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Submit your comments to the FDA: I am not an anecdote

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I AM NOT AN ANECDOTE

SUBMIT YOUR COMMENTS

The FDA is still accepting comments about flavors and the role they play. As a consumer, it is imperative to submit your comments.

The consumer group, Consumer Advocates for Smoke-Free Alternatives Association, (CASAA) and industry group, Vapor Technology Association (VTA) have teamed up and created a simple form for consumers to fill out. It’s easy, and by doing so, you give authorization and “declaration” because your comments may (or may not) be printed out and/or used in other advantageous ways in fighting current and future legislation. 

I asked questions about the site established by CASAA and VTA and I received direct answers. I assure you, their site is fine.

Not only is your submission is sent to the FDA, it is also saved separately. The form (and idea) is brilliance in my opinion, and is a simple way to have your comment submitted to the FDA.

The deadline is the 19th of July.


On the 25th of June

Carl V. Phillips mentioned there was an oddity on the number of comments submitted to the Food and Drug Administration and is questioning the integrity of the comments:

“There are unconfirmed reports that anti-tobacco extremist, billionaire Michael Bloomberg, is behind the astroturfing.”

CASAA Calls For Comments On FDA Plan To Regulate Flavors


CANADA

With that, and a bit of digging from Brent Stafford – in CANADA, there may be much more to the story… from spamming the FDA to who could have been responsible…

Brent Stafford of Regulator Watch releases this video in a coherent and professional manner, gives us more in this video below with more questions than answers…..


Update:

7/18/2018

Flavor Fight | FDA Should Listen to People Not Bots

CONSUMERS

As a consumer, if you’re paying attention, we are inundated and overwhelmed with half-assed information. Just fighting for the right information is hard enough.

What we should not have to be fighting is the FDA or whoever spammed comments into their system. At the time of this blog, the comment period does end Thursday, July 19th, 2018.

I don’t care what the FDA‘s problem is, I care about flavors and what it will do to deter both current and future consumers, and the industry as well.

I’m going on instinct. If their process falls apart, we’ve done our part.


#LOUDER.

Again, I strongly encourage and suggest you (and anyone who vapes) personally fill it out using their website and form by going here.

If you are uncomfortable using their site, you can also still submit directly to the FDA by  going here.


Aside from my thoughts of what a waste of time and effort this is to regulate, restrict, tax and ban flavors and nicotine… because it is NOT tobacco…  there is purpose… don’t let the FDA or anyone else shut you up.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) – with a stunning manipulation with both definition(s) and science are still currently seeking information related to the role that flavors play in “tobacco” products.

If you didn’t know:

E-cigarettes, & nicotine specifically is not tobacco

There is no “gateway“. 

There is no smoke.

The FDA is also still accepting comments on “lower nicotine” in cigarettes here.

#LOUDER.




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Smokers, Vapers, non-smokers, pubic health, experts… you’re all invited.

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FDA: Full of intent, no purpose for smokers.

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Intents and purposes

The reason for intent (objective, goal) is to have desired results from an action.

The reason for which something is done is considered purpose.


For you who say “for all intensive purposes”, stop doing that. Although, in this instance (for your entertainment and mine), there may be are short-sighted “intensive” purposes for the head of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to act they way he does.

I’ll move on…


In another effort to have intent without purpose, Dr. Gottlieb of the FDA decided wait, was told no.. that’s not it, tweeted gleefully yesterday by following a tried and true tradition employed by politicians, “experts” & wanna-be a scientists by processing utilizing the “Think Of The Children™” script with some tweets. A favorite standby, deep with tradition used simply to manipulate public opinion.

Again.


I love and miss George Carlin. Eight seconds that will make your life more fulfilling:


The bigger the lie

Guilt. You know, the bigger the lie becomes, the harder it is to cover up.

It’s much more difficult to ignore. Gottlieb has been beaten into submission admission of the account of lower smoking rates among adults because OF e-cigarettes is obvious, yet subtle.

However, according to Dr. Gottlieb, even if kids are, according to the governments own numbers, smoking less because of e-cigarettes (they are), it is “still not an acceptable trade“.


First, allow me to point out Dr. Gottlieb “mentioned” science, almost as if it were being considered. He’s mentioned it in a different context here:

“FDA will always promote science based decision-making and seek the counsel of expert advisors”

On with the frovility extraordinary promise… of regulation.

Before you move on, allow me to point out e-cigarettesnicotine” is now defined as a “tobacco product“.

(Lowering nicotine in tobacco is another contrived “option“…)

He seems to “want” to preserve an “option”…. and may “believe”… sounds very sciency so far:

Then on the bottom…  no child… whoops… (laws) should ever (think of the children™) use a tobacco product. Still with me? Excellent.

That tweet did not go unnoticed.


Dr. Farsalinos weighed in:


Clive Bates weighed in:

(Heavily, this is 1 of 7 from Clive).


Sarah weighed in:


Amelia Howard weighed in:


I completely understand why alleged professionals can’t refuse to say what’s on their minds. I understand.

They have no balls.


This statement from Sheila Vakharia, PhD, from December will forever be one of those rare moments where professionals SPEAK UP clearly and publicly.


Clown shoes for effect:

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MY statement.

I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again:

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

It’s fine to fail using 12-17 year old kids with already *known* dangerous drugs. “Think of the children™.”

Pfizer’s quit-smoking Chantix fails study in adolescent smokers


“You feed your baby nicotine in her mashed-up vegetables, and no corrupted medic has ever dared to claim this is a bad idea since nicotine is so closely associated with the B vitamin group….”

~ Chris Price

I’ll end this brief (for me) blog with sentiment from another one of mine from December:

Despite the illusion created from Dr. Gottlieb on down, (or up – from puppeteer in my opinion):

Kids sure don’t smoke like they used to.


Here’s Mawsley’s take from across the pond:

Gottlieb’s Grotty Games

 




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

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Medical, Research, Science Professionals:

Research:


Politics:

E-Cigarette Politics 

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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




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Research:


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Keep ON #Vaping On.

Kevin

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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Research:


Politics:

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Keep ON #Vaping On.

Kevin


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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

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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




Keller and Heckman is pleased to announce its 2nd annual E-Vapor and Tobacco Law Symposium. If you’re interested in attending, please click on the graphic below!

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2018 E-Vapor and Tobacco Law Symposium







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.
 
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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



Keller and Heckman is pleased to announce its 2nd annual E-Vapor and Tobacco Law Symposium. This comprehensive 2-day course will address regulatory issues relevant to e-vapor, e-liquid and tobacco product manufacturers, distributors and retailers including FDA ingredient listing, premarket applications, business and IP issues, environmental issues, litigation, state laws (including Prop. 56), CPSC, EU TPD and global regulations, and more!

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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

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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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