Category Archives: Tobacco Harm Reduction

Harm Reduction: Cliff Notes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Stop skirting the truth when it feels inconvenient”


Is this statement from Cliff Douglas too late?

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


Blackballing – Blacklisting

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

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

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

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

Dr. Siegel’s statement is found here.

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

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

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

Thanks to Skip for the next two links:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Consumers need the truth

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

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

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

Here’s Cliff’s Paper:

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


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

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

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

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

Let’s get to work, public health.



Added March 10th, 2021:

This is Philippines, not USA...

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

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

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

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WE, The People

October 1st, Columbus, Ohio Statehouse rally.

Consumers: WE, the people.

That’s YOU.

Over the past few years I’ve seen and heard variations of “we should go to Washington and hold a rally.” Well, dear fellow consumer we, the people, it is beyond time. Suddenly, when President Trump tweeted about vaping, we are IN the national spotlight.

Now is the time for we, the people to come together in one voice – and make our presence known in our nation’s capital. Millions have bravely gone before us, now it is our turn.


“Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness”.

What does that mean to we, the people? As long as you’re of legal age, smoke if you like. Or don’t. To me, it means freedom of choice of a less harmful alternative to smoking.. and that includes flavors.


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Dateline: December 16, 1773, BOSTON.

Boston Tea Party

I’m confident American small business owners and consumers alike are familiar with the history that helped frame the foundation of the United States.

Enraged by control, taxation, tyranny, and demanding freedom – the Sons of Liberty (merchants/small business owners) decided, defiantly, to throw themselves a tea party in the Boston Harbor. They became #louder.

Before this, boycotts and smuggling – black market – tea was prominent.

Now replace the word tea – with cigarettes. Next, replace the words “No taxation without representation” with “lessharmfulproducts“.


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October 1st, concerned citizen from Akron attending the Columbus, Ohio rally.

This is our “Boston Tea Party”.

Despite efforts to circumvent the movement we, the people, vaping products are removing cigarette tax revenue from the government. That’s what small businesses and consumers we, the people, are doing. This is our “Boston Tea Party”.

#WashingtonDC. Harm reduction. We the people. November 9th.

#Louder.


Who

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The United Vapers Alliance (UVA) was formed as a 501(c)(4) organization earlier this year. The sole intent is to educate the public and politicians regarding the benefits of harm reduction via vapor products, and the right to keep flavors on the market as a consumer choice.


Why:

Because the government is WRONG. Our messaging needs to be clear, simple, peaceful, and united. Consumers, we the people’s rights are being infringed, restricted, and may possibly be extinguished by government actions and policy all over the nation. The time for silence is over. The time to be heard is NOW.  For too long, we have waited for our politicians to do the right thing.  No more.

“So whether or not we choose to believe the FDA’s stated intent to entertain the re-introduction of flavored vapes at a later date, this is, at least, a de facto permanent prohibition for smaller operators.” Source

THOUSANDS of citizens like Susan Ripley (below), have created small businesses, creating jobs by investing in this life-changing technology. Now they are fighting for their rights – along with ours.

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October 1st, Columbus, Ohio rally.
Photo courtesy Susan Ripley.

How:

United Vapers Alliance will LOUDLY inform Congress and the FDA, that if they do NOTHING, 99% of all vape products will be removed from the market by May, 2020.  United Vapers Alliance will fight for the right to live a less harmful lifestyle and see OUR children grow. 

We are an estimated thirteen+ (13+) million strong, with families and friends who have seen the positive change that vapor products have provided.  If our politicians will not listen to our voices we, the people, then our voices will be heard at the ballot box this 2020 election.

Together, consumers will rally with ONE voice, ONE mission, ONE message, and will shake the very foundations of power in Washington D.C..


When and where

WASHINGTON, D.C.

When: November 9, 2019: 12p-4pm
Where: The Ellipse @ 1450 Pennsylvania Ave NW
WASHINGTON, D.C.


You can find UVA’s website here: United Vapers Alliance

You can find also find & join UVA’s Facebook page here:

United Vapers Alliance


Footnote:

This Washington, D.C. voyage has the same importance for me personally as my trip to Milwaukee did. This is history in the making. Monumental. I want to stand beside you, the people, with some of the loudest voices representing our country, and to be heard. To change the conversation.

This country was founded on we, the people. Someone was standing up for your rights, the rights of others, and those generations who will follow. This country was founded on #louder voices. This is no different. I consider myself one who speaks for many. I hope to see you there, and don’t be shy. I’ll be the 6′ redhead looking forward to standing beside you and shaking your hand.


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Michigan Governor Declares Cigarettes Safe

Governor Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan has arrogantly declared cigarettes are safe and will remain available for consumers of all ages in her state. “Alternative nicotine products” will be banned to protect the children ™.

It seems the words “regulate, restrict, tax and ban” will not catch on (in that order) as I had envisioned. Michigan, like San Francisco, has chosen the word “ban” for less harmful products to protect the children™ … I’m happy to report however, cigarettes are safe.


They aren’t banning all vaping products in Michigan, only “alternative nicotine products”. At last check (pretend I made a phone call here), cigarettes are safe from being banned in the state. To protect the children ™ .

Any normal human being would think laws are in place to protect the children ™ restrict underage purchase of booze, cigarettes, and other adult products. Don’t all laugh in unison.

Dr. Brad Rodu already explained underage sales of tobacco is poorly enforced and violation rates are “extremely high” in states like Michigan earlier this year.

(For reference on federal/state enforcement of underage sales, see what no one likes to talk about: Synar Amendment).


The Governor posted this… To protect the children ™.


Takeaways:

A less harmful CONSUMER choice is being eliminated. Without experience, consumers (of any age) may try to mix e-liquid themselves – and it will create a black market.

To protect the children ™ .


ELIMINATION of vape shops, restraint of trade – creating a monopoly for, or eliminating competition for cigarettes and smoking cessation drugs. To protect the children ™ .

Civil disobedience is already here:

There are other implications to protect the children ™ :

This arbitrary decision by Governor Whitmer, challenged or not, has created an unscientific template for the other 49 states to admire, assess, modify and then implement implement to their own needs to protect the children ™.

The American Vaping Association had a press release here.





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Mutual Admiration Society member Frank Pallone was quick to show support to Whitmer. I was compelled to ask a silly question:


I can’t take – as a consumer – any threat as an idle threat. If just ONE of these threats, taxes, bans, etc. takes hold… it’s a snowball to hell for everyone. I don’t really believe for one second most understand how swift that hill will accelerate the process.


I’ll readily admit I may not explain things ‘just right’ all the time, so (in the spirit of the name of my blog) I’ll point you in the directions of the links you need to see to better understand why cigarettes are safe in Michigan:

If you are in MICHIGAN, you should already have gone to CASAA here:

Action Center

You should visit Jim McDonald here:

Michigan Governor Bans Flavors by Executive Order

You should see Dr. Siegel here:

Michigan Ban on Flavored E-Cigarettes is a Terrible Policy with Devastating Public Health Consequences

And in accordance with VITN rules, you should go here:

Juul Labs Announces Support For Michigan Flavor Ban


Footnotes:

I found (then Senator) Whitmer announcing legislation (in 2008) to ban “toy” lighters years ago here.

Interestingly, I couldn’t find Whitmer trying to ban cigarettes anywhere (to protect the children ™).


Finally, in my best Morgan Freeman voice:

Cigarettes cannot and shall not be banned and are protected by law, in accordance with the Master Settlement Agreement.


12/12/19 Update:


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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.


CONSUMERS go HERE.

Industry go HERE.



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Kevin

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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Dr. Gottlieb: E-cigs CAN Help Smokers Quit And Improve Their Health

Dr. Scott Gottlieb, Food and Drug Administration

Dr. Gottlieb of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) tweeted “e-cigs can help currently addicted adult smokers quit; and improve their health.” If you had internet connection issues yesterday, it may have been jolting shocks of horror from ‘experts’ seeing what he tweeted.

This isn’t the first reference to less harm, Dr. Gottlieb has passively stated in the past: “If you could take every adult smoker and fully switch them to e-cigarettes, that would have a substantial public health impact”. He’s also stated:

“E-cigarettes may present an important opportunity for adult smokers to transition off combustible tobacco products and onto nicotine delivery products that may not have the same level of risks associated with them.” (Source)


That’s pretty big news no one is hearing over the incessant chanting from others. If a “substantial public health impact” is a goal, Dr. Gottlieb will have to speak up. (I can barely hear him.) How about, oh – I don’t know, maybe a press conference with a mandatory presence of the alleged “health leaders” for a start.


Source

Dr. Gottlieb will have to speak up if a “substantial public health impact” is a goal:

In the four years (hard to believe, today) since the release of the results of my consumer survey, I have finally seen a credible and official statement saying “e-cigs can help currently addicted adult smokers quit; and improve their health.” from the Commissioner of the FDA.

This isn’t a secret. No one is listening. It’s something consumers have said all along.

Link

Not only did he tweet those words, he also tweeted a follow-up about improved health.

Link

I can’t be so arrogant to believe these tweets came from my urging, but I was shocked to read what Dr. Gottlieb said. Maybe he isn’t using his (this is funny) mute button! I’m skeptical, he’s at least tweeted it – with a comment about improving health. Twice. Vape shops are not permitted to say that. In my book, it’s better than a poke in the eye.

I can’t ask for… Wait, if the goal of reducing smoking is the goal, I’ll expect much more.

In my excitement, I mistakenly linked the Surgeon General from his personal account on a few nudges. However, I included him in other tweets in his “official” capacity. So far, no reference to this new study has been made from his personal or official account.

No “health group” has mentioned Alex Azar’s statement below. This information is NOT foreign to Dr. Adams or Dr. Gottlieb. They were present when U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Secretary Alex Azar spoke these words:

Quote is at 3:35 on this video

No surprise

Those ‘experts‘ I referred to above? The horror must’ve made them leave early to grab their favorite flavored Starbucks coffee. With Gottlieb making a statement like he did, I was eager to see if the American Heart, Lung, Cancer, or even Tobacco-Free Kids may, might, or could have mentioned it.

In conducting a quick general twitter search for the article link and found –ZERO– mentions from those organizations front groups. So much for a public health impact.

If smoking is “the single largest preventable cause of death and illness in the world”… and all “health” organizations are about health,  and improving health, then why does my pal DrMA below need to raise awareness of their omission a day after Gottlieb’s statement …


Tweet

Scepticism and merit


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Picking Up Momentum

Tammy and others went all out:

Link

Our friend James Jarvis did as well.

Link

I’m in the middle

The headlines are wonderful, the truth is the average number of attempts for a smoker to stop is 30. The success rates of gums and patches are about 7%. The average success of e-cigarettes is 70% (low end), or more, and they know it, government funded research proves it. Downplaying it, giving it no attention isn’t informing the public. That doesn’t improve health.

Change The Conversation

It’s time for public health and politicians to make a decision:

They want less smoking, or they don’t.

They want less harm, or they don’t.”


CALL THEM OUT

If making public health a priority and “improving health” is their goal… With all we do know, EVERY single township, official, city, who have regulated, restricted or banned 18, 19, and 20-year-olds from less harm and choice should be questioned – having an opportunity to explain themselves.

EVERY news outlet should be screaming about improving health with e-cigarettes, and interviewing every single township, official, city, health group and expert in the area who restricted or banned those choices.

Consumers (like me) take it upon themselves to blog, tweet, write their representatives out of passion and conviction. If I’m doing it wrong, I’m willing to learn.


This just happened. At least that’s what I heard.
This is 2019. (“Hi, Fig”!)


These are the types of thing you may not be aware you, as a business, giving smokers a healthier option, are up against:

Original Tweet

Sometimes I pick my battles carefully.

Careen is responding to my “Vape Shop” photo. I imagine she’s being engaged with. Link.

It’s time for vape shops/industry to make a decision as well.

I know, love, and respect some business owners who are fighting by themselves for their customers, and future customers, either through a local or state industry organizations. If you’re not aware, you’re not doing yourselves any favors.

If you are in business giving smokers a healthier alternative to smoking and don’t change the conversation quickly with local, state and national lawmakers…… ahh, who am I to say what you should do. After all, it is your business.

I would read about this (here and here, or listen to this man and act accordingly with any representatives about youth, adult choices less harmful products, and more here:

Senator Burr (R-NC) Floor Speech on FDA Ban of Menthol Cigarettes

Senator was also in this discussion with Mitch Zeller in 2014.

Please see my last blog: You Don’t Know Nicotine.


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Kevin

Vaping In The News – January 26th, 2019

“Feelings” with Surgeon General Jerome Adams.

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


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


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


You Don’t Know Nicotine

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

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

The Kickstarter campaign is here.

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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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HIGHER Nicotine Levels Are Safe

Quit smoking patch gum


HIGHER nicotine levels are SAFE.

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

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

You know what? Good.

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


“We’ve always done it this way”


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

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

Now new research shows HIGHER levels of nicotine may help.

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

I didn’t see this coming.

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

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

Now two questions!

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

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

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

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

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


Nicotine is not addictive.


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

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

Here’s the link:

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


Nicotine: It is not you, it is them.

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


It is not you. It is them.


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

They’re not trying hard enough.


Nicotine Failure Rates

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


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


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


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


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


Nicotine Experts Are Not Experts

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

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


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


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


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


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

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

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

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


Added 7/20/2019

Is it on purpose?

Financial Ties and Conflicts of Interest Between Pharmaceutical and Tobacco Companies

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

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

Financial Ties and Conflicts of Interest Between Pharmaceutical and Tobacco Companies



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Vapers and shops.

I’ve said this before. It is imperative:

Do NOT limit nicotine strength.

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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

Evolving Nicotine Usage and Consequences


Added 3/02/19

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

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

Added 5/04/2020

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

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


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In The End

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

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

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

I’m not shutting up.


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Vaping In The News – December 22nd 2018

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

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


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


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

Consumer Engagement for GFN2019

From our friend, Jessica Harding:

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

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

Consumer Engagement for GFN2019


Stevens Point leaders update e-cig ordinance

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

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

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

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

Stevens Point leaders update e-cig ordinance


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TCAPS Will Install Vape Detectors in Middle, High Schools

Read this sentence, a quote from the video:

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

Now – if you must read it again…

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

TCAPS Will Install Vape Detectors in Middle, High Schools


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

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

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


We Need to Reduce the Harms of Draconian Tobacco Policies

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

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

Wait a minute…

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

We Need to Reduce the Harms of Draconian Tobacco Policies


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

Brad Rodu… you can’t ask for better.

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


Inspired by Brad Rodu’s blog above:

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


Before you go:

Innovation

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

Innovation


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Vaping In The News – December 8th, 2018

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

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


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



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



EcigIntelligence Annual U.S. Consumer Survey 2018

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Billions in anti-tobacco funds spent elsewhere

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

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

Related: “Where We Stand” (see contrived)

(Bold, color, italics are my emphasis)

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

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

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

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


Retired FDA research monkeys find new home and music in Florida

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

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

Retired FDA research monkeys find new home and music in Florida


 

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Glantz Debunked

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

Obviously, ALL his life.

Glantz Debunked

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


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

Such a long title… Be still my beating heart.

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


FDA Delay Costs the Lives of Smokers

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

FDA Delay Costs the Lives of Smokers


Vaping Prevents Relapse

Dual use… trial and error…

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

Vaping Prevents Relapse


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

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


PMTA for low-nicotine cigarettes

Here it comes… #KeepSmokingWeNeedTheMoney.

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

PMTA for low-nicotine cigarettes


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

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

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

And… WOWFILL your tank. Hydrate. Pace yourselves.

Take breaks. OUTSTANDING.

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

Required reading:

Fear Profiteers


U.S. Surgeon General blocks Clive Bates.

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




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Kevin