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Vaping In The News – October 14th, 2017

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As I put this weeks edition together, I pondered all the time and public OUR money wasted over the past 10+ years by experts – tracking tweets, buying media, pretending to do studies and claiming science… Then, I wonder…. what have they tried to accomplish… and what other much more important items they’ve done the same with, or ignored in the process.


Johnson Creek is going out of business ~ Science Lesson ~ Marathon Man ~ Bloomberg ~ Tobacco 21 ~ Teen Cigarette Narcs ~ Doug Teitelbaum ~  Foundation for a smoke-free world ~ Tobacco Free Kids ~ Screaming ~


This is Vaping In The News for the week ending October 14th, 2017


Instead of babbling, I’ll lead off with a spirited tweet from Ann, who I (and others) miss dearly.


Johnson Creek is going out of business

Their statement:

Important! Johnson Creek is going out of business


Science Lesson

One of the best ways to learn is to listen and read. That’s why I like reading Carl’s blog. I don’t always agree with Carl, and that is how I learn.

“Ecigs are a replacement for tobacco products. They are not a replacement for lost tobacco taxes.”

I’ve said this a thousand times.

In this instance, there should be NO tax imposed on vaping products (other than normal sales tax). Period. We agree.

Science Lesson: The Optimal Tax Rate For Vapor Products Is Zero


Marathon Man

Chris Baxter, who I’ve followed over on Twitter:

YES.

Lancaster man vapes his way to marathon success

Related: Jerry Iozzo

Former Smoker Turned Marathon Runner Thanks to Vaping


Bloomberg

Dr. Carrie Wade at the Daily Vaper takes on another big donor of anti-tobacco with reduced risk and research:

Bloomberg School Of Public Health Should Live Up To Mission Statement, Save ‘Millions At A Time’


Tobacco 21

While the public is, you can’t be convinced this will work. You’re too savvy for that.

Tobacco 21 Is a Catch-22


Denver Is Hiring Teen Cigarette Narcs

Where I’ve covered the Synar Amendment and the recreation of the problems here in June of 2017, I made a prediction.

In my (highly acclaimed by me) opinion, as the age of purchase was 18, they are having a difficult time keeping their percentage at acceptable levels, and now want to raise it to 21 to recreate the problem.

Well… imagine my surprise when I read (bold is my emphasis)

“….the department hopes to snag even more vendors, projecting a 23 percent noncompliance rate by the end of 2017.”

Denver Is Hiring Teen Cigarette Narcs

Imagine my surprise from one of my favorite rodents, Phil:

Here’s that breach, including e-cigarettes:

Anne Arundel County tobacco sting finds one in four stores sold tobacco to minors


Doug Teitelbaum

NJOY’s Doug Teitelbaum is Leading a Crusade Against Cigarette Smoking – Don’t Bet Against Him


Foundation for a smoke-free world

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Just so you can see the screams from Matt Myers – it is close enough to Halloween to hear him clearly.

Matt Myers: Philip Morris has a long history of funding what it calls independent research by previously credible researchers


Still Screaming

Another from one of my favorite bloggers, and consider him a friend: Paul:
Next, how PR firms create “dialogue”…

Then:


And…

Former American Cancer Society CEO John Seffrin endorses cancer research venture funded by Philip Morris




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E-cigarettes: Organized crime is exploding.

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As national crime syndicates go, the FDA is one of the largest legal organized crime rings in the world. E-cigarettes and nicotine were deemed a “tobacco product” on August 8th, 2016 by the United States Food & Drug Administration (FDA).

I don’t have an answer as to how their decision reduces smoking. Not a clue as to how it involves tobacco harm reduction – which is their alleged intent.

I have an answer as to how it will increase smoking, funding for “tobacco” and continue a now criminally perpetual lie about nicotine.

I call that decision “National Tobacco Day“.


Criminal intent or public health

The FDA, while claiming to be the keeper of public health and all the good it does, goes deep within the realm of criminal intent, corruption and poor judgement, and has been on the side of drug companies for years.

Once Margaret Hamburg quit resigned retired left the FDA and was charged with RICO status, the nomination and confirmation of Robert Califf – having extremely lucrative financial ties to pharmaceuticals AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson, GlaxoSmithKline and more, has furthered the criminal activity…hiding in plain sight.

The FDA won’t admit to answering to the pharmaceutical companies who make profits with nicotine reduction “therapy” products like the patch and gum. Those entities are in direct competition with e-cigarettes.


Corruption

Certainly the FDA will never admit to corruption leading up to and including the “regulations” as David Goerlitz, the Former Winston Man had predicted two years before it happened below.

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Organized Crime

Medical associations like the Heart, Lung & Cancer Associations of America along with the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids, all supported heavily by the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation, (Johnson & Johnson) along with the American Medical Association, and MANY other organizations and their “subsidiaries” – claim to want to “reduce smoking”.

Despite science, not ONE has supported e-cigarettes as a harm reduction tool. They simply cannot afford to support something that will take their revenue away.

Certainly, the FDA won’t admit to bending to pressure from “public health” and tobacco control, anti-smoking and anti-tobacco groups.

The tobacco companies AND those organizations above are going to will profit from revenue with this decision.

Those entities are funded directly and indirectly with tobacco sales, taxes and the Master Settlement Agreement.

“The people who are in the anti-smoking or anti-tobacco movement are so vindictive and hateful… they’ve made tobacco users feel like lepers, and that’s not the answer to the problem.”                                                                                                ~David Goerlitz


1.8%

From the Master Settlement Agreement and state tobacco taxes, this report shows the money spent from the fiscal year of 2016, “despite combined revenue of $25.8 billion from settlement payments and tobacco taxes for all states, states will spend only $468 million (1.8%) on comprehensive tobacco control programs.


 “They said….’This is no longer going to be about health, this is going to be about money.’

That’s what I saw. That’s the corruption”                                          ~David Goerlitz


The Master Settlement Agreement

According to this report

“It is clear that the MSA has not resulted in a clear and straightforward intensification of state tobacco control efforts, because of the impact of interest group activity and changing economic situations at the state level. MSA resources have been significantly diverted from tobacco control and treatment into other state policy activities”.

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Diverted. Unconstitutional. Misused. Stolen.


Regulation and taxation

of e-cigarettes are for CONTROL. For tax purposes, not public health. They claim it is about children and nicotine to continue their ponzi scheme.

They don’t want you to succeed by stopping your tobacco use.

They say vaping products are dangerous. There are no long term studies.

They don’t “know enough“.


They want you

to fail, and continue to fail their way…or tax you for succeeding your way.


Added 10/7/16:

Speaking of CRIMES:

Vaping bill sponsor admits ‘it did’ put people out of business


I’m doing everything I can in my power to stop them from doing so.

“The largest threat to is an informed consumer.”


E-cigarette Research is HERE.

MORE e-cigarette research is also HERE.

If you are a Professional  go HERE.


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Keep ON #Vaping On.

Kevin

25 Years & Fairy Tales, E-cigarettes, Tobacco Control & Children!

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Tobacco or health. It’s a battle I myself have fought – smoked over 30 years. The choice to smoke cigarettes is a personal one. There are people who want to end that choice, and seem to be on a mission.

Please, for your sake, don’t get your panties in a bunch. Breathe if you can. There’s actually no worries right now. Don’t believe their claims of urgency. It’s not THAT important. In fact, smoke ’em if you’ve got them ~there is plenty of time.

That’s right, plenty of time.  There’s no need to rush the tobacco stores, no need to stockpile. For goodness sake, you don’t need to find a video on youtube on how to grow your own tobacco – there will be plenty to go around, and experts are assuring us of that!

As a matter of fact, I wouldn’t worry at ALL. They’re not sure about e-cigarettes either…. so you’ve got at least another 25 years according to recent “leading” public health since there’s an invigorating turbo-charged effort.


An Article in The Lancet has stated :

“Leading public health researchers call for the sale of tobacco to be phased out by 2040……with sufficient political support and stronger evidence-based action against the tobacco industry, a tobacco-free world – where less than 5% of adults use tobacco – could be possible in less than three decades“.

“could be possible”  ????    Are you serious? Is this a bad joke??? I thought this was important. 

“with a call on the United Nations (UN) to lead a “turbo-charged” effort against the sale and consumption of tobacco”.

How long will this turbo-charged effort take? Well… 2040 is the turbo-charged goal? “~~possible in LESS than three decades”… there, that sounded better. THAT’S A GOAL?


I don’t have my handy-dandy calculator, and I’m not a very smart man, but that’s 25 years. If my son had a child today, that child will have graduated college and started his or her life – and about a year later, could be a part of world where 5% of the population may still be using tobacco… that’s the BEST these “angry” world health experts can come up with? The efforts to end tobacco isn’t new, is it? Tax dollars go to campaigns to “curb” tobacco every day.


This is the best they can do, and they’re health and tobacco control leaders?


The 16th annual World Conference on Tobacco or Health, chaired by W.H.O.’s Dr Douglas Bettcher and Dr Vera Da Costa e Silva,  has given it’s stance on tobacco here in this link.

They have this incredibly urgent goal to end tobacco as we know it. Evidently, combustible tobacco must go and this article states that

“The *contentious issue of e-cigarettes or ENDs [electronic nicotine delivery systems] was tackled in several sessions at this week’s  World Conference on Tobacco or Health”……..

*Dictionary alert: “contentious definition”

 
1:  likely to cause disagreement or argument <a contentious issue>
2:  exhibiting an often perverse and wearisome tendency to quarrels and disputes

Why is it likely to cause disagreement or argument? Are you people STUPID?

Do you want tobacco to go away or not? It’s not complicated…

You mentioned  “Aggressive marketing of ENDs by the tobacco industry whose campaigns target children and young people” and I’ll get to that, but I’m trying to stay focused here, people……….

“more research into the potential harms and public health benefits of e-cigarettes is urgently needed.”

“Both panels agreed that combustion of tobacco is an obsolete process, that marketing of these ENDs to young people should be banned, and that more research into the potential harms and public health benefits of e-cigarettes is urgently needed.”

Are you kidding me? Urgently needed research??? On e-cigarettes??? Have some of you been hiding under a big pile of…cash?

Research: E-Cigarette Research

RESPONSIBLE Medical Professionals; Researchers, Scientists, Doctors, Nurses, Health Professionals are at M.O.V.E.


Both of these articles are wonderful. They lead you to believe they can’t do it. Let me explain something. Less than 10 years would be an acceptable goal. Both reasonable, with the new fangled technology called an “e-cigarette”… AND I have no reason to believe that 10 years is not reachable. Anything more is stalling for time and unacceptable.


Contribution and support by ANYONE to a 25 year goal can only lead anyone smart enough to put their pants on that

when they say goal, they mean revenue.

Revenue for themselves in funding, research, taxes, and for their silent partners; corporate partners… pharmaceuticals, governments, tobacco, and health. It’s not about health. It’s not about goals. It’s about revenue and how they’re going to prolong that and how they’ll get away with it, that’s the goal……


These people make money from tobacco. Ironically, funding research for tobacco is nothing new. Neither is treating sick people. What have they been doing since the 1960’s??? Playing tiddlywinks? Crossing fingers?

Backroom deals. Looking the other way.

Your path as a smoker is paved with money for them. You smoke. Tobacco company profits. Insurance companies profit. The tax revenue is rolling in for anyone in tobacco control as well…………..

You want to quit? Pharmaceutical companies have product for that. Most have a low rate of success, but that’s ok. You’re led to believe it’s YOU. Try harder. You’ll feel guilt or sickness eventually… you’ll come back.

You get sick? Too bad…. cough – cough up some money….

Health care providers & pharmaceutical companies profit because you need medicine.


You get really sick? Cancer? Well… they told you so, didn’t you listen to the anti-tobacco ads? Now you’re costing the world money. Lets face it, you’re a number. You’re not THAT important. The government likes statistics. They thrive on numbers.You statistic, you.

Like my Father & Grandmother, they became statistics by default. Lung cancer. I miss them dearly, would give anything to have them on either side of me now, and would loved to have them alive to see these days and stupidity.

This fight is becoming rougher to fight and I need “good people” to help.


New technology, new rules. Old guard. The way of the world. Status quo. These aren’t your average battles. These aren’t your average troubles. The technology is here. The research is here.

Public health will distort a story and create a false campaign and lies big enough that the masses will believe it,  and something needs to be DONE. Not what can we do, so I need someone to tell me what needs to be DONE. I’m working on that….. but it’s not working………….so:


fairy talesIn 25 years, I’ll be 72. Damn, there’s an eye opening moment….

Which leads me to fairy tales and children. The effect on children is a common war-cry of the “experts”. I must point out that parenting skills are obviously at an all time low in this country. First of all, if children can buy cigarettes, they can buy anything. Those are well within the market. If you’re against e-cigarettes, you’re an idiot if you’re in public health, politics  or any position with a title and don’t understand that this is not tobacco – and if you can’t see why this IS about children, you need to move on

You aren’t thinking of the children. That’s your facade. That’s your war cry. That’s because you have nothing else to garner support. The list of irresponsibility in public health gets bigger and longer as the lies progress. I hear class action lawsuits are brewing to have these false claims cease & desist – you are infringing upon health. You are infringing upon rights. I’ll go with my short list for now:

Senator Barbara Boxer. A Senator. In Cali? Where the MSA funds are WAY overspent? No ulterior motives there.

Dr. Kevin Campbell. Plays a doctor on T.V. – likes to discuss “dangers” but doesn’t discuss, gives opinion and needs more time. Likes ratings.

Professor Glantz. NOT a doctor. NOT an expert, claims he’s a tobacco control expert. Loves attention.

Roger Bezanis, Not a doctor – but eludes to being one. Takes photos of sick people, claims they are vapers and loves fruits and smacking himself in the head with frying pans.I’m not sure I spelled his name right – maybe it’s Beavis, as in butthead.

Judy Judd.Not a doctor. Not an expert. Tobacco control, apparently.

Dr. Charles J Bentz Thinks he’s a doctor, evidently now a “guest” writer.

ALL of you above are against something that takes people away from tobacco. Why aren’t your efforts heavily and completely focused on tobacco? Guilty by association, I can only presume you want people to smoke and like spewing drivel… dripping down your chins…. you irresponsible greedy self-indulgent pricks. You’re not thinking of children. Define slander.


I’m not sure what kind of fairy tales I’ll tell my first grandchild and how the story will end, but I’ll peer into the future for a moment.


How it may go:

Grandpa, did you smoke? Yes I did, but I found a way to stop without any detrimental effects after trying many other ways that didn’t work with what they called an e-cigarette- it was amazing – electronic – you can probably find my blog if they haven’t censored it yet on the internet… it was the “vaping truth”…… It was around a while, no troubles… as irresponsible “experts”, officials and governments started seeing what was going on, pointed out by greedy corporations and self-indulgent lobbyists, they took control of it by first saying it was bad, then by regulating it, then taxing it, then ultimately banning and continuing to control it. I couldn’t access it and by what they said, it was worse than tobacco, so I just went back to smoking… Listen, if you never hear another word from me, please know that I hope you never start smoking, you’ll end up like me. Helpless and on oxygen.


How I hope it goes:

Grandpa, did you smoke? Yes I did, but I found a way to stop without any detrimental effects after trying many other ways that didn’t work. Your father saw my struggle and thankfully never smoked, but witnessed my struggle and ultimately my success with what was called an e-cigarette. That struggle of trying to quit led him to understand that he shouldn’t smoke. I found a way to stop and thankfully there were responsible experts & authorities who had the nerve to stand up to very powerful people, governments & corporations, recognizing that the e-cigarette is an amazing technological tool for millions. Your Great-Grandfather didn’t live to see it, but would have embraced it.


It sounds good to say “endgame”…. but really it’s not an endgame. It’s just a game. Lives are at stake, and 25 years is much too long to entrust this responsibility of millions of lives with irresponsible people.

Please, give Clive Bates an honest visit to get his points on the tobacco endgame. In 25 years, I hope I can portray my thoughts 1/25th as well as he does:

The tobacco endgame – a critical review of the policy ideas


California public health, you tried again with your #stillblowingsmoke campaign…… face it, you’re still supporting smoking! (well you’re supporting your own $$$ revenue habit by misleading the public).

You have an ad with CHILDREN vaping in it???? How responsible…. you’re still wasting hard earned MSA tax dollars. What will those supporters think this time knowing you’ve spent 75 MILLION dolllars  and it’s all gone up in smoke?

http://notblowingsmoke.org/


Keep On #Vaping On.

Kevin

FDA accepting PUBLIC & Private Industry comments on E-cigarettes & tobacco. Are you shrugging shoulders?

deemingIf you believe your e-cigarette has saved your life or someone you love, or if you are a smoker/tobacco user in those descriptions, you need to pay attention to those red underlined words just above in the graphic…. I saw 60 something comments on Friday, as of the time of this post, there are only 75 on the FDA site.

Are you all shrugging your shoulders? Procrastinating? Get this DONE. Will it matter? I don’t know. I do know this,  it’s been done in other realms (like gun control) in the United States.

I know you’ve got ’till April 15th, so if you’re reading this, you’ve got till today! 🙂


I quote:

“Proposed newly “deemed” products would include electronic cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco, certain dissolvables that are not “smokeless tobacco,” gels, and waterpipe tobacco.”

If they regulate they can restrict, tax, control and could eventually ban.

By tax, I mean like TOBACCO tax.


A LOT is at stake. E-cigarettes, cigars…. it’s not just vapers……… you roll your own and use pipe tobacco?

Yep………… you too.


YES you can comment personally.  Yes you SHOULD comment personally. YES you should make sure your local shop has done it. YES vendors should tell every person walking in their store to blow clouds or buy tobacco. Do I sound a bit pissy? Well I AM!

Dismiss this all you like, but read the picture above again where I’ve underlined in red, then read the link below, click on the link  below and then ask yourself if you’re not pissed yet.


If you don’t think bans can happen, think again: http://www.ecigarette-politics.com/electronic-cigarettes-global-legal-status.html


If you’re still here, awesome.

So, when I went to it, I was a bit confused… US Government doesn’t make it easy, eh? Well we’ve got till April 15th to submit our public comments here:

http://www.fda.gov/TobaccoProducts/GuidanceComplianceRegulatoryInformation/ucm198169.htm

Then you click:

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Then you click:

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Then you comment and can add files:

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Then you choose your “category” as “individual consumer” or if you’re an association, private industry etc.

at the bottom once you’ve finished your comments:

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OR

You can go straight to the comment box here : http://www.regulations.gov/#!submitComment;D=FDA-2014-N-1936-0001

and at the bottom choose your “category” as “individual consumer” or if you’re an association, private industry etc. . . . .   Submit & that’s it!


I don’t care about blog hits, I care about awareness-use my words, copy & paste this post, use as your own, plagiarize…. I don’t care , make your comment and then SPREAD this info ANY WAY you can…


as always,

Keep ON #Vaping On.

Kevin

Taxing Thoughts, A Ponzi Scheme.

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Here are my thoughts to you, Mr. Lawmaker. Lots to cover, I’ll try to be brief. Tax on e-liquid. Well, there’s no tobacco in liquid. There’s nicotine in some e-liquid, but not all e-liquid contain nicotine. If e-liquid is a tobacco product, then aren’t other nicotine reduction devices tobacco products as well? The Patch, Nicorette and other nicotine reduction products contain nicotine.

If your desire to tax e-liquid as a tobacco product to create revenue for the great state you are in, then consider the statement you’re making before going forward with this plan. Won’t those nicotine filled tobacco cessation devices fall under “other tobacco products” as well? They don’t contain tobacco.

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You do know tomatoes, potatoes and other nightshade plants have nicotine in them, right? That’s a fact. Imagine, farmers and gardeners all over are producing nicotine!


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The Master Settlement Agreement & Its Impact on Tobacco Use 10 Years Later


To tax devices and components. Well, there again, you’re overstepping your analysis of tobacco. Batteries in and of themselves are not tobacco. Are pipes considered tobacco? Lighters? Ash trays? Then I’d imagine you see how silly taxing a battery or other device as a tobacco product may seem.

Tops used with vaping are nothing more than plastic & a heating element. To say a tax on eliquid or devices is a tax to fund awareness for anti-tobacco or education. Well, that obviously hasn’t worked out well over the years. The Master Settlement Agreement from 1998:

How Wall Street Tobacco Deals Left States With Billions In Toxic Debt

is what those funds are for, are they not?


If it’s then designed to “balance” a state budget, then please, I’d love to tax you so I can balance my budget here at home. I’m not a lawmaker, I certainly don’t know all there is to know about everything, You are imposing a sales tax on something that is not tobacco. I see vaping as an alternative to smoking. I see pure greed in making this a law in any state. I see many people continuing to smoke with the very proposal of a tax.

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You wouldn’t want that, would you? I stopped smoking. You and I both know this isn’t about public health. I know it isn’t about children.

It’s about revenue. Cold hard cash. Want some revenue? Tax some golf courses at these rates proposed. (Sorry golfers, just an example).

In essence, the tax on tobacco and then including vaping with it, is fast becoming a ponzi scheme. The way I see it, when the money doesn’t come in like it used to because less tobacco is now being sold due to vaping, the state raises tax rates on what money is coming in, creating revenue on something that is tobacco, and isn’t tobacco.

Not fair to the tobacco user, and certainly not fair to one who is no longer using tobacco.


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You say investment, I say ponzi scheme. I use a “personal electronic nicotine inhalant device”. I happen to use nicotine in it. Some do not. It’s not a cigarette. It’s not tobacco. It is saving lives.

I have information and testimony on this blog from around the world. Eye opening information. Plenty of links. Plenty of education/information for anyone wanting to know. These devices are changing the world, but a smart legislator like you in your prestigious position surely already knows that. 😉

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Please, if you’d like to make a difference in the State you legislate, stand up. Take a powerful and completely noticeable stance on this. Be one of the first to do so. I know it’s not a “popular” thing, but It’s not about tax revenue in the end, It’s about peoples very lives.

Your decision to make a difference is too big to make it lightly and affects not only your state, not only the county, but will speak to the world. I’ll say one more time, lives are what is at stake.

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ADDED 5/29/16

Tobacco Taxation and Unintended Consequences: U.S. Senate Hearing on Tobacco Taxes Owed, Avoided, and Evaded

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Because of the nicotine? Please. Nicotine is not “addictive” without tobacco / MAOI’s.

Specifically, with non-tobacco users and the patch:

nicotine addiction patch

More on that statement:

Study explores nicotine patch to treat memory loss

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3466669/


Virginia just voted this idea down.

Panel kills bills to raise virginia cigarette taxes


I’m sure you recognize this: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it. Thank you for your time. A non-smoking vaper.

Another great read:

Puff, The Magic Settlement


Here’s a great quote from BJ Cunningham on why it is the government that sell cigarettes not tobacco companies.

BJ Cunningham – Death Cigarette Quote


E-cigarette Research is HERE.

MORE e-cigarette research is also HERE.

If you are a Professional  go HERE.



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Keep ON #Vaping On.

Kevin