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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




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FDA launches “Every Try Counts” campaign to manipulate smokers

 

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FDA launches “Every Try Counts” campaign

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

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


 

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

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


“Every Try Counts”

In the latest smokescreen release:

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


Stop. Do you know what a 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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Battery Safety: E-cigarettes

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Battery Safety: E-cigarettes

Battery Safety. The FDA wants to call e-cigarettes “vape”. I took the liberty of fixing the FDA’s graphic (from here, where you can also report an explosion) above because it is idiotic.

  1. First, no one purposely places a device in a puddle, in the rain, and allows it to get wet.
  2. Second, batteries are considered tobacco products, and we’re probably never getting past that.
  3. Third, their mediocre “tips” are barely enough for you to read or understand.

Moving on.


The press loves a fire.

Practice battery safety!

Each time one of you catches yourself on fire (stop doing that), the press grabs a gas can. “Experts” around the world tweet & snicker with glee.

Under normal manufacturer specifications, millions (if not billions) of batteries are in use every day around the world.  From laptops to airplanes, hoverboards to cellphones, technology can be flammable. Batteries in any device can be dangerous. Dr. Russell explained that – a year or more ago here:

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Repeat after me

DO NOT carry LOOSE batteries in your POCKETS with keys, coins, or any other metal. Stop doing that. Battery safety and e-cigarettes is important. You’re asking to catch yourself on fire.

From experience in work-related exposure, batteries (primarily CR123 and 12V batteries) should SHALL be safely encased, taped, covered, transported and handled in a safe manner. If batteries are damaged, do not throw them in the trash. They shall be disposed of properly according to your local laws and ordinances.

With ANY device, battery charging is important, do not mix chargers or batteries and do not leave them unattended. Keep the correct charging device with the correct batteries. Follow the manufacturer instructions.


Education

From the FDA graphic above, I have a feeling the vaping community is far ahead of safety than (governnments) will ever be. Honestly, there’s no excuse for accidents. With forums, facebook groups and word of mouth, the problem exists, but is rare.

In 2015

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA):

“In 2014, the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) published an alert that identified 25 separate e-cigarette fires and explosions dating to 2009 that were reported in the media.”

Electronic Cigarette Explosions and Fires: The 2015 Experience


Added 01/04/18

From NFPA for 2017:

Reports of 195 separate e-cigarette fire and explosion incidents in the U.S. were found, dating from January 2009 to Dec 31, 2016. In 68 percent of these incidents, 133 acute injuries were reported. No deaths were reported during the study period.
  • Sixty-one incidents occurred when either the device or spare batteries for the device were in a pocket.

  • Sixty incidents occurred while the device was being used.

  • Forty-eight incidents occurred while the battery in the device was being charged.

  • Eighteen incidents occurred while the device or battery was stored.

  • In seven incidents, it is not reported whether the e-cigarette was in use, stored, or being charged.

  • One incident occurred during transportation on a cargo aircraft.

Electronic Cigarette Fires and Explosions in the United States 2009-2016 (PDF)


Below are just a few extremely important links and graphics urging you to practice battery safety. Don’t assume you know it all. If you’re doubting your experience or knowledge, if you have a question, ASK in your respective forums. ASK a consumer group.


CASAA:

From the Consumer Advocates for Smoke-Free Alternatives Association (CASAA)

Battery Safety – Making Peace With Power


Dave Upton via VapersUK:

Basic Electricity for Beginners


Ecig Advanced

E-Cig Battery Safety – A guide


Irish Vape Vendors Association

Battery safety for peace of mind


New Nicotine Alliance

One man’s misfortune – a lesson for all of us.


JAC Vapour

Battery Safety


Stop setting yourselves on fire

I want to keep you off the news and to keep yourself from catching on fire. I prefer you purchase your battery cases through CASAA here for a donation of only $2.50 each.

It is a great way to support CASAA, and you are helping yourself not catch on fire!

CASAA Battery Case


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Or FastTech


Battery Safety: E-cigarettes


Battery Safety: E-cigarettes


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Nannies: Butt OUT of nicotine, kratom use

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Nannies: Butt OUT of nicotine, kratom use

I must admit to having an “addiction to clickbaitable” articles on nicotine. In any given week, they seem to find me as if I had a dealer (Skip) who likes to bring them share them with me.

That said, another crossed my eye this morning and pissed me off.

So with that, here we are.


No bias here.

The “article” quoting an evidently “highly qualified” optometrist… an EYE doctor, titled “Butt in: Ask patients about nicotine use”.

It opens with

“A new study links the use of electronic cigarettes (vaping) among teenagers to more vaping and cigarette smoking”

In the first two paragraphs, the words “irritant” “risk” and “cause” accompany “teenagers” and “students”.

I left comments on the article (many won’t even allow comments any more) and at the moment, as usual, they are not showing up or deleted.

I didn’t see an author on that article. Enough of that idiotic twit or twits.


Kratom

I don’t normally sway from my chosen topic of e-cigs – but I will today.

While speaking recently about nicotine (use, “addiction”) to a relative (a licenced Arborist), I learned in about 20 minutes what I needed to “know” about kratom.

I’d never heard of kratom. I didn’t know it existed and know next to nothing about it.

Within that conversation, I looked kratom up. Imagine my surprise when I see testimonials eerily similar to what e-cigarette users are saying about nicotine.


Funding a nanny state

The government does not like consumer movements interrupting their war on nicotine. Examples of misconduct are here, another great explanation (thanks Ed!) is here.


The government does not like consumer movements interrupting their “war” on opioid addiction and “treatment”, so they are discouraging kratom use.


You can find out more about kratom here: americankratom.org.


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Butt Out

I will believe one consumer as an “anecdote” before the pharmaceutical funded FDA says a word.

BUTT OUT of what you pretend you do not understand, you irritating twits. STOP twisting the drug company sponsored campaigns to discourage or erraticate what consumers know by disguising it with “regulations”.

I, for one, am tired of reading contrived “expert” opinions. I, for one, am tired of my government ignoring the consumer voice.




Here is one consumer I adore:

“If you see vaping consumer advocates constantly ranting on, it’s because we are trying to stop you lot fucking it up”.

That quote comes from this video below.

Please, get your favorite beverage and take the 20 minutes to listen to Sarah Jakes.

23 Sarah Jakes from The E-Cigarette Summit on Vimeo.


 

Nicotine is covered herehere, here, and of course the results of my challenge, here.


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Vaping In The News – December 2nd, 2017

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Could Tobacco 21 increase smoking rates? ~ Ban on nicotine ‘will do us more harm than good’ ~ E-Cigarette Summit 5 – the return of the Summit ~ Tobacco Control Is Eating Itself ~ Plain Failure ~ Tobacco control through the lens of moral psychology ~ Public Invited to Shape Foundation for a Smoke-Free World’s $1 Billion Research Agenda ~ Dr. Farsalinos Submits Official Complaint To FDA ~ Heat not Burn “as bad as smoking” says study – but what’s the truth?


This is Vaping In The News for the week ending December 2nd, 2017


Could Tobacco 21 increase smoking rates?

Jenny Hoban, a Detroit Lakes resident and Tobacco Harm Reduction specialist and Vice-President for THR4Life explains how

“T21 has potential to increase use rates through psychological reactance, and out of protest once the targeted demographic realizes their right to choose has been removed.”

“They” want tobacco to be restricted to adults, they want to restrict adults from tobacco, and e-cigarettes. They also want funding.

Could Tobacco 21 increase smoking rates?


Ban on nicotine ‘will do us more harm than good’

Well, I don’t know a thing about nicotine…

Ban on nicotine ‘will do us more harm than good’


E-Cigarette Summit 5 – the return of the Summit

You haven’t read this yet? Shame on you.

E-Cigarette Summit 5 – the return of the Summit




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Tobacco Control Is Eating Itself

Because Dick Puddlecoat is the epitome of…. well, if you’ve followed this blog, you should already be following his.

“Glantz, an Australian pensioner and a low-grade physio from Lincoln are alone in the world spouting bullshit like some crack-addled loon”

Tobacco Control Is Eating Itself

Plain Failure

A second helping of Dick Puddlecoat will not hurt your diet.

Plain Failure







Tobacco control through the lens of moral psychology

Maybe it’s just me… I’m sure “tobacco control” and “morals” do not belong in the same title.

Tobacco Control through the lens of moral psychology


Public Invited to Shape Foundation for a Smoke-Free World’s $1 Billion Research Agenda

I am impressed by the invitation and opportunity to have a voice…

Public Invited to Shape Foundation for a Smoke-Free World’s $1 Billion Research Agenda


Dr. Farsalinos Submits Official Complaint To FDA

This one speaks for itself.

Dr. Farsalinos Submits Official Complaint To FDA Over Anti-Vaping Study That “Provides No Reliable Scientific Information”


Heat not Burn “as bad as smoking” says study – but what’s the truth?

“The” Fergus Mason (who has no soul) takes on Cynicism, Tin foil hats, and Science.

Heat not Burn “as bad as smoking” says study – but what’s the truth?




It’s bad enough can’t give out proper advice to smokers, now they give out dangerous advice a week after Thanksgiving is over.

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Vaping In The News – November 25th, 2017

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Jerry Iozzo, Marathon Man ~ A Year After 40 Percent Vapor Tax, Situation In Pennsylvania Is Grim ~ THRA: THRA Submission to the Canadian Public ~ A Brainy Furball ~ Health trio accused of presenting ‘factual errors’ to e-cig inquiry ~ E-cigarette brand mocks tobacco control ~ A Senior “Behavioral Scientist” advises someone to keep smoking ~ Simple question, simple answer ~ Drunken addicted mice ~ “Verge” author: Imagine my surprise ~



This is Vaping In The News for the week ending November 25th, 2017



Jerry Iozzo, Marathon Man

With the hashtag #xsmoker, this…
You know how things are shared?
 
DO that with this like it was THAT important.
 
Jerry Iozzo, Marathon Man 👇


A Year After 40 Percent Vapor Tax, Situation In Pennsylvania Is Grim

Chris joins The Daily Vaper in this article… and it’s good to see.

A Year After 40 Percent Vapor Tax, Situation In Pennsylvania Is Grim


Canada: THRA Submission to the Canadian Public

The FIGHT continues for my neighbors up north.

THRA Submission to the Canadian Public.pdf


A Brainy Furball

I’ve known Robert to be crafty and direct with his words…. now, if you haven’t… you will.

“Look at the studies which spew out of, which bubble up from, the stinking cesspit of Tobacco Control.”

O’Flaherty’s Duck


Health trio accused of presenting ‘factual errors’ to e-cig inquiry

Imagine being an “expert”. Imagine being “top in your field”. Imagine your integrity being questioned…

by a government agency.

Health trio accused of presenting ‘factual errors’ to e-cig inquiry



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E-cigarette brand mocks tobacco control warning labels

Love it.

E-cigarette brand mocks tobacco control warning labels


Advertising tobacco on television. Again.

I don’t consider this news, honestly. An eleven year “fight” (not sure of tobacco controls dollar figure spent off hand) to get FORCE tobacco companies to put on television what they’ve already put on the side of their packs.

It isn’t what you think. But, really.

Tobacco companies will pass costs on to consumers.

Experts will pretend they’ve accomplished something.

Sales of tobacco will remain untouched by this waste of time.


Can Vaping Help Smokers Quit? The Real Story from a Real Story

William G. Shadel, Associate Director, Population Health Program and Senior Behavioral Scientist, RAND decided he wanted to tell the real story about how he, a behavioral scientist, offered advice to a smoker against e-cigarettes (that he was already using) and instead suggested “approved methods”.

Guess the ending.

I can’t make it up.

Can Vaping Help Smokers Quit? The Real Story from a Real Story


Simple question, simple answer.

Why are you so defensive about vaping?


Drunken female mice

I don’t know about you, but is there really any need for anyone to pretend there’s a reason for this? I’ll assume it’s your tax dollars at work…

“in adolescent HAP2 and LAP2 female mice ”

“selectively bred mice” must be code for selective outcome.

Effects of nicotine on alcohol drinking in female mice selectively-bred for high or low alcohol preference.


“Verge” author: Imagine my surprise.

PLoS Biology Senior Editor Liza Gross: An Activist with No Biology Education


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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

Derek Yach
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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My Data Driven Meta-Analysis: E-cigarettes cause less smoking.

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Data Driven Meta-Analysis: E-cigarettes cause less smoking. Imagine you’re a tobacco control “expert”, a professor, in fact. There is notoriety, fame even. You’re not a scientist, but while bumbling through your meta-analysis, you elude to being one for decades. Ahhh the life.

While walking upright, there’s a noticeable amount of doughnut powder in your beard (to show your expertise) in almost any sterile artificial setting — where everyone will nod their heads in agreement…

glantz tweet


Since I have the formalities out of the way, I will meta-analyse the chart below for before Professor Puff-N-Stuff gets his grubby paws on it.

I’ll submit my findings for all you math / data / science /statistitians for peer review below!

Aren’t you excited?


Submitted by Kevin Crowley, AKA @VapingIT, SPE, EEI.

(You have to have the fancy-shmancy initials!)

Title

(or whatever they put at the top of important studies)

E-cigarettes cause less smoking.

“Important stuff”:

E-cigarette use was tracked by the FDA & CDC – from 2011 – 2016.

It went up, peaked in 2015 and went back down.


 

Purpose:

I suppose I should explain myself like they all do, but I won’t, I’ll do it my way.

To have determination a deliberate (Thanks Fig!) and honest assessment of whether e-cigarettes cause more smoking (or not) in youth without using words like “may, might, could” or any phrases like “more studies will be needed to determine” (with or without nicotine).

This could be difficult, and I’m not an “expert” so I certainly hope you’re rooting for me.


Data: More Stuff

Cigarette use in the same time frame – went down. (Check my math, this is important).

kids youth gateway

Findings:

Most children around adults not smoking has caused the children to not smoke. The adults choosing to use (e-cigarettes) vaping equipment instead of purchasing cigarettes, so the children can’t steal cigarettes from parents who are not smoking.

E-cigarettes cause less smoking in children, and adults.

(Being informative is exhausting!)

Result:

Since 2011, adults smoked less, making cigarettes less available to kids. 8% of children will still try cigarettes.

Links:

Chart above is here.

Study below the chart is here.

You can purchase my metanalysis for a billion dollars once I put it behind a paywall.


Conflicts Of Interest:

Like this matters, but I’ll play along. None, consumer.


Opinion

Big Ole’ long sentence assesment warning!

It is in my opinion that around 8 percent of the children in the United States are the core group of rebels who, despite any half-hearted efforts by tobacco control organizations or esteemed professors like Puff-N-Stuff, will try smoking, skip school and daredevil and adventure off into other activities deemed dangerous or delinquent-like.

Less than that will continue try cigars, hookah, pipes and smokeless tobacco.

It happens. That will give more time for experts (uninterested in blaming themselves or rebellion) to have something to do, like blame Hollywood for the remaining 8%.

I want to beat Professor Glantz to the metanalysis submission frenzy:

How’d I do?

Peer review my findings! Someone check my math!


Related:

“most e-cigarette experimentation does not turn into regular use, and levels of regular use in young people who have never smoked remain very low.”

Cumulatively these surveys collected data from over 60,000 young people.

Young People’s Use of E-Cigarettes across the United Kingdom: Findings from Five Surveys 2015–2017

“Nicotine dependence is not a significant mechanism for e-cigarettes’ purported effect on heavier future conventional smoking among young adults.”

Evaluating the Mutual Pathways among Electronic Cigarette Use, Conventional Smoking, and Nicotine Dependence.


Related:

Via Michael Siegel:

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

Mine:
Smoking and E-cig use among teens is down, again – (Don’t tell Stan)

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I must have done well:
  • Riccardo Polosa
  • Christopher Russell,
  • Joel Nitzkin and
  • Konstantinos E. Farsalinos

A critique of the US Surgeon General’s conclusions regarding e-cigarette use among youth and young adults in the United States of America


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Vaping In The News: August 26th, 2017

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This edition includes the FDA’s “game changing” propaganda tour, taxes… and the tobacco control gateway claim still seems to be taking tickets.

Glantz is a punchline – Christopher Snowden explains that better than I could dream, and smoking and e-cigarette rates are down among teens. Again.

Oh yeah, lung cancer risks.

That’s in here as well. Thanks for being a reader.


A Smoker’s Manifesto ~ The FDA’s words and actions do not match ~ Speaking of taxes ~ Alan Beard ~ Gatway Theory, Truth or Myth ~ 18 year olds ~  Game Changer ~ Negligible Evidence of Radical Nicotine Reduction Benefit ~ Twitter ~ Glantz Gone Mad ~ Christopher Snowden ~ THR4Life ~ Smoking and E-cig use among teens is down ~ Lung Cancer Risks ~ Canada Bill S-5 ~

Vaping In The News – August 20th-26th, 2017


A Smoker’s Manifesto

As vapers, we’re almost all former smokers. An astounding read and a great reminder of where we’ve come from, what we’re fighting.

Well beyond excellent. Stellar, in fact.

A Smoker’s Manifesto


The FDA’s words and actions do not match

The New England Journal of Medicine published this letter last week. In essence, it is FDA funded propaganda at its finest:

The FDA’s words and actions do not match


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Breaking News

A picture is worth a thousand words: Electronic cigarette content on Instagram and Pinterest.


Speaking Of Taxes

Selling tobacco is a profitable business. It creates revenue for the government(s), grants and endless streams of cash for states to spend on balancing budgets, “roads and education to museums and even funding in support of the tobacco industry“,and more.

 

They wanted to raise replace revenue with ecigs… A “replacement revenue source as revenues from cigarettes and other tobacco products fall“.  Period.

Their budget woes for you & I not smoking have become a new goal to replace “their” money.

THIEIR budgets are in the red.

I have it in black & white.

tax revenue single.jpg

Then, I blogged about it.

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


Alan Beard

On a two-fer, Mr. Beard  -a consumer like I am, is well worth the read:

Challenges for Vendors and Desirability of Compulsory Membership of a Trade Association

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Do you know about NNA?

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The Eclipse

Excellent from Mr. & Mrs. VaEHp:


Speaking of Gateways

Dr. Cranfield, who released this study some time ago, now has this video explaining the gateway theory truth & myths – responsibly.


18 Year Olds

To restict someone who could vote for you is interesting…. Tobacco 21 is gaining Nanny status in the United States.

“This law subverts the United States Constitution”.

Legislators who say 18-year-olds are not adults are hypocrites


Game Changer

Nix the “end game”-now it’s a “game-changer

#TobaccoCONtrol Rule #6,743:

Keep as much tobacco burning as possible. Note who the article is written by, a lesson in history 10 years after implementation should be done, of course, we’d need more studies.

Spoiler alert: My favorite part is:

“Smokers would be able to start or quit at will”

FDA’s new plan to reduce the nicotine in cigarettes to sub-addictive levels could be a game-changer


Negligible Evidence of Radical Nicotine Reduction Benefit

Brad Rodu, always informative & intriguing: as he explains the “game changer” above and the

“$93.3 million in grants from the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the FDA:

Negligible Evidence of Radical Nicotine Reduction Benefit


Twitter

It seems the ANALyzing of tweets is still going on. “Surprise”.

Researchers hope the Food and Drug Administration can use their findings to make the government’s anti-electronic cigarette messages go viral.

“We expect these results will help Health agencies, the FDA, and Researchers gain insights into observed viral nature of certain messages and designing effective strategies to maximize diffusion of their messages,” the grant states.

Feds Spend $199,665 Analyzing Tweets About E-Cigarettes

Here’s the grant via NIH:

TOWARD FINE-GRAINED E-CIGARETTE SURVEILLANCE ON SOCIAL MEDIA: EVOLVING THEMES, POPULARITY PREDICTORS, AND DEMOGRAPHIC VARIATIONS


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Glantz Gone Mad

I’m not sure if he’s drunk, lost his mind or just wants more attention.

People who quit with ecigs may have more relapse



So much for the gateway, Stan. In fact, shut your piehole.

Smoking and E-cig use among teens is down, again – (Don’t tell Stan)

Nicotine dependence is not a significant mechanism for e-cigarettes’ purported effect on heavier future conventional smoking among young adults.

Evaluating the Mutual Pathways among Electronic Cigarette Use, Conventional Smoking, and Nicotine Dependence.


Christopher Snowden

has a few words to say another idiotic statement from Stuff-N-Puff Glantz and “big tobacco”:

“This is the David and Goliath delusion on crystal meth. “

That shady link between Big Tobacco and nicotine gum



Smoking and E-cig use among teens is down, again.

Between 2013 and 2015, e-cigarette use rose substantially, while “experts” were claiming, screaming, yelling and making a general ass of themselves that they are a gateway to cigarettes. A gateway to smoking.

Fool me once…

Youth Tobacco Use in the U.S.


Jenny Hoban of THR4Life is interviewed here

“She gives the group’s views on reducing tobacco usage, and the city of Detroit Lakes considering raising the age to buy tobacco products to 21.”

Jenny Hoban–Tobacco Harm Reduction 4 Life


Lung Cancer Risks

 

“<1% of tobacco smoke and falling within two orders of magnitude of a medicinal nicotine inhaler”

E-Cigarettes Carry Much Less Risk of Lung Cancer Than Cigarette Smoke, Study Finds


Canada Petition:

Canada needs signatures:

Senate Bill S-5, a prelude to prohibition




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Smoking and E-cig use among teens is down, again – (Don’t tell Stan)

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Smoking and e-cigarette use is down again. It’s a long standing whine from inefficient tobacco control “experts”, “those damn kids”.

Wait a minute…

Forgive me, I don’t know where my head was at by typing “those damn kids”.

It’s Think Of The Children ™ .

Future income for tobacco control.

There. Clear conscience. I hope we both feel better.



This graphic is just to make you laugh before we can move on.

I’ll wait.

glantz tweet



All set?

Moving on.

Smoking and E-cigarette use is dropping

The last chart I saw (from 2015) showing tobacco use among middle and high school students is below, and smoking rates at the bottom was going DOWN.

Substantially.

Seems in the chart on the bottom, the significant decrease in cigarettes use… was – well, ignored. Instead, it added in in the “overall useage”of tobacco.

Huh. Seems in the chart at the TOP, it increased. That made progress “No significant change”.

Well, after National Tobacco Day, that chart is accurate according to the arbitrary law.

I believe this grapic was made during the Surgeon General’s propaganda tour when I snipped this, so I apologize in advance on the source.

I’m sure they were made by someone much more important than I am before I put my remarks and drivel all over theirs.

I think the source is somewhere, if you can bear to go, in here.

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kids

I’d like to believe the children surveyed in the latest findings are telling the truth to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). I’d also like to believe those organizations were truthful in relaying that information to the public. Not sure. You?

Not sure. You? Haven’t seen Puff-N-Stuff metanalyze it yet… for all I know this is cause for children to pick their noses…I’ll move on.

Either way, smoking is down, e-cigarette use (now called tobacco) is down.

  • Down 20% for “any tobacco product”.
  • Down 20% for “any combustible tobacco product”.
  • Down 26% for any “two (dual use) tobacco products”.
  • Down 29% for “e-cigarette use”.
  • Down 33% for “hookah use”.

Imagine taking away e-cigarettes as a choice.

Would any of the other categories have gone down?

I think not.

Between 2013 and 2015, e-cigarette use rose substantially, and then it dropped in 2016…while “experts” were claiming, screaming, yelling and making a general ass of themselves that they are a gateway to smoking. Yeah. About that…  They’ll be making an ass of themselves and taking credit for the lower rates… any minute now.

kids youth smoking drops again low.jpg

Fool me once… keep babbling…. I’ll make it clearer.

Stop that – you’re starting to look silly.

Youth Tobacco Use in the U.S.

Meanwhile, the Tobacco 21 crowd gears up and wants to restrict tobacco from 18-20 year olds from having that choice. (E-cigarettes). From Adults.

Now look back up at that chart.

Now look without giggling at this graphic tweet from “well respected” our National Tobacco Control Professor, Stanton “Puff-N-Stuff” Glantz, again. It’s like he’s trying to be convincing and all…

You know you want to.

glantz tweet


Added 8/26/17

“The implications of the rapid rise in electronic cigarette (e-cigarette) use remain unknown.”

Huh. Unknown. Maybe knowing they’re much less dangerous than conventional cigarettes is a start?

Nicotine dependence is not a significant mechanism for e-cigarettes’ purported effect on heavier future conventional smoking among young adults.

Evaluating the Mutual Pathways among Electronic Cigarette Use, Conventional Smoking, and Nicotine Dependence.

“most e-cigarette experimentation does not turn into regular use, and levels of regular use in young people who have never smoked remain very low.”

 

Cumulatively these surveys collected data from over 60,000 young people.

Young People’s Use of E-Cigarettes across the United Kingdom: Findings from Five Surveys 2015–2017


“When tobacco use decreases, less smoking occurs.”

“If “children” are *already smoking, they’re *smokers regardless of age.

Legislators who say 18-year-olds are not adults are hypocrites

 



Related:

Clive Bates has been saying the same thing since 2013.

We need to talk about the children – the gateway effect examined

It’s also here from the Capital Research Center and Dr. Steve Allen:

Oh, and here:

Vaping Rates Are Falling For Teens Despite Alleged ‘Gateway’ Effect To Smoking

I’ve covered it, among other places, here:

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


And Dr. Cranfield, who did this

has covered the gatway theory in this video. Well worth the listen


Added 8/26/17

My Data Driven Meta-Analysis: E-cigarettes Cause Less Smoking


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