Organized Crime Heads Applaud FDA’s Decision To Reduce Nicotine

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When Dr. Gottleib, head of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) made the announcement to reduce nicotine and keep tobacco burning, health criminal organizations immediately applauded the plan to continue tobacco use.

Speculation over future profits is keeping some barely contained in their excitement.

Since the announcement to lower nicotine in cigarettes, health organized crime heads have rallied in support in the plan, some calling it a “game changer” between bites of cannolis.

“I’m gonna make him an offer he can’t refuse.”
― Mario Puzo, The Godfather

The goal? Leave the nicotine, keep the tobacco.

That’s the important, and profitable part.

Loan sharks are circling the wagons, they want their money back.


 


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The Plan

For this to work, there must be a strong and unbreakable criminal network and respect for the groundwork criminal element already  established between the drug companies and public health, even if was before you were born, and specifically if you don’t understand it.

Everyone must agree that nicotine is addictive and dangerous. Decades of a foundational and profitable lie is at stake for everyone, even when nicotine isn’t addictive without tobacco. No one wants to be embarassed.

People could get hurt.

“There are things that have to be done and you do them and you never talk about them. You don’t try to justify them. They can’t be justified. You just do them. Then you forget it.”
― Mario Puzo, The Godfather


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Dr. Gottlieb

He himself is a fan of tobacco. Big fan. Smoking promotion is big business when it’s technically illegal for tobacco companies to advertise themselves. The government does it for them.

I can’t imagine he read this opinion piece he linked, it was written by a history professor with writing skill and knowledge of a cat in heat, or at least worse than mine. Among other things, it stated:

“Smokers would be able to start or quit at will, without suffering the robbery of choice that defines addiction.”.

Keeping tobacco and trying to redefine it as nicotine, is a game.

He and fellow criminal, Mitch “Two-Butts” Zeller wrote a long and boring letter and *surprise*, it got published as gospel in the New England Journal of Medicine.

It does sound convincing.

“A nicotine-limiting standard could make cigarettes minimally addictive or nonaddictive, helping current users of combustible cigarettes to quit and allowing most future users to avoid becoming addicted and proceeding to regular use”


The Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids.

“Let’s make it happen”

“Lets move forward” – note, take the nicotine out and consider the other EIGHT ways in tobacco, the ingredient they’re allegedly against in their “informative” and graphic below of the other acceptable ingredients that will remain untouched.

Good move” “should act quickly

Those cigarettes won’t smoke themselves.

Positive reinforcement by a political front group: Keep smoking

 

 


Action on Smoking & Health.

They call continued tobacco use a “real public health power move“.


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Truth Initiative

Truth Initiative®, publicly applauded the move to keep tobacco, in fact, strongly – as shown below.


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The Robert Woods Johnson Foundation

They want to make sure you didn’t miss it: “ICYMI” In case you missed it.

I’ll quote our dear friend, Agent Ania who is screaming from her resting place,

“Quelle surprise”


Michael Eriksen

As the Former Director – CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health, current Dean and Regents’ Professor, Georgia State School of Public Health and part of Tobacco Atlas, Mr. Eriksen believes “deeming was so important”.

The mis-step in this and other “assessments”, is to reduce the harm caused by tobacco would be, according to all the experts, eliminate the tobacco, not endorse it.

You think he’d know better, but nobody’s paying attention.

As tweets go, Mr. Eriksen can be “non-committed” and just report the tweet as if…and just quoting the story  – failing credibility is of no concern.


UCSF

With a broken cigarette, it’s “intriguing”.

 


Dr. Tom Frieden

#Skippy, the Former circus act at the Centers for Disease Control director and Former New York Mayor Bloomberg muppet – thinks continued tobacco use could save millions. It’s “important”. He’s trying to pretend he’s a rebel within by the subtle “If it happens”, and the clever hashtag #tobaccokills is almost as adorable as his efforts when he was in charge. Do as you’re told, #Skippy.

Speaking of Bloomberg

“The Editors” at Bloomberg calls it “A smart plan”. To promote tobacco.

Keep the tobacco. Catching on?

Take the Addiction Out of Smoking


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Not supporting it.

 

“…don’t ever take sides with anyone against the family again. Ever.”

– Michael Corleone, The Godfather

 

While I don’t agree that “people need to stop smoking” as stated below by the American Council on Science and Health, smoking is a personal adult choice, I am not surprised this is the only group making a bit of sense.

Despite my reservation, ACSH is standing alone as it speaks out against the criminal acts unfolding with what is known as common sense. They even went as far as stating nicotine is “harmless”. Finally, truth.

ACSH is the only one I’ve found so far.

Imagine that…

So far I haven’t seen the Body Parts Orgs™ (© David Goerlitz) say anything.

I’m waiting on the Heart, Lung and Cancer criminals to make their decision as to which way they’ll roll.




What is wrong with this approach?

Well, for starters – they’re promoting what they’re pretending to get everyone away from. So they can make more money.


Clive Bates

Here’s what Clive Bates has to say about

Reducing the nicotine content to make cigarettes less addictive

Clive Bates & Carrie Wade:

Reducing nicotine in cigarettes raises all sorts of problems


What Trump’s FDA director gets wrong

“The FDA’s failure, to date, to acknowledge that e-cigarettes not only are safer than combustible cigarettes, but that they are much safer, results in confusion among would be consumers.”

What Trump’s FDA director gets wrong


The FDA’s words and actions do not match

The New England Journal of Medicine published this letter last week. In essence, it is FDA funded propaganda at its finest:

The FDA’s words and actions do not match


Added 9/7/17

Brad Rodu said this in 2010:

Down the Rabbit Hole: Tobacco Control Through Radical Nicotine Reduction

Negligible Evidence of Radical Nicotine Reduction Benefit

Brad Rodu, always informative & intriguing: as he explains the “game changer” above and the

“$93.3 million in grants from the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the FDA:

Negligible Evidence of Radical Nicotine Reduction Benefit


Dick Puddlecoat

“It’s not just questionable, it’s insane. One can only assume that the people endorsing it are either corrupt or mentally compromised.”

Very Low Intelligence


Very Low Intelligence

My extremely intelligent friend Paul explains very eloquently why this whole thing is tripe from across the pond:

Very Low Intelligence


Bolton Smokers Club

The USA Intention to Reduce Nicotine Content in Cigs


Related

The Myth of ‘Light’ Cigarettes

Lowering Nicotine

Are there other chemicals that cause addiction in tobacco?
MAIO’s? Take a gander at what the U.S. Government themselves say:

Are There Other Chemicals That May Contribute to Tobacco Addiction?


In case you missed these, here are a few of my related takes on the investment the FDA has made on promoting tobacco use the biggest criminal Ponzi Scheme ever conducted on a continual legal basis in the United States.

It’s all about the money, folks, not about health.

A Nicotine-Focused FDA Framework.

Lowering nicotine in cigarettes is a gateway to smoking

Added 9/3/17:

Prescribing Smoking:

 

Here is the company they are funding, and backing.

I did a bit of digging…..

Um… they’re suggesting PRESCRIBING smoking.

X-22 is the first and only smoking cessation product in the form of a combustible cigarette.

X-22 is a six-week prescription treatment which utilizes Very Low Nicotine (VLN) cigarettes (95% less nicotine than conventional cigarettes) to satisfy a smoker’s craving for cigarettes while separating the act of smoking from the rapid delivery of nicotine.

X-22 Smoking Cessation Aid In Development

Red Sun

This is its American brand sold in more than 600 stores. It is a high nicotine cigarette. It might seem counterintuitive, especially given the health benefits claimed by its very low nicotine cigarettes, but high nicotine cigarettes could have significant health benefits as well.

X-22 has certain advantages:

  • It’s a cigarette, people seem to prefer that

  • It has no side effects, apart from the harmful effects of cigarette smoke

  • It has been proved effective in six clinical trials

22nd Century’s Unique Cigarettes Create Growth Opportunities

Keep smoking, we’ll just help you lower your nicotine.

 

 


Added 9/16/2017

The Corruption of Public Health

 

 


 

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

Smell that? Tobacco Control Is Imploding.


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Smell that? Tobacco Control is imploding.

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Experts. They, and please correct me if I’m wrong, are in the care and custody of information about tobacco, a treasure trove of various tobacco company files, and of course, how to “prevent” control its said use.

Those who hold fancy titles like “mechanic” or “editor” use abuse their power and advantage leverage opinions to manipulate public perception of “everything” tobacco.

In reality, sitting around waiting for things to change, crumble or fall wouldn’t normally be my nature. I’m not sure about you, but I am enjoying a front row seat for the pending implosion of what is tobacco control from a consumer’s perspective.

Smell that? I think it’s already happening.

Beyond the blog fog, where it took 7 “experts” to stand together to whine about blogs, (much better than mine) was enjoyable. Watching them losing control over of all things, other opinions… was a sight to see.

There’s satisfaction in watching them desperately grasp at their own shallow standards.


Top Billing: Poor Stan

It seems tobacco control’s subliminal messages are fine, (try again, it takes time, plan to quit, we’re here to help, etc) but not ok for Hollywood.

Foiled again. He likes to stroke his beard while running around to various theaters finding smoking in movies so he can complain & talk about suing hollywood, claiming that “smoking in movies” leads to children smoking. May I offer you some popcorn?

Brad Rodu certainly can explain how he’s wrong better than I can.

Teen Smoking Unconnected to Cinematic Smoking

Harry Shapiro writes about it here as well:

Nicotine Science & Policy 


Stanton Glantz, again…

Stanton Glantz “redoubles” (a term I see and despise, yet I’ll use it for the obvious – shouldn’t all efforts have been 100%, or have they been half-assed all along) his efforts in doublespeak and misdirection on everything tobacco and his grubby paws are losing a grip on reality.

Christopher Snowden covered that here.

“This is the David and Goliath delusion on crystal meth. “

That shady link between big tobacco and nicotine gum

Added 8/31/17:

Christopher Snowden appropriately checks Ruth Malone as well.

Get your story straight


Speaking of Alice:

Ruth Malone

Ruth certainly isn’t worthy of top billing, yet I do think of her just enough to break her balls in second place a bit as her indecision and world-famous non-commital stance is, well, I’m not sure – as I’ve shown here

It seems Ruth Malone has more to contribute to the misdirected link between big tobacco and descends into how evil they really are.

I’ll quote our dear friend, Agent, who on occasion would bring two words graciously into a tweet: “Quelle surprise”.

“It doesn’t seem to make sense for a company that sells cigarettes to help smokers stop using them”: A case study of Philip Morris’s involvement in smoking cessation

I fixed the final thoughts for her if you’d like to skip the formalities.

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Gateways

The foundation of tobacco control are nicotine and gateways to smoking in youth.

Think of the children™” is a well worn battle-cry of the well established morons.

Well, they can collect their tobacco control toys, stop enticing their free child labor and go home.

More importantly, they can choose to ignore, or listen and engage with professionals like Dr. Cranfield below.

Next,

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

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

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

And:

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

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

Via Michael Siegel:

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


Nicotine Bonus

I’m not sure what to think of this yet, but there’s hope, possibly. There’s concentration of “understandings and lay beliefs” in this one, so I’m still chewing on it.

Smokers’ understandings of addiction to nicotine and tobacco: A systematic review and interpretive synthesis of quantitative and qualitative research

I’m still looking for addiction, in humans, to nicotine without tobacco control’s passive-aggressive proof by assertion. As nicotine “addiction” goes, I’ve covered, and continue to add to this blog specifically with my babbling, along with a ton of links within.

Nicotine Is Not Addictive


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

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

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

glantz tweet


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

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

Aren’t you excited?


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

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

Title

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

E-cigarettes cause less smoking.

“Important stuff”:

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

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


 

Purpose:

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

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

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


More Stuff

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

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Findings:

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

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

(Being informative is exhausting!)

Result:

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

Links:

Chart above is here.

Study below the chart is here.

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


Conflicts Of Interest:

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


Opinion

Big Ole’ long sentence assesment warning!

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

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

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

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

How’d I do?

Peer review my findings! Someone check my math!


Related:

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

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

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

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

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


Related:

Via Michael Siegel:

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

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

Added 9/6/17

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

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

 

 


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Vaping In The News: August 26th, 2017

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This edition includes the FDA’s “game changing” propaganda tour, taxes… and the tobacco control gateway claim still seems to be taking tickets.

Glantz is a punchline – Christopher Snowden explains that better than I could dream, and smoking and e-cigarette rates are down among teens. Again.

Oh yeah, lung cancer risks.

That’s in here as well. Thanks for being a reader.


A Smoker’s Manifesto ~ The FDA’s words and actions do not match ~ Speaking of taxes ~ Alan Beard ~ Gatway Theory, Truth or Myth ~ 18 year olds ~  Game Changer ~ Negligible Evidence of Radical Nicotine Reduction Benefit ~ Twitter ~ Glantz Gone Mad ~ Christopher Snowden ~ THR4Life ~ Smoking and E-cig use among teens is down ~ Lung Cancer Risks ~ Canada Bill S-5 ~

Vaping In The News – August 20th-26th, 2017


A Smoker’s Manifesto

As vapers, we’re almost all former smokers. An astounding read and a great reminder of where we’ve come from, what we’re fighting.

Well beyond excellent. Stellar, in fact.

A Smoker’s Manifesto


The FDA’s words and actions do not match

The New England Journal of Medicine published this letter last week. In essence, it is FDA funded propaganda at its finest:

The FDA’s words and actions do not match


Do you know about THR4LIFE?

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Breaking News

A picture is worth a thousand words: Electronic cigarette content on Instagram and Pinterest.


Speaking Of Taxes

Selling tobacco is a profitable business. It creates revenue for the government(s), grants and endless streams of cash for states to spend on balancing budgets, “roads and education to museums and even funding in support of the tobacco industry“,and more.

 

They wanted to raise replace revenue with ecigs… A “replacement revenue source as revenues from cigarettes and other tobacco products fall“.  Period.

Their budget woes for you & I not smoking have become a new goal to replace “their” money.

THIEIR budgets are in the red.

I have it in black & white.

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Then, I blogged about it.

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


Alan Beard

On a two-fer, Mr. Beard  -a consumer like I am, is well worth the read:

Challenges for Vendors and Desirability of Compulsory Membership of a Trade Association

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Do you know about NNA?

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The Eclipse

Excellent from Mr. & Mrs. VaEHp:


Speaking of Gateways

Dr. Cranfield, who released this study some time ago, now has this video explaining the gateway theory truth & myths – responsibly.


18 Year Olds

To restict someone who could vote for you is interesting…. Tobacco 21 is gaining Nanny status in the United States.

“This law subverts the United States Constitution”.

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


Game Changer

Nix the “end game”-now it’s a “game-changer

#TobaccoCONtrol Rule #6,743:

Keep as much tobacco burning as possible. Note who the article is written by, a lesson in history 10 years after implementation should be done, of course, we’d need more studies.

Spoiler alert: My favorite part is:

“Smokers would be able to start or quit at will”

FDA’s new plan to reduce the nicotine in cigarettes to sub-addictive levels could be a game-changer


Negligible Evidence of Radical Nicotine Reduction Benefit

Brad Rodu, always informative & intriguing: as he explains the “game changer” above and the

“$93.3 million in grants from the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the FDA:

Negligible Evidence of Radical Nicotine Reduction Benefit


Twitter

It seems the ANALyzing of tweets is still going on. “Surprise”.

Researchers hope the Food and Drug Administration can use their findings to make the government’s anti-electronic cigarette messages go viral.

“We expect these results will help Health agencies, the FDA, and Researchers gain insights into observed viral nature of certain messages and designing effective strategies to maximize diffusion of their messages,” the grant states.

Feds Spend $199,665 Analyzing Tweets About E-Cigarettes

Here’s the grant via NIH:

TOWARD FINE-GRAINED E-CIGARETTE SURVEILLANCE ON SOCIAL MEDIA: EVOLVING THEMES, POPULARITY PREDICTORS, AND DEMOGRAPHIC VARIATIONS


Are you familiar with INNCO?


Glantz Gone Mad

I’m not sure if he’s drunk, lost his mind or just wants more attention.

People who quit with ecigs may have more relapse



So much for the gateway, Stan. In fact, shut your piehole.

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

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

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


Christopher Snowden

has a few words to say another idiotic statement from Stuff-N-Puff Glantz and “big tobacco”:

“This is the David and Goliath delusion on crystal meth. “

That shady link between Big Tobacco and nicotine gum



Smoking and E-cig use among teens is down, again.

Between 2013 and 2015, e-cigarette use rose substantially, while “experts” were claiming, screaming, yelling and making a general ass of themselves that they are a gateway to cigarettes. A gateway to smoking.

Fool me once…

Youth Tobacco Use in the U.S.


Jenny Hoban of THR4Life is interviewed here

“She gives the group’s views on reducing tobacco usage, and the city of Detroit Lakes considering raising the age to buy tobacco products to 21.”

Jenny Hoban–Tobacco Harm Reduction 4 Life


Lung Cancer Risks

 

“<1% of tobacco smoke and falling within two orders of magnitude of a medicinal nicotine inhaler”

E-Cigarettes Carry Much Less Risk of Lung Cancer Than Cigarette Smoke, Study Finds


Canada Petition:

Canada needs signatures:

Senate Bill S-5, a prelude to prohibition




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

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

Wait a minute…

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

It’s Think Of The Children ™ .

Future income for tobacco control.

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



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

I’ll wait.

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All set?

Moving on.

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

Substantially.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Imagine taking away e-cigarettes as a choice.

Would any of the other categories have gone down?

I think not.

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

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

Stop that – you’re starting to look silly.

Youth Tobacco Use in the U.S.

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

Now look back up at that chart.

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

You know you want to.

glantz tweet


Added 8/26/17

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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


“When tobacco use decreases, less smoking occurs.”

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

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

 



Related:

Clive Bates has been saying the same thing since 2013.

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

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

Oh, and here:

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

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

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


And Dr. Cranfield, who did this

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


Added 8/26/17

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




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Lowering nicotine in cigarettes is a gateway to smoking

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Instead of the US Government taking tobacco use by the balls by focusing on less harmful alternatives – they are playing a slow and never-ending game of badminton with tobacco.

This is beyond a hot mess, as their claim of “480,000” lives or whatever the made up number is, is supposed to be the focus:

Less tobacco use. Less harm.

It seems, for them, that number isn’t high enough. They want more. Don’t get me started on “the children™.

What the FDA is saying to the public is – cigarettes will be “less addictive”:

FOCUS.

Instead of taking people away from tobacco or directing them to other viable alternatives like snus or e-cigarettes that work, there’s a flashy neon sign pointing directly at tobacco over government and tobacco-funded & sponsored heads.

It makes complete fiscal sense, business as usual.


Lowering nicotine in cigarettes is a gateway to smoking funding.

Out in California the wild, wild west, pompous ass Stanton “Puff-N-Stuff” Glantz is digging a hole by pretending experts were blindsided and stunned of tobacco companies knowing nicotine replacement therapies snake oil didn’t work without counseling, and boldly claims all nicotine reduction therapies (NRT) should be regulated:

“Our study shows that by not regulating nicotine in all tobacco products, including NRT, the FDA could be walking into a trap.”


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Meanwhile, the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) is on a mesmerising path propaganda campaign convincing the public that “lower nicotine cigarettes” that the FDA, in part, financed, is being hailed by many as a “game changer”.

No, it isn’t. Keep smoking. Same game.


You don’t see signs like this any more.

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Target? More smokers.

If the goal of the federal government is to lower tobacco use, wouldn’t tobacco be taken out of the equation?

Well, no. Get that silly thought out of your head. They can’t do that anyway.

No need to stock up, there’ll be plenty of tobacco to smoke in the future.


Government Approved

This effort will be another of those “governmnent approved” (and financed) methods that will fail miserably, while smokers, who are not yet being told the truth, will smoke.

In this Rstreet article, Carrie Wade & Clive Bates explain there are all sorts of problems with this debaucle.

Reducing nicotine in cigarettes raises all sorts of problems

If you use “government approved” methods, you’ll have around a 93%+ chance of returning to tobacco. While I’m not an “expert”, I’ll assume in advance the failure rate will remain the same with cigarettes having “low levels” of nicotine.


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Lets Make It Happen!

Matt Myers certainly is no stranger to creating back room deals.

Much to my surprise expectations, Matt Myers and The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids “a leading force in the fight to reduce tobacco use” is publicly on board with tobacco use.

I’m waiting for the Lung, Heart, Cancer and other political front groups to hop on board the “please keep smoking” train while Mr. Myers and his front group already have a seat in the dining car, exclaiming “Let’s make it happen“.


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Not surprisingly, Myers friends over at Philip Morris are very excited.

They’re at a boring badminton game and no one’s keeping score… but there is definitely cheering.

Think of the children™.

 

Added 8/23/17:

Brad Rodu:

Negligible Evidence of Radical Nicotine Reduction Benefit

 


Think it’s about the children?

Related:

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

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

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

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

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


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

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Is the Food and Drug Administration exempt from providing proof of the decision to classify and change the definition of nicotine as a tobacco product?

Aside from the government putting out fraudulent research, massive propaganda and the plain old “we aren’t listening” – or “we heard you and don’t care” stances, the deeming regulations of e-cigarettes rest, without being questioned, on the government’s word.

Stern and believable soundbites like “we’ve looked at the data” and “redoubling efforts” (what the hell is that?) and “guided by evidence” with other fun catch phrases are tossed around profitably, like cigarette butts.

Well, I don’t trust them or their word.

Meanwhile, as defined, states are getting away with taxing e-liquid and components as tobacco.

Is there a reason the following three things aren’t being focused on by organizations in the United States?

Maybe it doesn’t matter.

I’ll get to my points.


There are three things

In my best estimation, any decisions made by the Food and Drug Administration cannot be determined by fraudulent research or simple and contrived assertions.

These three things are what the FDA needs to validate for the “deeming” regulations to be valid.

  1. The definition of nicotine as tobacco
  2. Nicotine addiction without tobacco and MAOI’s
  3. Gateways

 


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1. The definition of nicotine as tobacco

They had to change the definition of nicotine. Why is that?

Nicotine is not tobacco.

Nicotine is .06% to 3% dry weight of tobacco. (Source)

I’m no chemist, and certainly no mathmatician, so I’ll go with what I’ve got:

Tobacco contains a much higher percentage of:

  1. “Malic acid” at 2.83 %
  2. “Calcium as CaO” at 2.22%
  3. “Potassium as K20” is at 2.47

“Reducing sugars as dextrose” is astronomically higher at 22.09%.

Why are those chemicals not deemed “tobacco” or considered addictive?

 

Have you ever seen milk squirt out from raw hamburger or steak?

  • Milk isn’t defined as beef.

 Have you ever got a splinter with your pancakes?

  • Syrup isn’t defined as wood.

You’ve never found any flowers in your beer?

  • Alcohol isn’t defined as hops or barley.

Public health and government are not honest.

 

Nicotine isn’t tobacco.


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2. Nicotine addiction without tobacco and MAOI’s.

Of the “thousands” of chemicals, nicotine is the addictive ingredient?

There is no data or science worth reading showing nicotine addiction without tobacco and MAOI’s.

Let them force them to find it in their secret files and produce it.

I’ve asked for them from various “experts” and government and body parts organizations.

Nicotine is not addictive.


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3. Gateways

They don’t exist. Among other places, it is

Shown here:

Gateway Effects: Why the Cited Evidence Does Not Support Their Existence for Low-Risk Tobacco Products (and What Evidence Would)

Shown here:

Gateway effects and electronic cigarettes.

Oh, it’s shown here:

Complicated Models Can’t Alter the Data: Smoking Among Youth and Young Adults Is Way Down

Just stop.

There is NO gateway.


Proof By Assertion

Can the FDA prove these three assertions? You know, like in a court of law?

Is proof by assertion all the government needs to claim nicotine is addictive? That gateways exist? That, without science and real data, allows them to classify nicotine as tobacco?

Nobody’s caught on to that yet? Why?

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Doesn’t this scare you?

  • Really? Just me? (Pretend my arms are flailing around)
  • Has anyone challenged these points? (Pretend my voice went up)
  • Did anyone ASK them for proof? (Pretend I’m red faced)
  • Does it prove addiction or gateways? (Pretend I’m screaming)

 

All parties involved are well aware of the deception. This isn’t about health. This isn’t about “the children™”.

Regulations boil down to one thing. Revenue. Fiscal health. Cash.


“Rationale”

Listing “disclosures”, the National Cancer Institute, State and Community Tobacco Control Initiative, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Office on Smoking and Health and of course the American Cancer Society and Cancer Action Network were involved with this:

“Rationale for ENDS Taxation”
• Improve Public Health
• Encourage switching from combusted to potentially less harmful products
• Prevent youth initiation
Raise Revenue
Replacement revenue source as revenues from cigarettes and other tobacco products
  fall

 

Read it again.

That’s included in this PDF

Prices, Taxes and the Demand for Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems


Alan Beard

Alan had this to say about industry in the U.K.:

“as a consumer directly influenced by their current and future viability these thoughts are directed towards them.”

Challenges for Vendors and Desirability of Compulsory Membership of a Trade Association


I mentioned the organizations at the beginning of this blog. With that, I’m including legitimate vendors and brick & mortar businesses in that realm of “organizations”.

I’m also talking about the fly-by-count-my-money-at-night vendors who are doing less than nothing for anyone but themselves.

Whether it be industry or consumer organizations who are well established, I am asking: Are these three points above a waste of time?

How will doing nothing (or any other inaction) impact consumers?

Why are consumers having to settle for less?

Are my questions “too little, too late”?

These are the things that keep me up at night.

Added 8/22/17

Elaine Keller, well respected by me, had this to say on my post of this blog on Facebook:

“In my personal opinion, the problem lies within the law itself, not some arbitrary decision on the part of the FDA”


Nicotine has been defined as “tobacco” is defined in the “Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Act”. It, among other things:

Defines a tobacco product as any product made or derived from tobacco that is intended for human consumption.

That’s here in:

H.R.1256 – Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act

That needs to be changed. Immediately.


For you who are fighting at the industry level, and I do know who you are, thank you.

For you who aren’t fighting, I know who you some of you are – I’m a couple times behind on telling both the government, and you, to kiss my ass.


Added 8/23/17:

Brad Rodu:

Negligible Evidence of Radical Nicotine Reduction Benefit


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Trying to quit smoking? Patches, gums and “experts” are useless – without counseling you.

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Have you tried the patch or gum? Did you ask about the success rates when you did? Of course you didn’t. Did you have great expectations? Excellent. That’s what I experts want to hear.

If you’re afraid of trying e-cigarettes, I’m even more enthused. If you didn’t plan correctly, you’re up ten points over the others!

Let us move on quickly before you realize this is futile.


Are patches and gums useless?

Well…. of course not, unless you use them without “counseling“!

That’s also what tobacco companies wanted to hear as they welcomed you back. Also, there’s the public health “expert” sector trying to guilt and shame you, and they miss you as well.

Hang on. Steady yourself. The pharmaceutical companies – you forgot about them, didn’t you? I’ll keep the government out of this blog for time & space.


Did you plan for success?

Of course not. They know better than that.

Feeling a bit dizzy? Outstanding. It’s not your nicotine, you know –  or lack of nicotine intake making you feel that way. It’s them. Public health and organizations make you feel like insinuate you could succeed in your journey to not smoking. Then, of course, you fail.

Yep. Shame on you, too. You didn’t try hard enough! You didn’t plan!!!

Your failure? That’s what they’re counting on. It’s just around the corner.

Knock, knock.

So are your favorite cigarettes.



 

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Still didn’t plan for success?

Go on, now… make a commitment, set a date, get your choice of snake oil patches, gums or prescription medication – and once you didn’t, couldn’t or… well – failure is just a part of the process.

Don’t give up. PLAN!!!! Try again! Keep trying! Sure, the patch & gum have about a 7 % success rate, but – what do you care?

Why plan ahead? That would be silly. Half the time they give these ineffective methods away for free!!!


You will be held accountable.

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Ready?

You get ready, (nowadays, don’t forget your quit app so your friends can get in on the guilt giving sessons as well!)

Your favorite cigarette brand is waiting, your ash trays want to be dirty again.


Folks, this is 2017. Don’t you think by now there’d be a better way?

Smoke. Try to quit. Get “quit smoking aids”. Try. Fall short. Feel guilty and let them pretend to console you, but smoke again. Keep spending your money.

Nice businesses if you find the work in tobacco, public health or the pharmaceutical sectors, eh? Lack of success is their success.

Quit Attempts:

Attempts is what public health and the pharmaceuticals like. The more the merrier. Repeat business is key.

Lets take a quick peek at quit attempts:

quit attempts the vaper

 

Thank you to The Vaper for the above graphic!


What about side effects?

Public health says “ask your doctor if it’s right for you”. They never mention success rates, and you never ask.

I’ll let you ponder the side effects of the different “government approved” methods here:

Choose your method at the top here: FDA approved method.

Stunned?


What ABOUT nicotine?

Now, consider nicotine. A startling thing, nicotine. A scapegoat for all things tobacco.

Without tobacco and the MAOI’s, it is not addictive.



So, with all the fuss from some pie-filled mouth in California, (Puff-N-Stuff I affectionately call him) there’s this that inspired this impromptu blog….

Before I go stop trying to help you, I’d like to thank Gregory Conley of the American Vaping Association for this screenshot:

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This is why you’re here.

The Shady Link Between Big Tobacco and Nicotine Gum

Related:

Tobacco Industry Research on Nicotine Replacement Therapy: “If Anyone Is Going to Take Away Our Business It Should Be Us”

Oh… yeah, the counseling – like my title said…. Staying in business is hard.

The tobacco companies want to stay in business, and who can blame them. The pharmaceutical companies want to stay in business, and who could blame them?

I’ll blame tobacco control experts. Screw ’em. They know better.

Like my title said…. “experts”…are useless without patches & gum to offer. Don’t get me wrong – they mean well – they’ve got good intentions.

Don’t get me started on the Government tonight, they just want you to smoke.

Staying in business with any sense of relevance or truth, is hard.


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Vaping In The News – August 19, 2017

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Vaping In The News – August 19th, 2017


The FDA shouldn’t give into irrational e-cigarette fears ~ Nicotine Usage Survey for UK & USA ~ Government Waste ~ Treatment & Beyond ~ E-cig risk campaign for youths draws praise, criticism to FDA ~ Rehash worth rehashing ~ Gateway effects and electronic cigarettes ~ There is no safe level of research ~ Cruel But Sadly Not Unusual ~ “Smoking Fee” ruled out ~ The Burning Truth About Tobacco Bonds ~ Challenges for Vendors and Desirability of Compulsory Membership of Trade Association ~ A Nicotine-Focused Framework for Public Health ~ Professor Glantz ~ A Billion Lives

August 13th-19th, 2017


FDA & Fear

Fear is the business they’re in.

“The Food and Drug Administration is now on the wrong side of a new anti-vaping campaign. Instead of helping teens reject using tobacco or e-cigarettes, the new FDA plan would end up discouraging people from quitting cigarette smoking — an outcome no one wants.”

The FDA shouldn’t give into irrational e-cigarette fears


Nicotine Usage Survey for US & UK Users

From personal experience, I know there is always skepticism when surveys are made, formed and posted.

This survey is a from a reliable and known source.

Nicotine Useage Survey for US & UK users


Do you know about THR4LIFE?

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Government Waste

Citizens Against Government Waste released a statement “supporting the approval of efforts for tobacco harm reduction through e-cigarettes and similar non-combustible products.”

CAGW Submits Public Comments to FDA Supporting Tobacco Harm Reduction


Treatment & Beyond

Treatment & Beyond. A tobacco control prevention training tool for health care providers around the globe


Do you know about NNA?

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Risks Campaign

As I stated above, the FDA is in the fear business:

E-cig risk campaign for youths draws praise, criticism to FDA


Rehash worth rehashing

Covered before by me here, another look at the NIH study buried by the US Government.

Prevalence of population smoking cessation by electronic cigarette use status in a national sample of recent smokers


Gateways

A long standing political PLOY to garner the publics affection, I present to you:

Gateway effects and electronic cigarettes.


There is no safe level of research

GrandDad… Head Rambles.. keep an eye on this crotchety old man.

Love it.

There is no safe level of research


Are you familiar with INNCO?


Dick Puddlecoat:

Cruel But Sadly Not Unusual

Sadly:

Anna Raccoon


“Smoking Fee” ruled out

The ponzi scheme is crumbling in Oklahoma…

“just $1 million of the $225 million in revenue would have been used to discourage tobacco usage”

“to generate new revenue streams to help meet the constitutional mandate to balance the state budget”

‘Smoking fee’ ruled out


The Burning Truth About Tobacco Bonds

The Master Settlement Agreement, paid for by smokers – consumers – not tobacco companies, has been around a long time. Propublica did an awesome job here of explaining the mess, here’s yet another look at the crumbling ponzi scheme:

The Burning Truth About Tobacco Bonds


Challenges for Vendors and Desirability of Compulsory Membership of Trade Association

Like me, Alan is a friend (& consumer) who has a knack of getting to the point.

“Get yourselves organised NOW!”

Challenges for Vendors and Desirability of Compulsory Membership of Trade Association


A Nicotine-Focused Framework for Public Health

The FDA’s Mitch Zeller & Dr. Scott Gottlieb have been published in the New England Journal of Medicine. It’s not a medical study, it’s a letter.

Gippy & Zippy are claiming nicotine is the center of “addiction” & the contrived FDA funded reduction of nicotine as the possible answer to reduce tobacco use…

(Why are other “chemicals” in tobacco not considered addictive or “tobacco”? *“Nicotine constitutes approximately 0.6–3.0% of the dry weight of tobacco”.)

*Reference: Wikipedia

Here’s the “letter” in full:

A Nicotine-Focused Framework for Public Health

Here’s my take – if you’re interested:

A Nicotine-Focused FDA Framework.



Professor Glantz

Here lies Professor Glantz (Puff-N-Stuff) babbling about the tobacco industry knowing things like the patch & gum don’t work – unless there’s the obligatory counseling… or some drivel like that.

I don’t ever recall Nicorette saying you’d need counseling with your patch… but I could be wrong.

If nicotine were “addictive” to begin with… ahhhh, I digress.

What the tobacco companies know about NRT: Without counselling, it keeps people smoking


A Billion Lives

There is no excuse. You can rent or buy the film A Billion Lives here, and now you can own the Collector’s Edition here:

A Billion Lives Buy Blu Ray


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Nicotine Usage Survey for US & UK users

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Who created it?

Hans Schmidt (a well known source by myself and others) has created a nicotine usage survey for vapers.

Simple stuff, folks. It will take less than 15 minutes in Google Doc format.

Informative for yourself, and data is always king.

Due to the difference in currency, there are different surveys for the same results to make it simpler.

Please take it, and spread the link (or this blog) to your respective survey itself in your circles.


If you are in the United Kingdom please go here:

UK Nicotine Survey

 



If you are in the United States (US/dollar currency) please go here:

United States Nicotine Survey

 



Also, in German if you speak or are in groups concerning Germany here:


German Nicotine Survey

Files are free to download for everybody (e. g. as Excel file)





 

 

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