the attention of who is, without question, impeccable. He maintains his class and style by adding condiments to an “unethical and misleading risk” sandwich to the Mayo Clinic.

I hope he sent them napkins.

Hold the Mayo



Idiot Of The Week

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Because who doesn’t know how to describe “toxic exposure” better than Michael Cawley, PharmD, RRT, CPFT, FCCM:.

“Although controversy continues about the limited carcinogenic exposure of e-cigarettes compared to traditional tobacco products, a more alarming fact is the toxic exposure of liquid nicotine used by e-cigarettes.”

Sounds like it’s more alarming to vape than smoke, but if you’re not educated enough with all those letters after your name to find substantially reduced levels of measured carcinogens and toxins, DO some research. Even the American Association for Cancer Research knows better.

We already know that e-cigarettes are “not nearly” as alarming, but the way you put it,

Cawley goes on to insist at the end:

“In addition, potential drug interactions should also be discussed with patients since many do not consider liquid nicotine interacting with any prescribed medications. As pharmacists, we need to routinely include questions about the use of e-cigarettes in all our patients with a smoking history.”

I can’t stand linking it, but it is here:  Know the Toxins in E-Cigarettes



The Ugly

There was a “discussion paper” released in 2016 in Australia called:

Options to minimize the risks associated with the marketing and use of electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) in Australia.”

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Clive Bates covered it here.

One of the authors of that paper is none other than Simon Chapman. Now, he’s having a conversation on his article, “Twelve myths about e-cigarettes” The now retired professor wrote an article stuffed with his quit or die mantra, only this time there are responses including Cardiologist Konstantinos E Farsalinos.

Read the article (if you must), but GO to the bottom and hit “Show All Comments”. Turns out “the ugly”, with the help of Dr. Farsalinos and others within may just educate those in need the most: “experts“.

Twelve myths about e-cigarettes that failed to impress the TGA



The latest from me:

Exclusively on Vaping Media:

Rather than initiate dialogue or pursue evidence to present to consumers, U.S. officials are not mentioning it.

Why Are U.S. Health Officials Ignoring U.K. Colleagues about E-Cigs?

I wrote the President:

Dear President Trump:

I urge you to immediately order the Food and Drug Administration to cease and desist any and all activity involving “regulation” of e-cigarettes by classifying them “tobacco”.

Dear President Trump: Stop the F.D.A

Finally:

With more than 560 physicians surveyed, over 70% “indicated that e-cigs can help patients reduce or eliminate smoking” and “almost half believe they can reduce risk” according to a new survey by Andrew Nickels, M.D.

Doctors tell smokers: Switch to e-cigs 



E-cigarette NEWS Monday thru Friday is here

from my friends across the pond at Vapers.org.uk.



Comments are not filtered and are always welcome on this blog.


  • Medical, Research, Science Professionals:  GO HERE

If you’re interested in learning about vaping products:




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

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More to come.

Keep ON #Vaping On.

Kevin

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