Category Archives: Tobacco Control

Vaping In The News ~ May 9th, 2020

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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.”


Deadly agency nominated for award ~ Lessons From the Public Health Responses to the US Outbreak of Vaping-Related Lung Injury ~ A Look Back at CDC’s Award-Nominated “EVALI” Response ~ Cigarette sales are rising in the middle of a pandemic ~ Nicotine Policy Should Not Be Exempt From Science ~ How ASH turned the views of just SIX smokers into a headline-grabbing 300k ~ Speaking of government math ~ What’s that? Juul and Pave? ~ Survey: ‘Cool’ factor, not flavor, drives teens to vape ~ Dependence on e-cigarettes and cigarettes in a cross-sectional study of US adults.


Deadly agency nominated for award

Because you need to pat yourselves on the back for a pseudo-job well done. You have work to do with those states banning ‘our’ products on false pretenses. Now you have the tools.

Deadly agency nominated for award

Related:

Human beings died while we eluded to something else causing the problem – and that assumption caused cities and states to ban nicotine vaping products.

We’re still confusing the public. We’ll mention it, but we’re not going to blow the same budget resources admitting or rectifying blatant misconduct. But hey, look at us! We’re a finalist for an award!


Lessons From the Public Health Responses to the US Outbreak of Vaping-Related Lung Injury

You have work to do with those states banning ‘our’ products on false pretenses. Now you have the tools.

“The CDC’s public advice and the media were slow to report the evidence on the role of cannabis vaping. Popular government regulatory proposals – bans on sales of nicotine flavours and vaporisers – were based on the assumption that nicotine vaping was the cause of the outbreak.”

Lessons From the Public Health Responses to the US Outbreak of Vaping-Related Lung Injury


A Look Back at CDC’s Award-Nominated “EVALI” Response

Jim McDonald takes a step-by-step look at the theatrical production of the CDC and how it lied about ‘evali’.

A Look Back at CDC’s Award-Nominated “EVALI” Response


Cigarette sales are rising in the middle of a pandemic…

Well, that’s not the title – but what difference does it make?

Despite Pandemic, Stockpiling Boosts Altria’s Cigarette Brands


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Nicotine Policy Should Not Be Exempt From Science

I’ve covered this here, but Jeff Stier does it so much better, here:

Nicotine Policy Should Not Be Exempt From Science


How ASH turned the views of just SIX smokers into a headline-grabbing 300k

Government math.

How ASH turned the views of just SIX smokers into a headline-grabbing 300k


Speaking of government math:


What’s that? Juul and Pave?


“Stop being “anti-tobacco”. Start being pro-human.”


Survey: ‘Cool’ factor, not flavor, drives teens to vape

Color me surprised.

Survey: ‘Cool’ factor, not flavor, drives teens to vape


Dependence on e-cigarettes and cigarettes in a cross-sectional study of US adults.

From March, I don’t see it in my bookmarks… so here it is:

“Use of e-cigarettes appears to be consistently associated with lower #nicotine dependence than cigarette smoking.”

My notes: Also, a lower association with everything else such as health problems, narrative, taxes, revenue, & control. That’s why they’re mad.

Dependence on e-cigarettes and cigarettes in a cross-sectional study of US adults.


What Carl said, and the video Jerry is in was “produced at taxpayer expense”.


Screwdrivers…


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Tobacco Harm Reduction 101

A great source for everyone including those of you in business as reference for politicians.

Tobacco Harm Reduction 101


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Vaping In The News – June 8th, 2019

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.


Is There a Role for E-Cigarettes in Smoking Cessation for Patients With Cancer? ~ The E-Cigarette Debate: What Counts as Evidence? ~ RCM Supports Vaping ~ Teen vapers are using eBay to dodge age restrictions – And cigarettes, too ~ How Big Is the So-Called Teen Vaping Epidemic? ~ The American Liars Association ~ Gang Related ~ Flavor Bans Are Good for Smoking


Is There a Role for E-Cigarettes in Smoking Cessation for Patients With Cancer?

I’d like to ask the question: Is there a reason this is a question?

Is There a Role for E-Cigarettes in Smoking Cessation for Patients With Cancer?


The E-Cigarette Debate: What Counts as Evidence?

I’ll quote our friend, the great Alan Beard concerning this next one:

Very fair and detailed analysis here regarding the differing approaches in the US and the UK

Clearly pointed out : “…competing priorities determined what counted as evidence…

The E-Cigarette Debate: What Counts as Evidence?


RCM Supports Vaping

I was glad to see the “Support to Quit Smoking in Pregnancy” report come out. I was gladder to see Dave’s take on it.

RCM Supports Vaping


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Teen vapers are using eBay to dodge age restrictions – And cigarettes, too

Imagine the ability of children™ to illegally obtain things they are not legally allowed to possess purchase. We can’t blame eBay alone, I’m sure there are parents who are unaware of secret groups and sites all over the internet to gain access to illegal things. Illegally.

Teen vapers are using eBay to dodge age restrictions – And cigarettes, too


How Big Is the So-Called Teen Vaping Epidemic?

This isn’t the Surgeon General, certainly it is not the Food and Drug Administration explaining the “epidemic”. Instead, Dr Rodu does. Again.

How Big Is the So-Called Teen Vaping Epidemic?


The American Liars Association

I adore the play on telling the truth with words.

The American Liars Association


Gang Related

While much more troubling issues are in schools, people choose to forget “reefer madness” or choose to ignore it.

Gang Related



If you want to scare parents, think of Elvis. Loretta Lynn. George Carlin. The PMRC. When parents look for an excuse – any scapegoat is acceptable, really, except the children™ . Except the parents. When looking to change perceptions, you arm yourselves with children™ , duck behind them and aim directly toward anyone willing to be shocked and dismayed.

DON’T blame the children™ – and whatever you do, don’t blame the parents. {Insert other smart-ass comments from me here}.


Flavor Bans Are Good for Smoking

When someone stops smoking, food not only tastes better, sense of smell improves. The olfactory nerves from taste to smell are in overdrive within a few days. 

You could take my word for it, or see their examples they themselves ignore:

Flavor Bans Are Good for Smoking


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Flavor Bans Are Good for Smoking

Those in control are power tripping all over themselves trying to ban flavors in vaping products. Once a smoker, you shall never deserve pleasure derived from a less harmful alternative while you’re bullied to quit smoking their way by the same people having you by your short-hairs. Flavor bans are good for smoking.

Do they want less smoking?

Do “they” truly want less smoking, or control? The choice to impose any flavor ban is a choice to protect income derived from smokers (NOT tobacco companies as public health likes to imply) in the form of predicted and lucrative revenue in accordance with the Master Settlement Agreement.

Because officials are not in control, they are desperate to regain control of public opinion – and doing so fraudulently. Obviously vaping products work.

Why would anyone want to ban or tax a less harmful alternative to smoking? Why would you ban adult choice?


What do they know?

When someone stops smoking, food not only tastes better, sense of smell improves. The olfactory nerves from taste to smell are in overdrive within a few days. Senators, for example, are trying to ban flavors, but have enjoyed a “candy desk” since 1965. Really. In fact, surprise, now there are TWO.

With most, if not all examples of “stop smoking” programs comes the fact that taste buds return and will enhance the perception of flavors. That means flavors are pleasurable in the journey of a smoker choosing not to smoke. That means flavor bans are good for smoking.

You could take my word for it, or find examples of

  • “suggesting that the effects of smoking on olfaction may be reversible” here.
  • “The ability of olfactory stimuli to uniquely alter craving states and cognitive processes associated with smoking, and disrupt well-learned smoking routines, would offer a distinct and novel method for reducing cravings” here.
  • “Your damaged taste buds will recover relatively quickly and your ability to relish delicious food will be among the greatest rewards you will get for your efforts in quitting smoking.” here
  • “In two days, the blunted senses of smell and taste begin to sharpen again” here.
  • “Did u know quitting smoking can make food taste & smell better? Yum!” from National Cancer Institute’s (NCI) “SmokeFreeUS” here.
  • “A few days after someone quits smoking, their taste buds kick back in. Celebrate those strong taste buds with some delicious healthy treats!” (Another) found from NCI here.
  • ” Quitting smoking can help improve your sense of taste! Celebrate #NationalWatermelonDay by enjoying a smokefree afternoon & the delicious taste of watermelon.” from the Centers for Disease Control here.

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69,233 Former Smokers Show:

Fruit and dessert/pastry/bakery flavors were the most prevalent choices of the adult established, dedicated US e-cigarette users who participated to this study. The same flavors were also considered particularly important in their effort to quit smoking and to prevent relapse to smoking.

That is here, from Dr Farsalinos :

Patterns of flavored e-cigarette use among adults vapers in the United States


Also explained here:

Restricting Access To Flavored E-Cigarettes Should Be The Last Resort


Now comes another document from California:

“However, this doesn’t mean we don’t have plenty of peer-reviewed evidence that they’re invaluable tools. In fact, a new report concluded e-liquid flavors help adult smokers fight the urge to start smoking again far better than tobacco flavored e-liquids do.”

New Research Supports Something We’ve Said About Vaping For Years


Flavor bans are good for smoking.


Irony In Control

Is the number one priority actually reducing smoking rates? Either they want less harm, or they don’t. Either they want less smoking, or they don’t. Smoking rates for teens and adults are the lowest in history. Is that bothering them?

It’s clear “public health” has made their decision. They want to have fewer flavors – but keep “tobacco” flavor. Think about that. That means flavor bans are good for smoking. They want to ban choices that work at any cost.

To pretend banning flavors will not protect cigarette revenues means you live in a fantasy world. You can ponder that statement at one of over 30,000 Starbucks – while enjoying one or more of your 80,000 available flavors.

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

After all, smokers, and former smokers do not deserve motivation or pleasure – only defeat, disapproval, and shame. How’s that feel?

The public officials (all) bleating they want less smoking is irony in control. They are still asserting their “authority” while trying to hold what little control they have left.

Less smoking, after all, really isn’t their goal. Quietly mentioning lowering nicotine on occasion, burying within press releases, without much fanfare, they are INVESTING over 100 Million Dollars for more cigarettes….. Flavor bans are good for smoking.

At the risk of sounding sound redundant, repetitive and repeating myself: Do they want less smoking? Those in control are power tripping all over themselves trying to ban flavors.

ASK THEM WHY they want to ban less smoking.



They are desperate.

Even Truth Initiative admits:

“Good public health policy must recognize this continuum and leverage this knowledge to move continuing smokers, as rapidly as possible, toward less harmful nicotine delivery products while simultaneously preventing the adoption of all nicotine containing or tobacco products among youth.“

The Truth Manipulative

Dave shows more lies:

The American Liars Association.


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Industry go HERE.



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Manipulation of the Truth

Last evening I recognized Manipulation of the Truth. While all in the wording, the Truth Manipulative ® is strong. Everything is not as truthful as it appears, and should make you skeptical at best to the information allowed to be filtered to the public by the end of this blog.

It may surprise you, this isn’t just about vaping products. It’s about choice, and population level harm reduction. It’s as if they’ve taken everything (we’ve) known and packaged it into one PDF. Then, they deleted it, repackaged it and manipulated the truth.

Among other things quoted below, the organization and original PDF recognizes and mentions Nicotine Without Smoke from “Royal College of Physicians (RCP) (Royal College of Physicians, 2016).


This report recognizes and mentions smokeless tobacco and snus..

“The best evidence comes from cohort studies in Sweden, where a low-nitrosamine snus product has been heavily used for more than 50 years.”

It goes further:

This is particularly reassuring because if nicotine promoted cancer generally, these studies would have identified oral cavity cancer risk“.

I’ll call this the unfiltered version. Final draft, if you will. While I wouldn’t call it ‘perfect’, (there are general statements I disagree with), it highlights the importance of reducing harm from combustible tobacco. Imagine if they took that path.


Why would Truth Initiative remove an original PDF from consumer view?


This PDF asks:

“What policies and regulations can ensure that harm from nicotine use are minimized while simultaneously moving the entire population away from deadly combustible tobacco products?

This PDF admits:

While animal models suggest possible concerns for humans, more research is required to demonstrate if, and at what dosage and duration of exposure, nicotine might have possible adverse effects during adolescent and young adult brain development.”

This PDF explains:

There are large differences in the response and degree of dependence to nicotine within a population. At the two extremes, some may find nicotine has little effect or may even be aversive, while others find it very appealing and become heavily dependent


What are they trying to hide?


It also recognizes:

“…options to improve consumer-informed decision making by ensuring that accurate information is available …

It states:

The evidence available so far suggests that levels of biomarkers of exposure to toxicants related to use of these devices is significantly lower than for smoked cigarettes.

It KNOWS:

“Good public health policy must recognize this continuum and leverage this knowledge to move continuing smokers, as rapidly as possible, toward less harmful nicotine delivery products while simultaneously preventing the adoption of all nicotine containing or tobacco products among youth.


Amazingly, the title of this PDF is “Re-thinking nicotine and its effects“. It is authored by Raymond Niaura, PhD, Director of Science and Training, The Steven A. Schroeder National Institute for Tobacco Research and Policy Studies at Truth Initiative.

I hope you ponder why they took the time and initiative to put this all together, and why they chose to delete it. Imagine if this organization just stuck to the “truth”. Imagine the impact it could have.

Here is that version.

ReThinking-Nicotine – Truth Initiative


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One of the usual suspects mentioned the original PDF was from a couple years ago, which led me to the December 5th, 2016 edition of the news and a link – from vapers.org.uk.

It was there I found the final edited version of their Truth Manipulative ® . A stark, filtered version (I crack me up) with large and very distracting graphics. Oh, there’s speckled, peppered, tucked and reworded truth within.


What are they trying to hide?


While all in the wording, the Truth Manipulative ® is strong and sprinkled between facts and distracting graphics…and I realized I’d been on this page before. In fact, I’ve quoted some of it!

I can only come to the conclusion those who read the original wanted it filtered to their narrative. To coincide with a manipulation of the Truth.

Their narrative. Their snippets.

With a “download report” button at the top, here is their filtered version.

Their final released statement shows:

More research is needed to understand how e-cigarettes might help smokers completely switch from combustible tobacco products.

It claims:

Currently, most adults who use e-cigarettes continue to smoke combustible cigarettes. If this pattern holds, it will substantially limit potential positive health impacts from e-cigarettes.


Why are they manipulating the truth?


Shockingly – in part – it states:

Furthermore, any public health benefit from e-cigarettes will not be fully realized in an unregulated environment. The FDA must regulate and carefully review these products to ensure that they meet the public health standard established by the Tobacco Control Act. Only then will consumers, health care providers and public health officials be able to reliably evaluate and identify products that are of the highest quality and are most likely to help smokers completely switch from cigarettes.

Truth Manipulation:

“…adding e-cigarettes to the market may yield some benefit, but will likely save fewer than 2 percent of lives that otherwise would have been lost to smoking…”

WHY would they remove the original PDF? Seemed – even by my standards, – not perfect, but reasonable and truthful.

It reminds me that they’ve done some cherry-picking before.

It’s at this point I normally would go into a fevered babbling tirade, but choose not to do so for this blog.

I’ll let you compare the two and find the differences from the PDF above – in contrast to the public link below.

Besides, “fewer than 2 percent” really isn’t important, and while all in the wording, the Truth Manipulative ® is strong.

Action needed on e-cigarettes


I’d like to thank A.J. Moll for resurfacing this subject in a tweet for me to find, along with this tweet from Edward Hubert linking to the (unfamiliar to me) PDF from Truth Manipulative ®, and Jukka for being on the ball as well.


Added 6/13/2020:

Truth Initiative Presentation Template:

David B. Abrams, Ph.D., while a part of John Hopkins, he also was at Truth Initiative at one time and is no longer there. He wrote this in 2014.

Why don’t you see it? Here it is:

What science says: Operationalizing methods to estimate net public health impact. Data trumps dogma.


You should see this.

You really should. Or shall. Could? You know you want to.

Oh, go on – make a decision!

The Truth Shall Set Ye Fret


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Vaping In The News – May 11th, 2019

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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.


It’s time to stop confusing the public with sensationalist rhetoric on e-cigarettes ~ CDC Quit-Smoking Ads Lack Real-World Solutions We Could Vape our Way to Health—if the Government Gets out of the Way ~ Taxing LESS smoking ~ USA 2019 E-Cigarette Summit Video Presentations


It’s time to stop confusing the public with sensationalist rhetoric on e-cigarettes

Dr. Rodu.

It’s time to stop confusing the public with sensationalist rhetoric on e-cigarettes


CDC Quit-Smoking Ads Lack Real-World Solutions

Also from Dr. Rodu – taking on the almost useless help” from the Centers for Disease Control.

CDC Quit-Smoking Ads Lack Real-World Solutions


We Could Vape our Way to Health—if the Government Gets out of the Way | Opinion

Nice to see someone at “Newsweek” highlighting discrepancies with mentions of the Master Settlement Agreement, research, A Billion Lives and much more in this piece.

We Could Vape our Way to Health—if the Government Gets out of the Way | Opinion


Taxing LESS smoking in Vermont.

They are regulating, restricting, taxing, and banning less smoking.

If you’re unable to do THIS, you can read how taxing less smoking in Vermont works in this:

Senate proposal of amendment


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Our friend, Dr, Gardner

With all the rhetoric since DECEMBER, In the “youth use” arena, this chart came up… with “never smoking” adolescents in the U.S.A..

They asked and separated daily use. Why are they still withholding pertinent information while basing an “epidemic” on incomplete and unreleased information?


Our friend, Alan Beard:


I was inspired by Dr. Gardner and Mr. Beard


USA 2019 E-Cigarette Summit Video Presentations

I’ll end this week’s edition with this link to video footage from the USA E-Cigarette Summit in Washington from April 2019.

I have not seen all of these videos – but pay particular attention to my pal, Matt Myers.

USA 2019 E-Cigarette Summit Video Presentations


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Vaping In The News – February 16th, 2019

Thanks to Mike Peterson for the graphic!!!

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.


Researchers Try Nicotine To Treat Memory Loss ~ Federal Communications Commission and the children™ ~ CDC Misleads by calling E-cigarettes a ‘Tobacco Product’ ~ Vape Radio ~
The Arrogance of Public Health Advocacy ~ Vaping Taxes ~ Vaping Hit by Double Tragedy ~ Respiratory Study Fail ~ Surgeon General Watch: Data, Snippets, and Narratives ~ Vaping in the Mic


Researchers Try Nicotine To Treat Memory Loss

More positive involvement using the word, (and the chemical) “nicotine”. This is good. This makes people who know better nervous. Excellent. More research I say! Think about it… if kids thought nicotine is good for you, they would avoid it like… oh never mind. I also secretly hope there is a use for those patches taking up shelf space.

Researchers Try Nicotine To Treat Memory Loss


Federal Communications Commission

Speaking of “The Children™”, ‘one’ Commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) wants to stop less harmful products being advertised because of no other reason: “even if they are targeted at kids”.

Meet Jessica Rosenworcel. Jessica is an “Impatient optimist. Mom, wife,” and of all things an “inveterate coffee drinker.” Huh.

The responses to her are in this link


Kristen Noll-Marsh has a question. (Click to enlarge).


Brendan Carr, also Commissioner at FCC, thinks otherwise.


Dr. Gardner has the answer for the children ™ :


CDC Misleads by calling E-cigarettes a ‘Tobacco Product’

No kidding. Already established abroad, The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has incorrectly defined…. oh never mind. I am grateful for the American Council on Science and Health taking this on.

CDC Misleads by calling E-cigarettes a ‘Tobacco Product’



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Vape Radio

Vape Radio has had a fundraiser up for about a month. (I completely missed it!) In my opinion, Rod and his team are like this blog. They get the word out. They contribute to and talk about advocacy. They’re #LOUDER.

The Vaping Legion had him on here last week. If you are able to contribute, wonderful, If not, please share.

Vape Radio


The Arrogance of Public Health Advocacy

Let’s see… covered misleading, covered the children™. How about some arrogance? Are you like what is described as the “average American” who is “resentful toward those who tell him or her how to live”? So am I.

This is an eye-opening perspective from a Doctor, in proper form:

The Arrogance of Public Health Advocacy


Vaping Taxes in the United States and Around the World

There should be no tax imposed on a less harmful product. Period. I say NO more taxes on cigarettes OR vaping products, but they’re doing it anyway.

No stranger to my blog, Jim McDonald writes for Vaping 360, and is one I admire. He took on vaping taxes around the world:

Vaping Taxes in the United States and Around the World


Vaping Hit by Double Tragedy

From across the pond, Dave Cross (another I admire) at Planet Of The Vapes has taken on the task of informing our community of two heartbreaking deaths.

Vaping Hit by Double Tragedy

Also see his Respiratory Study Fail


Surgeon General Watch: Data, Snippets, and Narratives

As we slip into the third week of my one-man #SGWatch on Twitter, I took a harder look at what Dr. Adams says, and does, on his personal account – and what he doesn’t on his professional account as U.S. Surgeon General. Oh, and confusion. A general mess. That’s covered as well:

Surgeon General Watch: Data, Snippets, and Narratives


Then, because Mike started it, I spent over an hour on the 34th episode of Vaping and the Mic (and even showed my face) to discuss snippets, narratives and data…

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Surgeon General Watch: Data, Snippets, and Narratives

Is access to public data an unreasonable request? What will the complete data reveal? Are snippets of data the best way to inform the public? If the full spectrum of the data is withheld, what is real, what is contrived?

If you repeat a lie often enough, it becomes the truth.”

The problem with research misconduct must be of epidemic proportions. So much so, the Department of Health and Human Services has its own division defining such misconduct called the Office of Research Integrity (ORI), and a definition of said misconduct.

“Research misconduct is defined as fabrication, falsification, or plagiarism in proposing, performing, or reviewing research, or in reporting research results.”

“Falsification is manipulating research materials, equipment, or processes, or changing or omitting data or results such that the research is not accurately represented in the research record.”

It would seem all data would be required to have a clear picture of the information being displayed presented to make an informed case, decision, or outcome. The authority in charge has no business writing or promoting a narrative, when data can and shall speak for itself.

Instead, snippets become headlines, and headlines create the story narrative.


“If you repeat a lie often enough, it becomes the truth


In the case of e-cigarettes, and the latest “data” on youth use, it is to present manipulate the claim of an ‘epidemic’ in order to willfully threaten legal adult choices, using snippets of data designed to “fit a narrative” as my friend, U.S. Surgeon General, Dr. Jerome Adams has done, and has accused.

It’s backward. Snippets (subliminal or not) can sell ideas. Create campaigns. Change public opinion.

Mining for data can be useful. Depending on the criteria, displaying data to ones liking is misleading. Similar to Stanton Glantz below, that is propaganda.


Skewed data is…well, you can make anything look like you want it to look for your own purposes. I think I am afraid of both films Nicolas Cage appears in, and pools. Why? I’m not sure what I’m afraid of, Nicolas Cage isn’t his real name, but looking at data tells me I should… Oh never mind.


In this blog, I will attempt to demonstrate two things. First, the following tweets and subtweets can be confusing. Second, if I can post things in here properly and explain, you won’t be confused. Either way, they are snippets, and you’ll probably be confused.


It started with (well, not really, I’m using my interpretation of the data) a question to the highest “ranking” Medical Doctor from Mike Peterson:

In this tweet, the Surgeon General clearly seems to has “doubts” that Mike “really wanted this information”. Surgeon General Adams must not look away from his snippets accomplishments on his “I love me” wall and must be suspicious of anyone questioning his integrity my snippet. Shame on you, Mike!

Link

Oh, I think Mike wanted the information. That’s alright, Dr. Adams. You don’t require my assurance adults are looking harder than you are for any detrimental outcomes of any facet of e-cigarettes.

It’s not as if we’re a large and growing community of consumers including Doctors like yourself, Lawyers, Teachers, Nurses, Statisticians, Scientists, Cooks, Truck Drivers, and other professionals, along with lovers of data and science. And math. In fact, one of us is a… nope… my narrative, so further down the data hole you go.


I’ll insert a quick snippet from my personal life. The words from a Neurologist to my wife was:

“We’re setting up testing for onset of Alzheimer’s and dementia.”

Is that a snippet of a much greater assessment? Can you discern from the quote she, in fact, has Alzheimer’s or dementia? Do you have enough data to make the determination? You really don’t know. I’m saving it for a different blog.


Note the words ” in the interest of correcting misunderstandings”. Misunderstandings are snippets, Dr. Adams. Vape shops aren’t included in “this” analysis is correct, by stating “equally high violation rate”, you overstepped your ego, data, or knowledge, position narrative.

He’s right. Snippet. The statement just above was “they aren’t included in this analysis” and “shops have an equally high violation rate“, and refers to this graphic he posted below:

I proudly show you my snippet! Go ahead, click on it, it’ll enlarge.


Because he was prompted by – anyone’s comments – and saw my amateur hour cut/paste of his just above, below he explains how narrative and roles to play suddenly are important. His data went from “equally high violation rate” to some vape shops. Also, he displays his knack of interacting with the public quite… well, I’ll let you come to your own conclusions. Go ahead, click on it, it’ll get bigger!

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“It’s easy to cut & paste snippets”…because the whole picture isn’t a narrative, I just couldn’t let that one go. If data and information is explained properly, there is no need for “snippets”. Go ahead, click on it, it’ll get bigger!

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Here, I’m not sure if he’s being condescending on purpose, or if he just doesn’t know he’s tweeting to a known impugner. I am also an uneducated “backwards backwoodsman from one of the colonies.” (Thanks, Alan, I knew that would come in handy eventually! ) Oh, go on, there’s something I was determined to take out of context. Damn me. Go ahead, click on it, it’ll get bigger!

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To further reiterate his position snippet, he grabs some more data from his cuff and explains some gibberish about technical stuff I probably wouldn’t understand anyway… something about this does look like a high ranking public health official explaining a snippet narrative, maybe it’s just me. We’ve gone from … well, this data thing just isn’t my forte’.

Imagine how confused the public must be.

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Well, Mike (he’s mentioned above), and Jake got data. In fact, they mined the data. Turns out twenty-one money penalties were assessed. Go ahead, click on it, it’ll get bigger!

To “That Damned Ninga, he agrees. Vape shops are “doing much better”… he also wants everyone else to agree. I often forget I’m constantly asked to agree with something because it will fit a narrative. I wonder what happens when the public just nods their head in agreement when a public official says to. Couldn’t be all bad, I suppose. Either way, he wants everyone to agree. By golly, I’m almost going to agr…. nope. Go ahead, click on it, it’ll get bigger!


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Trusting the highest doctor in the land to provide competent, well-constructed answers to convey issues with facts, when he, in fact, won’t do it seems futile. Instead, he has chosen to act on authority, instinct, and sticks to the data (dammit) script.


“If you repeat a lie often enough, it becomes the truth.”


Then, addressing (you and me) the public as if we’re a bunch of nine-year-olds is pretty – well, idiotic. Starting at about the time I could talk, I’ve questioned authority and integrity a long time. Pre-loaded answers come with loaded questions where I come from – the backwoods of one of the original colonies.

In fact, I’ll use your “It’s easy to cut & paste snippets” own sarcastic words against you, Dr. Adams. Also, I have repeatedly asked for data. So much so, it’s redundant, repetitive and repeats itself. It should, could, may, might or even would, speak for itself.

The reason I keep asking the same questions over and over?

Dr. Adams own words:


In the meantime, if you’re approaching a city, township, county, or state hearing about sales to minors, or that vape shops are contributing to the delinquency of minors, I highly suggest these two graphics to use at your disposal, just as the Heart, Lung, Cancer, and other health organizations will. Let them sort it out with facts, not preconceived notions and media sound bites snippets (dammit) data.


Here’s the chart from Jake Jacobsen: According to data, if you click on it, it’ll get bigger!

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Here is the chart alone from Mike Peterson: Yep, click:

Bring your nose a bit closer to the screen – at a second glance, this is what you may have missed: Wait, back up, just click!


The overall narrative is to put big scary numbers out, fueling the fire of an epidemic. I (we, vapers paying attention) want the truth. I don’t for one minute think any of us want anything less, good or bad. We’re adults, we can take the snippets data.

When looking at inspections just above, there is no “epidemic”, and the fact is, in 2018:

There were 146,376 inspections.

There were 17,456 total violations

Of 17,456 violations, 2,060 were “ends and e-liquid.

Of those violations, 229 were vape shops. (Vape shops: STOP that.)

Things that make you go hmmmm…..

And Juul? If you believe theirepidemic” data, Vuse was the front runner of underage sales violations at 1,729… so, they should have at least tried harder at purchasing Juul to complete the narrative.

Silly data makers. Go ahead, scroll back up if you need to. I’ll wait.

Sounds as if you’re still confused. I apologize for torturing you, but I feed a mouse cheese just to do my math for me.

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This an enforcement issue all the way around. Underage sales at vape shops are NOT a contributing factor to an epidemic, which is still a snippet of the overall message portrayed. Kids stealing from their parents like they did cigarettes? Probably. Straw purchases? Likely.

Illegal sales – meeting the “definition” of an ‘epidemic’? Doubtful.

Snippet alert:

Found in my previous “Nod In Agreement” blog here.

“If you repeat a lie often enough, it becomes the truth.”


On to the “epidemic”.

If, after reading this blog, you are still confused, I will conclude, from snippets, and so shall you, that confusion is intentional. The snippet below is a confusing mess, by design. The bottom right tweet on his personal account, in a “non-official” capacity, was just a few days before he announced as Surgeon General there indeed “is” an epidemic. I hope we can all agree, the data is in the contrived details. Go ahead, click on it, it’ll get bigger!



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

I don’t want situational ethics, nor do I want morals and feelings mixed into the narrative. Here is what I want. I want the law to be obeyed. I want parents to be aware, not act on “reefer madness” type propaganda, and ultimately, parents to parent.

Specifically, I want the data to speak for itself. Both for adults looking for a safer alternative to smoking, and the narrative of an “epidemic” to be scrutinized, specifically when a public HEALTH official is threatening adult choices for less harmful products unless we agree with his narrative. Jim McDonald says it best.

Unless you suffer from cognitive dissonance, I want the data as it stands, not as it fits my narrative “out of context” with some silly twitter snippets, Dr. Adams. I don’t want to hear about plausible deniability. I don’t want proof by assertion. Confirmation bias is unnecessary.

I want the public to be aware of the best information available rather than striking panic in the streets.

So, what’s the snippet? What’s the truth? Still confused? So are adults looking for answers to a less harmful alternative.


“If you repeat a lie often enough, it becomes the truth.”


I am a consumer, while I try to be a voice for consumers, I don’t speak for “all” consumers. I have a higher standard for medical and government officials. The Surgeon General of the United States (or any public official) should not rely on “google searches” (in a personal or public capacity) to fill a narrative.

In my assessment, Dr. Adams should post facts. Period.

Snippet Alert!

The Surgeon General should resign or be fired. Immediately. That’s my narrative. That’s my snippet.

With that, no high ranking public employee official has no business writing, or tweeting, or sharing an opinion, or narrative, when data shall speak for itself.

I’ll stick to my guns, check on my wife, and keep my #SGWatch up to see when comprehensive information to adults has been displayed with half the attention the ‘epidemic’ has received.

I’ll readily and publicly admit I’m wrong, but until that happens, Dr. Adams has to answer these questions concerning the ‘epidemic’:

  • What users were of legal age?
  • What users didn’t use nicotine?
  • How many were smoking & switched?
  • Why is marijuana included with “any vaping“?
  • Why is “use” defined as in the past thirty days, not daily?

Until that happens, I’ll keep pointing out discrepancies in the narrative of an alleged epidemic, or one of you can convince me why I shouldn’t.

For balance, after the release of and tagging him in this blog: (Coincidence? Doesn’t matter. Snippets.)

Oh, that’s right, I’ve got that screenshot snippet from a Dr. Girgis… wait a second… it’s… Yes, legal and regulatory environments. That’s right. No guidelines. Except when.


Snippet alert: showing “restraint”.

I highly recommend what Clive Bates has to say on the alleged U.S. “epidemic“.


THIS one is an eye-opening must-read for ANY aspect of public health. Your opinions aren’t about your needs. Stop being nannies.


“The average American is like my patient: resentful toward those who tell him or her how to live.”

“The Arrogance of Public Health Advocacy “


In my travels of putting together this blog, I ran across this about research fraud and is also recommended reading.


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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

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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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Clowns To The Left Of Me, Research To The Right

I invested a bit of thought for the title of this particular blog. It is my intent is to both entertain and educate. With clowns to the left of me, research to the right, on average, I trust I can reach my goal.

Normally I spend about two or three hours on any blog. While some flow naturally in under an hour – some take time. Depending on my schedule, some take a day or two.

While I’m pretty wordy, this one will be short – at least for me.


I’ll let this video below speak for itself.

Go ahead, click on it. You know you want to. It’ll take under a minute.

Send In The Clowns

I hope you enjoyed that. I did. Share it all you like. Or not.



Send In The Research!

Next, I’d like to share this video. It’s about struggles you may have experienced. It’s a bit longer at 2:11.

I hope you enjoyed that. I did. Share it all you like. Or not.



It’s been noted by a few about sharing and liking posts, calls to action, meme’s, videos, hand checks and such.

It’s all in good fun. Some things need to be shared with the right people, right away.

Like legislation, restrictions, bans, etc.

Some things are meant to make you think. Some things are downright funny. Some things are meant to engage you in serious thought. Some, like this specific post, is meant to be all of that.


The clown video above was inspired by this tweet by our friend DrMA:

There’s no such thing as SEIS, ENDS, or ENNDS. Everything else is #quackery and you’re a clown— DrMA (@mihotep) December 20, 2018


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The second video was inspired – believe it or not – from a deleted tweet (YES I wish I had an attention-grabbing screen-shot of it) from someone showing a photograph of a *guess who* ad similar to this I made.

In her tweet, she was concerned about someone under age seeing that ad. The top had the gratuitous nicotine warning, the bottom was the company name and the link to the study printed in black and white, with no child-enticing photos… in a newspaper. After my tweet to her here

…I got home the next day, I though – DAMN IT, GENIUS marketing! As I went back to take a screen-shot of her (I assume she thought twice about it -and deleted it) tweet, it was gone.

Sheer brilliance. It takes an average of thirty tries. They had typed it thirty times. They got away with using (a study/research/truth) without saying a word. Brilliance.

I couldn’t read the study the ad referred to but believe it was this one.



We should absolutely pay attention to what is shared in respective networks and groups. More importantly, what, like below, was not. Thanks to Ed for finding the link below from the Moffit Center from February……2018.

Why wasn’t this next link plastered all over mainstream media?

E-Cigarettes OK to Quit Smoking

In the end – this is about awareness and information.

Keep inspiring each other.

Like this with James:

Vaping: Let’s Get This Out Of The Way

Ah well, so much for not being wordy. That’s as brief as I can be.

Speaking of clowns: Clowns At A Vaping Convention


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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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