Category Archives: Tobacco Free Kids

Gasping for Tobacco “Control”

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However subtle and contrived – or loud the gasps become, the fight for tobacco revenue continues. Tobacco control assumes it’s their money. They want to feed their addiction by continuing their charade.

They want to continue funding manipulating motivating the public under the pretense of trying to “protect” health and making the world better. Hmm.

Because they are criminals.

Vera daCosta e Silva made some delusional points in her blog in the BMJ about (the) Foundation for a Smoke Free World, claiming the “tobacco industry’s corporate social responsibility programmes are an abomination” and “Such projects are designed to mislead or confuse public opinion.”


I fixed her statement for her:

For decades, tobacco tax dollars have funded influence buying, covert activities and scientific misrepresentation from tobacco “control“.

It sounds like Vera is defining screaming gasping a long standing tobacco control chant so now one looks at the incestuous and criminal relationship with pharma and their untreated addiction to continued tobacco sales.

Derek Yach openly responded as expected, but no plans of being sensible are to be found at this time.

They aren’t listening. Still, their incessant chanting is comforting to them as if the white noise drowns the sounds of their collective, soulless, arrogant mouths gasping for air.



I asked her myself where tobacco control funds derive… (‘cause who doesn’t like a good question to an expert….) I don’t expect an answer any time soon.



Here’s a fun example of failure. Claims of tobacco related diseases continue to RISE worldwide, according to Matt Myers. His claim?  “But we can stop it”… Seems the more money squandered stolen, the higher the alleged death toll… nobody’s noticing this trend yet?

Failure is a business model, evidently. Tobacco control, after 50+ years… is still in “business”.


More Tobacco Money

Here in the next link are a slew of links and the promise of the ever-present catch phrase, “win-win”, as to how tobacco control likes money derived from sales of tobacco from my pal Matt Myers.

State Tobacco Taxes


Helpful bastards, eh?

Here’s how they lie about nicotine.

Here’s how they’re helping smokers quit.

Here’s where the criminal enterprise wants you to keep smoking.


Here’s where more tobacco money goes. (Thanks for keeping me busy, Skip!)

Fogarty awards $10.7M to build tobacco control and prevention research capacity in developing countries


Another example…

of the effort involved to keeping people smoking:

UCSF Awarded $20M Federal Grant on Tobacco Regulatory Sciences


Here, in the flesh are Tweedle-Dee & Tweedle Dumb Puff-N-Stuff talking about how they like taxes. I do love a good explanation.

 


For posture, I’ve asked when Tobacco Control criminals will do the same…


Corporate Capitulation To The Zealots

Finally, if you’ve made it this far…. To my knowledge, I haven’t seen ‘s blog before… but I like it.

With more bullshit to walk through, Tobacco companies will be forced to lie and advertise on television…  stop rubbing your eyes, don’t read it twice… This is court ordered.

Corporate Capitulation To The Zealots


Meanwhile….

If you’re in any doubt about why nicotine is now defined as tobacco…

This will cure your curiosity.


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Vaping In The News – October 14th, 2017

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As I put this weeks edition together, I pondered all the time and public OUR money wasted over the past 10+ years by experts – tracking tweets, buying media, pretending to do studies and claiming science… Then, I wonder…. what have they tried to accomplish… and what other much more important items they’ve done the same with, or ignored in the process.


Johnson Creek is going out of business ~ Science Lesson ~ Marathon Man ~ Bloomberg ~ Tobacco 21 ~ Teen Cigarette Narcs ~ Doug Teitelbaum ~  Foundation for a smoke-free world ~ Tobacco Free Kids ~ Screaming ~


This is Vaping In The News for the week ending October 14th, 2017


Instead of babbling, I’ll lead off with a spirited tweet from Ann, who I (and others) miss dearly.


Johnson Creek is going out of business

Their statement:

Important! Johnson Creek is going out of business


Science Lesson

One of the best ways to learn is to listen and read. That’s why I like reading Carl’s blog. I don’t always agree with Carl, and that is how I learn.

“Ecigs are a replacement for tobacco products. They are not a replacement for lost tobacco taxes.”

I’ve said this a thousand times.

In this instance, there should be NO tax imposed on vaping products (other than normal sales tax). Period. We agree.

Science Lesson: The Optimal Tax Rate For Vapor Products Is Zero


Marathon Man

Chris Baxter, who I’ve followed over on Twitter:

YES.

Lancaster man vapes his way to marathon success

Related: Jerry Iozzo

Former Smoker Turned Marathon Runner Thanks to Vaping


Bloomberg

Dr. Carrie Wade at the Daily Vaper takes on another big donor of anti-tobacco with reduced risk and research:

Bloomberg School Of Public Health Should Live Up To Mission Statement, Save ‘Millions At A Time’


Tobacco 21

While the public is, you can’t be convinced this will work. You’re too savvy for that.

Tobacco 21 Is a Catch-22


Denver Is Hiring Teen Cigarette Narcs

Where I’ve covered the Synar Amendment and the recreation of the problems here in June of 2017, I made a prediction.

In my (highly acclaimed by me) opinion, as the age of purchase was 18, they are having a difficult time keeping their percentage at acceptable levels, and now want to raise it to 21 to recreate the problem.

Well… imagine my surprise when I read (bold is my emphasis)

“….the department hopes to snag even more vendors, projecting a 23 percent noncompliance rate by the end of 2017.”

Denver Is Hiring Teen Cigarette Narcs

Imagine my surprise from one of my favorite rodents, Phil:

Here’s that breach, including e-cigarettes:

Anne Arundel County tobacco sting finds one in four stores sold tobacco to minors


Doug Teitelbaum

NJOY’s Doug Teitelbaum is Leading a Crusade Against Cigarette Smoking – Don’t Bet Against Him


Foundation for a smoke-free world

Derek Yach
Just so you can see the screams from Matt Myers – it is close enough to Halloween to hear him clearly.

Matt Myers: Philip Morris has a long history of funding what it calls independent research by previously credible researchers


Still Screaming

Another from one of my favorite bloggers, and consider him a friend: Paul:
Next, how PR firms create “dialogue”…

Then:


And…

Former American Cancer Society CEO John Seffrin endorses cancer research venture funded by Philip Morris




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

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Imagine you’re a tobacco control “expert”, a professor, in fact. There is notoriety, fame even. You’re not a scientist, but while bumbling through your meta-analysis, you elude to being one for decades. Ahhh the life.

While walking upright, there’s a noticeable amount of donut powder in your beard (to show your expertise) in almost any sterile artifical setting — where everyone will nod their heads in agreement…

glantz tweet


Since I have the formalities out of the way, I will meta-analyse the chart below for before Professor Puff-N-Stuff gets his grubby paws on it.

I’ll submit my findings for all you math / data / science /statistitians for peer review below!

Aren’t you excited?


Submitted by Kevin Crowley, AKA @VapingIT, SPE, EEI.

(You have to have the fancy-shmancy initials!)

Title

(or whatever they put at the top of important studies)

E-cigarettes cause less smoking.

“Important stuff”:

E-cigarette use was tracked by the FDA & CDC – from 2011 – 2016.

It went up, peaked in 2015 and went back down.


 

Purpose:

I suppose I should explain myself like they all do, but I won’t, I’ll do it my way.

To have determination a deliberate (Thanks Fig!) and honest assessment of whether e-cigarettes cause more smoking (or not) in youth without using words like “may, might, could” or any phrases like “more studies will be needed to determine” (with or without nicotine).

This could be difficult, and I’m not an “expert” so I certainly hope you’re rooting for me.


More Stuff

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

kids youth gateway

Findings:

Most children around adults not smoking has caused the children to not smoke. The adults choosing to use (e-cigarettes) vaping equipment instead of purchasing cigarettes, so the children can’t steal cigarettes from parents who are not smoking.

E-cigarettes cause less smoking in children, and adults.

(Being informative is exhausting!)

Result:

Since 2011, adults smoked less, making cigarettes less available to kids. 8% of children will still try cigarettes.

Links:

Chart above is here.

Study below the chart is here.

You can purchase my metanalysis for a billion dollars once I put it behind a paywall.


Conflicts Of Interest:

Like this matters, but I’ll play along. None, consumer.


Opinion

Big Ole’ long sentence assesment warning!

It is in my opinion that around 8 percent of the children in the United States are the core group of rebels who, despite any half-hearted efforts by tobacco control organizations or esteemed professors like Puff-N-Stuff, will try smoking, skip school and daredevil and adventure off into other activities deemed dangerous or delinquent-like.

Less than that will continue try cigars, hookah, pipes and smokeless tobacco.

It happens. That will give more time for experts (uninterested in blaming themselves or rebellion) to have something to do, like blame Hollywood for the remaining 8%.

I want to beat Professor Glantz to the metanalysis submission frenzy:

How’d I do?

Peer review my findings! Someone check my math!


Related:

“most e-cigarette experimentation does not turn into regular use, and levels of regular use in young people who have never smoked remain very low.”

Cumulatively these surveys collected data from over 60,000 young people.

Young People’s Use of E-Cigarettes across the United Kingdom: Findings from Five Surveys 2015–2017

“Nicotine dependence is not a significant mechanism for e-cigarettes’ purported effect on heavier future conventional smoking among young adults.”

Evaluating the Mutual Pathways among Electronic Cigarette Use, Conventional Smoking, and Nicotine Dependence.


Related:

Via Michael Siegel:

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

Mine:
Smoking and E-cig use among teens is down, again – (Don’t tell Stan)

Added 9/6/17

I must have done well:
  • Riccardo Polosa
  • Christopher Russell,
  • Joel Nitzkin and
  • Konstantinos E. Farsalinos

A critique of the US Surgeon General’s conclusions regarding e-cigarette use among youth and young adults in the United States of America

 

 


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Smoking and E-cig use among teens is down, again – (Don’t tell Stan)

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It’s a long standing whine from inefficient tobacco control “experts”, “those damn kids”.

Wait a minute…

Forgive me, I don’t know where my head was at by typing “those damn kids”.

It’s Think Of The Children ™ .

Future income for tobacco control.

There. Clear conscience. I hope we both feel better.



This graphic is just to make you laugh before we can move on.

I’ll wait.

glantz tweet



All set?

Moving on.

The last chart I saw (from 2015) showing tobacco use among middle and high school students is below, and smoking rates at the bottom was going DOWN.

Substantially.

Seems in the chart on the bottom, the significant decrease in cigarettes use… was – well, ignored. Instead, it added in in the “overall useage”of tobacco.

Huh. Seems in the chart at the TOP, it increased. That made progress “No significant change”.

Well, after National Tobacco Day, that chart is accurate according to the arbitrary law.

I believe this grapic was made during the Surgeon General’s propaganda tour when I snipped this, so I apologize in advance on the source.

I’m sure they were made by someone much more important than I am before I put my remarks and drivel all over theirs.

I think the source is somewhere, if you can bear to go, in here.

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I’d like to believe the children surveyed in the latest findings are telling the truth to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). I’d also like to believe those organizations were truthful in relaying that information to the public. Not sure. You?

Not sure. You? Haven’t seen Puff-N-Stuff metanalyze it yet… for all I know this is cause for children to pick their noses…I’ll move on.

Either way, smoking is down, e-cigarette use (now called tobacco) is down.

  • Down 20% for “any tobacco product”.
  • Down 20% for “any combustible tobacco product”.
  • Down 26% for any “two (dual use) tobacco products”.
  • Down 29% for “e-cigarette use”.
  • Down 33% for “hookah use”.

Imagine taking away e-cigarettes as a choice.

Would any of the other categories have gone down?

I think not.

Between 2013 and 2015, e-cigarette use rose substantially, and then it dropped in 2016…while “experts” were claiming, screaming, yelling and making a general ass of themselves that they are a gateway to smoking. Yeah. About that…  They’ll be making an ass of themselves and taking credit for the lower rates… any minute now.

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Fool me once… keep babbling…. I’ll make it clearer.

Stop that – you’re starting to look silly.

Youth Tobacco Use in the U.S.

Meanwhile, the Tobacco 21 crowd gears up and wants to restrict tobacco from 18-20 year olds from having that choice. (E-cigarettes). From Adults.

Now look back up at that chart.

Now look without giggling at this graphic tweet from “well respected” our National Tobacco Control Professor, Stanton “Puff-N-Stuff” Glantz, again. It’s like he’s trying to be convincing and all…

You know you want to.

glantz tweet


Added 8/26/17

“The implications of the rapid rise in electronic cigarette (e-cigarette) use remain unknown.”

Huh. Unknown. Maybe knowing they’re much less dangerous than conventional cigarettes is a start?

Nicotine dependence is not a significant mechanism for e-cigarettes’ purported effect on heavier future conventional smoking among young adults.

Evaluating the Mutual Pathways among Electronic Cigarette Use, Conventional Smoking, and Nicotine Dependence.

“most e-cigarette experimentation does not turn into regular use, and levels of regular use in young people who have never smoked remain very low.”

 

Cumulatively these surveys collected data from over 60,000 young people.

Young People’s Use of E-Cigarettes across the United Kingdom: Findings from Five Surveys 2015–2017


“When tobacco use decreases, less smoking occurs.”

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

Legislators who say 18-year-olds are not adults are hypocrites

 



Related:

Clive Bates has been saying the same thing since 2013.

We need to talk about the children – the gateway effect examined

It’s also here from the Capital Research Center and Dr. Steve Allen:

Oh, and here:

Vaping Rates Are Falling For Teens Despite Alleged ‘Gateway’ Effect To Smoking

I’ve covered it, among other places, here:

The FDA can’t prove nicotine addiction or gateways exist.


And Dr. Cranfield, who did this

has covered the gatway theory in this video. Well worth the listen


Added 8/26/17

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




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Smoking Rates Among Youth Now At “Unimaginable” Levels

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Smoking rates are now dropping MUCH faster than anticipated.

That is against the master tobacco control “endgame“.


The propaganda of e-cigarettes being “gateways” and creating “new addicts” are unfounded. The ever-popular phrase “think of the children™” squealed by experts is another contrived and unsuccessful effort to keep themselves relevant.

Smoking rates have now plummeted “among youth” AND adults.


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Matt Myers, of Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids is in shock. The decline of tobacco use and e-cigarette use is so dramatic, the claims of a gateway or addicting new smokers is now plenty of reason for the whole world to pause for a moment – or two.

Statistic have been manipulated,  creating mythical gateways, pretending there is such a thing as nicotine addiction.

The December U.S. Surgeon General propaganda train was covered here, here, here, and here.


You still haven’t answered my question.

LESS smoking concerns you “how”?


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Keep The Lies On Your Side

Smoking and e-cigarette use is declining so dramatically, Matt Myers, President of  “Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids” said “This is unimaginable, extraordinary progress” in this Washington Post article.

What were you thinking when you co-sponsored this letter?

You still haven’t answered this question, either:

WHY aren’t you working on reducing or eliminating the non-compliance level – evidently acceptable – TWENTY percent of sales of tobacco to minors by retailers?

Where is that press release? Where are signatures from all your groups?

Why can two out of ten children still possibly purchase tobacco?

Synar Amendment.



The Heat Is On

“Approved” products do not work.

With snus largely ignored, the advent and success of e-cigarettes, heat not burn products coming into the market, the public is generally unaware of you deceiving them and withholding information about MUCH less harmful products.


Since its inception and invention, the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and President Matt Myers has done anything and everything to keep people smoking.


Less smoking and e-cigarette use is still concerning you, Mr. Myers?

If e-cigarettes and flavors are a gateway to smoking, where are all the new smokers?

This graph from the Centers for Disease Control – even with my amateur assessment – is the general experimentation of smoking with kids, which will happen with, or preferably without you. Don’t flatter yourself.

You didn’t cause that rate to drop. E-cigarette availability and preferability did.

What the hell is wrong with you?

YOU want e-cigarettes regulated, which will, in turn, create more smokers.

youth kids decline decline decline cdc


Yes, Mr. Myers. Unimaginable to believe after more than thirty years of manipulation, you’ve got your work cut out for you. You need to figure out how to remain suitable to shareholders to continue the business of being a front group.

In order to retain your status, your “non-profit” business model must have new smokers whether they’re kids or adults.

You can pretend your “efforts” brought these numbers down all you like, posturing as a hero and gloating…but you, and tobacco control’s agenda-driven irrelevance is drivel dripping down your chin.



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Why Can Children Still Purchase Tobacco? Ask “Tobacco-Free Kids”

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There is an illusion that the front group, the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, is in the business of reducing and preventing children from smoking. As CEO and President, Matt Myers has done more to keep tobacco use in the United States than any tobacco executive could hope for.

In fact, as a tobacco executive’s wet dream, Myers promotes smoking to adults and eludes to protecting children. What a guy.

Adults have choice. Meanwhile, children have opportunity.


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Tobacco Free Kids was invented in 1995 and funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (Johnson & Johnson, makers of smoking “cessation” products).

Matt Myers has negotiated with Philip Morris to determine terms of the Master Settlement Agreement, and”helped” create legislation with his friends once again in 1994 to create legislation for the Food and Drug Administration to regulate tobacco.

You know, to keep it around.


Enacted by Congress

in 1992, the Synar Amendment was enacted and

“requires states (that is, all states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and six Pacific jurisdictions) to enact and enforce laws prohibiting the sale or distribution of tobacco products to individuals under the age of 18. States must comply with the Synar Amendment in order to receive their full Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant (SABG) awards.

It also has an ambiguous “ambitious” goal of 80% success when retailers sell to minors.

2 of ten children could purchase tobacco in their “compliance checks” and STILL be IN compliance? WHY is this so lenient, still acceptable and still in “practice”?

Negotiate interim targets and a date to achieve a noncompliance rate of no more than 20% (SAMHSA requires that each state reduce its retailer violation rate to 20% or less by FY 2003)

“Failure to promptly and adequately correct all violations and ensure compliance with all applicable laws and regulations may lead to enforcement actions, including Civil Money Penalties or No-Tobacco-Sale Orders.”


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So what if you’re a retailer?

Obviously there are penalties and fines, right? The WeCard program and individual retailers are responsible to check the identification at the point of sale, just like alcohol.

According to Transform Tobacco, “FDA inspections of retail establishments have shown a 95% retailer compliance rate when it comes to checking identification prior to sale”.

Transform Tobacco is a project of RAI Services Company on behalf of the tobacco company, Reynolds American.

Obviously, they do more to reduce underage tobacco sales at the point of sale than the law requires.


Added 6/15/17

Nothing’s changed:

PDF from Public Health Law Center


Added 9/1/17

Now the FDA has added this:

FDA Announces Retail ‘This Is Our Watch’ Program


Prepare yourself

What if a retailer breaks the law? Of course there are tough and stringent consequenses to selling tobacco – right?

“Under the law, the FDA may pursue a No-Tobacco-Sale Order (NTSO) against retailers that have a total of five or more repeated violations of certain restrictions within 36 months.”

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Wait. What?

There are groups like Tobacco Free Kids and Truth Initiative dedicated to reducing tobacco use –

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— and the acceptable rate of sales of tobacco to minors has a noncompliance rate of no more than 20%?

FIVE infractions?

Well….c’mon in kids.   We’ve got tobacco.


 

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Pay no attention to the man behind the front group.

WHAT exactly are the front groups like Truth Initiative and Tobacco Free Kids doing?

They’re keeping an acceptable amount of smoking for children and adults under the pretense of “kids and truth” with no integrity or accountability for their actions – more specifically, their inactions.


David Goerlitz

 

 

David is the only man alive that’s seen every aspect of the tobacco, anti-tobacco and tobacco control world –  and talks about the seedy side of the corruption starting in the ’80’s here with Fergus Mason.

“The deals they made in these meetings should have been about protecting the nation’s health – but, far too often, they were about money.”

David Goerlitz Interview: The Winston Man Talks Tobacco and Vaping

He talked about it throughout the award-winning documentary A Billion Lives.


WHEN will “Tobacco CONtrol” figure it out?

Skip’s got a question about CONtrol here.

They won’t. They can’t. It isn’t in their – or their founders – best fiscal interests.

After more than 30 years of “fighting” tobacco, (they) can’t “figure out” how to keep tobacco out of children’s hands?

Why aren’t they paying attention and CHANGING existing idiotic loopholes instead of patting themselves on the back for not doing a damn thing?

Someone get a letter together to “convince” these assholes to change this friggin’ Synar law.


Imagine if you didn’t do your job for 30 + years…

Ask yourself – why they are still “in business”?

The illusion – “Think of the children™” posed to the public to create the illusion is just that. An illusion. A lie. The “children” are expendable and profitable casualties of their made up, self-serving war.

Tobacco control stays in “business” with what looks like good intentions,


Related:

Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids contributed to youth cigarette addiction

The Truth Shall Set Ye Fret

Dear Matt Myers, President of Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids

Reducing smoking, a challenging “Campaign” for Tobacco Free Kids

 


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Tobacco 21: Synar Amendment and Nanny-State Funding

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If you haven’t noticed

Tobacco control, the public health sector, along with politicians are hell-bent on raising the age from 18 to purchase tobacco to 21 (T21) primarily within cities or counties, not states. They must have hurt themselves to come up with a creative name, though. “Tobacco 21”.

A seemingly enormous amount of energy (and likely tax dollars) are being put into this “effort”.

Those “kids” at 18-20 couldn’t possibly walk, get a ride or drive to the next city or county line now could they? As an example, in Cleveland, Ohio – while the state law is 18 – they’ve passed an ordinance to make it 21.

It is destined to fail.




Read this very carefully…….. and read the astute Agent’s question…


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Nanny State

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


Hawaii

is the only state that has their age restriction to purchase tobacco, and “treat e-cigarettes the same as regular cigarettes” set at 21.

The other 49 states are at 18.

Purchasing and smoking are again two different things.

A few states have restrictions the age to smoke and/or possession at 18, and a few are also at 19. Most do not have a “possession / smoking age”. Hawaii “treat e-cigarettes the same as regular cigarettes”

Smoking age

Conflicting with what I stated above, I also found this “map”.

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Update 6/10/17:

Correction: Hawaii, California, and Washington DC are at 21. (Thanks Skip!)

 


Riding the boot

This seemingly sudden traction in support for raising the age of smoking does not surprise me. The public takes any THINK of the CHILDREN ™ statement seriously until snot runs down their chin. (The adult’s chin, not the kids).

Not to poke the bear, but – oh screw it – I’ll poke the bear.

At first glance, I see trouble smoke on the horizon.

 

Tobacco “free” kids. They are saying, without publicly admitting it, that they can’t and HAVEN’T been doing “their jobs” in tobacco control.

You won’t hear them talk about their blatant, blinding inadequacies.

With that, they “should” raise the minimum age to purchase to 21.

Posturing? Absolutely. Looks GREAT in writing? Well -not if you read between the tweets, so to speak. In the scheme of thinks, they’re admitting their organizational failures, lackluster “efforts” and it’s beyond obvious they don’t “help” reduce the smoking rates of teens – or adults, for that matter.

Most people start smoking much earlier, by their own admissionwell before the age of 18 despite laws and ordinances to prevent it.

Will requiring the age to purchase tobacco at 21 make any difference in children under 18 finding ways to get tobacco?

I’d like to think so, but I think not.


The Synar Amendment

While snooping around for the reason to “suddenly” restrict consenting 18 to 20 year old adults from purchasing tobacco at their leisure, I have found with the effort, there is funding and reward.

Here’s a look at the Synar Amendment.

There is also funding to be lost.

States must comply with the Synar Amendment in order to receive their full Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant (SABG) awards.

Imagine my surprise.

Chapter and Residency Program Mini-Grants for Tobacco and Nicotine Prevention and Control

Again, shocked:

Raising the Minimum Legal Sale Age for Tobacco and Related Products\

Huh… since this blog, they took that link DOWN.

I’ll update as soon as I hear something…


Stay with me – my train of thought is a bit – well – discolored and smokey…

The Synar Amendment. Poof.

In my (highly acclaimed by me) opinion, as the age of purchase was 18, they are having a difficult time keeping their percentage at acceptable levels, and now want to raise it to 21 to recreate the problem.

 


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Added 10/08/2017:

Think I can’t read MINDS?

As stated in its annual report on “key strategic metrics,” the Department of Environmental Health is hoping to increase “the percent of retail tobacco visits with sales to minors.”

The noncompliance rate of its sting operations rose from 8.3 percent in 2014 to 16 percent in 2015. In fact, the department hopes to snag even more vendors, projecting a 23 percent noncompliance rate by the end of 2017.

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Denver Is Hiring Teen Cigarette Narcs

As my curiosity and attention span equals or exceeds a cat, I briskly asked my favorite tobacco control “expert” of her insight – and I spelled Synar incorrectly in the tweet, forgive me. Tweetin’ ain’t always easy. 🙂

Acceptable levels being – they want them UP so close to 20% that they’re needed, but not enough to lose funding. They’re having a difficult time with that. Smoking rates are dropping MUCH faster than anticipated or desired. See, this plan isn’t working for them.


So…

HOW the *%&^ can TWENTY percent of underage sales BE an ACCEPTABLE level?

I’ll repeat that. The acceptable level of SALES of TOBACCO to minors is set at 20% – and funding will STILL commence. Two out of ten CHILDREN can possibly purchase cigarettes according to this and be acceptable.

(Don’t get me wrong, the WeCard program, in my opinion, is an awesome program from what I see.)

Vape shops were self-regulating and doing this LONG before NICOTINE was deemed tobacco.


Bold is my emphasis

The inspection program, named for late U.S. Rep. Mike Synar of Oklahoma, is a federal mandate requiring each state to document that the rate of tobacco sales to minors is no more than 20 percent at the risk losing millions in federal funds for alcohol and other drug abuse prevention and treatment services.

Here, in 2012, (bold is my emphasis)

demonstrates that the average nationwide retail store infringement rate of tobacco sales is down to 8.5%.

Tobacco Sales To Minors Reach All-Time Low

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That’s good, right?

Well – wait a minute, the train is chugging but pulling into the station.

According to the “agreement” they can:

“Negotiate interim targets and a date to achieve a noncompliance rate of no more than 20%”

“Nicotine” is now a “tobacco product”. “Use among teens”… so…with e-cigarettes…

If they raise the minimum to 21, they create a whole new class and “infringement rate” – and in the process, create more funding to do what “they’ve” already allegedly done. Job security.

If smokers under 21 want to try e-cigarettes, oh, too bad.

Electronic Cigarette Age Restrictions May Drive Teens to Traditional Cigarettes

Harm Reduction Drives Younger Vapers, Not Flavors

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


In the end:

Most of the posturing going on – at least around the United States – isn’t about children.

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 Added 9/1/17

FDA Announces Retail ‘This Is Our Watch’ Program

Added 10/13/2017
Anne Arundel County tobacco sting finds one in four stores sold tobacco to minors

 



Final mixed thoughts:

Obviously, no one’s complained or thrown their arms up about the Synar Amendment  –  they must be just fine with the status quo – as if their funding depended on it.

To have each organization claiming they want to “reduce” tobacco with this disturbing insanity of ANY type of loophole is beyond words.

I don’t want “children” to start smoking as young as I did, and I was purchasing them at 9 without a second look. Within these restrictions, they not only restrict tobacco purchases, they are also lumping in and restricting the choice of e-cigarettes as an alternative.

What I DON’T like is restricting of age consenting ADULTS from choice.

I’m not positive of “where” the Tobacco 21 movement is “going”, but with funding comes diversion and manipulation I can still, at times barely comprehend, so cut me some slack for not having a full grasp on it and its leaders “direction” at the moment. It will come to me eventually.

 

In the meantime, read what Brian Fotjik has to say:

 

Added 8/23/17

What do YOU think? I’m sure it will come to one of you.

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For immediate release: Dear Matt Myers, President of Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids

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Ohio, 25th September 2016

Dear Matt Myers, President of Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids:

As I am sure you are aware, public health and tobacco control organizations must posture themselves with efforts to play a fictitious lead role in tackling the tobacco pandemic, which causes the death of 480,000 US citizens every year. This is without factoring all the suffering, disability and personal tragedy linked to tobacco use along with millions of dollars in funding, none of which can ever be quantified.

I, as a citizen of the United States, would like to express my strong concern for your valiant efforts to keep Americans smoking, and your lack of participation or interest for invaluable e-cigarette research that has taken place in England and many other countries.

I also could not help but notice you are heavily and blatantly sponsored directly by or in partnerships with medical associations, pharmaceuticals and medical industry along with front groups such as your founder, the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation, and of course the American Heart, Lung and Cancer Associations.

All of these groups, as you are also aware, irresponsibly supported regulation of vaping products as tobacco. Amazingly, not one national health or tobacco control organization has had the integrity to stand up for public health.

As you might not have noted,  a highly responsible and growing group of professionals from the medical profession and tobacco control, who are not afraid to speak to each other, or speak for the welfare of smokers, are with a group called M.O.V.E. (1).

On its own, Public Health England (2), and the highly respected Royal College of Physicians (3), have been supporting vaping products for tobacco harm reduction for quite some time, stating at least 95% less harm, staking their professional reputations and titles on these facts.

  1. M.O.V.E.
  2. A_report_commissioned_by_Public_Health_England.
  3. Expert independent review concludes that e-cigarettes have potential to help smokers quit.

As you are involved with an organization having unstable credibility at best, you should be placing smokers’ health and well-being as the highest priority. Your lobbying and backroom deals for tobacco companies best interests involving the Master Settlement Agreement and the Family Smoking and Tobacco Control Act shows a conflict of interest dripping with corrupt activities.

The involvement directly related to the pharmaceutical industry has been misleading and deceiving the general public for many decades and “could be” not only detrimental to your reputation but also the notoriety of your affiliated associations and institutions.

When informed about the staggering evidence of tobacco harm reduction (4), and ease in which smokers are switching to a much less harmful alternative (5), to combustible tobacco, some organizations like yourself have immediately ignored any and all correspondence towards one answer, less harm.

Now that these connections are clearly established and brought to your attention, I call on you to to disengage from denying information to smokers in the United States, deceiving them with misinformation (6), propaganda like “Think of the children“, and being the self-serving catalyst responsible for the 480,000 deaths per year from smoking from this moment on.


4. Top tobacco control experts to FDA: Studies of e-cigs suggest more benefit than harm

5. We Don’t Need ‘Decades of Research’ to Know Vaping Is Safer Than Smoking

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

You, Matt Myers, are at the forefront and part of the cause of the tobacco epidemic that is crippling our communities and targeting the most vulnerable smokers from switching. You need to embrace your professional and well paid position of alleged authority and vow to no longer be involved with an industry which has fundamentally irreconcilable interests from public health and welfare.


I know I will slow this pandemic of tobacco to a crawl without your ulterior motives, effectively allowing adult smokers to make the choice to switch to a less harmful alternative with proper and educated information.

I hope that your participation in the highly profitable pharmaceutical and tobacco control “end-game” has just been an oversight, a simple misunderstanding all these years. I’ll expect you to rectify and remedy this immediately.

If not, it is imperative for you to cease and desist any and all tobacco control activities until you get your head out of your ass.


Without respect or regret,
Kevin Crowley

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Reducing smoking, a challenging “Campaign” for Tobacco Free Kids

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Reducing smoking, a challenging campaign for Tobacco Free Kids

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The Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids (CFTK) has shown a rare glimpse into the desperate reach it wants to have with one of the finest examples of illiteracy in tobacco harm reduction. 

CTFK and the European Network for Smoking and Tobacco Prevention (ENSP) have joined together asserting themselves with this letter to Dr Christopher Russell presumably not meant for public consumption.

There was no concern for harm reduction in any form in the letter and was not an attainable goal or option. No mention of “how do we come and learn as well” or “sounds like there may be some valuable information extracted from this conference.” With typical Matt Myers “tobacco control” style, only intimidation, control, and manipulation were a concern.

Disapproval is of the highest order from these organizations to Dr. Russell for planning to attend the Global Tobacco & Nicotine Forum (GTNF).


 

Concern for Dr. Russell and his impeccable professional credibility seemed to be the focus in their letter. In my mind, they’ve been the recipient of this paragraph at some point.

It needs to be read back to THEM in court:

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I didn’t know who “ENSP” even was until a day or so ago. I do, however, know who the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids “is”.

 

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I won’t bore you with all the details of my “meta-analysis” of this corrupt and unacceptable letter, I’ll leave that to these four five six & seven:

 


 

Clive Bates

To listen to someone, you don’t need to uncritically accept everything they say, but I have definitely gained insight from listening to them. I am also open to and welcome challenge and I’m prepared to have my owned received wisdom shaken up. I will accept good arguments if I hear them, whoever makes them.

The wilful ignorance of tobacco control McCarthyites

 


 

Vaping 360; Jim McDonald:

Of course, it’s okay for CTFK’s Matt Myers to talk with Big Tobacco companies. He secretly negotiated the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act with attorneys from Philip Morris (now Altria). For all his tobacco-free huffing and puffing, Myers’ backroom negotiations managed to result in a law that guaranteed the tobacco industry’s long-term health and profitability. One senator called Matt Myers’ handiwork the “Marlboro Protection Act.”

Scientist’s career threatened by anti-tobacco organization


 

Carl V. Phillips

If you want to get mad about something, definitely do so. But make sure it is the right thing: the 99% of available research funds that have a political litmus test attached; the use of those and other funds to blackmail institutions into censoring other researchers

CTFK threatens researchers but who cares


 

Dr. Sally Satel:

Shameless Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids Tries to Censor Researchers

 


 

By Dr Farsalinos:

Public health has been divided into two opposing groups (pro and against harm reduction) which never meet or participate in the same conference to exchange ideas and present their arguments collectively in an honest, open and public debate. Is this what public health and smokers deserve? Is this going to solve the problem of smoking? Is this scientific progress?

Public health urgently needs a “new deal”


Added 9/27/16

AND now from Neil McKeganey Ph.D. Christopher Russell Ph.D. themselves:

Why Academics Should Resist Pressure to Disengage with the Tobacco Industry


Thank you to Dr. Christopher Russell for the work you DO, and for allowing the world to see ineptitude from what is supposed to be authority by both ENSP and CTFK.

Here are results of just one of Dr. Russell’s surveys. NOTE it says Tobacco Harm Reduction.

Tobacco Harm Reduction, Vaping & E-Cigarettes


“In other news”

I wrote a letter to the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids.

Someone had to, I chose me.

For immediate release: Dear Matt Myers, President of Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids

 


 

Because this was directly a tobacco industry study, we shall wait for the “experts” to stake their claim:

BAT claims Ecig emissions 92-99% safer than cigarettes

 


Speaking of manipulation:

How the FDA Manipulates the Media

AND

A top journalist is suing the FDA over its alleged use of a banned and secretive practice to manipulate the news


 

E-cigarette Research is HERE.

MORE e-cigarette research is also HERE.

If you are a Professional  go HERE.

 


 

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