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Harm Reduction: Cliff Notes

I’ve been searching for quite a few years for someone louder in the tobacco control and public health sectors, for a hero. Someone to correct easily repeated disinformation and outright lies. Someone with balls. Cliff Douglas notes harm reduction with precision.

In a surprising tweet, Cliff Douglas did just that. How? He released a document titled “It is Time to Act with Integrity and End the Internecine Warfare Over E-Cigarettes” in a tweet (here) on March 4th, 2021. It’s about damn time.

In dealing with e-cigarettes, he explains the tobacco control community is “letting down tens of millions of adult smokers, their families and friends”, along with “healthcare providers, and government decision-makers.”

He calls to “pursue rational, social justice-oriented approaches to tobacco harm reduction” and later states: This is clearly a social justice issue.”

opposition to even considering positive scientific findings related to the promise of vaping for cessation and harm reduction is widely reinforced by confirmation bias“…

Crafted with direct language to his colleagues, he’s quick pointing out valid concerns for vaping products not being ‘approved’ by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), but states the issue is “factually separate from whether these products are in fact helping a significant number of adult users quit smoking“. That’s harm reduction.

Also discussed is the rise in cigarette sales due to a massive “negative coverage on e-cigarettes” and bans on “all flavors” in e-cigarettes because of youth use (<– that’s an important link), while ignoring adults wanting to choose safer alternatives.

Not mincing words on the 2019 “Evali” fiasco, he states: “To be clear, EVALI is caused by vitamin E acetate added to illicit THC vaping products“, adding his niece returned to smoking because of the misleading headlines.

“Stop skirting the truth when it feels inconvenient”


Is this statement from Cliff Douglas too late?

I certainly hope not. During the middle of a real health crisis – the covid pandemic, politicians are distracted by pushing for a vape mail ban to restrict access to adult consumers, and because of pubic opinion of a fake ‘epidemic‘, outright flavor bans are still being pushed to ban less smoking by politicians like Senator Mitt Romney and Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi for products children cannot legally obtain.


Blackballing – Blacklisting

With the leadership Cliff Douglas portrays, I hope to see others willing to have the courage to speak out. I say that because fear of being shunned – literally blackballed by their professional peers for explaining data, research, and science, is a thing.

I say again, blacklisting that’s a thing in the public health sector. I’ll let two examples from professionals – where they will turn, with vile contempt, on themselves…

In 2009, Dr Michael Siegel explained his experience of stepping out of line with the anti-smoking narrative:

“Importantly, only one perspective on this issue was presented to us in the trainings. There was no room for disagreement or challenge. These ideas were presented as scientific facts, not subject to debate. In fact, if we were to challenge the ideas, the implication was that we – ourselves – might be accused of working for Big Tobacco or receiving secret payoffs.”

Dr. Siegel’s statement is found here.

Highly respected public health warrior, Dr. Marewa Glover, (Centre of Research Excellence, Indigenous Sovereignty & Smoking) – knows all too well how vindictive the community can be. After decades dedicating her life, well respected experience, the damage already done, she was eventually given an apology (here).

She also gave Patrick and I keen insight to fundamentalist anti-tobacco stigmatization – cynical optimists I call them, who use deliberate behavioral methods – to ‘help’ and manipulate smokers with cognitive dissonance, projecting a ‘spoiled identity’, “barbarian whipping school” style – on Smoke Free Radio last year (here).

What about employees of big, bad tobacco companies? Do they get their say? Well, personally, as much scrutiny as they’re always under, (and public health isn’t), I trust them way more than you might think.

Thanks to Skip for the next two links:

Speaking of being under a microscope, Dr. Gilchrist, the head of Scientific and Public Communications for Philip Morris International… Her twitter says she’s an “Advocate for “better”. Science Lady” (who I admire and follow on Twitter):

I can think of countless times when others in the scientific community have been afraid to support us publicly – despite supporting our smoke-free vision and the evidence – because they feared for their reputation, job or funding if they were to do so.

Dr. Gilchrist’s quote is found here:
Speaking out when it’s not safe – for your reputation

Next, from Nicotine Policy, Neil McKeganey and Christopher Russell:

There is a real danger here of creating an academic environment in which allegation or suspicion has supplanted proof when it comes to scientific misconduct.

This quote can be found here:
Tobacco Industry Funded E-Cigarette Research and the Rise of Academic McCarthyism

Like most of my regular readers, I’ve searched for – and found – a few individuals in the public health and tobacco control sectors willing to stand up, unabashedly state facts, call out the preposterous junk science, and stop the manipulation of information about vaping products.

Then they’ve been ostracized. Who wins? Certainly those valuing their pride overrides the very public’s health they’re paid by and employed to, to “protect”.

Consumers need the truth

If less smoking “at any cost”, is the “end game”, and is their only goal, they’ve done a piss poor job of trying to convince me and millions of smokers and families looking for answer(s) buried in their constant attempts to be the “popular kid” on campus spewing contrived sociopolitical and pseudo “science”. That’s not harm reduction.

My hope is this powerful statement by Mr. Douglas encourages others in all facets of leadership roles in public health, to do the same. I’ve revised my statement: “I’m for whatever works for the informed consumer. Patch, gum, Heat Not Burn, vaping, snus, acupuncture, books, hypnosis, counseling, Hale, Juul, etc. Do I “like” them all? No. It’s not about or me, or what “I” like. What may work as a choice for a consumer is first.” That’s harm reduction.

I implore EVERYONE in public health to consider what Mr. Douglas asks in his tweet below. His paper is linked for your convenience just below his tweet.

Here’s Cliff’s Paper:

It is Time to Act with Integrity and End the Internecine Warfare Over E-Cigarettes


I’ll repeat myself: If less smoking, “at any cost”, is the “end game” and is their only goal, the words in the tweet below should be used at all times. “No neighbor left behind”. That’s harm reduction.

I’ll be covering You Don’t Know Nicotine again very soon.

I’ll paraphrase Skip Murray (I affectionately call her #CrankyOldBroad). None of this should be “us” against “them”. It shouldn’t be about who’s “winning”. It should be about helping one another. Period. That’s harm reduction.

Like my last blog, it’s a matter of public health, and it’s personal.

Let’s get to work, public health.



Added March 10th, 2021:

This is Philippines, not USA...

but gives insight to the obvious influence of “non-profit” “charitable” organizations…

“Suansing noted that in addition to receiving funds from the Bloomberg Initiative, the FDA also admitted to soliciting and accepting funding from another anti-tobacco and anti-vaping organization, The International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union).”

Suansing calls ‘deplorable’ FDA’s premature issuance of vape, HTP regulations

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Vaping In The News – February 2nd, 2019

#SGWatch: “1,300 people a day“.

Vaping In The News covers nicotine, smoking, vaping, snus, heat not burn, e-cigarettes, harm reduction, tobacco control, public health, government, regulations, policies & more worldwide.


“The largest threat to Public Health is an informed consumer.”


Vaperatti: Lawsuit for the Win, Ban Opposition for the Loss ~ Researchers Must Listen To Vapers ~ FDA knew stop smoking product clinical trials not science-based ~ You Don’t Know Nicotine ~ Children in vape shops ~ Senator Burr (R-NC), much more than menthol cigarettes ~ Unacceptable Behavior by Tobacco Control Researchers ~ In case you missed it ~ Time flies ~


Vaperatti: Lawsuit for the Win, Ban Opposition for the Loss

The ‘fight’ seems to be consistently putting out fires.

The definition of nicotine as tobacco (it isn’t), Nicotine addiction without tobacco and MAOI’s (it isn’t), and gateways (that don’t exist). If you’re interested, opinion

Also see:

Vaperatti: Lawsuit for the Win, Ban Opposition for the Loss


Speaking of listening

Dr. Charles A. Gardner, Director of Health Science and Technology, has an interesting take on listening to (*gasp*) us!

Researchers must listen to Vapers


FDA knew stop smoking product clinical trials not science-based

What? Really? Why I thought…. well…. never mind.

FDA knew stop smoking product clinical trials not science-based


You Don’t Know Nicotine

Speaking of #nicotine, a new film in the works “You Don’t Know Nicotine” is already very close to it’s initial 1st goal with 296 supporters. This independent film has (so far) raised $44,612, and is now featured as a Project We Love” by Kickstarter.

This is about all aspects of nicotine.

To find out more, here’s the link: You Don’t Know Nicotine.


Children in vape shops

While understanding the ‘concern’, I put this photo under a tweet of Dr. Gottlieb expressing his concerns for children.

To my surprise, and her arrogance, I see this.

More here in her tweet, including followups in this link

She’s seen toddlers and teens inside in vape shops (not necessarily buying products). If the parents were smoking, those toddlers would be exposed to… oh never mind. After looking, surprise, she did a study I’ll link with my standard ‘do not link‘.

For a perspective, this blog has mentioned concerns of air quality before:

At: Ice arenas , indoor motocross events, with Clive Bates at a vape convention, and of course, this vape shop.

Laundry products… Scented Candles, idiotic tweets…


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Senator Burr (R-NC), much more than menthol cigarettes

Senator Burr takes the Food and Drug Administration to task – from menthol cigarettes to the “tobacco control act”, to children unable to purchase adult prodcts, to adult choice and… well, I won’t spoil it for you, but I haven’t seen a Senator fired up about this topic in some time.

I HIGHLY suggest you watch this (34 minute) video…

…or at least read an article!


Unacceptable Behavior by Tobacco Control Researchers

I barely believe tha….. never mind.

Unacceptable Behavior by Tobacco Control Researchers


In Case You Missed it

You can nod in agreement here with the Surgeon General

Dr. Gottlieb states: “e-cigs can help currently addicted adult smokers quit; and improve their health.” You can see the study here.

Or Jim covered it here. Dave covered it here.


Time Flies

I realized yesterday four years have passed since releasing the results of the Vaping Truth Survey. Thinking of Charle’s blog above and listening to vapers… After all, we’re supposed to take their word for all things health, why can’t they take ours?

When I made the survey, I barely knew a soul and didn’t know there even was a ‘vaping community’. I appreciate anyone who took the survey, I appreciate all who were behind it from the start.

Little did I know – four years later, we’re still trying to Change The Conversation.


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Vaping In The News – January 26th, 2019

“Feelings” with Surgeon General Jerome Adams.

Vaping In The News covers media stories on smoking, vaping, snus, heat not burn, e-cigarettes, tobacco control, public health, government, regulations, policies and more worldwide.


“The largest threat to Public Health is an informed consumer.”


You Don’t Know Nicotine ~ The great American youth vaping epidemic. Really? ~ The FDA hearing that wasn’t ~ The Impact of E-Cigarette Warnings ~ Burning Sub-Ohm ~ Bucking Bad Legislation in the Buckeye State ~ Electronic Cigarette Fires and Explosions (U.S.A.) 2009 – 2016 ~ A Meme


You Don’t Know Nicotine

Aaron Biebert, Director of A Billion Lives, announced his new project during his visit in Oklahoma City at Vapers Carnivale:

If you’re interested, you can pitch in as little as $5.00 or much more, with levels and rewards being different, up to and including the “Tater Tot” level! 

The Kickstarter campaign is here.

Follow this on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


The great American youth vaping epidemic. Really?

With the lack of being a professional statistician or researcher, I did my improvisational best covering the Surgeon General’s affirmation of the U.S. teen ‘epidemic’. I questioned the absence of daily data and babbled about it as I do.

Here, Clive Bates, someone I admire, explains what I could not, well beyond my expectations.

The great American youth vaping epidemic. Really?


The FDA hearing that wasn’t

Speaking of curing children, and a fraudulent epidemic, the FDA took it upon itself to hold a public hearing on the youth vaping “epidemic”. Instead of a balanced conversation between harm reduction proponents and anti-tobacco activists, the hearing became a one-sided stage for fanatics.

The FDA hearing that wasn’t


The Impact of E-Cigarette Warnings

Next up… contrived epidemic. Our friend Chris just below explains the “epidemic” was a plot (graphic below found here) to start with from this tweet in November of last year.

I’m not sure what to call this study. Note it was submitted on the 21st of September 2018. In the theme of warnings, something the ‘epidemic’ was based on, this short paper shows an “online experiment” and ‘“brain” and “chemicals” warnings’ were higher discouraging youth from e-cigarettes.

Well, of course, ” Research should continue”.

The Impact of E-Cigarette Warnings


Burning Sub-Ohm

Paul puts common sense down so even I can understand it. I don’t sub-ohm. I’m certainly no mathematician, but I do understand researchers must have fire extinguishers ready at all times.

Burning Sub-Ohm


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Bucking Bad Legislation in the Buckeye State

Our friend James Jarvis joins Lindsey Stroud of Heartland Institute to talk about legislation in Ohio.

Bucking Bad Legislation in the Buckeye State


An Open Letter to the WHO Executive Board

Aside from the obvious harm reduction, also mentioned:

  • “Courage, creativity, and the ability to seize opportunities”
  • -0- links to industry, independent. (meaning no control of studies either, essential, science/data is clear and independent.)
  • Very low quit rates: Market failure (and “TC/PH” failure in my opinion).
  • Awareness, progress is mentioned (#LOUDER!)
  • Interest of public health (Which leads me to believe this is an opportunity to break the chain of the standard “we don’t know” crowd.)

An Open Letter to the WHO Executive Board


Electronic Cigarette Fires and Explosions (U.S.A.) 2009 – 2016

“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.”

Electronic Cigarette Fires and Explosions (U.S.A.) 2009 – 2016


A meme.

Over the course of time, I’ve made my share of amateur graphics, “memes”. In the spirit and need for ALL of us to change the conversation, I asked Chris Hughes if I could use his photos for this blog in 2016, and again below.

Thanks to you who’ve shared it. It seems to have hit a nerve.


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Vaping: Let’s Get This Out Of The Way

James Jarvis, President of the Ohio Vapor Trade Association

VAPING: “Let’s get this out of the way for 2019”.

In a recent post, James Jarvis discussed common myths about vaping, stating “Let’s get this out of the way for 2019.”

Not only is James Jarvis is President of Ohio Vapor Trade Association (OHVTA), he’s also a consumer. I’ve been to Columbus a couple times to see him, and I’ll describe James simply as good people. He cares about smokers having proper information and he cares about the industry.

To the point, a post on his Facebook page got me to thinking… if some vapers genuinely don’t know or are confused about information, how can the public know?

Let’s change that. Now. Let’s get this out of the way: Educators and legislators must learn.


On Public Record.

With the battle preconceived and one-sided (predetermined in some instances) for power and funding, authorities having jurisdiction (AHJ) of their respective township, town, city, and state must be made aware of all sides of this issue in their communities.

If an opportunity arises for three minutes at a podium, this can be read, memorized – as is – or modified, printed to dispel myths about vaping products and nicotine.

Politely – and directly engaging each concern immediately in front of decision-makers, with proper sources for authorities given the task of deciding the fate of (your) regulations, restrictions, taxes, and bans shows a proactive approach to their concerns no matter what the opposition.

I saw his list and was inspired. I have provided his points about vaping (numbered) from his post and link(s) to each point made.


James said: “Let’s get this out of the way for 2019″… ” I agree.



Let’s get this out of the way

1. Popcorn Lung is not caused from vapor products

From Dr Farsalinos, Brad Rodu, Dr. Siegel and more, a collection of evidence to the contrary:

A Bucket Full of Popcorn


2. E-Liquid does not contain tobacco

(some liquids do contain nicotine which is extracted from the tobacco plant. It can also be synthetic)

Are E-Cigarettes Tobacco Products?

Schrodinger’s Nicotine: Not Derived From Tobacco

American Cancer Society on vaping: Nicotine is not tobacco


3. Nicotine is classified by the FDA just like caffeine

53% of medical professionals say it’s like caffeine, and only 4 percent said it was “dangerous”.

Medical Professionals Speak Out on E-Cigarettes.

Also: Difference Between Caffeine and Nicotine

FDA says How Much Caffeine is Too Much?

Ironic, the FDA has removed the link stating

The changes being recommended by FDA include a removal of the warning that consumers should not use an NRT product if they are still smoking, chewing tobacco, using snuff or any other product that contains nicotine—including another NRT.”

is gone. I did find the statement here:

Here are screen shots of the original statements

The Royal Society for Public Health DOES say “nicotine is no more harmful than caffeine”, here.


4. Tomato, Eggplant, and all nightshade veggies contain nicotine

“Nicotine is an alkaloid found in the nightshade family of plants (Solanaceae), predominantly in tobacco, and in lower quantities in tomato, potato, eggplant (aubergine), and green pepper. Nicotine alkaloids are also found in the leaves of the coca plant.”

Nicotine is also found in tea.

Nicotine

The nicotine contents of vegetables


Let’s get this out of the way

5. Nicotine DOES NOT cause cancer.

What medical ‘experts’ hide: Nicotine does NOT cause cancer

Nicotine has no association with cancer. There is no supportable evidence to link nicotine with cancer, and a vast amount of evidence (and irrefutable facts) that there is no such link.

Nicotine And Cancer – Is There Any Link?


6. Vape Shops DO NOT want youth to use vapor products, which is why we ID and refuse service

“all vape shops inspected were found to be in compliance”


7. The nicotine used in patches, gums and lozenges is the same as whats used in vapor….

( why is vapor more dangerous???)

It’s the same nicotine.

“Nicotine can also be purchased in many other forms including patches, chewing gum, and liquid extract formula.” That’s here.


8. Vapor is at least 95% – 99% safer than combustible tobacco

According to the Royal College of Physicians and Public Health England:

Nicotine without smoke: Tobacco harm reduction


9. Vapor is NOT a gateway to tobacco.

1.7 Million High Schoolers Vaped in 2016, As Both Vaping and Smoking Declined

Smoking among teens is at their lowest ever, showing 7.60% “monthly use”, 3.6% “daily use“.


10. Vapor is the consumer created solution to the tobacco problem.

Clive Bates take this subject on directly:

Innovation for Consumers: E-cigarettes and novel tobacco products – Part of the problem or part of the solution?


11. While youth use of the product Juul has risen, It is far from epidemic proportions. What is a youth epidemic you ask? Alcohol, Opioids and other drugs.

Marijuana = 22.20% “past month”

Illicit Drugs = 24.00% “past month”.

Vaping (any) = 26.70% “past month”

Alcohol = 30.20% “past month”

Monitoring the Future



James closes with his post adding “I hope this helps you understand what Vapor is and is not…. any other questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.”

In addition to the statements James made above, I’ve added more points commonly brought forth and used by jurisdictions when trying to regulate, restrict, tax and ban businesses below.



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Let’s get this out of the way

There’s more.

12. Tobacco 21

A movement in the United States is raising the age of sale of tobacco to 21. While valiant in effort, it both restricts 18-year-old adults from products (e-cigs, snus, etc.) that can help them quit smoking and shows little progress to reduce smoking rates.

The Consumer Advocates for Smoke Free Alternatives Association (CASAA) released this statement about “Tobacco 21” laws:

CASAA Tobacco 21 policy statement: “Including low-risk alternatives in T21 laws is unwise, misleading”

There’s lack of enforcement

Consumer group THR4Life has this Tobacco 21 Tool Kit

As Senator Steve Linthicum (R – Oregon) puts it,

 “freedom from responsibility” will enable more state intervention for many years to come.

The Senator’s Op-Ed is here:

Smoking age law simply more nanny state

Tobacco 21 laws enacted are showing smoking increases with laws that includ vapor products.

Electronic Cigarette Age Restrictions May Drive Teens to Traditional Cigarettes

Here, a study showed “Increasing the minimum legal purchase age  (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.

From Robert Morgan:

Harm Reduction Drives Younger Vapers, Not Flavors

Brad Rodu discusses the Synar Amendment:

“Beginning in 1997, Washington required states to report underage sales via the Synar Program (here).  The latest Synar data shows that 9.6% of retailers were noncompliant in 2013.  The FDA also conducts compliance checks of tobacco retailers.  In 2016, the FDA reported a noncompliance rate of 11% (here).  The FDA should focus on this far more dangerous illegal cigarette sales issue, rather than obsessing over e-cigarettes. “

FDA Aims at Wrong Target in Effort to Protect Teens

Also, Brian Fotjik has this to say:

Legislation To Raise Tobacco (And E-Cigarette) Age Is Unnecessary, Risky Public Health Implications of Raising the Minimum Age of Legal Access to Tobacco Products


13. Withholding information:

Being restricted by law (I’m not as a consumer) is not an easy task for shops to contend with. Shops cannot say e-cigarettes could help ‘quit smoking’, or they’re safer than…

“We argue that omitting key health relevant information for current or prospective consumers represents a kind of quarantine of health-relevant information”

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


Let’s get this out of the way

14. Nicotine “addiction”

Ignored since 2011, Hanan Frenk and Reuven Dar submitted this to the Harm Reduction Journal:

“We show that the nicotine addiction model presented in this chapter, which closely resembles its 22 years old predecessor, could only be sustained by systematically ignoring all contradictory evidence.”

If the data contradict the theory, throw out the data: Nicotine addiction in the 2010 report of the Surgeon General

This shows “The effects of nicotine on the brain are similar to those of sugar, salt, exercise, and other harmless substances and events. “There are so many findings that conflict so starkly with the view that nicotine is addictive that it increasingly appears that adhering to the nicotine addiction thesis is only defensible on extra-scientific grounds.”

Nicotine as an Addictive Substance: A Critical Examination of the Basic Concepts and Empirical Evidence

Also: IS Nicotine Addictive?

Also: A comparison of the abuse liability and dependence potential of nicotine patch, gum, spray, and inhaler.

Also: Are there other chemicals that cause addiction in tobacco?
MAIO’s?

(They modified their link to not show this)

This is what the link shows now:


15. HIGHER nicotine levels are SAFE.

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

Here’s the link:

Trying to quit smoking? New research suggests higher levels of nicotine may help



Let’s get this out of the way

16. Second-hand vapor

From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health :

“We evaluated concerns about exposure to vaping-related chemicals in a vape shop. Exposure to flavoring chemicals (diacetyl, 2,3-pentanedione, acetaldehyde), formaldehyde, nicotine, and propylene glycol were all below occupational exposure limits.”

That is here:

Evaluation of Chemical Exposures at a Vape Shop


17. Anti -Freeze

It is not anti-freeze. Simply absurd. As of the publishing of this post, the well respected American Academy of Pediatrics is still eluding to ‘anti-freeze’ as an ingredient on their ‘quick facts’ section here.

Propylene Glycol in E-Cigarettes – Is PG Dangerous to Inhale?

18. Battery safety

Battery Safety: E-cigarettes


Battery safety continued

If you’re in the industry: Responsibility.

James Jarvis joins Shane Thompson of Battery Solutions in Miami, Florida at the Vapevent – to explain battery safety.


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Kevin

HIGHER Nicotine Levels Are Safe

Quit smoking patch gum


HIGHER nicotine levels are SAFE.

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

As I typed the title of this blog, I could almost hear the thump of foreheads hitting desks of various alphabet soup groups, the heads of the FDA and other distinguished ‘experts’.

You know what? Good.

Thirty+ years of outright lies (or incompetence) need to stop.


“We’ve always done it this way”


If you’re in the business specifically of “helping smokers”, pay attention.

I’ve said this before. It is imperative: do not limit nicotine strength.

Now new research shows HIGHER levels of nicotine may help.

  • Of the 50 participants, 90 per cent progressed to at least three patches, while 72 per cent progressed to four patches.
  • 82 per cent of participants achieved four weeks validated abstinence from smoking, and experienced no significant increase in withdrawal symptoms, including urges to smoke.
  • Cigarette consumption, smoke intake and enjoyment of smoking declined significantly during the pre-quit period, and the intervention was rated as helpful and easy to adhere to.

I didn’t see this coming.

  1. Evidence then emerged that nicotine on its own, outside of tobacco products, has limited addictive potential
  2. higher doses are safe and well tolerated

Are you intrigued? I’m intrigued. You ponder that, dear reader, I’ll move along.

Now two questions!

  1. Will quitlines and tobacco control groups be able to say those two things above without hurting their lies and egos for the past 30 years?
  2. Will drug companies rush to make levels of nicotine higher to get back in the game and bring their success rates up?

On #1, I expect abruptly changing their standard nicotine statements – or changing public opinion – would not be difficult to do, but will be difficult to swallow. Face it, if they succeed doing what they’re designed to do – helping smokers quit, they will go out of ‘business’. They don’t want that.

On #2, Will drug companies begin offering increased nicotine levels/strengths in patches? I’ll bet they will. It makes good business sense. Not. Again, if they succeed doing what they’re designed to do – helping smokers quit, they will go out of ‘business’. They don’t want that.

Above, I typed the words “do not limit nicotine strength”. You’ve been taught scolded like a child about nicotine “addiction”.

Dependence, like caffeine? Possibly. I’ll almost accept dependence. I’m still on the fence.


Nicotine is not addictive.


Addiction? No. You can see my short answers here, the (much) longer version here, or take my challenge here.

The study went on to say “Our results also suggests that one of the reasons e-cigarettes are so much more popular and potentially more effective than other nicotine replacement treatments is that smokers can adjust their nicotine intake according to their needs.”

Here’s the link:

Trying to quit smoking? New research suggests higher levels of nicotine may help


Nicotine: It is not you, it is them.

How many times have you tried to stop smoking? Did you think to ask about success rates with the product you were using? Slick marketing, heavy support from ‘non-profit’ organizations of ineffective products having 93% failure rates make big companies donating big money to those non-profits richer.


It is not you. It is them.


It also gives a license to the “morally superior” ‘authority’ to blame you. Keep trying. Try harder. You can do it. You’re not trying hard enough.

They’re not trying hard enough.


Nicotine Failure Rates

While patches (and presumably gums, inhalers, etc.) are at certain strengths, we know they have very low (7%) success rates, and it takes an average of THIRTY tries for smokers trying to quit.


“Morals are standards set by those who want their standards met by others.”


Interesting, because the stigma wrongly associated with nicotine is addictive” and “bad”. Public health professionals have been instilling fear in soccer moms by demonizing nicotine for over 30 years- while beating smokers to death with hate and pointing fingers as if it were your fault.


“Convincing smokers that nicotine is addictive is a multi-billion dollar global lie.”


Things they don’t talk about in public. That’s the agenda. By actively concealing the truth (or doing as they’re told), they’ve lied about nicotine very effectively for a very long time.


Nicotine Experts Are Not Experts

According to this article from 2017, Philip Morris studied nicotine replacement therapies in the 90’s and found they were not hurting sales. No worries. This makes sense, and they were obviously right. Those are experts.

Tobacco control cult member Professor Glantz admits anti-smoking is 20 or 30 years behind the tobacco companies. In fact, self-proclaimed experts like Glantz have falsely recommended these products for years without a grasp on how they, or nicotine works.


“The assertion of nicotine “addiction” by “public health” is profitable and absurd.”


Glantz, while blaming lack of money “they have much more resources”, has had no problem (*wink*) taking money to promote (nicotine replacement therapy”) as proven (*wink*) to help smokers quit, (*wink*) adding that smokers need “regular counseling to use it properly” and displays ZERO expertise or integrity.


“Nicotine on its own, outside of tobacco products, has limited addictive potential, higher doses are safe and well tolerated”


Why do ineffective products continue to be promoted – giving smokers the false impression they work?

Because the hype and propaganda of nicotine ‘addiction’ without tobacco and MAOI’s, and ‘brain damage’ in teens, in humans, are unfounded.

Because there is no focus on helping smokers quit.  Because more money to help regulate tobacco products and to study the effects of new ‘tobacco’ products keep rolling in.

Think of the progress “anti-tobacco” could have made if they only applied themselves… and tried harder.


Added 7/20/2019

Is it on purpose?

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



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Vapers and shops.

I’ve said this before. It is imperative:

Do NOT limit nicotine strength.

With all that above, higher nicotine levels are safe. They are imperative. Think of the popularity (and ease) of Juul. Love them or hate them, they have high nicotine strength. My Grandmother would have adapted to those with ease. No filling, no fuss. Gram wouldn’t have joined Facebook groups to try to figure out ohms, watts, coils, builds.

Out of disgust, Gram would have tossed a blinking or non-working frustrating ‘best thing ever’ mod she paid $150.00 for in the trash the first time it wouldn’t have worked and lit her Pall Mall non-filter without hesitation. She’d have gone for cig-a-likes or ego style kits because nicotine strength and throat hit is that important.

Had I not started with 18mg (I’m still on it), and started on 3, 6, or 9mg nicotine – I might not be writing this blog, or maybe eventually I’d have picked up a *shudder* Juul.


“I know why the patch & gum didn’t work for me. I was afraid of becoming addicted to nicotine.”


Now, look around your shop – or if you’re not a shop owner, look around the shop you frequent. What is being offered? What is being sold? What nicotine strengths do you carry? Are there ‘old-school’ starter kits or cig-a-likes?

Are there strengths up to at least 18 or 24mg? Choice.

Preaching to the choir. Why didn’t they ask US?

If you’re using a high powered device and very low nicotine, theories and titrations have been discussed here by our friend Alan Beard:

Evolving Nicotine Usage and Consequences


Added 3/02/19

Just what Alan, Norbert, Bernd and Paul said above (and we already collectively knew in 2015):

When Less is More: Vaping Low-Nicotine vs. High-Nicotine E-Liquid

Added 5/04/2020

Again, far behind and lagging along — if they only asked us questions…. what vapers knew for five+years, this was just released:

Daily exposure to formaldehyde and acetaldehyde and potential health risk associated with use of high and low nicotine e-liquid concentrations


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In The End

As a consumer, I’m excited and commend this forward-thinking progress for nicotine patches. It is intriguing and solidifies my ‘do not limit nicotine strength‘ in a whole new light – even for me.

As I am of the ‘whatever works’ (and choice)  to reduce harms from smoking.

I also see this as the beginning of the fall of ivory towers of what is called “tobacco control“.

I’m not shutting up.


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Vaping In The News – December 22nd 2018

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Vaping In The News covers media stories on smoking, vaping, snus, heat not burn, e-cigarettes, exposing tobacco control, public health, government, regulations, policies and more worldwide.

“The largest threat to Public Health is an informed consumer.”


The “Public Health” Industrial-Complex Behind the Anti-Vaping Push ~ Consumer Engagement for GFN2019 ~ Stevens Point leaders update e-cig ordinance ~ TCAPS Will Install Vape Detectors in Middle, High Schools ~ Altria board approves $13 billion investment in e-cigarette company Juul ~ We Need to Reduce the Harms of Draconian Tobacco Policies ~ Federal Officials Obsessed By Teen Vaping, But Ignore Teen Drinking and Toking ~ Before you go


The “Public Health” Industrial-Complex Behind the Anti-Vaping Push
Lobbying, restrictions, coordination, corruption, hysteria…  sounds like a coup to me.
“The anti-vaping push from public health organizations is coordinated, well-funded, and tied to powerful entities in government and corporate America. According to federal data, however, there is extremely limited evidence of any ‘epidemic’.”

Consumer Engagement for GFN2019

From our friend, Jessica Harding:

“The theme for GFN2019 will be  “It’s time to talk about nicotine” and it is vital that the people who use safer nicotine products are at the heart of that conversation.

The GFN organisers are keen to give an even higher profile to consumers and consumer organisations than in previous years and I have been asked to help with that.”

Consumer Engagement for GFN2019


Stevens Point leaders update e-cig ordinance

The article states city leaders voted across the board to “make it more difficult to get e-cigarettes in the hands of teens.

Now – it’s a fifty-dollar fine and possibly a court appearance if a minor is caught with one. Among other anomalies in the article (my bold/underlining for emphasis):

“Officers in Stevens Point previously had to prove if the cigarette had nicotine in it but it wasn’t possible to test in the field.”

Unsurprisingly, it doesn’t mention fines or consequences for cigarettes or the Synar Amendment.

Stevens Point leaders update e-cig ordinance


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TCAPS Will Install Vape Detectors in Middle, High Schools

Read this sentence, a quote from the video:

“Our goal here is to do more of a deterrent…not necessarily catch students…but deter students”

Now – if you must read it again…

I for one can’t imagine any kid figuring out how to get around this… and for the record, were there or will there also be “smoke” detectors?

TCAPS Will Install Vape Detectors in Middle, High Schools


Altria board approves $13 billion investment in e-cigarette company Juul

Imagine all the hard work and ‘investment’ put forth by Tobacco Free Kids to obtain this kind of coverage?

Altria board approves $13 billion investment in e-cigarette company Juul


We Need to Reduce the Harms of Draconian Tobacco Policies

Nothing says “tell people what to do” more than telling people what to do and how not to do it – and getting paid to do so from those very people.

See, discrimination, embarrasment, fines, taxes, custody battles, imprisonment, executions… well, any means necessary to get people to do what you want them to do are clearly the best…

Wait a minute…

Via the well respected Marewa Glover, down the rabbit hole you go.

We Need to Reduce the Harms of Draconian Tobacco Policies


Federal Officials Obsessed By Teen Vaping, But Ignore Teen Drinking and Toking

Brad Rodu… you can’t ask for better.

Federal Officials Obsessed By Teen Vaping, But Ignore Teen Drinking and Toking


Inspired by Brad Rodu’s blog above:

He should be immediately fired and Gottlieb, who was with him at this event, should be as well. #FIRESG


Before you go:

Innovation

An in-depth look from Foundation for a Smoke-Free World, this shows the views of what’s working, what’s not –  in the Foundation’s “2018 State of Smoking Survey”.

Innovation


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Vaping In The News – December 8th, 2018

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Vaping In The News covers media stories on smoking, vaping, snus, heat not burn, e-cigarettes, exposing tobacco control, public health, government, regulations, policies and more worldwide.

“The largest threat to Public Health is an informed consumer.”


ECigIntelligence Annual U.S. Consumer Survey 2018 ~ Billions in anti-tobacco funds spent elsewhere ~ Glantz Debunked ~ Trust of Information about Tobacco and E-Cigarettes from Health Professionals ~ FDA Delay Costs the Lives of Smokers ~  Don’t Be Shocked If Big Tobacco Invests In Juul ~ Unfounded E-Cigarette Fears Help Health Activist Groups But Harm Public Health ~ Required reading: Fear Profiteers ~ U.S. Surgeon General blocks Clive Bates.



From surveys to videos, this week has been a long and interesting for e-cigarettes and other related news. I appreciate you and your attention to what I deem important and hope you share what you see as important in your circles.



EcigIntelligence Annual U.S. Consumer Survey 2018

It’s survey time for U.S. consumers. Challenges in the United States are far from over. Your voice counts. As a consumer, your data is both necessary and imperative.

ECigIntelligence Annual U.S. Consumer Survey 2018


Billions in anti-tobacco funds spent elsewhere

I’m still speechless concerning this pyramid / ponzi scheme placed upon smokers, then less smokers, while the public is conned into believing the tobacco companies pay tobacco control to do almost usless “work”.

20 years after settlement, billions in anti-tobacco funds spent elsewhere

Related: “Where We Stand” (see contrived)

(Bold, color, italics are my emphasis)

At 1:16:41 — “e-cigarettes and the like – thus far no pure vape product has been uh.. none of the parties have asserted they are in the MSA – the definition of a tobacco product (MSA) is different than a tobacco product under the FDA act…”

  • The Master Settlement Agreement is a contract
  • The Master Settlement Agreement does not expire.
  • Lock up funding by ballot measure/constitutional amendment if possible

I’m NOT going to stop asking this question: Can ‘nicotine’ (defined) as “tobacco” become a legal challenge?

If you’re interested, the full video “Where We Stand 20 Years After the Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement: Legacy and Loose Ends” is here.


Retired FDA research monkeys find new home and music in Florida

“The monkeys were once involved in a US Food and Drug Administration study intended to investigate the role of various levels of nicotine in the onset of addiction in teens and young adults.”

Good to see FDA researchers are given homes and music… wait a minute..

Retired FDA research monkeys find new home and music in Florida


 

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Glantz Debunked

How many times can one man be wrong and still hold a job?

Obviously, ALL his life.

Glantz Debunked

Decades of wrong (bonus): 1+1=11: Anti-smoking science


Trust of Information about Tobacco and E-Cigarettes from Health Professionals versus Tobacco or Electronic Cigarette Companies: Differences by Subgroups and Implications for Tobacco Messaging.

Such a long title… Be still my beating heart.

Trust of Information about Tobacco and E-Cigarettes from Health Professionals


FDA Delay Costs the Lives of Smokers

Aside from time to regulate, restrict, tax and ban:

FDA Delay Costs the Lives of Smokers


Vaping Prevents Relapse

Dual use… trial and error…

Interesting to note no one talks about 93% failure rates – um… relapses with the patch, gum… I’ll stop babbling… that’s not why you’re here.

Vaping Prevents Relapse


Don’t Be Shocked If Big Tobacco Invests In Juul — Its Founders Have Allowed It Before

Don’t Be Shocked If Big Tobacco Invests In Juul — Its Founders Have Allowed It Before


PMTA for low-nicotine cigarettes

Here it comes… #KeepSmokingWeNeedTheMoney.

I’ve covered it here where it is hailed by “health and government” and where they want you to keep smoking here.

PMTA for low-nicotine cigarettes


Unfounded E-Cigarette Fears Help Health Activist Groups But Harm Public Health

On a roll, Michelle Minton recently appeared here, now:

Unfounded E-Cigarette Fears Help Health Activist Groups But Harm Public Health

And… WOWFILL your tank. Hydrate. Pace yourselves.

Take breaks. OUTSTANDING.

If you’ve heard of “in a nutshell”… this is the pretty much the whole tree. 👇

Required reading:

Fear Profiteers


U.S. Surgeon General blocks Clive Bates.

From his personal Twitter acccount, Dr. Adams creates the same arrogant, mystical… well, I’ll let you delve into the details.




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Fund The Vape Lawsuit




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Vaping In The News – November 24th, 2018

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“The largest threat to Public Health is an informed consumer.”



Scott Gottlieb: JUUL is Now Your Bitch ~ FOIA Request for Nicotine Statements… ~ Are The Kids Alright? ~ The “Winston Man”: A Transition from Cigarettes’ Model to Vaping Advocate ~ Should flavours be banned in cigarettes and e-cigarettes? ~ More than 50 tickets issued for underage vaping ~ Tobacco Control Is Failing! ~ Antivaping Hysteria Is Unhealthy ~ The Last and Only Solace ~ Stossel: Let Them Vape ~ “National Drug Threat Assessment” ~ Vaping to smoking initiation among US youth and young adults: a reality check ~ RODENTS! ~ Free Child Labor ~ More Junk Studies



Scott Gottlieb: JUUL is Now Your Bitch

Well, I’m not against… wait a minute…

Scott Gottlieb: JUUL is Now Your Bitch

Same Author, my favorite subject: FOIA Request for Nicotine Statements…


Are the Kids Alright?

One of the best breakdowns yet.

Are the Kids Alright?

From the same author – on Twitter:


The “Winston Man”: A Transition from Cigarettes’ Model to Vaping Advocate

“The independent vape industry is serving the market on a silver platter to the tobacco companies,” explained Goerlitz.”

The “Winston Man”: A Transition from Cigarettes’ Model to Vaping Advocate


Should flavours be banned in cigarettes and e-cigarettes?

NO. Nicotine strength should not, either. Period.

Should flavours be banned in cigarettes and e-cigarettes?


More than 50 tickets issued for underage vaping

If Gottlieb was intending swift and STRINGENT ENFORCEMENT – and fines to exceed these – and I mean extreme fines – for selling to minors – for ANY counter sales – vape shops or otherwise, including losing their licences – via the Synar Amendment – changing it to 95% to “qualify for funding’ rather than the EXTREMELY lenient and  ‘acceptable’ 80%, I’d almost start respecting efforts similar to these from Dr. Gottlieb.

More than 50 tickets issued for underage vaping in Park Ridge since penalties took effect last year: police


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Stats On Tobacco Use Indicate Tobacco Control Is Failing!

When dissention begins… put me at the front of the line.

Shocking Stats On Tobacco Use Indicate Tobacco Control Is Failing!


Antivaping Hysteria Is Unhealthy

A question from Steve Forbes himself:

“What are these witless prohibitionists inhaling?”

Antivaping Hysteria Is Unhealthy


The Last and Only Solace

For the smokers at heart.

The Last and Only Solace


Things I love to see:


Stossel: Let Them Vape

Of the few reporters I admire, John Stossel is one. In an attempt to get some attention, I’d once tweeted to him about A Billion Lives here and asked him to talk with David Goerlitz here.

I was pleasantly surprised to see this balanced piece, especially with Michelle Minton.

Stossel: Let Them Vape


“National Drug Threat Assessment”

For something compared as “addictive as cocaine or heroin”, I am VERY disappointed not to find evidence of nicotine gangs, cartels, trafficking, abuse or threats and specifically “epidemics” listed on the just-released “National Drug Threat Assessment”.

It was pointed out on Twitter that Kratom was not on the list.

Nicotine is absent as well.

Surprise!

National Drug Threat Assessment


Vaping to smoking initiation among US youth and young adults: a reality check

I can’t tell if this got released “too early”, too quick, or dammit, there just isn’t a gateway despite Gottlieb’s determination of creating, nurturing and finally revealing an “epidemic”.  Certainly, there is no gateway.

Examining the relationship of vaping to smoking initiation among US youth and young adults: a reality check


Rodents!

Call me crazy, I follow a few rodents on Twitter. Outstanding mouseamatician, VladTheVaper,  a VapinSquirrel, a WhiteRabbit and Phil.

Phil linked this from 1998:

Making the world safe for cigarettes


Free Child Labor

With the “Great American Smokeout” behind us, Tobacco Free Indiana took the opportunity to raise hope Indiana legislators will increase the state’s cigarette tax by $2 a pack.

How’d they do it? Well, adults in charge put forty-five children “on their hands and knees” to pick up cigarette butts. That’s 45 hours of free child labor.

“Think of the children™.” Will they also have those children “volunteer” to pick up used condoms and needles to raise awareness of safe sex and drugs?

 

All in the name of funding.

Free child labor.

Isn’t that nice.

Pisses me off.

“… more importantly, the clean-up was a good way to give back”.

Fourth Street looking spiffier thanks to students


More Junk Studies

I crack me up.




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Vaping In The News – November 17th, 2018

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Youth tobacco and nicotine use – proportionate and responsible reaction ~ Lunar Rover ~ First Annual VapinGreek Consumer Advocate Award ~ Juul, because Juul ~ Nicotine and children ~ The political economy of vaping ~ VTA Executive Director, Tony Abboud, joins CNBC’s Power Lunch ~ FDA to Announce Ban on Sale of Most Cigarettes ~ Kids As Clickbait ~ Cranky Old Broad ~ Employers to discriminate against smokers




Youth tobacco and nicotine use – proportionate and responsible reaction

Written and submitted by

  • Thomas J. Miller: Attorney General of Iowa
  • David B. Abrams, Ph.D.: Professor, Social and Behavioral Sciences, NYU College of Global Public Health
  • Clive Bates: Director, Counterfactual Consulting, Former Director, Action on Smoking and Health UK
  • Thomas J. Glynn, PhD: Adjunct Lecturer, School of Medicine, Stanford University
  • Lynn T. Kozlowski, Ph.D.: Professor of Community Health and Health Behavior
  • Raymond Niaura, PhD: Professor, Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • David Sweanor: Chair of Advisory Board of the Center for Health Law, Policy and Ethics

Youth tobacco and nicotine use – proportionate and responsible reaction


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VapinGreek

Speaking of Dimitris, I’m proud to have been honored with the first annual VapinGreek Consumer Advocate Award during the Vape Expo in Las Vegas last week – and was taken by complete surprise when it was presented by one of the very people I admire.  (Thank you also to Bill Tarling for telling me to watch it – but not telling me why).

In the vast and varied world of what is the ‘vaping community’, inspiration can come from many. One person I’ve listened to is Dimi on various platforms of advocacy since early 2015. I found a voice within the United States with educated opinions, predictions and warnings of the what was going on in the industry, explaining to consumers (me) what was going ON. I found someone who was “calling out those who attempt to stifle the truth” of something I personally fight for. No holds barred. Affiliations and status don’t matter.

My sincerest thanks to Dimitris for recognizing me in such a way – and creating an award to honor consumers in the future just like me. I’ve met a few of you. There are a lot of us.

Thanks also to Mike Peterson of ‘Vaping and the Mic’ for capturing the video of Dimitris presenting this award here.


Juul – because Juul.

If I were still smoking and it were the first experience to try, it would have worked on throat hit alone. I also understand why Juul attained the lions share of and threaten the “cigalike” market.

Just because ‘you’ don’t like Juul doesn’t mean they don’t work. This is my friends’ son below. I’ve known him his whole life. By his choice, I gave him a Juul a few weeks ago. HIS unsolicited testimony is exactly what shops need to be attentive TO – the smoker trying to make an informed choice.

With Gottlieb’s announcement of “voluntary bans” comes an opportunity.

For brick and mortar shops, by restricting or not carrying consumer choices such as starter kits and only low nicotine strengths with high powered (and complicated to some – think of the help asked for in your groups) mods is restricting an adult consumer choice, pleasure, and possible transition to not smoking…

👉JUST like Gottlieb intends to do.

JUUL


2018 National Youth Tobacco Survey

All the rage, e-cigarette use “among teens” is up. No surprise. In fact, I predicted it last year. I’m not going to link what you probably already know. Instead, I’ll babble a bit. What did they NOT talk about?

E-cigarettes have cut youth smoking by a gazillion percent from 22.7% to 6.3% in 8 years. No one said a word about actual tobacco use… Yet. Still. These are the “things” they’ll need to backpedal on:

  • “E-cigarettes lead to – or are a ‘gateway’ to smoking” – incorrect.
  • “We just don’t know” – incorrect.
  • “They don’t work” – incorrect.
  • “Synar Amendment” – intact.

Of course it’s complicated. Smoking rates at historic lows seize future revenues of funding, grants, state & federal budgets, along with “free” patches, gums, lozenges, prescriptions…and so on. And bullying. Who will take over bullying of smokers? “Think of the children™”.

Remember the “gateway theories” with 3X’s or 5X’s or 7X’s “more likely to smoke” claims innundating your lives. None of these teens have succumbed to smoking? None have gone on crime sprees for patches and gums…

Here’s how I explained it directly to Tobacco-Free Kids.

In a tweet.

I crack me up.

Along with that, I’ll give you the numbers.

Youth "tobacco" rates


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Nicotine and children

I’ve asked…. “How many children are addicted to patches and/or gums? I’ve asked  the American Academy of Pediatrics and their Presidendt for stats, data case studies (and possible arrest records). They didn’t answer me (!), but Joe Gitchell of Pinny Associates did.

There were “perhaps 2 adolescents may have been never smokers who used NRT”.

Use of nicotine replacement therapy among never smokers in the 1999-2006 National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys.


The political economy of vaping

This is the “should not miss” part of my blog, because this isn’t about health. Or “children”. It is, however:

The political economy of vaping

Also:

The Harmful Campaign Against Vaping and E-Cigarettes


VTA Executive Director, Tony Abboud, joins CNBC’s Power Lunch

…and he did it properly.


FDA to Announce Ban on Sale of Most Cigarettes in Convenience Stores Due to Addiction of Hundreds of Thousands of Youth to Cigarettes

Oh boy…………….  I could not have written this better even if I tried.

FDA to Announce Ban on Sale of Most Cigarettes in Convenience Stores Due to Addiction of Hundreds of Thousands of Youth to Cigarettes


Kids As Clickbait: Tobacco Control & Its Unethical War on Vaping

Dr. Glover talks about extremism and exploitation – and – well, defines tobacco control.

Kids As Clickbait: Tobacco Control & Its Unethical War on Vaping


The Cranky Old Broad.

Wait, that’s not it. Skip. Yes. That’s her name. I affectionately and lovingly get away with calling her that. Because she is, but that’s not why you’re here.

Tobacco Harm Reduction Takes a Hit in Minnesota


Lawmaker pre-files bill that would allow employers to discriminate against smokers

DrMA echos my sentiments:

Lawmaker pre-files bill that would allow employers to discriminate against smokers




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Kevin

Vaping In The News – November 3rd, 2018

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Vaping In The News covers media stories on smoking, vaping, snus, heat not burn, e-cigarettes, exposing tobacco control, public health, government, regulations, policies and more worldwide.

“The largest threat to Public Health is an informed consumer.”


Vape shop owner considers suing Gallatin Co. Health Dept. ~ Metal emissions from e-cigarettes: a risk assessment analysis of a recently-published study ~ Truth’s JUUL Study: Deception and Confusion ~ Gottlieb has lost his mind: cognitive dissonance ~ Climbing Mountains ~ I have a dream




Vape shop owner considers suing Gallatin Co. Health Dept.

I have been intrigued by what Deanna and Ron Marshall have allowed us to see so far. The owners of Freedom Vapes in Boseman, Montana have utilized the “Freedom Of Information Act” to find the information we common people wouldn’t normally… see… and we can’t unsee it.

Vape shop owner considers suing Gallatin Co. Health Dept.


Truth’s JUUL Study: Deception and Confusion

Jim McDonald vividly explains the numbers.

Truth’s JUUL Study: Deception and Confusion


Metal emissions from e-cigarettes: a risk assessment analysis of a recently-published study

Like most, John Hopkins is wrong.

Metal emissions from e-cigarettes: a risk assessment analysis of a recently-published study


Gottlieb has lost his mind and credibility

Gottlieb LIES again

Future suicides along with 93% failure rates will be the prescribed norm for the well advertised and manufactured epidemic… because NO one in “Public Health” has balls to admit nicotine is not the problem. Of course, this is fully sponsored by Tobacco-Free Kids and endorsed by “Dr.” Gottleib.

The new numbers of the “epidemic” rise in e-cigarette use have yet to be released.

Continued efforts to address growing epidemic of youth e-cigarette use, including potential new therapies to support cessation

  • I’ve, to the best of my ability, diagnosed & concluded Dr. Gottlieb is suffering from (among other things), a psychological condition called cognitive dissonance.
  • I also concluded this condition may, could, might or possibly be caused by nicotine deficiency in his system.

It sounded better than just calling him an incompetent buffoon. (You’re welcome).


Climbing Mountains

I asked for comments when I conducted my survey. One of those memorable comments was about climbing mountains.

Now, along with runners like Chris Baxter and Jerry Iozzo (among others), here is Dominique Rodriguez explaining his accomplishments and his climb to the highest mountains.

E-cigarettes Save Lives, One Man’s Proof


I have a dream – Attila Danko

There have been many presentations from many during different events around the world. One of the first I’d seen from Dr. Danko was here.

Here is another.

 


Have you met my OUR friends at vapers.org.uk? 

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I proudly joined David Georlitz on his latest podcast: David G Model Citizen.


You can find me here trying to be cordial on Facebook

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

You can find me here on Instagram

You can also find me on LinkedIn


Are you familiar with Tobacco Harm Reduction For Life?


Are you familiar with GONZO GIVES?  VapeTithing? Do that!


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


Keep up with the latest here with the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World




Medical, Research, Science Professionals:

Research:


Politics:

E-Cigarette Politics 

A Billion Lives

A Billion Lives


think

Your comments are NEVER filtered, always encouraged and welcome on this blog. There is definitely more to come.

Keep ON #Vaping On.

Kevin