Category Archives: Public Health

Smell that? Tobacco Control is imploding.

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Experts. They, and please correct me if I’m wrong, are in the care and custody of information about tobacco, a treasure trove of various tobacco company files, and of course, how to “prevent” control its said use.

Those who hold fancy titles like “mechanic” or “editor” use abuse their power and advantage leverage opinions to manipulate public perception of “everything” tobacco.

In reality, sitting around waiting for things to change, crumble or fall wouldn’t normally be my nature. I’m not sure about you, but I am enjoying a front row seat for the pending implosion of what is tobacco control from a consumer’s perspective.

Smell that? I think it’s already happening.

Beyond the blog fog, where it took 7 “experts” to stand together to whine about blogs, (much better than mine) was enjoyable. Watching them losing control over of all things, other opinions… was a sight to see.

There’s satisfaction in watching them desperately grasp at their own shallow standards.


Top Billing: Poor Stan

It seems tobacco control’s subliminal messages are fine, (try again, it takes time, plan to quit, we’re here to help, etc) but not ok for Hollywood.

Foiled again. He likes to stroke his beard while running around to various theaters finding smoking in movies so he can complain & talk about suing hollywood, claiming that “smoking in movies” leads to children smoking. May I offer you some popcorn?

Brad Rodu certainly can explain how he’s wrong better than I can.

Teen Smoking Unconnected to Cinematic Smoking

Harry Shapiro writes about it here as well:

Nicotine Science & Policy 


Stanton Glantz, again…

Stanton Glantz “redoubles” (a term I see and despise, yet I’ll use it for the obvious – shouldn’t all efforts have been 100%, or have they been half-assed all along) his efforts in doublespeak and misdirection on everything tobacco and his grubby paws are losing a grip on reality.

Christopher Snowden covered that here.

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

That shady link between big tobacco and nicotine gum

Added 8/31/17:

Christopher Snowden appropriately checks Ruth Malone as well.

Get your story straight


Speaking of Alice:

Ruth Malone

Ruth certainly isn’t worthy of top billing, yet I do think of her just enough to break her balls in second place a bit as her indecision and world-famous non-commital stance is, well, I’m not sure – as I’ve shown here

It seems Ruth Malone has more to contribute to the misdirected link between big tobacco and descends into how evil they really are.

I’ll quote our dear friend, Agent, who on occasion would bring two words graciously into a tweet: “Quelle surprise”.

“It doesn’t seem to make sense for a company that sells cigarettes to help smokers stop using them”: A case study of Philip Morris’s involvement in smoking cessation

I fixed the final thoughts for her if you’d like to skip the formalities.

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Gateways

The foundation of tobacco control are nicotine and gateways to smoking in youth.

Think of the children™” is a well worn battle-cry of the well established morons.

Well, they can collect their tobacco control toys, stop enticing their free child labor and go home.

More importantly, they can choose to ignore, or listen and engage with professionals like Dr. Cranfield below.

Next,

“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

And:

“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.

Via Michael Siegel:

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


Nicotine Bonus

I’m not sure what to think of this yet, but there’s hope, possibly. There’s concentration of “understandings and lay beliefs” in this one, so I’m still chewing on it.

Smokers’ understandings of addiction to nicotine and tobacco: A systematic review and interpretive synthesis of quantitative and qualitative research

I’m still looking for addiction, in humans, to nicotine without tobacco control’s passive-aggressive proof by assertion. As nicotine “addiction” goes, I’ve covered, and continue to add to this blog specifically with my babbling, along with a ton of links within.

Nicotine Is Not Addictive


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

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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 donut powder in your beard (to show your expertise) in almost any sterile artifical setting — where everyone will nod their heads in agreement…

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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.


More Stuff

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

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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)

Added 9/6/17

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

 

 


Do you know about THR4LIFE?

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Lowering nicotine in cigarettes is a gateway to smoking

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Instead of the US Government taking tobacco use by the balls by focusing on less harmful alternatives – they are playing a slow and never-ending game of badminton with tobacco.

This is beyond a hot mess, as their claim of “480,000” lives or whatever the made up number is, is supposed to be the focus:

Less tobacco use. Less harm.

It seems, for them, that number isn’t high enough. They want more. Don’t get me started on “the children™.

What the FDA is saying to the public is – cigarettes will be “less addictive”:

FOCUS.

Instead of taking people away from tobacco or directing them to other viable alternatives like snus or e-cigarettes that work, there’s a flashy neon sign pointing directly at tobacco over government and tobacco-funded & sponsored heads.

It makes complete fiscal sense, business as usual.


Lowering nicotine in cigarettes is a gateway to smoking funding.

Out in California the wild, wild west, pompous ass Stanton “Puff-N-Stuff” Glantz is digging a hole by pretending experts were blindsided and stunned of tobacco companies knowing nicotine replacement therapies snake oil didn’t work without counseling, and boldly claims all nicotine reduction therapies (NRT) should be regulated:

“Our study shows that by not regulating nicotine in all tobacco products, including NRT, the FDA could be walking into a trap.”


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Meanwhile, the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) is on a mesmerising path propaganda campaign convincing the public that “lower nicotine cigarettes” that the FDA, in part, financed, is being hailed by many as a “game changer”.

No, it isn’t. Keep smoking. Same game.


You don’t see signs like this any more.

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Target? More smokers.

If the goal of the federal government is to lower tobacco use, wouldn’t tobacco be taken out of the equation?

Well, no. Get that silly thought out of your head. They can’t do that anyway.

No need to stock up, there’ll be plenty of tobacco to smoke in the future.


Government Approved

This effort will be another of those “governmnent approved” (and financed) methods that will fail miserably, while smokers, who are not yet being told the truth, will smoke.

In this Rstreet article, Carrie Wade & Clive Bates explain there are all sorts of problems with this debaucle.

Reducing nicotine in cigarettes raises all sorts of problems

If you use “government approved” methods, you’ll have around a 93%+ chance of returning to tobacco. While I’m not an “expert”, I’ll assume in advance the failure rate will remain the same with cigarettes having “low levels” of nicotine.


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Lets Make It Happen!

Matt Myers certainly is no stranger to creating back room deals.

Much to my surprise expectations, Matt Myers and The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids “a leading force in the fight to reduce tobacco use” is publicly on board with tobacco use.

I’m waiting for the Lung, Heart, Cancer and other political front groups to hop on board the “please keep smoking” train while Mr. Myers and his front group already have a seat in the dining car, exclaiming “Let’s make it happen“.


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Not surprisingly, Myers friends over at Philip Morris are very excited.

They’re at a boring badminton game and no one’s keeping score… but there is definitely cheering.

Think of the children™.

 

Added 8/23/17:

Brad Rodu:

Negligible Evidence of Radical Nicotine Reduction Benefit

 


Think it’s about the children?

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.


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Health aspects of e-cigarettes – Short information for physicians

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Dr. Mayer has released this statement informing physicians about the health aspects of e-cigarettes.


“Plasma levels of toxic substances…substantially decrease” and are “identical to the levels of non-smokers…”

“From a medical point of view, individuals who switched from smoking to the consumption of e-cigarettes have to be classified as non-smokers.”


 

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Dr. Mayer’s document is found here:

Health aspects of e-cigarettes – short information for physicians

 

Added 6/25/17:

Information for consumers: Switching from smoking to vaping

 

Dr. Mayer’s website is here: bernd-mayer.com


To reduce the risks of smoking, physicians need proper information to rely on and relay to their patients. E-cigarettes are another way to reduce or eliminate smoking.

The worldwide claim of professionals “not knowing” the risks of e-cigarettes has come to a close.


There’s no reason for physicians to dismiss e-cigarettes or less harm to patients.

Withholding differential risk information on legal consumer nicotine/tobacco products: The public health ethics of health information quarantines


Related:

Public Health England

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Eureka Alert

Of 560 physicians surveyed, over 70% “indicated that e-cigs can help patients reduce or eliminate smoking” and “almost half believe they can reduce risk”:

Majority of US doctors discussing electronic cigarettes with their patients


Dr. Cranfield

Dr. Cranfield explains the health effects of users over three years.

Users showed a 96% reduction in adverse health problems by users of three or more years. Conditions such as heart disease, high blood pressure and asthma improved by 61.8%

Conditions such as heart disease, high blood pressure and asthma improved by 61.8% of those diagnosed with those health issues while they smoked.

Health Effects and Demographics of Electronic E-cigarette Users. A Comparison Health Events in Previous Smokers with Three or More Years of Electronic E-cigarette Experience


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Vaping In The News–May 6th, 2017

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Vaping In The News – April 30th – May 6th, 2017

Coordination with the FDA: Hartland, Wisconsin ~ Please Keep Smoking Award ~ Smoke Some More ~ Views & News On Cole Bishop ~ There’s A List ~ Coverup, Judicial Watch ~ Senator Johnson ~ Truth Initiative ~ Health aspects of e-cigarettes ~ Fergus Mason ~ Nicotine


Hartland, Wisconsin

Imagine for a moment that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has overstepped their authority in “deeming” anything to do with e-cigarettes.

Imagine #EnoughIsEnough:

Coordination with the FDA: Hartland, Wisconsin Holds Public Hearings


Please Keep Smoking Award

State Rep. Mary Jo Daley, (D-PA) is the recipient of this week’s “Please Keep Smoking” award. Seems the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network likes to give out “awards” to keep people smoking.

Here’s her shameless self-promotion piece:

Daley earns ‘Distinguished Advocacy Award’ from American Cancer Society


FDA: Please Keep Smoking More

The FDA likes smoking so much, they have an initiative to figure out how to keep people smoking under an “initiative” to pretend to get them to smoke “less”.

I thought the FDA’s purpose was to regulate, not initiate.

I covered “lower nicotine” and 22nd Century here in March of last year…

“The company’s cigarettes are part of an estimated $20 million FDA initiative to determine “the best method to quit smoking

there’s more, as I predicted.

22nd Century gets FDA authorization for low tar-to-nicotine cigarette clinical trial


Views & News On Cole Bishop

Oliver Kershaw

Cole Bishop just failed. What now?

Jim McDonald

Cole-Bishop budget rider fails. Here’s what we need to do!

Tony Ottomanelli II

Cole-Bishop HR 1136 Update: Must-Know Need to Know Info


There’s a list:

Open Secrets has this article highlighting the “Top recipients of contributions from the tobacco industry, 2016 cycle”

Big tobacco in 2017: Full steam ahead

My pal DrMA asked them this question:


Covering up the obvious isn’t enough.

The FDA is batting 1,000 with non-answers – as if they were above the law.

With Former FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg under R.I.C.O. charges, Senator Ron Johnson being ignored last year asking the FDA repeatedly to produce documentation, and Hartland asking questions above, Judicial Watch has asked, through the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA) for – well – information.

I’ll wait.

Judicial Watch Sues over Records on Obama E-Cig Regs

Here’s their video on the matter.



Senator Ron Johnson

Johnson Applauds Trump Administration for Delaying Harmful E-Cigarette Rule


Truth Initiative Whines & Brags

Skip is certain.

Here’s the whining & bragging:

What 2017’s first Congressional appropriations deal means for tobacco control


WorldWide Survey

This SURVEY is still going:

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

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The importance of your voice is NEEDED.

Please take the survey HERE.


Health aspects of e-cigarettes

Need a document for your physician?

Well…

Here is that link:

Health aspects of e-cigarettes – Short information for Physicians


The Fergus Mason:

FDA e-cig ban under fire from all sides as safety evidence mounts


Nicotine

Via Jim McDonald

Remember, folks, “nicotine” is now tobacco.

People are usually interested in how long nicotine remains in the system because their employer wants to test for nicotine, either as a condition of employment, or more commonly to determine the cost of health insurance.

How long does nicotine stay in your system?

 



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Incoherent Screams & Observations

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Some days

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

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

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

You too? Good, let’s move along.


What Was Released

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

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

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

There’s no balance. There are barely conversations.

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

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

I’ll get to that.

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

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


Screams Of Fear

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

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


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

You know, the bigger picture. Click.

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

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

Added 4/5/07:

From Tina in the comments:

Last I knew, this study was still going on:

Is Twitter Censoring Us?

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

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

Update 4/14/17:

An Update on Safety


Public Health Out Of Control

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

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

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

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

I assume it was Martin McBubbleGum.


Enough Is Enough

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

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

This, is normal behavior?


Street Fight

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

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

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

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


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

Keep doing that.

This is a street fight.

Get LOUDER.

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


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Nicotine Addiction: An Open 30-Day Public Health Challenge

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Foreword:

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

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


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

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

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

That’s it.


Nicotine Addiction

An Open 30-Day Public Health Challenge:

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

Medical Definition of addiction

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


Criteria:

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

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


Documentation:

Unacceptable documentation:

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

Acceptable Documentation:

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

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

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

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

Submission:

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


Reward:

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

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

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


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

Nicotine Addiction: An Open 30-Day Public Health Challenge


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Top Ten reasons you shouldn’t try an e-cigarette

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Please remain seated.

E-cigarettes are dangerous. More research is needed.  They are not regulated. They’ve got flavors. They are enticing children to smoke. They’ve got chemicals. There are even scary words like formaldehyde.

You may even decide you’ll smoke and vape (and there’s no sense in that).

Smokers, keep those ashtrays front and center. Don’t toss your lighters out. Don’t talk to vapers. Do not, under any circumstances try any vaping products.

They’re just like cigarettes. We need more time.

In the interim, please continue smoking.


Agencies –  government, private sector, non and not for profit, healthcare and public health officials (especially) just aren’t doing enough to keep you informed. I’m here to inspire them to try harder.

I’ll admit I can’t bear to see them struggle any longer, I certainly don’t want anyone feeling left out of the loop. I felt it was high time to help ’em out, ’cause I’m a nice guy.

As a public service announcement, I wanted to make sure you’ve been thoroughly convinced not to try an e-cigarette.


Redundant Reiteration

They’ve lost some of their oomph (the first time I’ve proudly blogged the word oomph!). Their tactics are unbecoming professionals, and the same tiring stories are on auto-pilot. In the spirit of hearing themselves repeat different versions of the same thing, so am I.

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I’ve decided to to rehash some of their stupidity in the risk of being repetitive, repetitious or repeating my own damn self in this handy-dandy reference guide below.


#10. You’re a struggler.

“They” claim there are plenty of government approved methods, but you need a plan. An app. Take a walk. Stop enjoying yourself. Slip, trip and fall fail. It’s expected. You’re going to keep trying to quit their way.

They appreciate the fact that your first attempt will be JUST as frustrating just as your 20th try –  don’t disappoint them. Use every method.


Wait a minute,  what about the success rates for these approved methods? It’s probably just as well if you hold your questions until the end of the list, and keep in mind, don’t ask question authority (covered in #8).

It’s called tobacco control for a reason. Spend more time listening to them.

The Real Story Behind the Nicotine Patch and Smoking Cessation

A quick reference between FDA Smoking cessation drugs and their side effects.


#9. You are a patriot

Don’t you love your country?

On July 1, 1862, the United States Congress passed excise taxes on many items including tobacco. This occurred as a result of the Union’s increasing debt during the American Civil War and the Federal government’s need for additional revenue.

Cigarette taxes in the United States


#8. You don’t respect authority

I don’t understand the troubles with listening to the same thing over and over and over. Don’t question authority. Do as you’re told.

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THEY aren’t telling you anything you haven’t heard, or should.

Withholding differential risk information on legal consumer nicotine/tobacco products: The public health ethics of health information quarantines

Government strategies threaten smokers and public health


#7. GUILT, the gift that keeps on giving

Guilt is self explanatory, but if you need some – I’ve got it.

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They’ve been focusing on children so much I don’t believe you haven’t had your daily dose of guilt. You can listen to them scream at you here, here, here and if you haven’t had enough, go here  as well.


#6. Formaldehyde.

Cough, ehem. It’s in your breath. Its in the air. It’s everywhere.

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Again…

The deception of measuring formaldehyde in e-cigarette aerosol: the difference between laboratory measurements and true exposure

Lung function and respiratory symptoms in a randomized smoking cessation trial of electronic cigarettes.

#6A. Bonus Popcorn lung!

A Bucket Full of Popcorn


#5. Dangers!

From your lungs to – well – your lungs – there are dangers. You’re already smoking. Esteemed experts seem to possibly agree that there may – might – could – be dangers in e-cigarettes worse than combustible tobacco. Try to hold your *gasp* in!

Let me repeat that… wait – I know why they’re slacking off on the weekends, this is difficult to do!

I want to make sure you’re really scared so I added this scary sign. Hope it helps.

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Here’s a list you don’t know about

Smokers Who Switch to E-Cigarettes Exposed to Same Levels of Nicotine, Lower Carcinogen Levels

Evidence for harm reduction in COPD smokers who switch to electronic cigarettes.

Application of dosimetry tools for the assessment of e-cigarette aerosol and cigarette smoke generated on two different in vitro exposure systems

#5A. Bonus about batteries!

Don’t want you to hurt yourself:

Battery Safety – Making Peace With Power (CASAA)

Battery Safety!!!

“E-cigarettes” don’t explode. Batteries do. There’s a big difference.

Electronic nicotine delivery systems: overheating, fires and explosions


#4. Long term studies are needed

The longer you wait, the more you may smoke. I hope this makes sense. They are depending on you.

Wait until you’ve exhausted all efforts to try e-cigarettes. Let someone else be the lab rat. Cigarettes are familiar and comforting to you (see #10; You’re a struggler).

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“Can’t find it” eh?

Long Term Health Effects

What is your definition of a long-term study?


#3. Think of the children™

This one’s self explanatory. You SHOULD think of the children. You are less than exemplary if you don’t. If e-cigarettes are luring children to smoke, why not just restrict them and keep cigarettes available.

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If you’re still smoking, keep them where your kids (or anyone’s kids) can swipe your cigarettes, keeping the tradition of smoking alive.

(You “control” folks need to harp on this more to keep your funding alive.)

Complicated Models Can’t Alter the Data: Smoking Among Youth and Young Adults Is Way Down

New Study Concludes that Vaping is a One-Way Bridge to Cigarette Smoking among Youth

Electronic Cigarette Age Restrictions May Drive Teens to Traditional Cigarettes

There are runner-ups, but NOBODY thinks more about the children than the well oiled organization , Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids.

Tobacco Free Kids and Philip Morris: A Special Relationship?

Dear Matt Myers


#2. NICOTINE

Almost to the point of toxicity, this needs to keep being said. Addiction! Addiction! Addiction!!!  It can’t be any of the other thousands of chemicals in your manufactured tobacco, so rest assured, e-cigarettes have some crazy foreign nicotine. You should only use approved nicotine methods (See #10, struggler).

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NICOTINE,without MAOI’s and tobacco, is NOT addictive. Period.

If the data contradict the theory, throw out the data

Big Drugs Nicotine War

From the Royal College of Physicians: (PDF Dropbox)

#1. They like your money more than you do

Nicotine is tobacco. (See #2) That’s what the U.S. Government has deemed.

There’s no reason for you to switch at this point. Resistance is futile.

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Save your breath. Keep smoking, they need the money.

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

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

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

Another great read:

Puff, The Magic Settlement



Public Health:

Do you want to know if your “quit smoking” advice is sound?

Take this assessment.

Are you using a Strategy or Tragedy?

I’m here to help with these challenges of getting the word out.

After all, Controlling tobacco roads – paved with g̶o̶o̶d̶ intentions



Smokers, it’s your choice.

This blog, and many others are available to answer your questions.

Knowledge is power.



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


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Keep ON #Vaping On.

Kevin

This blog is dedicated to Big Tobacco.

E-cigarettes: A Public Health STRATEGY Or TRAGEDY

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The positioning of Government and health organizations clamoring for “less smoking” is becoming dangerously close to a sitcom without the laugh tracks. Posturing of health officials in the United States has reached a “beyond unacceptable level” – now at the point of being a tragedy.

According to their own numbers, with the money they thought would never end from the Master Settlement Agreement, they are costing lives. Until, of course, taxing e-cigarettes is the norm by making nicotine – tobacco. THEN they will come around.

If they were trying to help their estimated 480,000 tragic deaths from occurring annually, they’d stop being “yes men” to the power of persuasion. Tragically, they’re manipulating the public with no strategy towards harm reduction.

 


Below is a power-point I’ve put together to show the difference between the strategy from the vaping organizations  – and the United States Government, Health (puppets) officials, and Organizations et al  ~tragedy~ by claiming they’re thinking of public health – despite their titles.


E-cigarettes – A Public Health Strategy or Tragedy

Any smoker still on the fence about e-cigarettes at this point can message ME. If you’re choosing to switch, I’ll give you the basics – or you can browse my blog…



 

You know when you ask yourself the question “is it me”? Well, my fellow sheep, it’s not just me. Witnessing the insanity as my friend Alan has stated, there is Action Required to Halt Plummeting Public Perception in the world of “public health”.

Another friend across the pond, Paul, has pounded another nail through the forehead of the media’s inability to be journalists:”On the lack of research in the media

Speaking of tragedy – from Dr. Brian Carter, Consumer Advocates for Smoke-free Alternatives Association (CASAA) – Director of Scientific Communications:

“They readily accepted all sources as being equally reliable, failing to properly distinguish between established and respected scientific organizations and extremist political front groups with lofty sounding names.”

That, from Dr. Carter, is here: Critical Thinking 101: Source Evaluation


 

Added 01/26/17:

You can click here or on the link below to find your association’s most likely “answer” you’d give to someone inquiring about switching to e-cigarettes in a phone call or in person.

E-cigarettes: A Tobacco Harm Reduction Assessment Tool

 


If you’re interested in learning about vaping products:


Please visit

A Billion Lives

August8th.org


E-cigarette NEWS you can use… every day ~ Monday thru Friday ~ is here from my friends across the pond at Vapers.org.uk.


If you are a Professional,  go HERE.


You can find me here trying to be cordial on Facebook

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


More to come.

Keep ON #Vaping On.

Kevin

In Public Health We Trust

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In Public Health We Trust.

Public health. They’re in a position of authority, they’ve earned their degree. They’ve read “everything there is” to know about -it- they’ve graciously given you forced their “findings” of their opinion and that’s final. YOU are not to question their facts. In fact, they don’t like colleagues questioning them. How dare you pretend to know more?

Don’t you trust them? How dare you bark at the hierarchies heralded by their own set of elite standards? Peer reviewed, in most cases! Are you *peon* questioning the integrity and arrogance of public health, when you know damn good & well they’re just looking out for YOU? You’ve got a lot of nerve.

“There’s a pill for that”.


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Responsibility

If you can’t find your “less harm” calculator, that’s not my problem, got it? If arrogance supersedes your rational thoughts, and your “training” as a anti-tobacco or tobacco control “expert” cult member keeps you warm and educated, do consider finding your degree & a shredder.

If you’re NOT convinced or intellectually challenged, go here.

YOUR responsibility is to report facts. Picking only the facts you like in most instances ~ isn’t responsibility. The whole truth. E-cigarettes are about a choice, by individuals, to do less harm. We are individuals who aren’t afraid to question (or educate) you, or the paper you wrote on. If you’re one who likes to flash your credentials & experience…Please.

Not impressed. I know, new territory for you, but suck it up.

 


Credibility

I’ll just leave this here:

Definition of credibility (Merriam-Webster)

  1. 1:  the quality or power of inspiring belief <an account lacking in credibility>

 

Don’t stare at that too long, you may convince yourself of that quality, power or that you have
“been inspiring…”

 


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Accountability

Definition of accountability (Merriam-Webster)

  1. :  the quality or state of being accountable; especially :  an obligation or willingness to accept responsibility or to account for one’s actions <public officials lacking accountability>

 

THIS is where I get pretty pissed off. To have accountability, you must be willing to accept responsibility – and that’s where the line gets tangled in the weeds.

You KNOW – basking in your own glory –  nicotine replacement therapies are a product of the pharmaceutical companies biggest imaginations, marketed to the masses.

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You KNOW success rates of “nicotine replacement therapies” are a measly 3-7%–  yet you’ll encourage a 93% FAILURE rate without a second thought.

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Don’t be coy, you also – because you’re an expert, KNOW without tobacco, without MAOI’s (I had to learn what “maoi’s” are – look it up)  nicotine is not addictive.

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And of COURSE, being the expert you “ARE”with all due respect, you KNOW that

DHHS funded Moffitt Cancer Center survey found 79% of vapers quit smoking, BUT

but…. You’ll sit silently instead, knowing all that, and still puff out your chest saying “e-cigarettes” are “________” and think you’re “right” ?

I’m on your trail. I’m stepping on your tails.

 


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The silence is deafening.

 

Idiom:

deafening silence

A silence or lack of response that reveals something significant, such as disapproval or a lack of enthusiasm

Can you hear it? Silence from those who are trusted in the world of “health” is deafening for vaping products. The arena in which the game is played is deliberately intricate and there is no level playing field. Please keep smoking

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I don’t know about you (yes I do), but I don’t like being wrong. I also don’t mind being corrected when I’m wrong – or misinformed myself. It happens. When you’re going to stomp your precious opinion into the world – you’re bound to find opposition  – or at minimum, a different point of view. I didn’t say “better”, I said different.

Get off your high horse unicorn, set your silver dollar down on the table and show your hand… earn some respect. LISTEN. You want to be trusted, you want the credibility, earn it.

Are there exceptions to this in the public health arena? Absolutely.

Are there far more who have no shame? I can name names. But that’s not why you’re here.

 


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Clearly to protect your reputation, there must be a filter. Clean that. Clearly I don’t have the time nor do I have the responsibility to make you happy. I have a full time job. I do not get paid by the “e-cigarette industry”. I am not “big tobacco”. I am, however, a consumer – looking out for other consumers. I (we) are looking for THE worst scenario in EVERY, and I mean e v e r y single post, article, opinion and published thought there IS, scientific or otherwise. Globally, mind you.


You could choose to lose the credibility & trust you’ve worked so hard to obtain and maintain all these years – but I’m going to let you demonstrate your knowledge (or lack thereof) by looking things up,  having a bit of class and standing up for yourselves and more importantly, the public. To recap, I’m questioning your lack of responsibility, silence, authority, credibility, accountability and simply do not trust you.

Withholding differential risk information on legal consumer nicotine/tobacco products: The public health ethics of health information quarantines


I’m here for you. Many are. Ask questions. There are organizations you could call, email, check. Science you can find. It’s all to the left & right of your screen on this blog. If it’s NOT in here, I’ll GLADLY find it for you.

You’ve run out of excuses, you’ve run out of what-if’s, might’s, maybe’s and….

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You honestly can’t use the children without sounding like a – well – public health parrot.

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You DO however, have the right to your opinion about vaping products.

Don’t like my “tone”?

See Clive here:

Memo to public health grandees: vaping, vapers and you

There may be a quiz.


 

You can join medical, science, data and research colleagues here if you doubt me.

M.O.V.E.

 

 


Organizations in the U.S.A.


 

A Billion Lives

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E-cigarette Research is HERE.

MORE e-cigarette research is also HERE.

 

E-cigarette NEWS you can use… Monday thru Friday

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

 


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More to come.

Keep ON #Vaping On.

Kevin

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