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Helping Smokers Quit

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Imagine a business you can operate at full capacity by providing a valuable product and “service” to millions of customers with no restraint on inventory, no liability and carry a “non” or “not for profit” status.

Imagine a business with no worries about profit or loss – and the money keeps coming in. As a bonus, you can carry this on for more than 50 years and brag about it.


Imagine a business that is funded by those you are trying supposed to help. Imagine if your business could get away with shaming your customers for failing with your product or service.

You could offer ineffective tips keeping your status as a caring and upstanding business in the community. Wouldn’t that be fun?


Keep trying!

Don’t give up!

We’re here to help!

Imagine calling a trained expert THIRTY times.

Is that acceptable?

Smokers may try to quit 30 times before it sticks


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Supply & Demand

Imagine how failure on the customers part  creates opportunity for more business. Promoting almost useless products you don’t pay for is not only fun, but keeps you, and the supplier in business. They’ll keep coming back. You know the failure rate is 93%, and knowing why is not your concern.

Use the term “cessation” a lot because it sounds soothing. In contrast, I suggest focusing on something with at least three syllables so it is ominous and scary sounding – like nicotine – because it sounds evil.

Remember, you have no accountability or responsibility for success in the eye of the public. You just have to look like you’re trying.

  • Be realistic. Don’t talk about of tobacco control out of church.
  • As much as possible, try to influence policy as much as you can.
  • In fact, success would be detrimental to your survival, always elude to an exit strategy.

Keep Success To A Minimum

Imagine your success. Stay focused. Your success is paramount, not your customers. Customer success is of no concern. In fact, it’s widely acceptable to shame customers and convince them that their failure is not your responsiblity. Play on their desperation, not satisfaction. Ultimately, hold your customers accountable. Confuse and bewilder them. That’s the plan.

Feign support, but encourage. Make it perfectly clear that the customer is the problem, not your business. Convince them to keep trying.

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Passive-Aggressive Is Best

Imagine your staying power. Make it clear that they are the problem, not your business. Place the failure on the consumer, and promote your business as if it has helped millions, helping you. Failure is not only acceptable, it is expected. Join other businesses like you to keep momentum.


Don’t Give Up

Imagine if smokers could succeed. Ignore and damn any methods that work, despite the evidence, as it would be detrimental to your survival. In fact, only support any other method if they are taxed, regulated and funded in such a way that will only contribute to your success.

Leave your ineffective products and services alone. At any cost including lies, use children (because who doesn’t like to Think About The Children™).

Convince the public via mass marketing that it is ultimately safer to keep smoking than to risk using any product not approved by you, or your affiliates.

Always seem concerned or challenged by any less harmful alternative.


Reminder

Remember, you must restrain yourself. Never, under any circumstances, talk about any effective alternatives that may risk your reputation or your business. Ever.

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Imagine a business that would go bankrupt if it did what it was designed to do.

Help people stop smoking.


I didn’t know there was “preloading” of…. never mind:

No clear evidence that nicotine ‘preloading’ helps smokers to quit


Added 7/20/2019

Financial Ties and Conflicts of Interest Between Pharmaceutical and Tobacco Companies

3 case studies. One shows how tobacco companies pressured pharmaceutical companies to scale back their smoking cessation educational materials that accompanied Nicorette.The second shows how they restricted to whom the pharmaceutical company could market its transdermal nicotine patch. In the third case, we show how subsidiary tobacco and pharmaceutical companies of a parent company collaborated in the production of a nicotine-release gum. Thus, because tobacco cessation product marketing has been altered as a result of these financial conflicts, disclosure would serve the interest of public health.

“financial ties between tobacco and pharmaceutical companies have resulted in the weakening of smoking cessation efforts and the sharing of technology to develop nicotine products that are profitable to both industries.”

Financial Ties and Conflicts of Interest Between Pharmaceutical and Tobacco Companies



Added December 8th, 2019:

“Should we accept this as inevitable and celebrate the benefits of the periods of abstinence or should we be doing more to reduce long-term relapse?”

How much unsuccessful quitting activity is going on among adult smokers? Data from the International Tobacco Control 4-Country cohort survey


Added 5/2020:

A new study shows higher nicotine levels are safe – “nicotine on its own, outside of tobacco products, has limited addictive potential, and that higher doses are safe and well tolerated

They KNOW this, but don’t tell you!?!?

HIGHER Nicotine Levels Are Safe


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Has your Doctor noticed you’re educating THEM?

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You PROUDLY tell your Doctor, Medical – Health Professional:

“I quit smoking” with e-cigs”!

The success in not smoking is profound in a smoker turned non-smoker’s mind.

It is a personal VICTORY.

It is one accomplishment some thought and were convinced

they never would attain.


I “met” Ray online at the end of last year. He is a self-admitted “old crank”. I love old cranks.

Please see Ray’s story here.

Some in this survey are 40 – 50 year smokers.


The pride in telling your health professional the many things is a great feeling.


Some would like to continue the misleading statements & rhetoric of the old school stupidity.

Many motives for doing so.

Some in the public health arena would like to consider e-cigarettes the same as smoking. They would rather you still feel defeated –

NOW condemning you for doing what they’ve told you to DO all along.


Some are simply irresponsible. Dr. Gounder claims she is:

doctor / internal medicine / infectious diseases / domestic & global public health / medical journalism

on her Twitter Profile.

I say she’s other things. One of those start with Lazy.



I presume she just can’t find research on the internet. Huh.

A “professional”. Stating “medical journalism” is like me saying I’m a Doctor, I suppose.

I must have the credentials by now!

Make a NOTE to yourself as you see the graphic below –  these are statements unfounded, and just believed or contrived by ANOTHER person.

Not their “own” thoughts. Clickbait.

Does Dr. Gounder, have HER own research? Imagine? “Because someone else says so, it must be true”.

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We know they are not. Imagine the irresponsibility of Dr. Gounder in HER statements.

She’s not the only one.



We have SCIENCE & Research here.

We have Medical Professionals WORLDWIDE here.

Here’s a glance at what the comments are from vapers worldwide from this survey

Please click here to take

The Vaping Truth Survey

it if you haven’t!


These are YOUR voices.. Again, these are worldwide, from 47 countries, just a part of over 2,400 participants,

language & spelling is intact. Unedited.

Question 28: Has your Doctor/Health Care provider noticed and/or noted these changes in your medical records since using an e-cigarette


My doctor is very positive to gaping even though she has never smoked or tried it herself. Today, 5:47AM
Doctor commented that it had been a long time since she’d seen me. I told her I felt a LOT better all of the time since I’d switched to an e-cigarette. She congratulated me and encouraged me to stay smoke-free.
My dentist said ” wow you quite smoking” before I had a chance to explain how.
I’m a guy. I don’t go to doctors unless dying
My Doctor has encouraged me to stick to the e-cigarettes as an alternative to smoking.
Really see doctor so not aware but dentist and hygienist both very positively in favour of ecigs
Have actually helped educate my doctor on ecigarettes and vaping.
My lung capacity has increased
my dr did not encourage it but does now
Im from canada. It does work that way here.
After a year and a half observing the changes in me, my doctor has opened up and truly listened to what I could tell him about the benefits of vaping to quit smoking.
My family doctor said it was a great way to get away from smoking
recently had surgery due to a fracture – not all Canadians can walk on water (ice). The surgeon viewed it as quitting smoking. I recently found a new family doctor who has her doubts.
My Doctor / Health Care provider encouraged it. & I am listed as a non-smoker on my health insurance as well.
I have not had a reason to see a Dr since switching to ecigs.I haven’t even had so much as a chest cold in over 2yrs since switchinng to ecigs.
My A1C went down, my blood pressure went down, I feel 100% better in just seven months.
At my last visit I was one year smoke free, doctor congratulated me. When I told him the only way I could finally quit was using vapor products, he stated I should consider quitting them as well. I am looking for a new doctor now!
Lungs cleared
All the reasons my doctor gave me to quit smoking are fixed, but he still suggests my vape will cause worse damage.
The cardiovascular specialist was the one that encouraged it – he was absolutely delighted the last time I saw him and told him I was switching. For him, it was the carbon monoxide from smoking that was the primary culprit and risk factor in my PVD. The internist not so much, but the dramatic change in my health since 2008 and my total lack of need for acute visits since then speak for themselves.
Insurance counts me a a tobacco user to get a surcharge added.
I don’t go to the doctor often.
I told my doctor but I do not know if I am listed as a non-smoker.
I am no longer a “smoker”!!

Doctor considers me a former smoker, just as she would if I were using nicotine gum or patches.

My long time doctor has noticed switching in blood tests. She says she cannot advocate the use of e-cigs but also says I should not go back to smoking what I smoked before. She works for a private health company tho and she has to follow company policy – she has implied to me in many ways that the absence of pack-a-day smoking is doing wonders, regardless of the substitute.
Seldom see doctor, get impression he/she wouldn’t be interested. Asthma nurse very impressed said “Whatever you’re doing keep on doing it” Listed me as ex-smoker.

I told my doctor that I vape and he said “but you’re not smoking, right” I said “no” and he said “that’s good”

Only been vaping exclusively 5 months and no scheduled appt’s yet
My Doctor considers me a non smoker and has changed his attitude toward ecigarettes since he has seen the physical proof. I have been using a cpap machine for over 3 years; my sleep therapy consultant has recorded a reduction in my dependence on my machine.
my dentist noticed a difference
My life assurance company class me as a non smoker now
My health teast were better. Alot better
Dr asked when I gave up, (at the time I last saw him,) and I said 3 years ago, but that I still use ecigs. He put me down as a non-smoker. 🙂

I also have a friend that had a heart attack that was a heavy smoker! His doctor told him to quit tobacco that day and if he wanted nicotine then he needed to start vaping! Or quit all together! He vapes and his doctor says his heart is doing well!

My doctor is amazed that I was able to quit and to stay off of cigarettes, but still isn’t so sure that e-cigarettes are OK.

Astounding information.

Please keep it up!

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Here’s a couple examples as to what THEY are SAYING so far:

Medical Professionals say

WHAT about E-Cigarettes?

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Health Care Professionals survey here!



As always,

Keep ON #Vaping On.

Kevin.

Taxing Thoughts, A Ponzi Scheme.

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

is what those funds are for, are they not?


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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ADDED 5/29/16

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

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

Specifically, with non-tobacco users and the patch:

nicotine addiction patch

More on that statement:

Study explores nicotine patch to treat memory loss

Nicotine treatment of mild cognitive impairment


Virginia just voted this idea down.

Panel kills bills to raise virginia cigarette taxes


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

Another great read:

Puff, The Magic Settlement

Another great read:

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


ADDED 3/30/2018

Nothing says #KeepSmokingWeNeedTheMoney, #PonziScheme and “return on investment” like bonds that “were based on assumptions that cigarette smoking declines would not exceed 4 percent annually.”

New Jersey to refund junk tobacco bonds for $3.2 billion of high-grade paper

Kentucky is doing the same thing.

Tobacco taxes are just part of the conversation…. We have holes in state revenue that we have to fill. How we do that is going to be how we get out of the session.”

Kentucky lawmakers meet privately with tobacco lobbyist as cigarette tax discussions continue

Not that there would be any greed in New York, either:

NY Wants $9M Damages Doubled In UPS Cigarette Ship Case

Or in Minnesotta

State of Minnesota sues after tobacco company stops settlement payments


E-cigarette Research is HERE.

MORE e-cigarette research is also HERE.

If you are a Professional  go HERE.



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Kevin