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Battle Lines & Bruises. I get by with a little help from my friends.

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I tweet what comes to mind about vaping. For that matter, I blog the same way! I rarely have a plan, Almost off the cuff, I take chances and just go with the flow. Sometimes I jump in head first, sometimes I star a tweet, almost always retweet… sometimes I leave well enough alone.


Sometimes I’ll drag it and beat it and find it again because it pissed me off enough to add two more cents into the barrel of monkeys. I’ll take the lead, I’ll putz along behind two hours later…

LOVING the people I follow and who follow me, for their dedication, teamwork, awareness…. and much more… we really are like a huge global family, we don’t always agree, we definitely watch out for each other and when its time for someone else to do the dishes, we do them.


I try optimism, yet the lure of lies within the tweets I see or that are pointed out to me almost always bring me to pessimistic side of me at best. I kind of go “good cop/bad cop”. Like the vaping devil’s advocate, I ~try~ to have a standard, giving a chance to anyone to see the opposite side, yet knowing it may be on deaf ears.

That’s ok, it’s the followers of that person I’m more concerned about seeing the followup…with the original tweeter battered and bruised with the truth. Normally, one or 12 will jump in with a link, a statement  – and have a knack for being there. I don’t often see that with “the other side”. They leave themselves to us to either show the truth or be tweeted alive….


I’m still learning – from all of you, and I thank you for it. We’re either tweeting to the choir or tweeting to someone with a predisposed position. Rarely can there be a change of heart, thought, goal or motive…. but we’re doing it anyway!


I try humor (try, it’s not always “funny” I’ll admit). Truth. Valiance. Hero & villian within the same tweet on occasion. Sarcasm. Evil thoughts. Friendly questions…. sometimes I’m just an ass. Please note, I am not an expert. Not “trained” in social media, and certainly don’t know what I’m doing half the time, faking it the other half. 🙂 I see others doing. Not being afraid. Taking “social risk” if you will, with or without thought. Tweeting their asses off for the better of man/womankind.


We, and more than likely you who are reading this, are an advocate. We’re waiting for the next “bad news” story. It might *doubt it* actually be true. With global emphasis on “how bad” e-cigs are, we’re paying attention worldwide, we’re not uneasy about tweeting mayors, senators, governors, organizations like the CDC & FDA…the President himself… it doesn’t mean I (we) always take the “best way” to handle situations, but it’s how we roll… and I’ve been told I was “over the top” very early in my twitter account by a vendor..one time, and I couldn’t believe I was even close yet.  🙂


There can be some very serious damage control to be done when one tweet says “dangers” from an “expert” or health pro and so on……and thousands see and some believe before I or others have to assess their intention. The perception is that we’re ganging up on people when we see an idiotic tweet in regards to bans, restrictions, children, taxing, dangers….

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That’s important to me and others who are advocating and standing up to these lies, to

“cut them off at the tweet”

so to speak. Advocating in the vaping world can be such a blast, and such a draining effort at times. I know I’ll do it whether I’m encouraged or not, retweeted or not. It’s about everyone – current smokers afraid who may see the misinformation, people who aren’t sure, and it is about future smokers and their choice as well.

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Sometimes it’s a snipe hunt. I realize some health/control people like my pal Simon Chapman have ulterior motives. I’ve been following him quite a while. He finally blocked me. It took a while for him to hit that block button, though.


Simon recently called (vapers) out here like he’s done so many times…

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I saw no point other than to respond the way I did here if you’re so inclined:

https://twitter.com/SimonChapman6/status/594373015778959360


Had I provoked him? I didn’t think so, at least not on that particular tweet, but yes, yes I have. I did after, and made them much more personal and tailored directly to him. Questioning his integrity, questioning his intelligence. Well then he blocked, and for a lack of better terms, He’s blocked bigger and better folks than myself long before I started and he’ll do it forever.

I followed him and others, to not only see the idiocy of their tweets for my own enjoyment, I figured I may learn something from him along the way.

I learn things about wind farms and tobacco control from people like simple Simon.

He’s the “expert”, right?

Reducing tobacco use should be the priority….Shouldn’t we be on on the same side?

I’ll miss you Simple Simon!


Lets move on down the vape trail a bit. I try my best to be civil, but in the end, advocacy, in my mind, has no battle line. Bruises are common, some will block without provocation, some will tweet & tweet until there’s just a big circle of stupidity…..and not care in the end.

Some will be awesome and at least pretend to understand even if they don’t, and some flat get it right away.

The pretenders and the get it right away folks are the best.

It’s not in my nature to be just “nice”.

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Some of my fellow tweeters are unbelievably awesome at it. I absolutely admire you who keep your calm, cool & composure. I try, but in the long run, I’m more reactionary and constantly at the line of incorrigible.


I don’t believe when there are things like this – that there’s a line.

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Mr. Bezanis is obviously an idiot, so we’ll move on.


When I see something from a Tobacco Control group, Cancer, actual Doctors, Public Health… and it’s irresponsible, I make it my mission to spot check these people.

I added the words after in the graphic below to post to them, but you get the picture in their tweet & mine.

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I can bore you with these as well from Tobacco Free Broward if you’re interested…

https://twitter.com/NoSmokeBroward/status/587638692438761474



We, with all our might by being advocates are trying to get a message across to the world about vaping.

There are a FEW vendors who do as well, but almost all I see are individuals. Unpaid and very committed to the vaping cause & community in various ways and means.

Radio shows, chats, facebook pages, multiple facebook pages… running meets. Advocating in court. Calling representatives. The works. Do something.


There IS notblowingsmoke.org

and what an AWESOME site it is.

No blog of mine goes without the mention of two things.

Research:

www.ecigarette-research.org

and Medical Professionals at  M.O.V.E.

Along with tweeting & facebook, we have blogs.

ANYthing you can do to make people aware that vaping is better than smoking as an alternative, DO IT.


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And last but not least at the end of this blog…

Vape Me Stoopid

This one, Vape Me Stoopid……… (and many MANY more) has my respect

for many things….


The undying

“Advocate, Reviewer, Quiet Co-host with VapinGreek on

My voice is my own & no1 elses”.


Rarely a day goes by I don’t see her tweeting. Calling out anyone, anything. Vendors. Health. Tobacco. She’s not any different than anyone else,  just like probably all of you reading this, there’s dedication and diligence to the cause on her part. She’s been around a few days…

She’s got Tweet Rage on her website. Un-f’n-believable with her thoughts. Among others, she helped me on my survey early on – on Facebook….

and about two months later I made the connection as to who she was…


This week, there was a different kind of blog from this woman who’s gone as far as talking/sounding like a frog, and telling me . 🙂

She also has predicted the FUTURE of vaping in 20 years…..


Those who inspire are inspired by others. I like to think of her as VMS…

I would like to thank her publicly for BEING VMS.

…………….she’s got a gofundme page, and a long road home………….

If you can, do what you can for her.

If you can’t, please share it and pass it on.

I’ll let her tell her story:

http://vapemestoopid.co.uk/the-long-road-home-another-adventure-for-vms/


Keep On Advocating and

Keep On #Vaping On.

Kevin.

My Vaping Anniversary

Of importance to me with Abi’s blog I’m about to present to you all.

To some, the journey into vaping whether finding it on your own like me, by accident, or someone helping you, does SOMETHING to your life.

It gives you among other things, the power over tobacco, that had you in *its grip (*its: tobacco companies, peer pressure, life, addiction, etc.)

It becomes a very large victory within itself in your life. Because of vaping, This is the same feeling I had when I started the survey. I’d been vaping well over a year before I got involved – head in sand kind of thing. When I did get on twitter, I didn’t know anyone, I wasn’t in any facebook groups, and I didn’t know a thing other than that it worked for me. I just wanted to do SOMETHING & tell the world!

We are reactionary in our knowledge & what vaping is about, we crave more. It’s not about power or status, it’s about making a change for the better in the world. If it inspires, it is better for others.

Abi Cott, I not only commend you for the work you’ve done, I dearly admire you among others!

It IS about the fight, It IS about the others who don’t know yet, and it IS proof positive we have a voice.

Keep On ‪#‎Vaping‬ On.

Vapers In Power

I bought my first Vape pen almost exactly one year ago, and I really had no idea what a change to my life that would be.

It was a chance purchase, not planned or considered. The last thing on my mind was quitting smoking. I bought it for one simple reason and one reason only, a LAUGH.

A few mates had tried them and waxed lyrically about them, but I didn’t want to quit smoking so I wasn’t really interested, so it really was a fluke that I bought one at all. I was bored, and wandering around a city centre on a Saturday afternoon when my eye chanced on an advert in a shop window.

“E-cigarette kit with 2 flavours – £10”

It was cheap enough and I though the flavours looked like a giggle so I wandered in. Roughly an hour later after much testing of flavours, I…

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The California $75 MILLION #stillblowingsmoke campaign & #notblowingsmoke. Who’s fooling who?

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SEVENTY – FIVE MILLION DOLLARS.

Just burning a hole in California’s pocket. To lie.

As the #stillblowingsmoke campaign from the California Department of Public Health rose out of their tobacco control ashes,

A brilliant counter of #notblowingsmoke came calling from everywhere.

Out of nowhere!

Similar to the #curbit campaign (out of California as well), there was a blast of support from the vaping community.

I wasn’t privy to anything coming… it flooded my timeline – and it just… sort… of….. kept going. Gleefully.

@StillBlwngSmoke was who I assume was at the helm. 🙂

The idea that the California Department of Public Health was going to attempt a #curbit style campaign, and the fact that someone knew it, and created http://notblowingsmoke.org/

(A brilliant idea so go see the site!!!)

and then USED it to hijack the #stillblowingsmoke campaign from them…

just made me giggle… more by the tweet.


I didn’t know it was coming ’till I got home from work and it caught me by a pleasant surprise.

We know they’re not being honest with their claims.


That got me to thinking today… I saw their “News Release” and they are not playing around. TV ads, lies… disinformation, misinformation. Discreditation – is that a word?

They want to discredit everything about e-cigarettes…. toxins, dangers… you know…. well here that is:

If you want it you can download it: PH15-024 California Debuts Ads to Counter E-cigarettes

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Page 2:

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Interestingly they have a link to this:

http://www.cdph.ca.gov/pages/presskits.aspx



So after re-reading that “release” and seeing this photo

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(vapor is dark – coming off the wrong end…)

and the “toxins” are there – birth defects…….  the lies are there – the silliness is there.)

It got me to thinking….

So I did this:

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It pretty well pissed me OFF, so I decided to create this “internal memo”, posted it on Twitter as a dropbox,
and also put it on CASAA.
Tweeted it to CDPH themselves…..trying to catch THEM off guard.

My adjustment of their “press release” as a “internal memo from their failed festivities, and added a few links and a couple clues to it not being real.. was to say the least – funny to me.

If I were in charge of this “failed” 75 Million dollar FIVE year plan and it got hijacked on the first day what would I say…

I wanted it done –  like disinformation directly at them…. I’ll play their game…..


I made it look realistic enough for the header – with copy/paste…

added the links… added a few clues for us to see, and actually wasn’t trying to fool anyone once they re-read it – for those of us who vape………….


Once you  hit the MSA or the “dear Stan” part…  at least a flag or two may go off….

 “Private, Do Not Distribute” and then under the date there is PH-LIE #1348318-024

along with “dear Stanton” in the body of the text………..  ALL the links were to various links from the

website – including the site http://notblowingsmoke.org/ itself at the end…

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When I tweeted it – someone caught the joke pretty quick- and I thought – well, it wasn’t “that” good anyway –

then put it on CASAA and let it sit a bit….



It fooled more than I thought with the vaping community. Our world and “anti” campaigns goes SO fast.

There are articles with good news headlines, we can’t all possibly read every word, and inside that headline – more lies…

We can’t see everything. We sometimes retweet each other out of sheer trust… we consider the source. 🙂

That led me to another thought. If I – just a guy with no real “experience” in the copy/cut/paste world can create a phony internal memo – to try to get it to them… and that catches people off guard-

What will the CDPH do with their 75 MILLION dollar misinformation campaign to the public for FIVE YEARS? Think about THAT!

They’re lying on every ad, creating it for their benefit. They’re falsifying what is already misinformation and doctoring it up to make it worse… Glantz even gloated in his blog – then linked “http://notblowingsmoke.org/” ON HIS BLOG. Has he gone mad? Thank you, Mr. Glantz. Anything to help the cause…. is well appreciated. Ugh.


Some of us try things to capture the attention of these people with any means necessary.

So………. lesson learned even by me, that everything is not what it appears.

I thought you would all see it as a parody immediately, some of you thought it was real, and there were a couple of well trained eyes even questioning it. I want the campaigns like the CDPH stopped in their tracks. They’re irresponsible and costing lives.

They are irresponsible and costing LIVES, and wasting tax revenue to do it as well. I want to put them out of business.

The CDPH is not going to apologize for their lies…or their grant money over the next five years.

We have to learn to catch everything on the fly.This really IS war.

If I “bothered” you with it, good. It wasn’t to be malicious and most certainly was accidental, but it sure brought awareness to light over what’s real….. what’s not…. and what the enemy does to the public to deter them from even trying vaping.

I’m on the vaping side of life –  I am for smokers as well… this is a very complex fight – so pay attention – not to me specifically, but to what’s being tweeted, what’s being posted….

We also have to learn to be creative and capture their attention.

They’re claiming the same old silliness…. I’m open to ideas…don’t think they aren’t reading our tweets & blogs….

We need to keep doing something.

Productive tactics:

Like this:   Debunking_Handbook

Or This: The Lung Goodbye – ironically by Simon Chapman. : The Lung Goodbye


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Keep ON #Vaping On.

More to come.

Kevin

Cigarettes or E-Cigarettes. Which Product Is Safer? Let the world decide.

Everyone, from health experts, politicians, media, you can all vote. This is open to anyone.

Click on the photo to enlarge it to help make your decision.

Lets see what the world has to say.

Translator: https://translate.google.com/

Please, make this fair! Share this with anyone on Facebook & Twitter!

Results are immediate!


If you are a Medical Professional and support this alternative to smoking cigarettes, please consider joining the M.O.V.E. Organization.

Please see other Medical PROFESSIONALS already on board @ M.O.V.E.: https://sciencecig.wordpress.com/move/


I would like to acknowledge Randy Willis https://twitter.com/VapedUpGaming for the graphic.

Thank you, Randy Willis.


New Survey coming soon.

Public Health Officials PREFER you to smoke cigarettes. For Immediate Release

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For Immediate Release: Public Health Officials prefer you to smoke cigarettes and some are getting away with it.


Around the world, many Public Health Officials, including Doctors, are falsely continuing to claim “e-cigarettes”, also known as “vaping” as a dangerous method to stop smoking, despite the expected protocol to normally show proof.

Not one official has provided proper documented evidence to their claims of “dangerous”, despite the severity; a first to those in what is normally considered a highly prestigious position of authority with these types of claims.


Apparently, they are using their prestige inappropriately and would rather you smoke cigarettes than to even try an electronic cigarette. Their false claims, collusion, duplicity, hypocrisy and ineptitude, are confusing the masses, despite overwhelming scientific proof vaping is a better alternative to traditional cigarettes.

They are quickly losing respect from their counterparts around the world. These are just three quick examples of what they deny are clearly and easily able to be found:


1. Public Health officials falsely claim nicotine is both dangerous and addictive.According to the Tobacco Harm Reduction website that is not true: Link: Isn’t nicotine itself very bad for you? – No, it’s not.

2. Public Health Officials falsely claim “higher levels of formaldehyde than in cigarettes”. Tests were improperly performed at much higher levels: Link: The deception of measuring formaldehyde in e-cigarette aerosol: the difference between laboratory measurements and true exposure

Judy Judd, Project Director Tobacco Control Program, who shows no professional health credentials: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jmjudd proposes bans like tobacco and thinks vaping “reinforces social acceptance of smoking, and their emissions can contain carcinogens and toxic chemicals” (like claims above) and her position is that “research is in the early stages” which is simply not true. Plenty of studies have been done. Her statements clearly lead one to believe smoking is less dangerous. Counter-intuitive, but a very powerful statement from someone who works for a “tobacco control” program.

This creates confusion with the power of words like “toxic carcinogens”. Judy Judd – showing NO proof with her claims, and no credentials, just that she’s able to use a title as a “director”, not a scientist, has an OPINION here and is not putting health first as she claims in the opinion below:

http://www.ukiahdailyjournal.com/opinion/20150215/keep-vaping-away

3. Public Health Officials state “Gateway towards tobacco” like above:

Those claims are also properly dismissed: Link: American Journal Of Preventive Medicine:


It turns out NOT all Public Health cover things up, as you see from the studies & links above.

Some are taking responsibly and PUBLICLY embracing this, and there is a growing list of professionals called

M.O.V.E: (Medical Organizations Supporting Vaping & Electronic Cigarettes): M.O.V.E


If you are a health professional. I urge you to join as well, here’s a list of Professionals showing support of this life saving technology.

A growing worldwide group of Health Professionals who support e-cigarettes with M.O.V.E.

So where do we go from here? I believe we should go to war. We recognize quite clearly that this is a war with a determined enemy. The Public Health field has demonstrated in on every continent that is has forfeited any right to be regarded as anything other than the opposition, joining forces with financially motivated pharmaceutical, political and media interests reaching global proportions.


These merchants of tobacco death are deliberately suppressing information, hiding the truth from the public. They are adamantly claiming there is not enough research, when there is: The reader must ask what the motive is for deceiving or denying the clear information if vaping or “e-cigarettes” as they are called, would only serve to save millions of lives around the world, effectively wiping tobacco out of existence within a few short years. Wouldn’t that be the ultimate goal of “Public Health”?


Maybe they fear the name, e-cigarette. Even a “Simple Simon” knows these are not smoking devices, despite the original name. Some call them personal vaporizers. They only contain a few ingredients already approved by F.D.A. standards. Some even contain no nicotine, or the user can gradually step the nicotine level down at the user’s discretion, unlike cigarettes, well known to have over 4,000 dangerous and carcinogenic and toxic chemicals.


Professors of Public Health unprofessionally say these are dangerous, and deny all existence of overwhelming and conclusive scientific proof vaping is a safer alternative to quit smoking, despite the evidence.


Clive Bates, Former Director of Action on Smoking & Health (London) and founder of the NGO Framework Convention Alliance, set up to support the development of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control has this to say: E-cigarettes, vaping and public health http://www.clivebates.com/documents/vapebriefing.pdf


We as concerned citizens must confront them on every battlefield, whether it be health, political, social, environmental, economic or any other form of media imaginable to help the world understand the depth of their denial to potential loss of life by stopping cigarette smoking at any cost. If you are a Health Professional, I implore you to consider joining M.O.V.E. M.O.V.E: (Medical Organizations Supporting Vaping & Electronic Cigarettes): https://sciencecig.wordpress.com/move/


Please visit this highly informative website for more information. http://www.ecigalternative.com/ecigarette-studies-research.htm


The author would like to thank & recognize Mr. Chapman for his role in allowing some of the text in part, from his very own “manual of tactics”; “The Lung Goodbye” (July, 1983) found here: http://legacy.library.ucsf.edu/tid/gjq72f00/pdf

Vaping Advocacy. Truth, Gloves, Policies & One Bad Apple.

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No matter how you advocate, please do so. Make phone calls, tweet on Twitter, post on Facebook, talk to your legislators & health professionals about M.O.V.E. 

Do something. Vaping saves lives.

Please feel free to share the following in their original forms.


Vaping  (Electronic Cigarette Use)  The Truth:

Written by Kelli Forbes, BScN RN.

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One I Wrote, inspired from the one above:

#Vaping2015

LIES


It’s Time For The Gloves To Come Off

http://fergusmason.com/?p=452


Briefing on the science and policy of e-cigarettes and vaping:

http://www.clivebates.com/?page_id=2853


Lastly From VapeTV:

An Open Letter To Vapers, Politicians, Researchers & The Anti-Nicotine Crowd


Your effort, no matter how big or small, is effort.


The Bad Apple:

While you’re here, there was a discovery that @us_vaping on twitter is

NOT a valid association.

They are NOT vaping advocates -although you will see I and quite a few others are following “them” on purpose.

They are following vaping vendors for the most part.

Hmmmm.

Although they are called “US Vaping Association”, it was on Godaddy and “whoswho” that the domain shows it is registered from CANADA.

They claim an office in Colorado, someone confirmed that is a “drop-box” service address.

(4950 S. Yosemite, F2 #117, Greenwood Village, CO 80111, United States)

Please beware. They also have a website:

usvapingassociation.com

If anyone confirms with me properly that this is a valid organization with proper paperwork, filing status with the State Of Colorado, and / or other public documents available online, I will GLADLY retract this statement.


Keep ON #Vaping ON.

More Coming Soon!

Taxing Thoughts, A Ponzi Scheme.

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

is what those funds are for, are they not?


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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ADDED 5/29/16

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

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

Specifically, with non-tobacco users and the patch:

nicotine addiction patch

More on that statement:

Study explores nicotine patch to treat memory loss

Nicotine treatment of mild cognitive impairment


Virginia just voted this idea down.

Panel kills bills to raise virginia cigarette taxes


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

Another great read:

Puff, The Magic Settlement

Another great read:

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


ADDED 3/30/2018

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

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

Kentucky is doing the same thing.

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

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

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

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

Or in Minnesotta

State of Minnesota sues after tobacco company stops settlement payments


E-cigarette Research is HERE.

MORE e-cigarette research is also HERE.

If you are a Professional  go HERE.



A Billion Lives.


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A BILLION LIVES


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More to come.

Keep ON #Vaping On.

Kevin

From a Twitter Friend: California Propaganda War Against eCigs!

Nice, results final will be coming soon, until then:

http://www.twitlonger.com/show/n_1skc937

California Propaganda War Against eCigs!

The Vaping Truth Survey is over 5,000. 01/01/15

If you haven’t taken the survey and vape:

Click on this link to take the The Vaping Truth Survey

In light of wanting WORLDWIDE translations and the ability for anyone to take this survey,

We want the world to have the opportunity!

Please share this translator link

with any group, forum or vaping friend in quite a few languages!

I want the whole vaping world’s input!


Below is just one of the totals so far from over 5,000 worldwide participants, with 66 countries joining in the FIGHT!!!

(Remember I wanted 100,000? 95,000 to go! 🙂 )

I want this to be the biggest survey by vapers for vapers ever!

Gum surpassed “cold turkey” in the latest roundup.

over5000


I simply CAN’T go on without mentioning this next:

Queensland, as of this post has banned liquid nicotine.

http://www.health.qld.gov.au/public-health/topics/atod/tobacco-laws/electronic-cigarettes/default.asp )

Someone told me last night – they’ll probably GO BACK TO SMOKING.

That does NOT make me happy. Not that someone would, that someone would not have a choice.


Folks, Happy New Year. We’re waking up to 2015.

A brand new year. I started this survey late on the 17th of December. I haven’t decided when the survey will be over yet. Just when I think everyone may have taken it, the numbers go up another few hundred in a day! Excitement is booming overseas. Holidays are now behind us and I’m moving forward in this cause.

The translator was a great suggestion from a couple people on the European Vapers United Network:

(EVUN) and gave other countries a great boost in numbers for this survey.

I have had thousands – countless numbers of retweets, shares on facebook, MANY have posted in their respective & various forums. (Keep that going, it’s working, and I see the traffic on this blog, so if you want to know, ask me and I’ll check the hits!)

I’ve received not only awesome mentoring from one individual and quite a few emails in praise and support on this vaping journey of the survey from quite a few others! I’ve asked questions, I’ve had INVALUABLE advice, (I’m here to learn and learning as I go as well!)  I’ve been given some HIGH quality retweets, I’ve had a boatload of fun to date, and in all, hopefully have raised not only awareness to this cause, but raised spirits in the process. I was in my own world about vaping for the first year or so. Still using my ego/ce4, telling people who asked about it the good as it came up- dispelling the bad quickly and spreading the vaping truth. It wasn’t easy. SO much bad press. I had this idea over a couple days. What if I could change the image of “vaping” for people who smoke and hear the bad. That’s part of the whole story.


Now, as I’ve tweeted at one point, I never was an activist, but I’ve become one by default. What if I could have a place every vaper in the world could point to. It’s not just my opinion or my experience in vaping. It’s the WORLD stating the truth. There’s power in numbers. It’s what I was trying to tell others by myself. I was asked “How much does it cost to vape?” by someone at work. I replied, “Great question, what’s your life worth?”. That’s not just a tweet I posted awhile back, that’s what happened. It took him by surprise, and he’s still vaping.

I need to take this survey, blog and pending website to a much greater level in order to further educate and display the results to the world when its over properly. Some information will (and technically has) become public domain. Feel free, for what is already posted, to USE these results to help anyone thinking about vaping to DO it. If it helps, I’ve done my job. I’d LOVE to hear from the first person who comes across what’s already released to email me and tell me they chose to stop smoking from the information from this survey. There’s always hope. I’ll be ready for any “anti’s” to discredit this survey.

I don’t know how far this will go yet. I do now know and willingly admit that I need to raise voluntary monetary support. I thought about this very hard this morning before coming to a conclusion and posting this to the world.

With your help, if enough is raised, these funds will first upgrade the PollDaddy Survey to Professional Level. With that I’ll be able to add features to it not available as a “free” survey, and extract any and all information backwards, sideways and forward to further the education of the public about vaping.

If there’s a huge outpouring of support, it will cover more. Most importantly, it will help spread “The Vaping Truth” far and wide to anyone on a fence about vaping. We’ve spoken volumes very loudly with this survey, and honestly, with no funding  – no backing, I’m STOKED to hit 5,000. I’ve had some listings on blogs, a few of those “paper.li” feeds, and proudly on  www.vapers.org/uk still (thank you) has my reply to their support on the front of their website.

I appreciate any consideration of this ~ it is absolutely NOT required and is anonymous.

Instead of just giving money and hoping for the best on your part –  I’m VERY willing to mention you here in the blog as a supporter if you like, or you can remain anonymous.

(If you want to be listed here, please tell me – if not I’ll assume you wanted to be anonymous!)

Many of you on twitter are reviewers, ejuice makers, stand makers. Bloggers. You have sites of your own. With that I thought of this:

You can list your name, twitter handle –  your review site, your liquid site, (if you have a website, blog, company, group, cause, Avon, etc,) or just want to see your name on the list, I’ll gladly do that with a text link to you or your site! (They cannot be big tobacco, porn, or the obvious etc).

You state what your text link is worth all your own.

If you think your retweet was worth your site being listed on here, If you want your name, or a company you like on here and don’t or can’t  donate, I’ll STILL put it on here!

That’s how important this is!

There are already some on the right under

Vaping Truth Survey Supporters!


If you choose to show support,

you can safely use Paypal to donate here

with any amount you choose:

  You can use PAYPAL Here To Support “The Vaping Truth Survey”

I thank you for your time.

Keep On #Vaping On.

Kevin


Vaping TRUTH Survey ; Our VOICE.

please, if you vape – take it for our sake:

http://vapinglinks.polldaddy.com/s/vaping-truth-poll-real-people-real-answers

The last space was on the survey was reserved this way:

Any other comments? Suggestions? Thanks for taking this survey! Below, are those comments & suggestions.

These below are OUR voices. These are the comments you left on question # 15.

I didn’t EDIT one of these. These are comments left by YOU – who took the survey.

I just separated them *I hope well enough for anyone to glance through them.


All I can say is my story. After 35+ years smoking I finally have something that works. I enjoy vaping, I’ve started reducing the nicotine content. I’m having fun with it. Trying different flavours, different mods. I can see me start wrapping my own coils. I’m saving a huge amount of money. I will do whatever I can to stop governments from regulating these like tabaco. We smokers need a viable option. Vaping made quitting smoking so easy and painless. I want to see a time where smoking is obsolete and that won’t happen if vendors can’t advertise and promote the product, if vapers and vendors can’t educate and encourage smokers to try vaping. I heard a quote I really like “we smoke for the nicotine, we die for the smoke”. I started vaping for the nicotine, I now find myself vaping for the flavour. Lowering my nictone content and trying different flavours. I hope this helps. Today, 11:42AM


I hope this helps and that the ultimate results of this survey will help governments make the right choices on sensible regulations based on the extensive science that exists and continues to come in. Today, 11:39AM
Vaping changed my life. I had tried to quit so many times and so many ways, and failed every time, that I had quit trying. Now I have been tobacco-free for over two years and I feel great. I also smell good. I have gradually reduced my juice strength from 24 mg to 4.5 mg (a blend of 0 and 9) In time I may be able to entirely wean myself of nicotine, but if not it’s OK, as long as I can vape. Today, 10:58AM


If any regulation is to be done, it should not be done by government entities that are in bed with big pharma and big tobacco. For years we hear you have to quit smoking. We find a product that works for so many folks where all other cessation aids have failed, and the government wants to tax and regulate it to death. But there are huge pushes to legalize pot. Really! Leave my vaping alone and let me be an adult and find responsible places to buy my vape gear including juices. If the government wants to make vaping safer…..try funding some small business to start up manufacturing in the US, so we don’t have to buy everything from China!! Today, 9:04AM


thanks for the survey Today, 9:00AM


I am single live off 500.00 would love to win a 100.00 vaporizer praying God will here my prayers Today, 7:43AM
So called health professionals that intentionally lie about vaping, knowingly causing smokers to continue to use tobacco, is a crime that should not go unpunished. Today, 5:06AM


Thanks for the opportunity. Today, 4:35AM


It’s quite simple. Snus and vape are probably a sufficient answer to the tobacco issue in general. People will probably spontaneously replace cigs with snus or vape if they can make a free and informed choice. Governments don’t have to do anything, the tobacco issue will just fade away.
Governments, campaigners and NRT manufacturers should adapt to the new reality, but the temptation to keep it from happening is apparently too strong. Today, 4:12AM


Labelling the common box as it is after each question was driving me mad. Very condescending. Needed to be something like…..(Apart from the obvious), please help us understand why you select……….. Today, 4:12AM


Vaping works, Vaping is the future and the future is now Today, 4:05AM


See above answer for my thoughts! Thanks and Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays!! Today, 3:08AM


I vape, I don’t smoke, I’m happy and healthy. Today, 3:52AM
To governments/officials/cigarette producers: stop trying to ban the one thing that helps smokers and ex-smokers! Lets work togeather to research e-cigs and liquids more and make them even better for people. Today, 2:04AM


The government needs to pay attention to the people who benefit from this product and stop with the scare tatics. Put safety regulations in place for everyone but leave the rest alone. Today, 1:12AM


Great survey, especially the clarification boxes. Don’t you just hate it when the perfectanswer isn’t even listed? I do. Kudos. Today, 12:31AM


Survey should include types of equipment used, current equipment (cig-a-like, Vapor/Tank/Mod, Rebuild-able Tank, Dripper. Sealed battery, tube mod, regulated mod. Today, 12:19AM


Don’t ban or restrict vaping, it works! Today, 12:26AM


A small investment has made me cut back paying $7.50 a day, that itself is a success Today, 12:22AM


Vaping has not only had significant positive improvements on people’s health, it has also created many jobs, thereby boosting the economy. Today, 12:22AM


Ask questions regarding peoples experiences with the Vaping Community with regards to advice. Also maybe ask for the country we currently live in. Today, 12:13AM


Why are “they” anti vaping …follow the money ! Yesterday, 11:27PM


Advertizing – outrageous standards are in place for tobacco – find some other adult-only industries and try to get e-cig advertizing limits based on those instead. For instance I get adds for booze, condoms, vibrators on TV after 11pm – but not tobacco. Push internet outlets to find/use an age-verification mechanism that works – I just give them credit card info but expect that they can’t tell between an adult and a minor who has a credit card.
Liquor stores around here let parents bring in young kids – under 12? since you can’t leave them alone in the car, but you don’t ever see 13-20 year olds in the liquour store.
Kids under 18 should be allowed to use ecigs if their parent/guardian gets it for them to stop them using cigarettes – it works better than any alternative including beating/yelling/threatening-enhanced-cold-turkey. But there need to be limits e.g. not using it at school or sharing it with friends.
If a gas station sells smokes to a kid – and gets caught – the penalty is a fine of 250$. This should be a lot worse. Govts want to ban flavors or ecigs or nicotine because the kids get cigs in spite of age restrictions – but a $250 fine isn’t really good enforcement of age and carding laws. Yesterday, 10:27PM


I never intended to quit smoking, I got a vape cause I liked it, but then I ended up liking it so much I just gave up smoking. Yesterday, 10:50PM


Governments and Public Health Org.’s have Huge conflicts of interest when it comes to Vapor Products. As Vapers numbers increase so does our Voice and our Votes. We will not be stopped by Public Health misinformation.If Social Media had been prevalent 30 years ago Public Health would have Never got away with the lies they told about second hand smoke and Smokeless Tobacco causing Oral Cancer Yesterday, 10:07PM


Keep Calm and Vape ON! Yesterday, 10:10PM


Thank you! Yesterday, 9:59PM


Fuck the government Yesterday, 9:41PM


I smoked a pack a day for the past 17 years. I was only introduced to vaping about 4 months ago and started vaping 3 months ago. From that day, I have had less than 4 cigarettes.I amnow down to 1-2 cigarettes a day and hope to be completely off them soon. Yesterday, 9:33PM


I would love to see all public health agencies that have been spreading false information//fear mongering about e cigs disbanded and every employee that contributed to said fear mongering and falsifying information brought to justice for all the people who died because they foolishly trusted said agencies to actually care about the publics health. Yesterday, 9:06PM


While I am happy that I am no longer smoking, I have concerns over those in this industry that may be killing it in the long run. Why are there devices for vaporizing vg/pg that cost more than a flat screen TV set? What atomizer set up calls for more than 50 watts of power? How can a company not see the need for childproof caps on the product if it contains nicotine? Yesterday, 8:53PM


Great survey, thank you 🙂 Yesterday, 9:11PM


Vaping has saved me. I smell, look and feel better. People aren’t repulsed by my scent when I come inside a room. I am more confident in myself when I talk to others. No more, “I hope I don’t smell like ashes.” I am truly a much happier person. Yesterday, 8:53PM


Love vaping! Can smell a cigarette from a mile away now, and the smell makes me queasy. I love breaking the cigarette habits without having withdrawls. So much cheaper than the damn $8/pack I was spending. Cravings are SO much milder than when I was ‘needing’ a cigarette. My child is happier that i’m off the smokes; friends have noticed I don’t stink anymore. My ‘issue’ now is that non-smokers/non-vapers in my town often assume that any PV use is someone using a weed concentrate. That, and the “fuck you, it’s not illegal” cloud chasers that seem to be sort of the face of vaping. Some of us ARE 45 year old moms who are just really happy to not be slaves to cigarettes anymore. I also have a sneaking suspicion that these in-your-facers are dearly dearly loved by the tobacco industry for their ability to scare away the rest of the rational populus. Public opinion of vaping is dropping, and it’s a shame- it beats the shit out of smoking cigarettes. Cheaper, smells great, tastes great, less shame of being a smoker. Screw Phillip Morris, support your local vape shop! Oh yeah, the vaping community rocks!! I really love the wonderful community of vaping! From Reddit, to my local B&M, to seeing a fellow vaper out in the real world- the kind, positive, collaborative feel of the vaping community is something else that is sooo much more awesome than the world of smoking. Vape on!! Yesterday, 8:28PM


Love love loooove vaping. Seriously life changing. Yesterday, 8:19PM


Vaping is one of the most important new technologies of the 21st century. It has the potential to save millions of lives a year. Yesterday, 8:03PM


I hope the appropriate people get to see these results. I hope the results aren’t slanted in favor or one way or the other. I hope this makes people see that this is seriously helping me, and others stop smoking cigarettes for good and forever. One can only hope. Yesterday, 7:52PM


greetings from Poland Yesterday, 7:43PM


I wouldn’t like to see children vaping but I don’t like to see children smoking yet it happens. So if vaping stops them from starting to smoke I think we should allow it. Yesterday, 7:00PM


Nope Yesterday, 7:24PM


professor peter hajeck said in a youtube video published by his university earlier this year that in years to come, this whole contraversy will be written about in history books. i hope the current day opponents of e-cigs can live with themselves when they realise if they had been open with the science and truth about this product from the start, more lives could have been lengthened and saved. Yesterday, 7:17PM


If you want to stop smokeing try vapeing it helped me stop me my wife son and mother inlaw have all stoped smokeing Yesterday, 7:13PM


Vaping is sick as tits Yesterday, 7:06PM


You’re welcome! Yesterday, 7:01PM


Vaping is a great thing that has happened to me, the more i look around the more i learn about it, the more i like it. The community for vaping is very friendly and open, and very passionate about it. I think its amazing all the stories about people being able to stop smoking by using vapor products. Yesterday, 6:41PM


My biggest concern is that the word will not get out to the people still suffering to quit smoking cigarettes. I am still surprised every day that on day #2 of getting my first vaporizer I have not craved ONE cigarette. I feel so much better and spread the word to anyone that will listen. This is a REAL painless way to quit smoking and could potentially help millions of people. The industry is growing by leaps and bounds, vendors are amazing and helpful. I am very satisfied with the current state of affairs as far as vendors, choice, and regulations. I would not be opposed to an age restriction of over 18+ and child proof caps, but the government needs to stay out of an adult’s choice to finally quit smoking. I am living proof that the is by far the BEST way to quit smoking, not to mention much healthier. Yesterday, 6:13PM


The vaping community is too big and too ornery to quit vaping. People didn’t quit drinking during prohibition and we won’t quit either!
I’ll see you in the vaping underground if Big Brother steps in ;o) Yesterday, 6:10PM


Thank you for this survey, I love there are active members trying to support our right to vape for our own health and money. Thank you! Yesterday, 5:45PM


Get rid of this “Please help us understand why you selected this answer”-box. Yesterday, 5:46PM
Fuck Big Tobacco. Yesterday, 5:40PM


Good survey. And I gave you an earful 🙂
1. Vaping is a much less harmful alternative to smoking.
2. the facts are known, the studies are there, there IS no “we don’t know” – we DO know!
3. the so-called “public health” people shall mind their own business and just leave us alone. Most vapers no longer smoke tobacco. Period. And we do not care what those “public health” jerks are whining and screeching. WE know that we are doing the right thing. And f** those ideologues who are trying to run our lives and force us back to tobacco. NO! Yesterday, 5:05PM


If Government and ANTZ and all other organizations were that worried about people smoking then they should just take combustible tobacco off the market. Yesterday, 4:56PM


Vaping is the Future Yesterday, 4:59PM


This was a great idea. And I’ll be sure to pass this survey down to my friends. Yesterday, 4:46PM


I think anyone who smokes could benefit from vaping if they would only give it a try. But for some, the initial cost of an ecig kit can be offputting. What I’ve learned is that for the price of a carton of cigarettes that would last me about 20-30 days, I can get enough eliquid to last for 6-8 months. It’s much cheaper to vape than smoke! Yesterday, 4:28PM


Since I stopped smoking tha nasty ciggs & been vapeing I noticed I can breath better & my sense of smell has returned & how amazing how much food tastes better & feel better bout myself & don’t have 2 worry bout tha odor that tha nasty stinky ciggs leave on yA been vapeing for 6 months now & I feel great bout it Yesterday, 4:37PM


nothing to see here.. have a picture of bender drinking!
http://technabob.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/bender_drinking_beer.jpg Yesterday, 4:23PM


Some of your phrasing is odd Yesterday, 4:24PM


It’s certainly not good form to announce at the onset that you are doing this survey “To help the vaping community”.
A survey should be an unbiased sampling, and the results should neither be pre-supposed nor should they be leading.
Did it anyway, but not sure of the validity of the results you’ll get. Yesterday, 3:58PM


Thank you for running this survey. I hope it does some good… Yesterday, 3:31PM


regulation regarding electronic cigarettes cannot be a knee-jerk reaction and should be carefully thought out. The reason Vapers are passionate about its survival is due to their own positive experiences, not because they are seeking confrontation for the sake of it. Yesterday, 2:18PM


This should be interesting. Good luck! Yesterday, 3:09PM


The cat is out of the bag 🙂 Yesterday, 3:29PM


I can only say in my experience it has been a great journey to non smoker. No one knows like a heavy smoker how you are trapped by the smoking habit it controls your every decision.
After trying all the other NRT and failing dismally an invention comes along vaping , It just works! With out to much effort and not planning to quit it just happened and I am so pleased to finally be able to write I am a NON SMOKER Yesterday, 2:09PM
Enjoy vaping while you can! Yesterday, 3:12PM


thank you Yesterday, 3:19PM


I hope you get the requested number of vapers to complete this for you. Yesterday, 2:59PM


Fun survey! Good luck with your results! 🙂 Yesterday, 3:00PM


We had separate water fountains, bathrooms even schools based on the color our skin in the name of public health. let us not repeat the mistakes of the past now based on the color of our breath.
For me this is a question of personal identity, I am a vaper and I relate to a community of vapers. Remember, we have the same right to freedom of expression through any media that everyone else has. Like MLKing Jr. I too have a dream and prefer to keep my head in the clouds and my boots on the ground.
Prejudice
a (1) : preconceived judgment or opinion (2) : an adverse opinion or leaning formed without just grounds or before sufficient knowledge
b : an instance of such judgment or opinion
c : an irrational attitude of hostility directed against an individual, a group, a race, or their supposed characteristics Yesterday, 1:46PM


Other surveys that I have participated in were ridden with preconceptions and misunderstandings about vaping. It is obvious that only experienced vapers are qualified to comment of some matters or even set questionnaires. This survey is excellent because of the space allowed for comment. Yesterday, 2:44PM


You’re welcome. Thanks for asking! Yesterday, 2:28PM


Take into account the various technological advancements and ask how long someone used a cig-a-like, and whether they were better off when technology has been allowed to flourish. Good survey all in all. Yesterday, 2:16PM


Vaping is an enormously popular world-wide consumer based movement and “hobby”. THEY will never “shut it down” They will continue to do their best to lie because THEY are apposed to smoking AND Anything that would even remind them of tobacco and nicotine. We in the community hate liars. When we lie to the government it is called a felony but when they lie to us it’s called Politics. Yesterday, 1:45PM


The attacks on vaping by municipal governments and public health officials are a national disgrace, and indicate deep-seated corruption in the organizations that disseminate misinformation about personal vaporizers …
To be against vaping is to be in favor of continued cigarette use and the revenue generated by tobacco taxes … Yesterday, 2:08PM


Vaping should be embraced it does work. I lost my husband to lung cancer 9 years ago and I know he would still be here if we’d had vaping then… Yesterday, 1:49PM


Technology will make Goverments obsolete, lifes rules will be set by the people and deleted and updated as required with flexibilty to accomadate all Yesterday, 1:11PM


Vaping is the perfect solution to quitting smoking when one does not want to give up smoking. Vaping mimmicks the act of smoking well enough to replace actually smoking and tastes tons better and improves coughing/breathing issues pretty quickly. Yesterday, 1:20PM


Thank you for the questionnaire. Keep it up. If you have any questions about my answers to yours or want to get in touch somehow, my email is BLOCKED. Yesterday, 1:05PM


No Yesterday, 12:54PM


Fight the good fight! Vaping is a right! Yesterday, 12:46PM


Vaping can be more like a hobby.
U can make your own juices u can build your own coils. And ppls are wery helpful they share info and own experiences about differend products.
I like makeking flawors and builds because its more social than smoking. Vaping is the future! Yesterday, 12:26PM


Hold to account all those who distort the truth in a court of law Yesterday, 10:53AM


My real concerns are that whatever the results of this survey it will be viewed as being skewed by the Public Health Trolls who consider all vapours to be liars and under the spell of a mind controlling cult. I wish you luck! Yesterday, 10:48AM


good survey 🙂 keep up vaping Yesterday, 11:24AM


Thanks, it feels good to have a voice. Yesterday, 12:06AM


Those are it as of about 12:15 today 19 December, 2014.




I am SO grateful and thankful to you all. We ARE changing the world.

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