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A Billion Lives: Aaron Biebert, Uncut – Two Years Later

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The Board of Directors at THR4Life decided to reach out to Aaron Biebert to chat with him about the 2nd anniversary of the North American premiere of his film, “A Billion Lives” in Milwaukee, Wisconsin – on what is THR4Life‘s podcast debut.
 
Aaron and I talk about the inception, grass-roots research, and his perceptions while preparing for the film. He allows us an intimate perspective of both the challenges he faced while making the film, where the inspiration came from, and what it took to put this award-winning documentary together.
 
Will there be a sequel to A Billion Lives?
Aaron also gives us a look at other projects he and the crew of Attention Era Media have been working on since 2016. Always on the go, he talks about projects with Derek Yach of The Foundation for a Smoke-Free World and the Film Festival during the most recent Global Forum on Nicotine and more.

 

You can find more information about the film “A Billion Lives” here:

You can find more information about THR4Life here:




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


You can find me here trying to be cordial on Facebook

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

Keep ON #Vaping On.

Kevin

Vaping In The News – May 12th, 2018

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

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


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FDA To Take Action ~ Censoring Twitter in the name of health ~ Surveys on Vaping: It’s All About The Money ~ Heat Not Burn ~ FDA ‘Jumps The Shark’ With Claims About Misleading Packaging ~ Nicotine Calculator ~ Campaign For Tobacco-Free Kids Market E-cigarettes and Tobacco to Children. ~ Speaking of marketing to children ~ Teen Vaping Is ‘Hardly An Epidemic’ ~ E-Cigarette Opponents Still Making Up False “Facts” to Demonize Vaping ~ Jamie Oliver




FDA To Take Action

Scott Gottlieb thinks there’s a ‘presumption’ they’re safer, guidelines to test these products are coming.

How does one test something when they “just don’t know”…

FDA To Take Action Against Companies That Sell Vape Pens To Teens


Censoring Twitter in the name of health

This one’s good… very good.

Censoring Twitter in the name of health


Surveys on Vaping: It’s All About The Money

69,000+ on the survey!

Surveys on Vaping: It’s All About The Money


Heat Not Burn

It isn’t my business to coerce someone NOT to try something that might just work. As a consumer, I’d like to know my options. As a human, I show bias. I try not to.  I am for choice. If someone has decided to switch from smoking, “doesn’t quite like” e-cigarettes, (or patches, gums, toothpicks) and can find another alternative, then they should be able to both try, and choose.

“I’m for whatever works for the informed consumer. Patch, gum, Heat Not Burn, vaping, acupuncture, books, hypnosis, counseling, etc…. Do I “like” them all? No. It’s not about or me or are what “I” like. What may work as choice for a consumer is first.”

Do I like the idea it is made by a tobacco company? Not really. Do I think it will be beneficial to smokers trying to switch much more efficiently than pharmaceuticals? Yes. Does that make me happy? Why yes, bias-ly I answer, thanks for asking. Is judgment on the product based on who makes it? Yes. Stop that.

The “Heat Not Burn” sector of ~not smoking~ IS another option, and I’ve heard good things about it.

Levels of selected analytes in the emissions of “heat not burn” tobacco products that are relevant to assess human health risks


FDA ‘Jumps The Shark’ With Claims About Misleading Packaging

Via Carl V. Phillips….. because he knows stuff.

FDA ‘Jumps The Shark’ With Claims About Misleading Packaging


Nicotine Calculator

Via Hans Schmidt – I’m liking this…

Just insert the number of cigarettes before the switch, choose between MTL and DL and the calculator comes up with an average figure for the daily nicotine requirement (mg/day).

The calculator lets you choose your favorite nicotine strength and indicates the corresponding liquid volume (ml).

The “calculator team”:

Dr. Rainer Dölfel aka Hans Schmidt (IG-ED)
Dipl.-Ing. Marc Hallermann (IG-ED)
Dipl.-Inform. Norbert Schmidt aka Norbert Zillatron (VS IG-ED)
Peter Schuster (1. VS IG-ED)
Sabine Maaß (IG-ED)
© 2018 Interessengemeinschaft E-Dampfen e. V.

I am told an English version will be available soon and I will have that posted on Twitter, and Facebook – as well as this blog when it is ready.

Nicotine Calculator / Converter


Campaign For Tobacco-Free Kids

Market E-cigarettes and Tobacco to Children.

I’m a bit pissed off this week with, among other things, Tobacco-Free Kids and their beyond obvious deception.

“clearly part of an orchestrated campaign”

~Carl V. Phillips

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

From me:

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


Speaking of marketing to children:

Ya think?

Sorry, yelled at you. From Truth Initiative, another in the direct marketing to children scheme of things…

4 out of 5 youth overestimate e-cigarette or cigarette use among peers


Teen Vaping Is ‘Hardly An Epidemic’

Steve Birr is, among other places, also over at The Daily Vaper.

Iowa AG Says Teen Vaping Is ‘Hardly An Epidemic’ And Is ‘Life -Saving’ For Adults


E-Cigarette Opponents Still Making Up False “Facts” to Demonize Vaping

Via Dr. Michael Siegel:

E-Cigarette Opponents Still Making Up False “Facts” to Demonize Vaping


In Memoriam: Jamie Oliver:

I did not know Jamie personally, but like many of you, knew him and his online presence.

I have listed others in a previous “news” edition.

 




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

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You can find me joining David Goerlitz Saturday mornings on Vape Radio.

I’ll be joining David very soon on his 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 also find me on LinkedIn


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

Tobacco Harm Reduction For Life

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Medical, Research, Science Professionals:

Research:


Politics:

E-Cigarette Politics 

A Billion Lives

A Billion Lives


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

Keep ON #Vaping On.

Kevin

Vaping In The News – April 21st, 2018

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

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



Wrigley Beats Vape Co. In Starburst, Skittles Flavors TM Row ~ E-cigarette brand’s 2.6M power units being recalled ~ Heat Not Burn ~ Sticks & Stones ~ Vaping’s potential to benefit public health exceeds its risks ~ Science Backs the FDA Down ~ Science Lesson ~ LIES, DAMNED LIES, & 400,000 SMOKING-RELATED DEATHS ~ CASAA FREE Membership Offered to Vapers ~ David Goerlitz ~ Clive Bates ~ FDA Inspection Proposal




Wrigley Beats Vape Co. In Starburst, Skittles Flavors TM Row

I’ll call this the “stop being idiots” link. STOP using trademarks. STOP using anything with cartoons.

Wrigley Beats Vape Co. In Starburst, Skittles Flavors TM Row


Two things:

1. Anyone using Vuse?
2. The “industry” is policing itself.

E-cigarette brand’s 2.6M power units being recalled


Heat Not Burn Products – The New Nicotine Alliance Steps Into The Debate

This isn’t my Father’s generation of choices – or lack thereof.

Whether I “like” the patch, gum, hypnosis, books, drugs, e-cigarettes – including cig-a-likes, snus, heat not burn, nicotine toothpicks, nicotine salts, high powered mods (where are those old ego starter kits) or acupuncture…. really doesn’t matter. Those are, along with tobacco control’s potpouri of guilt, demonizing, (my opinion) hocus pocus, feel good apps, classes, walks, straws (yes straws) and quitlines… many more ways suggested to not smoke (or smoke less) if a consumer decides. WHAT consumers use, how consumers get it, or who it’s made by… still really doesn’t matter.

Just as I’ve seen with kratom and CBD, I don’t use them and know little about them, never thinking I’d be anywhere near talking about those… but dammit… if they WORK…

I type this blog to speak fluently and informatively about those choices FOR the consumer to make educated choices based on their preferences and let them know the average success and failures of any product they may be interested in.

Despite where it comes from, what may work as a choice for a consumer is first. Let us not become them. Let us not fuck that up. (Thanks, Sarah Jakes.)

Heat Not Burn Products – The New Nicotine Alliance Steps Into The Debate


Related: Sticks & Stones

Sticks & Stones


Vaping’s potential to benefit public health exceeds its risks

“…those benefits represent a small fraction of the enormous harm caused by combustible tobacco…”

Vaping’s potential to benefit public health exceeds its risks


Nothing to see here, no manipulation of words here… move along.

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OR, do something about it HERE and HERE.


Science Backs the FDA Down

Science Backs the FDA Down (Vaping is Free)…


Science Lesson: Clinical Trial Evidence Debunks The ‘Vaping Impedes Smoking Cessation’ Claim

“the quality of an answer is highly dependent on the question that is being asked.”

Carl V. Phillips:

Science Lesson: Clinical Trial Evidence Debunks The ‘Vaping Impedes Smoking Cessation’ Claim


LIES, DAMNED LIES, & 400,000 SMOKING-RELATED DEATHS

Over the past few years I’ve heard “STOP repeating the lies of tobacco control” – or to that sentiment. We’ve all heard the “smoking-related” death numbers over the years. We’ve heard the claim “taxes lower deaths”. The latest WHO numbers went from 6 to 7 Million deaths… well, DrMA below has questioned that… (Don’t tell him how much I adore him, he might get a big head.)

I’ve questioned it – on the prompting of DrMA above (He’s such a bad influence)….. wondering with all the taxes going up, how could that number jump from 6 to 7 million….. so I’ve asked…

Meanwhile, Mike – over on Facebook – found this through Michael J. Mcfadden…. it seems I’ll never see “everything”, and as with anything you read… it’s worth the read.

LIES ,DAMNED LIES, & 400,000 SMOKING-RELATED DEATHS


CASAA FREE Membership Offered to Vapers

Because it’s there…

CASAA FREE Membership Offered to Vapers


DAVID GOERLITZ.

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Did I mention I love David? I’ll do that now. Having a front row seat is a pretty good view. David is approachable, kind and brutally honest.

He is for the consumer, vaper, smoker, and he’s far too intelligent and articulate to hold it in… David’s words:

“LAUNCHING E LIQUID LINE, PINNACLE CBD FLAVORED LINE, VAPE RADIO SHOW, PODCAST, ADVOCACY, AND CALL TO ACTIVISM TO HELP SMOKERS WHEN / IF THEY ARE READY TO QUIT SMOKING. MY DESIRE TO HELP EDUCATE AND HELP SAVE LIVES GROWS STRONGER EVERYDAY. TIME TO SEPARATE THE MEN AND THE WOMEN FROM THE BOYS AND THE GIRLS.

David G Signature Series (formerly known as the Winston Man). Thanks for your patience.

I was taught do it right the first time or don’t do it at all. There is no ( I ) in team. I have a great team that believes in me. Wont disappoint.”

David G Signature Series


Clive Bates

What else do you need to know…


FDA Inspection Proposal

For the professionals out there:

FDA Inspection Proposal Provides Valuable Insight Into Scope of Investigations



Bonus flashback article… my favorite #CrankyOldBroad, Skip… has been doing some research. Along with how I find things accidentally, she came across this:

FDA says tobacco law doesn’t apply to two smokeless lozenges


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

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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 also find me on LinkedIn


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

Tobacco Harm Reduction For Life

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Medical, Research, Science Professionals:

Research:


Politics:

E-Cigarette Politics 

A Billion Lives

A Billion Lives


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

Keep ON #Vaping On.

Kevin

Vaping In The News – April 14th, 2018

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

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



Ten perverse intellectual contortions: a guide to the sophistry of anti-vaping activists ~ The crusade against JUUL and other vaping products is childish, even for tobacco control ~ Untangling The Preemption Doctrine In Tobacco Control ~  Brilliance ~ Speaking of nicotine… ~ FLOC to begin national boycott of Reynolds’ e-cig product ~ FDA to offer a voluntary, more modern 510(k) pathway for enabling moderate risk devices ~ Cigar Trade Groups Petition Court to Delay Warning Label Requirements ~ CASAA Announces 2018 Board Election Results ~ So much to do ~ The Truth




Ten perverse intellectual contortions: a guide to the sophistry of anti-vaping activists

Bookmark worthy, Via Clive Bates.

Ten perverse intellectual contortions: a guide to the sophistry of anti-vaping activists

Also from Clive:

The US media is losing its mind over vaping and Juul – the questions a credible journalist should ask


The crusade against JUUL and other vaping products is childish, even for tobacco control

Paul Blair. Because childish tobacco control experts rule the playground.

The crusade against JUUL and other vaping products is childish, even for tobacco control


UNTANGLING THE PREEMPTION DOCTRINE IN TOBACCO CONTROL
They don’t like being hindered for the Tobacco 21 movement.
In case you’re unaware, I want to be very clear of my position on Tobacco 21. 18 year olds in the United States are LEGAL adults. Period.
The “Tobacco 21” movement (in most cases) takes away both the legal right of an adult to choose to smoke and it bundles in restricting vaping products for 18-20 year olds as well.

“Preemption can be a thorny issue when it comes to assessing a local government’s ability to adopt tobacco control measures. Preemption arises in different forms, and a locality’s ability to address tobacco may be preempted by laws both within and outside tobacco-specific legislation.”

UNTANGLING THE PREEMPTION DOCTRINE IN TOBACCO CONTROL

Related:

Rexburg City Council rescinds Tobacco 21 ordinance

Rexburg City Council rescinds Tobacco 21 ordinance

Speaking of raising the age for tobacco:

Increasing the MLPA to 21 years in NYC did not accelerate reductions in youth tobacco use any more rapidly than declines observed in comparison sites.

Impact of New York City’s 2014 Increased Minimum Legal Purchase Age on Youth Tobacco Use


I call out brilliance as I see it:


Speaking of nicotine…

The University of Pennsylvania and Johns Hopkins University joined in an experiment…

I’ll paste the fun stuff, you can read the whole article below:

I assume no humans were harmed or judged by how quickly they buried marbles and ate food. BOLD, underlining and italics are my emphasis… and joy to do.

“Obviously, humans are not exactly like mice, and these early findings can’t be applied to us.”

 

Limitations

The study does suggest that metformin may ease some nicotine withdrawal symptoms, due to its action on the AMPK chemical pathway in the brain. However, this has so far been tested only in mice, which were given nicotine via an implanted pump and injected with metformin – the drug is taken orally in humans – with withdrawal symptoms judged by how quickly they buried marbles and ate food.

While there are similarities in many of our biological pathways, humans are obviously not identical to mice, and these results can’t be taken to mean that metformin would be a suitable or appropriate treatment to help people stop smoking.

Metformin May Help With Nicotine Withdrawal Symptoms


Bonus Thowback:

In my travels… this is from 2002 is reminiscent of….

Nicotine water… I don’t remember it, I never heard of it… suddenly, there it was on a post from Chris Hughes

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Photo credit (Used with permission):  Victoria Vasconcellos

FDA Shuts Off Nicotine Water Spigot


FLOC to begin national boycott of Reynolds’ e-cig product

Uh…huh.

The Toledo-based Farm Labor Organizing Committee is launching a national boycott of Reynolds American, Inc.’s VUSE e-cigarette brand, with demonstrations planned this week outside convenience stores in more than 60 cities.

FLOC to begin national boycott of Reynolds’ e-cig product


Tobacco Controllers Again Silent About Glantz Misconduct Allegations

Tobacco Controllers Again Silent About Glantz Misconduct Allegations


FDA to offer a voluntary, more modern 510(k) pathway for enabling moderate risk devices

It doesn’t say e-cigarettes… but… if that’s the route taken, NO. E-cigarettes are not a medical device.

“Substantial equivalence is rooted in a comparison between a new device and a predicate device” …

FDA to offer a voluntary, more modern 510(k) pathway for enabling moderate risk devices to more efficiently demonstrate safety and effectiveness


Cigar Trade Groups Petition Court to Delay Warning Label Requirements

So is it a possibility, in your mind, that the premium cigar industry is going to spend millions of dollars updating these boxes and putting labels on them, only to be told later on, didn’t have to do it?

Cigar Trade Groups Petition Court to Delay Warning Label Requirements Following FDA’s ANPRM


CASAA Announces 2018 Board Election Results

CASAA Announces 2018 Board Election Results


SO much to do.

Vendors… brick and mortar…  this is part of the FDA’s “Regulate, restrict, tax and ban” plan of your business


SO much to do, II

If you are in the industry, you NEED to show this to EVERY customer. Give your customers information. Give them a discount. Whatever you NEED to do to stay – you know – in business…

U.S.A. Only Survey

If I have to explain it to you, see this here.


The Truth

(Now Truth Initiative) Thanks to my favorite #CrankyOldBroad, Skip for pointing me to this!

I suggest you give this 2009 article some attention…

The Truth About American Legacy




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

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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 also find me on LinkedIn


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

Tobacco Harm Reduction For Life

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Medical, Research, Science Professionals:

Research:


Politics:

E-Cigarette Politics 

A Billion Lives

A Billion Lives


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

Keep ON #Vaping On.

Kevin

Vaping In The News – December 23rd, 2017

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Vaping In The News.

Vaping In The News covers media stories on smoking, vaping, e-cigarettes, snus, tobacco control, public health, government regulations and more.

This week in the news:

Teen Smoking Drops ~ Evaluation of the safety profile of an electronic vapour product used for two years by smokers in a real-life setting ~ When the tax stamp covers the health warning label ~ “At War With The Tobacco Industry” ~ Who forced the cigarette companies to run those anti-smoking ads? ~ 10 Year Corporate Affairs, Strategies (“leaked” document from PMI) ~ 22 Million New Smokers Needed: Funding SCHIP Expansion with a Tobacco Tax (2007) ~ Stop-smoking drug increases the risk of a heart attack AND is linked to self-harm ~ VapesGiving™

-This is Vaping In The News – December 23rd, 2017-




Teen Smoking Drops, Gateway Closes, Unicorns Unemployed

Nobody wants to talk about gateway enthusiasts being wrong. No one likes to hear Unicorns are out of work. I do.

Kids sure don’t smoke like they used to.

Teen Smoking Drops, Gateway Closes, Unicorns Unemployed


Evaluation of the safety profile of a (e-cig)

vapour product used for two years – in a real-life setting

Researchers took it upon themselves to lure smokers out of the wild with e-cigarettes.

Evaluation of the safety profile of an electronic vapour product used for two years by smokers in a real-life setting


When the tax stamp covers the health warning label

“the growing threat that untaxed and smuggled tobacco products have on public health”

Isn’t the threat is exactly the same? This is an excellent example of not helping and a waste of valueable resources.  As a smoker, you could have put a piece of my own lung on a pack of smokes and it would not have deterred me for a second.

Oh, wait,  this is about funding. Silly me. Silly researchers.

When the tax stamp covers the health warning label, conflicting ‘best practices’ for tobacco control policy


In other news

Here’s how public health gets public health done.


 Clive sees trouble!


Read Carol’s tweet.



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“At War With The Tobacco Industry”

Two words: Dick Puddlecoat.

“At War With The Tobacco Industry”


Who forced the cigarette companies to run those anti-smoking ads

It had to be Stan “Puff-N-Stuff” Glantz, of course. Because he is a twit, Stanton Glantz wants to take subtle credit for it before his demise. Written much better than Stan can, it looks as if he may, or might (not sure) have added a line or two in the article, but is taking full credit. Not that I’d ever accuse him of stealing anyone else’s work or anything.

This is in a “do not link” format so there is no credit for search engines. Click away. My comments on the article have not been addressed, but I encourage you to comment on this article.

Who forced the cigarette companies to run those anti-smoking ads?


10 Year Corporate Affairs, Strategies (“leaked” document from PMI)

I’m not sure how “confidential” this “is”. Go ahead, look. You know you want to.

10 Year Corporate Affairs, Strategies (“leaked” document from PMI)


22 Million New Smokers Needed: Funding SCHIP Expansion with a Tobacco Tax (2007)

Thanks, Big Bacon Moe!

I’ve said this a thousand times. Tobacco taxes are a Ponzi Scheme. Higher tax to have less smokers pay more to fight smoking is insideous. It’s a Ponzi Scheme.

22 Million New Smokers Needed: Funding SCHIP Expansion with a Tobacco Tax


Stop-smoking drug increases the risk of a heart attack by up to 34% AND is linked to self-harm

Stop recommending it. Stop promoting it. Stop taking it. Just stop.

Stop-smoking drug hailed as ‘the most effective medication’ for ditching cigarettes, increases the risk of a heart attack by up to 34% AND is linked to self-harm, study finds


JNCI study finds pharmaceutical stop smoking aids ineffective

When WILL the FDA make a statement about this?
#EveryTryCounts = Political Front Group campaign to sell ineffective “aids”.
 
“NO evidence”…
 
“more than a dozen population level studies screaming the ineffectiveness”
 
“Who benefits by deceiving smokers?”
 
My question is, who will be held accountable for past and future claims?
 

VapesGiving™

$190,000 was the amount commited by Naked 100 Eliquid, and the total amount raised to fund the future was $332,183.

“In just one week, over $142,183 was donated by manufacturers, distributors, vape shops, and Vapers.”

VapesGiving Donors


This week from me:

What We Know:

Inspired by the FDA’s “Every Try Counts” campaign:

Can You Quit

Admitting the deception and ineffectiveness of “government-approved” quit smoking methods is being forced out of their mouths by people like you and I. Keep doing that.

Can you quit smoking with patches and gums?


Challenging Lies about Nicotine Addiction

The recent articles showing “approved” methods to help smokers do not work has inspired me to solicit the wife to unstrap my straight jacket and grab my crayons again




Seasons Greetings!

Happy Holidays!




2018 E-Vapor and Tobacco Law Symposium



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

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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 also find me on LinkedIn


Tobacco Harm Reduction For Life

GONZO GIVES




Medical, Research, Science Professionals:

Research:


Politics:

E-Cigarette Politics 

A Billion Lives

A Billion Lives


There is definitely more to come.

Keep ON #Vaping On.

Kevin


News


Tell me what you think. Your comments are NEVER filtered, are encouraged and welcome on this blog.

FDA launches “Every Try Counts” campaign to manipulate smokers

 

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FDA launches “Every Try Counts” campaign

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

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


 

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

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


“Every Try Counts”

In the latest smokescreen release:

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


Stop. Do you know what a 10 Million+ Dollar commitment of comprehensive policies from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) return on investment might look like? I do.



*If any of you know of 10 million dollars being spent in a similar fashion for e-cigarettes, snus, etc., PLEASE link them in the comments.



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

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

bold is my emphasis within below:

MRTP designation

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

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

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

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

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


“Every Try Counts”

Here’s the “landmark study”:

Randomized Trial of Reduced-Nicotine Standards for Cigarettes

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


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

Well, thanks very much.


Continued babbling

The announcement rambles on, stating:

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

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


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

The last campaign was a $200 million dollar flop.


Every Try Counts, right before your eyes

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

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

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

Fundamentally.

Fund Us Mentality.


Added 12/14/17:

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

“preclinical research conducted at Duke University”

Seems “#MedNicotine” was pretty serious….

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

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


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

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

When will the class action law suits begin?

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

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

From Bengt Wiberg




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

We Don’t Need The Government To Solve Smoking Problem


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Tobacco Control: Fueding, fussing, fighting, fear & funding

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Tobacco control is fueding, fussing, fighting, and operating in fear over funding and where it comes from.

Control of tobacco, or tobacco control, loves control. Color me silly, but the stronger the opposition, the more I see the antagonistic approach against it, the more I like the PMI foundation. A little while back, Philip Morris announced they would pledge a billion dollars towards a “smoke-free worldfor research.


Fueding

Dr. Michael Siegel, a former student of Professor Glantz has refused a position at the newly formed Foundation for a Smoke-Free World. (Covered here)

Fussing

If you missed it, There was plenty of “outrage” including a “Frank Statement” accompanied by babbling a scream test from the “tobacco control sector” about the announcement here.


Fighting

On December 5th, Dr. Michael Siegel explained, “We already know what interventions are most effective in reducing smoking rates” and “Frankly, this is all essentially a waste of time.here.

He has five “key points” as to what the foundation, funded by a tobacco company, should do.

These are his suggestions:

  1. severely restrict or curtail cigarette advertising and marketing;
  2. require plain packaging;
  3. substantially increase cigarette taxes;
  4. promote 100% smoke-free environments; and
  5. heavily fund aggressive, state-of-the-art anti-smoking media campaigns.

For time and space

I didn’t see research in those five points. I don’t think it was implied. Instead, I see the same tobacco control playbook. Maybe it’s just me.

I’ll toss a “rebuttal” taking care of time & space.

Question: How do claims “making progress” work?

“In contrast, the Foundation does want to support research on the role of genetics, physiology, individual choices and activities and environmental influences.”

According to my assessment of past “job performance”, tobacco control “experts” & all political front groups are trying to help by instilling fear.

(Now they are appauding, and want more smoking.)

They should all be defunded, dismantled and sued under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act.


Dr. Siegel, have you lost your marbles?

Although I think he’s lost his marbles in his assesment of the goals of the Smoke-Free World, please, don’t be under the impression that I don’t like or respect Dr. Siegel. In fact, I’ve linked him on occasion, and I do respect him.

Like here:

Lead Story in Bay Area Sunday Newspapers Features Anti-Smoking Movement’s Push for Outdoor Smoking Bans and Questions the Science Behind Them

Or here:

The Problem of Undisclosed Conflicts of Interest in Tobacco Control: How It Works and Why We are So Hypocritical

And here

Center for Tobacco Products is Lying to the Public About Youth Tobacco Use


Fear

And especially here, where I wonder if it was the reason he declined the position:

“You aren’t allowed to do that in tobacco control. If you dissent, you are allowed to write polite, personal, and private emails expressing your opinion, but you are not allowed to go public with your dissenting comments. You have to shut up and keep your opinion to yourself.”

Prominent Tobacco Control Researcher Cautions CDC that Helena Study Should Not Be Used to Conclude that Smoking Bans Immediately Reduce Heart Attacks


Defense vs Offense

Don’t get your panties in a bunch; I am partial to vaping. It’s what worked for ME. I am also for any method a consumer can CHOOSE, including the patch, gum, hypnosis, meditation, whatever works for someone choosing to switch from smoking that works for them. I’m not for strong-arming or manipulation of “control”.

In my opinion, the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World will do research with technology, hopefully e-cigarettes, heat not burn, other smokeless tobacco and other things. Maybe, just maybe, they’ll also figure out why those patches & gums have a measly 7 percent success rate and improve those as well. Boy, won’t pharma be pissed.

The “control” sector won’t have eyes on research first. They won’t have immediate opportunity to “enhance” or “downplay” the results. They will have to actually defend their positions. Maybe even work at their job. Imagine the horror.


Loss of control.

I covered some of these issues here at The Daily Vaper:

“Tobacco control organizations have never voiced any reservations about accepting funding from tobacco taxation to keep their fiscal health afloat with funds derived from the crop.”

Tobacco Control ‘Experts’ Fight AGAINST A Smoke-Free World


Foxes guarding the henhouse

To be credible, I suppose……if we could trust control experts to act like – well, I propose, experts, we’d be a lot further along, but we’re talking about a tobacco company trying to reduce smoking… twenty years ago, this very scenario would have been simple to manipulate. Today, not so much.


Simon Chapman thinks Dr. Siegel’s points are analysis….


Funding

If we could just separate that pesky conflict of interest of  “research” and “control” from the funding… ahh who am I kidding. Tobacco companies want money. Tobacco control and anti-tobacco wants money.

Speaking of credibility…

The Truth Is Out There

If “tobacco control” were credible, they would all be feverishly trying to put themselves out of a job, and you wouldn’t be reading this blog, now would you?

 


 

On 12/13/17:

Exclusive: Philip Morris Funded Anti-Smoking Foundation Targeting Public Health Leaders With Grants

 

 


 

And then on 12/15/17

Public Health Leaders Ask to Be Removed From Mailing List of Foundation Offering Them Tobacco-Funded Grants



If it comes out the way I think” Then we do it. If it doesn’t… “Then we don’t bother, ok?

Source

~ Professor Stanton Glantz


Here’s what happened last year:

from Neil McKeganey Ph.D. Christopher Russell Ph.D. themselves:

Why Academics Should Resist Pressure to Disengage with the Tobacco Industry


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Vaping In The News – September 16th

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Vaping Is Not A Crime ~ Sinner, Keep Sinning – We Need The Cash ~ Philip Morris Pledges $1 BILLION ~ Australia ~ Nicotine ~ E-cigarette use and associated changes in population smoking cessation ~ Resolution of recurrent tonsillitis in a non-smoker who became a vaper ~ The Corruption of Public Health ~ FDA Revised Guidance ~ It’s Not About Health ~ Mice ~




Many things to cover. David Goerlitz explores Canada, Sinners equal cash. Philip Morris makes public health experts and tobacco control more nervous. Corruption of public health will be no surprise, “guidance” from the FDA and a few other moments make up this weeks….

Vaping In The News ~ September 10th ~ 16th




Vaping Is Not A Crime

Canada is under extreme opposition. David Goerlitz is scratching punching the surface in this first of a series while visiting Montreal, Quebec.

This is another example of regulate, restrict, tax and ban worldwide. No matter where you are, fight.

 


Sinner, Keep Sinning

Mr. Puddlecoat probably sprained his fingers typing this one up… Thank you D.P.

Sinner, Keep Sinning – We Need The Cash


Philip Morris Pledges $1 BILLION

I trust tobacco companies more than government or public health. As an example in the UK, THE Fergus Mason’s favorite “authority figure” hag says this in the following article.

“The tobacco industry has a terrible track record of funding research designed to support its efforts to block policies to cut smoking,” Deborah Arnott, chief executive of London-based Action on Smoking and Health, said in a statement. “Tobacco industry claims can never be accepted at face value.”

This. This is fear. Losing power. Loss of control. Out of the loop. “Policies” are in question. The scream test looks nice in print.

I don’t trust public health, with a few exceptions.

I do however, trust Philip Morris (despite self-promotion of their heat not burn, etcetera) and this initiative far more with Yach at the helm.

This is progress, not control.

Philip Morris Pledges $1 Billion to Fight Smoking


 


Do you know about NNA?

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Austrailia

Please keep smoking. That is all.

After all, this: Don’t share this

Leads to this:

Harm caused by e-cigarettes uncertain


A Case for Nicotine Use

I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again. Nicotine is not addictive.

Because it is such an assertive claim and everything is riding on the myth, (Like Santa, you never want to tell the kids) either few professionals “understand”,  choose to understand or will admit it. They instead, are either incompetent or believe it themselves.

Gorokh has a twist I liked:

“…..drawing conclusions about nicotine from smoking studies is like measuring the effects of lemon juice by administering participants rounds of Long Island iced teas!”

That’s here below.

A Case for Nicotine Use


Do you know about THR4LIFE?

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E-cigarette use and associated changes in population smoking cessation:

Evidence from US current population surveys.
Seems we’re not anecdotal any longer, we’re population level status now.

E-cigarette use and associated changes in population smoking cessation: Evidence from US current population surveys. 


Resolution of recurrent tonsillitis in a non-smoker who became a vaper.

A case study and new hypothesis.

Resolution of recurrent tonsillitis in a non-smoker who became a vaper.


The Corruption of Public Health

Where do I begin. Is it when the Food and Drug Adminstration formed? When Chapman or Glantz were born? When Frieden took his first baby steps from his sterilized crib? I don’t know. Find out here:

The Corruption of Public Health


Are you familiar with INNCO?


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FDA “Revised Guidance” was released.

Ash trays and lighters are not tobacco products, but your list of what is, is here:

FDA issues revised final guidance on tobacco manufacturer registration and product listing


It’s Not About Health

I love this man.

It’s Not About Health: A Potted History


Mice.

Well, here’s my favorite of the week.

I’ll let you decide if you actually want to read this bullshit, but here are my favorite quotes from the article:

“As always, it is difficult to extrapolate the findings to humans…”

“but the effect on humans still needs to be investigated…”

May I suggest a few humans?

One is an expert at any-hand smoke named Stan “Puff – n – Stuff” Glantz.

Third-hand smoke in furniture and clothes damages mouse organs




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E-cigarettes: Smokers, knowledge is power.

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Fear is a lack of knowledge. Knowledge is power. To find valuable information – credible information  – about vaping and e-cigarettes isn’t difficult. You have to know where to look, understand information as it is presented to you, and use it to make decisions for yourself.

To begin your journey, to expand your knowledge, you have places to go.


There are hundreds, if not thousands of personal blogs covering vaping in the research, legislative, political, scientific, and personal arena of e-cigarettes.

Sharing information about e-cigarettes is essential, and for some, a passion to educate others with accurate and forthright information.


One individual (listed) schooled me quickly and privately about nicotine. I was drinking the kool-aid up to that moment and he opened my eyes to the vast and valuable opportunity of learning.

Another individual listed fired me up so much to fight, I started my own blog.

You don’t always have to agree with individuals in “every” instance, but be open minded, take their vantage point and learn.




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How we gain continuous knowledge about e-cigarettes, and what we need to learn via perspective from which it comes, holds weight. Not restrained with “deadlines”, angles or sponsors where there may be bias, individual consumers themselves have skill, direct impact and ability to communicate what needs to be said with vigor and style all their own.

Despite the vast claims “experts” manufacture, we, as individuals, are the experts.




This is an example of a journalist withholding knowledge and information  – from Sarah Knapton – Telegraph’s Science Editor.

It is yet another example of what we’re fighting against as individuals.




Personal bloggers

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These few, for different reasons, have their admirable style and grace. You can find humor, be outraged and find a gold mine of truthful information. Consumers all over the world are looking for the bad about e-cigarettes – just as hard as the good – and tell it like it is.

You can be engrossed in the veracity and tenacity of their views and learn.




Alan Beard

Alan Beard


Bruce Nye

Revelations of a Steam Powered Human


David Dorn

The Sun Also Rises


Deb Iten

Lounge Vapor


Fergus Mason

FergusMason.com


John Summers

GlosVaper


Lorien Jollye

The Exit Door Leads In


Meaghan C.

VapeMeStoopid


Morten Moe

The Vaping Giraffe


Neal Roff

Flow My Tears


Norbert Zillatron

Musings about vaping and science


Paul Barnes

Facts Do Matter


Robert Innes

Brainy Furball


Steve K

Steve K’s Vaping World


Vaping Point Liz

Vaping Point




Tobacco & Vaping

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These folks, in one form or another, are professionals with insight from another land. Clear cut, distinct and informative.

Atakan Erik Befrits

Atakan Befrits


Bernd Mayer

Bernd Mayer – A Scientists View about nicotine and tobacco


Brad Rodu

Tobacco Truth


Carl V. Phillips

Carl V. Phillips: Anti-THR Lies and related topics


Clive Bates


Dick Puddlecoat


Michael Seigel

The Rest of the Story




Writers

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Some, beyond a blog, are impeccable.

Daniel Hall / Vaping First

Daniel Hall


Guy Bentley / Reason

Guy Bentley


Jacob Sullum / Forbes

Forbes / Jacob Sullum


James Dunworth

James Dunworth


Jim McDonald / Vaping 360

Jim McDonald


Jérôme Harlay / Vaping Post

Jérôme Harlay


Lee Johnson

Lee Johnson




You just want facts.

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Chris Price:

EVERYTHING e-cigarette and politics.

Ecigarette Politics


David Goerlitz

This blog is a must read for smokers and vapers.

David Goerlitz, The Former Winston Man


Dr Konstantinos Farsalinos & Team

~They~ say we “need more research”. Well. It’s here.

E-cigarette Research


M.O.V.E.

Doctors, Nurses, Researchers, Scientists. Medical Professionals. Period.

M.O.V.E.


Nicotine Science and Policy

MANY links within, the no-nonsense section of the world for nicotine/science & policy.

Nicotine Science and Policy


Tobacco Control Tactics

See the other side.

Tobacco Control Tactics


Vapers In Power

A political movement in the U.K.

Vapers In Power


Vapers.org.UK

Although the title says “UK”, this is a daily source of news gathering e-cig and tobacco news from around the world.

Vapers.Org.UK



You can go to these resources to expand your knowledge about e-cigarettes.



Final thoughts

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As an example of what is out there, there are many more doing things behind the scenes.

Everyone has a role in fighting – no matter what medium they use. The list of individuals and sites above is certainly not everyone. There are individuals writing and calling politicians, going to meetings. Starting websites. Educating their Doctors. Tweeting. Giving testimonies in court. With every breath you take, find that role.



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