Guilty By Association. HELLO!

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PETITIONS:

E-Cigarette Petitions

I, with hundreds – thousands actually – of others – tweet my ass of at politicians. “Experts”. Doctors. The CDC. Directors of organizations. Tie wearing wanna be scientists who are actually journalists. Tobacco control “experts” with sociology and mechanical degrees, upset that they aren’t real doctors or scientists, so far out of their domain in the e-cig/vaping world, they think there’s smoke in vaping. Doctors with NO clue as to what they’re saying. Going on the latest “study”. Nothing of their own. They spout others studies falsely attaining a hundred retweets to gain only popularity in the latest lie. Sometimes proper engagement is called for, sometimes I go all 10 year old on ’em.


Then there’s the others. MUCH smarter than I am. I admire so many. They keep ME in check at times.

Friends On Twitter.

Then there are Vendors. Of those 4,000 or so on my list I’d venture to say there are thousands.


Broony, down under…

posed this question.

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I don’t either. I don’t understand…..

I tweeted this petition yesterday – not only to get the word out – but to “see” if vendors would retweet it.

PETITIONS:

E-Cigarette Petitions

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Sadly I was disappointed.

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I won’t say ALL vendors were online yesterday morning. I won’t say EVERY vendor on my list following me saw this tweet.

I will say NO vendor, reviewer or brick & mortar retweeted this tweet with complete confidence.

YOU HAVE THE AUDIENCE!!! USE THAT!

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What do you want, Kevin? Retweets?

Um, nope. You can copy it, tweet it as if it were your own for all I care. SOME of you DO.


Another one caught my eye as they will.

I try very hard not to promote vendors. Not that I don’t want to, it’s that there are SO many of you – who would I pick?

I have not used ONE vendor product/eliquid on my list, but I know I’ve heard good things about a few of them via other tweets, other people I follow & some reviewers.

I understand to SOME extent you, as a vendor – brick & mortar –  have an image to uphold. I get it.

I also get that if you don’t become involved, you’re in jeopardy of losing it all.

“It can’t happen to me”.

If you don’t “lose it all”, you’ll just pass on the cost to the customer, right? Go ahead, you didn’t educate your customers, and can pass it off like you didn’t know…..It’s YOUR BUSINESS to KNOW.

Explain a SEVENTY PERCENT SALES TAX to your customer.

Links to Trade Organizations are at the top left of this blog-

and if I typed correctly  – they’re on the right as well->>>>

Well, “there were legal battles, I did what I could and now I’m struggling to stay in business”.

Think about that statement before you have to say it. “It can’t happen to me”.

Am I wrong? Will people go to online sales and forget about you?

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Did you forget why you are doing what you do? Helping people. Doing what you love. Making money in the process.

Am I right? Who cares, it’s not about right or wrong at this point……….I digress.


510ego.com is one example of a vendor who is actively engagingwell enough I’d take the time to screen shot it and point it out in my silly little blog.

I’ll point out & can’t point out enough that some of you do. There ARE other vendors/reviewers and brick/mortars who advocate as well, (you know who you are). If the shoe fits. 510ego.com DOES engage.


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Continues to do so.

PETITIONS:

E-Cigarette Petitions


More importantly, you know if you DON’T. The vendors who will be pissed off at this blog. That’s who.

If you don’t have links to calls to action, don’t think of tweets on your own or retweet imperative information, you’re not a member of a trade group, if you’re not actively involved in showing your customers there are organizations actively seeking to regulate, tax, restrict & ban across the world,

Restrictions, Bans, Laws. Page One.

Restrictions, Bans, Laws. Page TWO.

You can kindly and unceremoniously unfollow me.

Really. Kiss my vaping ass.

I’d rather you didn’t, I’d rather work together and inspire each other. Your choice.


PETITIONS:

E-Cigarette Petitions

If you’re running an actual business, you know – with paying taxes & licensed in your state, consider

Focusing on a customer who has interest in your product to stop smoking.

Keeping that customer. The opportunity to educate that customer is in your hands.

Joining a trade group. Tell customers about associations. TELL them what is going on.

Graphic below Courtesy @VaEHp on Twitter:

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YOU have the power.

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How are you going to keep that customer if you are regulated, taxed, restricted or banned out of business?

PETITIONS:

E-Cigarette Petitions

You’ll be sweeping up the floor wondering how you went out of business.

Here’s my handcheck.

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Here’s Alan Beard’s View



If you’re ONLINE, you can have links on your site. What does that cost you?

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If you’re a brick & mortar, you can have *idea stolen from someone on facebook*

a monitor running vaping videos from MANY sources.

You can have a touch screen / computer kiosk where bookmarks are on your counter.

LINK some important sites.

http://nicotinepolicy.net/

http://gfn.net.co/

http://www.ecigarette-politics.com/

http://www.clivebates.com/

http://vapers.org.uk/

http://nnalliance.org/

http://www.vapourtrails.tv/

http://www.ecigarette-research.org/research/index.php

http://sciencecig.wordpress.com/


Pick some from either side of this blog.

Educate your customers. USE those resources. Most of them are by donation only.

Q. What’s it cost to ? Great question! What’s your life worth?

PETITIONS:

E-Cigarette Petitions


Click here to take

“The Vaping Truth Survey”


Here’s an example of who we’re fighting for.

She Walked In To A Vape Shop.

Keep ON #Vaping On.

Kevin

Trying Ecigarettes. Were You Skeptical?

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The patches, gums, inhalers & the like over the years have placed our faith in anything working. To stop smoking. Doesn’t work.

Enter the e-cigarette. Not only does it work, it surprised most of us as to how well and how quickly.


I too, was skeptical. I was thinking it’s just another gadget. I stopped smoking accidentally within 2 days. Well. I was pleasantly surprised. My choice to stop using tobacco had come. There was an empowerment over something that had ruled my life, and now that control, if you will, was over.

In just the first over 24 hours, over 600 worldwide came to answer 51 questions in my 2nd “amateur” survey.

The Vaping Truth Survey…

take it here if you haven’t.

Yes, it’s long. Is it worth it? I think so.

You might say it is SO “one-sided” and leaning towards the positive views on vaping.

You might even say, Kevin, this only shows our side. Ummm YEAH!

Bias you may even say? Why yes, yes it is.

Norbert Zillitron answers that question quite eloquently about bias (and quickly I may add) ——–>  Beneficial Bias


Most of the reports about e-cigarettes & vaping are presuming. Negative. Assuming. Presumptuous. Egotistical. Maniacal in some instances to say “it doesn’t work”. “They quit after a short period of time”, “They’re dangerous”. Lots of innuendo and made up facts. Misconstrued facts. Deterring those who might otherwise try it.

I’m asking the questions in the survey above to show what we say about vaping. Put yourself in the mind of someone who is still afraid. Someone who is still contemplating trying an e-cig. Someone who’s listened to the drooling expert looking for new hits to his new book.

The perspective of vaping from YOU, in part, is what I am looking for. For many reasons, but one is to show that person thinking about it – what WE say.

You’re already doing it, and I thank you for it.

We’re counter-acting the negative pro-actively. We’re simply telling our side truthfully.

These are your words.These are your voices in about 24 hours.

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 I didn’t think it would work well enough for me to quit, everything else I had tried had failed.

i tried first a cgi-a-like (1st gen) and it didn’t worked (no satisfaction, nicotine craving, leaks,…). Then a few month later a friend told me about new models and he was tobacco free by this time. So i gave a second chance, without any expectations. 3 days after i crushed my last cigarette, and it’s been 2 years now.

I hoped they would help me quit tobacco and save money too

I was skeptical because of the lack of trustful information about it online.

I was concerned about cost and taste

I just said I’d give it a try. Never picked up anoth cigarette. Almost 3 months now

I tried a variety of brands and methods until I found one I liked.

Was the BEST thing to ever come into my life !!!

I wanted to quit, and was determined to quit. I researched everything I could about it, to be sure I wasn’t jumping from one burning building to another. It was incredible – no desire for cigarettes at all. I knew my life had just changed.

I thought it might help me cut down on cigarettes but it worked so well, I quit.

I tried the cheap clearomizer with a very small battery, and silica wick. Was no problem quitting when I got proper equipment with regulated air intake.

The first e-cig I bought was underpowered and unsatisfying. When I later tried a higher power device with adjustable airflow, then I quit immediately.

It works, but is not effortless. I accidentally cut my smoking down and was ready to move to vaping only then the TPD happened. Knowing that I will probably have no choice but to smoke when the TPD Art 20 becomes law it is easiest for me to still smoke a few cigarettes a day. At 65 and smoking for al my adult life I think that the worst damage smoking caused will never be undone in my lifetime. I do enjoy smoking a few cigarettes. I have not found an eliquid that is so much better that I always prefer vaping to smoking but because I’ve cut smoking down so much I breathe better and feel healthier.

It was kind of a no-brainer. Works like a smoke, feels like a smoke, tastes delicious and didn’t make me feel like crap? Where do I sign up?

I started in 2008 when vaping wasn’t super efficient. In 2012 I got my first electronic mod and stopped smoking immediately afterwards.

tried cig-likes many times did not work no satisfaction, then tried gen 2 ego/ce4 combination and it worked

Not enough information at the time to be sure it was safe and efficient.

I knew from my first puff on an ecig that this was a *wonderful* alternative to cigarettes. It felt “cleaner” (not as harsh on throat and lungs) and I loved the flavor (non-tobacco menthol). And it was every bit as satisfying.

I wanted to understand what I was inhaling so I did research & wrote a paper, Vaping: The Truth, to educate others

I started vaping about 3 years ago, and initially it didn’t work for me. However, that was due to a combination of lack of information, poor hardware availability and selection, poor liquid offerings and low nicotine strength. And I gave up on it for a while, until I did find better hardware, better and stronger nicotine strength liquids, and information. After some trial and error, I was able to quit tobacco with ease.

i’m a gadget geek and that’s why I was so enthralled.

I initially got an e-cig because it was supposed to be cheaper than smoking. It wasn’t until I started using it that I realized that it really could replace smoking all together.

I had to find the right nic level, then it worked like a dream.

I was going to stop but e-cigs made it easier and stopped me putting any weight on

I didn’t expect it to work because I had tried to quit so many times before with different methods.

I didn’t want to quit smoking – just wanted to both vape and smoke, but was taken by surprise – as the smoking tasted terrible on the second day of vaping

My plan was if I could use the e-cig to replace some of my normal cigarettes. It turned out that I did not feel the need for normal cigarettes, when I stated vaping. I got of nthe cigarettes within 2 days.

Although it was a first gen e-cigarette (5 years ago), I immediately noticed that here was something that might work, but I was also a little nervous about it now was more harmful a smoking, so I used months to seek information about it online before I bought my own.

Smoked 22 years, quit easily in 1 day. Been a year and a half now

After SO many failures I wasn’t 100% sure vaping would work. After locating the one vape shop at the time some distance away.. the owner educated me. I purchased a starter kit and e-liquid that appealed to my sense of taste. MUCH better than the taste of burning tobacco leaves!

I knew nothing about e-cigs at the time and was a little leary of using it, but after the 3 day trail I realized very quickly that this could work!

I tried 2 other ecigs and had no luck. Once I found the device that most closely mimiced my smoking style, I was able to throw away my last half pack of smokes!

they saved my life!

Didn’t expect it to work for me being such a heavy committed smoker of traditional cigarettes.

No, I read a lot about it before i bought my starter kit.

I just bought my PV for times when I couldn’t have a cig. After my first use, I never wanted a cig again. At first I used my PV compulsively – them started dropping nicotine levels and after 10 months I am down to “0” and just use it occasionally. It was literally that easy for me, with no expectations to quit at all.

Didn’t think it would work, it didn’t give me the same feeling I had with snus, but it kept the “hunger” down.

first time I read about electronic cigarettes, I had serious doubts about their efficiency to let someone quit smoking, maybe the choice of the name taken by the brand was sounding a little like “prestidigitation” and it had let me skeptical. At this time I wasn’t thinking about quitting yet (that was about 5 years backwards)

First time i tried to vape there was only ciga-likes available.The diden’t deliever enough vape.Later on i bought an Ego-T model and i did it! Wasen’t an easy start for me, but i have been vaping for 2 1/2 year now 🙂

I never thought it would be that easy.

First time I tried it didn’t work at all but for the second time I kept at it and managed to quit smoking.

I tried the cig-a-likes but they never worked and I returned to smoking repeatedly. It was only when I tried an ego that my cravings were satisfied.

I wasn’t looking to quit, just to have something where I could get my nicotine without it causing health issues for my wife. After I started vaping, I just quit smoking without meaning to.

I tried vaping and gave up cigarettes the same day. Now I find that tobacco products stink and so do the people who use them.

I actually only hoped to cut down my cigarette consumption, which worked swimmingly. Within the first week I was down to a couple of cigarettes a day. This was back when the only styles available were cigalikes or pen styles, and it took the introduction of the eGo style for me to become totally smoke free.

I first tried a cartmizer but never worked. With sub ohm vaping it defenitely works.

I’m still concerned about what I may be inhaling! But it’s better than burning tobacco!

Generation 1 cigalikes were too finicky and didn’t satisfy my cravings to smoke, especially while I was around other smokers.

Smoke free since February 2014 thanks to ecigarettes!

I started with a first gen in 2009 – it was horrible and too ‘figity’ for me. I had to constantly mess with it, it tasted awful. It was just horrible. I picked up a much better model in 2014 and its been fantastic! I quit all tobacco use within three days and never looked back!

I wasn’t skeptical because it was guaranteed to be less toxic then what I was already doing. Had to go into hospital for an operation, so figured I’d vape until I was done, and then go back to cigarettes. This never happened cause e-cigarettes worked so well.

First ecig was a cigalike & I didn’t use it for long. Resumed vaping when I bought a 2nd gen device 5 months later

From my research on it I was confident that I was moving in the right direction. My only concern was if it would give me enough nicotine to benefit me. I understood that is was not like cigarettes and how effective they would hit your brain. I realized e cig would be slower so that was my main concern. Until I used e cig I wasn’t sure it would work the same way for my staying in focus and dealing with pain and other issues I have that smoking helped me with.

I knew it had worked for my sister, but not for my daughter.

I planned to use it during office hours, but ended up using it all the time.

Vaping is what worked for me, my main concern was getting the `right` kit to start with, hence research via internet.

Somewhat sceptical but decided they couldn’t possibly be more harmful, media hype had largely by-passed me as no interest at that point.

Searched online and started with a good quality rechargable cigalike which was adequate.Was amazed that transfer to vaping was effortless.

I laughed at the idea the first time. It sounded like a totally unrealistic BS just to get more money aout of people who want to quit. (Boy how wrong I were…)

Having tried a much older device type first I was entirely sceptical as the older device was not sufficient to help.

Tried and stayed with it 100% from the first inhale. December 21st 2014, 14:00.

Absolutly astounded that vaping satified my needs that I got from smoking cigarettes.

At first I looked at vaping as the ideal solution when non smokers were present for a smoke free cigarette I had been longing for instead of the “you must go outside while someone is here” story! That’s no longer a concern while I still remain around regular smokers who haven’t gotten it yet still thinking they have to light them up!

I tried one out of curiousity so had no expectations about quitting (or not).

It was new, had to research learn and try


Please don’t forget to take the survey here!


Science & Research is HERE

Medical Professionals are HERE


What’s it cost to vape?

Great question! What’s your life worth?

Keep ON #Vaping On.

Kevin.

E-cigarettes Are Safer Than Cigarettes.

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The debate continues over the safety of e-cigarettes. Experts in every field of medicine are scrambling to be sure their followers understand the issues. They quote studies from three years ago with confidence & pride. They, after all, are “experts”. For example, the latest expert…. (where do they COME from?)

Dr. Celine Gounder

who shows her credentials as

“doctor / internal medicine / infectious diseases / domestic & global public health / medical journalism”

Ummm…. Doc… there is the ability to capitalize words on Twitter. Honest, Mrs. “Medical Journalism”. It might make you look more “professional”.

I scratch my head every time I see tweets from a doctor with that many “specialties”.

Now – before we go any further, I tweeted the following survey to MANY “Experts” including Simon Chapman – (I miss him) Stanton Glantz – (busy playing Doctor) and others like the Lung Association. Dr. Tom Frieden himself was the FIRST to be invited to take it, and this includes many others including Dr. Gounder.

They among others can’t say they didn’t have the chance to take it and speak up. So…

Only if you ARE IN the Health care, Medical, Tobacco Control fields, please take this survey:

Health Care Professionals And E-Cigarettes Survey It’s NOT over yet!


Back to our regularly scheduled silliness:

So, Dr. Gounder. Internal Medicine. Ok. Infectious Diseases. I’m with you so far. Domestic & Global Public Health. Ummm what? That’s new. Finally, the “Medical Journalism” made me chuckle a bit – I AM easily amused –  because instead of linking something she wrote, she links fluff.

gounderAlong with linking fluff, there is no mention of one very specific site. Here it comes, that pesky tell all website no “expert” will tweet or refer to in any capacity: http://www.ecigarette-research.org

Now, if I WERE a Doctor, and I tweeted something – and anyone said, hey listen  – there is THIS site, there are LOTS of science & research on – I’d at least LOOK at it.


I wouldn’t dismiss it. I’d check it out, see what was there, make a decision from that and tweet back – something like – “Hey – checked that site, would love to learn more, didn’t know it existed”. But wait, there’s more. There are Doctors who are absolutely IN FAVOR of e-cigarettes as opposed to smoking. They are at sciencecig.wordpress.com/


Now, if I were a doctor AND a Medical Journalist, I’d be absolutely drooling all over myself to find information no one else has recognized – and if I didn’t “like” what I saw, I could go on about my merry way, saying e-cigarettes were bad explain or try to explain WHY =

I’ve done studies myself, blah, blah, blah. Dr. Gounder, shame on you. Tisk, tisk.

You obviously want people to smoke.

I linked the ASH Study.

Action on Smoking and Health: http://www.ash.org.uk/files/documents/ASH_891.pdf


I linked ecigarette-research.org. I linked M.O.V.E.

I can show you over 7,000 worldwide who don’t feel the same way. You are irresponsible and obviously are part of the Public Health Officials PREFER YOU TO SMOKE I’ve written about. Children? That theory is here.


Twitter is full of people MUCH smarter than I am, with common sense. Doctors I follow graciously would take a phone call or an email – link truth to you, there are organizations to seek – I can’t imagine why I would have to tell you this – your alleged “expertise” in “Medical Journalism” ALONE should be enough to get you through twitter without being confused about the difference between cigarettes and e-cigarettes.

You must need or enjoy attention or need ratings somewhere.

Funny thing about your website saying

“Changing the way people think about health” right at the top.

I, Doctor, have been smoke free for just over two years. I’m not exceptional. I’m not special. I’m just a guy doing something MUCH safer than smoking. I don’t smoke. I have had tweet sessions with Doctor Kevin Campbell about “dangers” here:  Nicotine Reduction Therapy, What’s Really Safe?.

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Please get some education, speak to some of these people. Learn. Be part of the solution instead to take people OFF off tobacco at their choosing. It’s about lives.  My bet is that you’re vain enough to have read this far. I implore you to seek knowledge. I learn EVERY day. I’d hope you’d care enough to do the same instead of tweeting to people scaring them away.


So the survey “Which Product Is Worse” was put out on Twitter. Anyone could have taken it. It was out February 8th, ended last week.

ANYONE could take it. E-cigarettes didn’t get ONE vote. I spelled out Electronic Cigarettes. I had the choices come up randomly. Here’s what the world said.

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In reality, only 127 took the poll but it was from 14 countries.


The other one, Which Product Is Safer? Again – let go earlier this year – just ended and ANYONE could take it – with 752 people and 29 countries:

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If you are in professional in ANY Health Care, Medical, Scientific capacity – and I’m including “Tobacco Control” in this, please take this Health Care & E-Cigarettes Survey


Please take my

The new “Vaping Truth Survey” is HERE.

Please take Dr. Russell’s survey:

Your Perceptions and Experiences of Using Electronic Cigarettes


As always,

Keep ON #Vaping ON.

Kevin.

Dear President Obama, E-Cigarettes Have: The Poll Results Are In.

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Dear President Obama:

To the top man in the United States. I am not sure of your status at the moment after a recent released photo, but you are a former or current smoker.



I created this poll with you in mind. I wanted you to see what people think and have to say about their e-cigarette and how it effects them.

Answers ranged from saving lives, giving new hope to cancer survivors and everything in between, I implore you to BE the example globally, I hope you will take a stand in your Presidency and make a change for the better in the deciding factor on e-cigarettes as a safer alternative away from tobacco.

SPEAK Mr. President. Lives are at stake.

I’m briefly going to tell you why.


This very battle, this very issue, Mr. President, the issue over the safety, the effectiveness and the reliability of e-cigarettes may be questioned in your “Former” President years with deeming regulation closing in from the F.D.A.


As I am positive and completely sure you are aware, The tobacco control world is mostly against this device and would like to regulate it. Tax it. Ban it in some instances.


Taxes are already occurring across the country “like tobacco” because of falling funds/taxes from cigarette sales dropping faster than you can drop your smoke when you hear the First Lady coming around the corner.



If nothing else raises your eyebrow and clears the smoke from your eyes, this should:

There is a responsible group of Professional, Medical, Health, Research and Tobacco Control Experts worldwide

who are well aware of the benefits of e-cigarettes over tobacco.

They are called M.O.V.E. and

they are found here at M.O.V.E


To completely clear, there IS research.

It is here. It is available, and is simply ignored by many.

It is found here at ecigarette-research.org


Here are the results from this poll.

Dear President Obama

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I urge you once again to understand and assess the irresponsible impact both the Centers For Disease Control and Dr. Tom Frieden’s actions may cause with current smokers. They may believe the myth that e-cigarettes are the same.


I implore you to make this an intricate part of the end of your 2nd term legacy as President.

To help curb tobacco use with a positive impact e-cigarettes have for smokers to reduce or eliminate their tobacco use, both for themselves and the way it will influence future generations away FROM tobacco.


The following three comments are from the poll:

Vaping products can not only save the Country money, it creates employment and we know that is needed badly. E-cigarettes have many benefits for the families of smokers through all economic social groups, the big one is less lung disease. More money in in the cookie jar for incidentals, children are feed healthier as less money needed for smokes, no more children sitting in smoke filled rooms. The list goes on far to long. Mr. President help save your people and help fix a portion of the economy, free vaping products to the open market, control the negative communities so all can see the benefits and we all may see an end to smoking in our lifetime

E-cigs are life-savers. They have got to remain freely available, as must the e-liquids for them, yes, including all those wonderful flavors that help so much with quitting smoking. Anything else makes a travesty of the claim to be truly interested in the public’s health

Vaping was the only way I ever actually WANTED to quit smoking. Stop forcing people back onto deadly cigarettes. Its like the war on drugs starting all over only its against nicotine the least addictive part of cigarettes! But they forgot to ever mention that. I couldnt even walk up stairs without being winded & now i can run. I can vape & not smell. I will never smoke again regardless of what happens because im off your chemical cocktail sticks. Why arnt we simply alloud to be happy? We have made serious progress against smoking the government should be aplauding us. Not trying to kill us. This isnt my america. Stop killing & start helping. #vapingsavedmylife



These were the answers: Note, one person chose “It did not work for me”.

Given me freedom from tobacco 227 8.37% 8.37%

Been the only way off of tobacco despite using other “approved” methods”

218 8.04% 8.04%

Need to be kept widely available

216 7.97% 7.97%

Changed my life

212 7.82% 7.82%

It’s NOT tobacco. Should not be regulated as such.

193 7.12% 7.12%

Vaping Saves Lives

193 7.12% 7.12%

Improved the Quality of Life for the people around Me

181 6.68% 6.68%

The potential to almost eliminate tobacco use worldwide

175 6.46% 6.46%

Saved my life

173 6.38% 6.38%

The ability to reduce tobacco use worldwide

171 6.31% 6.31%

Helped my health issues have subsided or gone away.

167 6.16% 6.16%

Saved me a fortune, with the added health bonus .

155 5.72% 5.72%

Given me pleasure

145 5.35% 5.35%

Nicotine for me

140 5.16% 5.16%

I am working my way to no nicotine

118 4.35% 4.35%

No Nicotine for me

16 0.59% 0.59%

Allowed me reduce tobacco use with e-cigarettes, I am a dual user

8 0.3% 0.3%

I am also a throat cancer survivor, Vaping eased in quitting tobacco

2 0.07% 0.07%

Not worked for me

1 0.04% 0.04%

These were more comments:

 I totally quit smoking and vapeing
 
It adds jobs to the job market, and positively affects the economy.
 
 
45 years smoking, 2 years Vaping, smoke free
 
 
Helped me meet an amazing community of people.
 
 
vaping made it possible for me to quit after 30+ yrs!!
 
 
gave me freedom over cigarettes
 
 
no ugly cigarette butt liter
 
 
Been 7 months with no cigarette. Nothing I’ve ever tried has worked until now.
 
 
I have beaten tobacco!
 
 
53 year smoker who had totally given up even trying to quit. 4.5 years quit now
 
 
No longer believe in the creditability of the FDA or CDC.
 
 
Hopefully breaking chain of smoking cigarettes in my family, My doctor on board
 
 
Extended my days on this planet by 13 months so far. Help us save another life.
 
 
former smoker for 25yrs


A new survey is brewing , stay tuned, and as always….

Keep on #Vaping ON!

Kevin

California Scheming.

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This will be brief. This article by Paul Blair brings to light an opinion. A very valid and reasonable opinion. Common sense, in fact, to what I and we as vapers believe and have said all along.

The scheme of children, safety, chemicals and drivel to conjure up support by Mr. & Mrs. Never Smoker to vote / get  in ANY type of tax increase by creating the illusion of dangers of e-cigarettes.

 

It’s Taxing Thoughts, A Ponzi Scheme for THEM and we’re the scapegoat.

Now, not everyone plays nice. Tactics are direct, swift and I don’t have media on my side, so I tried this a while back. It seems to be truer than I imagined looking back now.

I was trying to counter THEM. How far is too far? I hoped it would create a political stew in my mind. I wrote it like I imagined an internal memo would be written. I’ve written a few in past lives, none quite like this. I am fighting for vaping and smokers very lives, so I just typed it up:

I fooled a few on twitter & facebook with this:

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There were secret emails asking where I got it, how I got it…. who I possibly knew…

I am not answering to anyone, I have no ties or conflict of interest.


I am also not in charge nor care of public health for the State of California.

My “PHLIE# memo…” is a sad attempt at satire at best.

What they are doing is CRIMINAL. To take the thought from anyone and convince them with both the #curbit AND the #stillblowingsmoke campaigns IS a criminal act up to and including detrimental health effects on the unknowing, and the ultimate price is death for those who continue to smoke.


 

These people consciously KNOW better, and are TRUSTED to care for PUBLIC health.

I came clean pretty quickly with my little memo, but what tactics ARE being used against vaping with every Government with money over health every time? Here’s a screen shot of a bit of the highlights from this article:

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The wonderful people at M.O.V.E.

and ecigarette-research.org

work very hard to fight this asinine drivel.

We as the “public” need to be able to hold them accountable.


HOW do we get TO them for covering up truth? I know – it’s “Plausible Deniability“.

 

See the rest of the blog for other links including the

Final Analysis of The Vaping Truth Survey“.

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More coming.

Keep ON #Vaping On.

Kevin

How You Vape. Are you a lung or mouth inhaler?

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While we assume that most cigarette smokers inhale, is this true of vapers?

Please let us know how YOU vape:

87 people, from 11 countries ! 🙂

This is quietly dedicated to one person. I love intriguing questions. I’m all about learning.
This one, done “undercover” & without any fanfare, didn’t get a lot of responses, but I didn’t “push” it. I didn’t tweet it like crazy. Just a few times and let it go. It was such a great question I decided to use a different style of survey to see if it would find it’s own way to the vaping world.
That experiment failed enormously as far as “how far will it go” which was fine. It seemed there was no real interest once I “put it out” a few times, an answer here, an answer there, so I’ve retired this on its own, but absolutely is intriguing enough to be added to my next survey.

Before we go any further, the lung effects with Bernd Mayer are here and with Dr Farsalinos here.

Also on the survey, “anecdotal”: I can breathe again


The question posed:

While we assume that most cigarette smokers inhale, is this true of vapers? Please let us know how YOU vape:

— I draw vapor into my mouth, and then into my lungs, and then exhale: 54.02%
— I do both:  20.69%
 
— I draw vapor directly into my lungs and then exhale: 17.24%
— I draw vapor into my mouth, and then exhale without inhaling: 8.05%

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I’m in the “I draw vapor into my mouth, and then into my lungs, and then exhale” crowd, thanks for asking.

🙂


If you haven’t seen The Vaping Truth Survey Final Analysis, Here it is


If you haven’t seen @vapedupgaming ‘s AWESOME survey results, go SEE them: It was not mine, it was his, here are his results: Nicotine Flavor Survey, Here it is.

I just released this survey. It’s on the blog here:

Health Care Professionals & E-Cigarettes Survey

Or on it’s own without the blog here: Health Care Professionals & E-Cigarettes Survey

Please DON’T take it unless you’re in one of these fields:

Any Medical Professional worldwide is encouraged to take this survey about E-cigarettes. Doctors, Nurses, Researchers, Surgeons, Pharmacists, Specialists, Technicians, Dentists, Assistants,Tobacco Control & Smoking Cessation Experts are encouraged.

I’m not looking for just the people who are in favor, I’m looking for the one’s who are not. Everyone and anyone in those fields. I’ve tweeted directly TO Simon Chapman & Stanton Glantz. They can choose to take it, share it or ignore it just like everyone else. I’m not looking to get “one side”. You’d think I would since I vape…. well, no. I want the truth, just like research. ecigarette-research.org Nothing more, nothing less.


There IS another survey, NOT mine, many have encouraged it including Doctor Konstantinos Farsalinos. (He’s the face of ecigarette-research.org) I took it, the maker has been questioned I believe a few times, and was encouraged by them as well.

Your Perceptions and Experiences of Using Electronic Cigarettes

Finally, not a post goes live without M.O.V.E. If you don’t know about M.O.V.E. You need to!


Keep ON #Vaping On,

Kevin

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.

The American Lung Association: Reducing Tobacco. The Litmus Test & Ulterior Motives

defendantsIt looks good on paper, doesn’t it? The caring about the children. The battle cry of well respected organizations, backed by other respected organizations.

 

It seems to the average reader or viewer to be well thought out concern. Their scathing letter to the President is below.

They must have one common goal. Tobacco harm reduction for the children. It says so right in the letter below! Well, I’d beg to differ, but I’m all over begging. I’m going to tell you the truth.


Litmus Test: A test that uses a single indicator to prompt a decision.

Reduction of tobacco USE worldwide is “everyone in public healths” goal.

Think about that.

The World Health Organization (W.H.O.) recently said they had a

TWENTY-FIVE year GOAL to reduce smoking.

That’s not a goal, that’s a plan to keep revenue.


Here’s the Litmus Test:

Do e-cigarettes reduce tobacco use?

Yes.


That should do it for ANY ORGANIZATION pretending they want less smoking.

Responsible organizations like (M.O.V.E) say e-cigarettes should be encouraged.

Period.

Those are Doctors. Scientists. Researchers. Medical Professionals. Are they all wrong?


There’s plenty of research but the irresponsible organizations in the photo above and letter they’ve SIGNED below are conveniently omitting from their calculations of math on the “worries of children” and public health.

Wait… they’re calculating the numbers… and it isn’t working out to their advantage.  What you may not realize is that

THESE ORGANIZATIONS ARE A BUSINESS. FUNDING.


Now the irresponsible letter to the President from these people and their organizations, it’s short and to their point. I would think if I had the President’s attention, I’d mention the efforts in reducing tobacco. They want “regulation”.

Notice their letter doesn’t show any science, doesn’t ask to reduce TOBACCO, (they want to keep it around) just claims of children, flavors, and regulations (for tax revenue purposes) on e-cigarette use.


The Lung Association deleted it from their website, but this is a PDF

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which have been properly dismissed already right here

(By Sally Satel, a Doctor):

Why The CDC Has It Wrong About The Rise In Teen Vaping


Why are they so rushed to want the President to take action? Are they REALLY worried about kids?

I believe a couple on this list might actually care about children. I don’t think they do. They all have ulterior motive.

That’s harsh to say, right? You’d think so, but wait! They SIGNED their NAMES to this.  I’m just calling them out.


Litmus Test: A test that uses a single indicator to prompt a decision.

  Litmus Test. Do e-cigs take revenue away from organizations, both private and public? YES.

They most certainly do. That’s more like it.


Tobacco?

Of course! They’re LOSING cigarette sales! That’s why they’re falling on themselves to get into the market. Think of the money they’re losing!


 Public Health?

Yep. All forms of smoking-related health care will be needed less….and already IS. Doctor visits, hospital visits…less cancer, less heart issues…. breathing issues… less COPD… the list is endless. In ten years, if these organizations don’t get their way…

Think of the money they’re losing!


Tobacco Control – Research – Anti-Tobacco Services.

Lung Association, Stop smoking clinics. You know the rest….

Grants! Donations! $$$ Customers $$$  !

Think of the money they’re losing!

 

Pharmaceutical Companies!

 

Drug companies can’t sell their drugs to stop smoking (which if I remember have about a 7% success rate) and the drugs they also manufacture and SELL because of smoking illnesses….   $$$$$

Think of the money they’re losing!

 

Government? Well…. they’ve got the winning hand.

 

Yes they do. TAXES.

Think of the money they’re losing!

Their Ponzi Scheme


Are vaping and e-cigarettes are working and worthwhile as a harm reduction device?

When those who will lose money and not profit from it respond so vehemently and irresponsibly to it, something is wrong. They are not being truthful, and they have their financial reasons for it.

If they oppose it, they want you to smoke. If they know the “dangers” they claim, (MUCH LESS than smoking) they’d FIX those expediently with great care, and end tobacco as we know it in ten years. Not in 25. No sense in doing that, they won’t profit from it.

If there Is a deafening silence, they’re making profit already.

Think of the money they’re losing!


Clive Bates: About The Children

Real E-Cigarette Research & Science at www.ecigarette-research.org

(See The Vaping Truth Survey Results here)

Call those results biased? (See Beneficial Bias Here)

My letter to the President


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Keep ON #Vaping ON.

KevinSave

Health Journalists. Ethics & Truth. Don’t Shoot The Messenger.

ethics2In the U.S. there’s Health Journalism conference…. I think it ends today….

On health. For people. Presumably on the health of people. That intrigues me. These people write about health. YOU are the messenger.

One can only presume your job is to give absolutely and without question, balanced and truthful information to your readers about facts on whatever subject of health  you’re writing on.

That’s pretty important. Someone looks to you for information. Pretty hefty responsibility if you ask me.

In my own “not so glamorous” day job, I service security systems. Pretty unimportant, until you consider ALL have life saving devices. Fire, Heat detection. Burglary. Medical pendants. Panic buttons. Holdup alarms. Other things integrated with the systems. Pretty important.

If I’m wrong, or make a poor decision or say, don’t do my job to the best of my ability, someone potentially could get hurt or die. I look at that as huge. I need to be right every time. No room for error or misleading calculations. I can’t just do “part of my job”. Lives are at stake.


I vape. I use an e-cig. I’m almost 2 years smoke-free. If you write about health, surely the idea of tobacco harm reduction has come across your keyboard at least once. Surely you’ve heard of vaping or at least an e-cigarette as a way to reduce or stop smoking.

Surely if you’re a “science/med “journo”, e-cigs have crossed your path. If not in the science side of your journalism with technology, certainly the subject has come up either with you or your readings along the lines of your health interests. Someone you know. No?


Good or bad, you’ve at least heard of e-cigs or vaping. Is that not a huge part of health? Smoking/quitting smoking? Ways… means… struggles…controversy in the e-cigarette world… ringing a bell? No? REALLY? Wow.  If you’re a journalist and you haven’t heard of this by now, you need to read more than you write to inform your readers.

Get out more. Talk to your professional friends. Responsibly. Professionally. With truth. If you don’t LIKE the truth, at least LINK the truth. That would just be a courtesy to the reader you are trying to inform. *Wink*.


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Here’s help towards the truth, it’s on almost every blog post I do:

ecigarette-research.org

A Link to WONDERFUL Professionals

who are able to talk/email with you about that truth at M.O.V.E.:

http://sciencecig.wordpress.com/


I’d expect in my 47 years that truth, not opinion,  in journalism, especially HEALTH journalism, would be a given.

Wait a minute… maybe not. Seems some “journalists” are like some in public health.

Lets meet a “science/med journo” person. I didn’t see a specific magazine or health e-zine, “science/med journo” is what is claimed.

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REMINDER: not tweeting my opinions.

https://twitter.com/tarahaelle/status/592363348374622208

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The “YES” and the “THE” as they are capitalized, in my opinion, are opinion  – but for clarity, that’s just my opinion.

Maybe I’m taking this out of context?


It’s not a crime to be entertained or like popcorn.

Doing this blog entertains me.

https://twitter.com/tarahaelle/status/592131969451855872

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Now I come to the trust part of my blog. trust

Imagine an older person, who may be afraid of asking questions to anyone, or not knowing anyone who vapes.

Maybe she’s tried every other method to quitting smoking there is known to man. Maybe she’s afraid to try e-cigarettes.

All she sees in the MEDIA is bad, or at least that is what she remembers.

Maybe she’s new to the online twitter world and unsure and only uninformed by default …finding out on twitter about e-cigs for the first time and learning on twitter with a random search. UGH.

Maybe, just maybe she sees misinformation and decides to keep smoking.

Meet this lady. She walked into a vape shop. (Thank you for that blog, Deb Iten!)


This is why ethics and truth is in question.

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So, you see, I fight for that lady.

The M.O.V.E. Organization represents the professional community who fights for that lady.

Other Twitter & Facebook members feverishly FIGHT for that lady.

Along with all the other babbling I do on twitter, facebook and here where

I did a survey of over 7,000 people WORLDWIDE…


Certainly, I am no journalist, but I am an advocate. I and many others watch for this very thing:

Misinformation.

Don’t take it personally. Take it personally. Doesn’t matter.

I distrust YOU because you claim “don’t know enough”,

Just like all the others.

If you don’t know what you’re supposed to “know” by now, after ecigs have had 10+ years on the market, you’re more idiotic than the posts I call you out on.

If you’re in the health field and you write about it without the truth, shame ON you.

To be informative, you must be informed. I learn something EVERY day about vaping. I DON’T know everything, but I’ll ask, read, question things and then read some more.




 UPDATE May 7th:

This journalist, Tara Haelle, released this on the recording of those tweets, to be fair I’ve included it here!

AHCJ15 Panel on E-Cigarettes/Vaping




I, and thousands like me, smarter than I am are advocating for a reason.

To HELP people, to give them the information. To help change LIVES if they choose to do so.


VapeMeStoopid does this VERY WELL, here.


If you’re claiming you’re a journalist and can’t do

15 minutes of research

to inform your readers,

Well… you’re not doing your frigging job.




I just hope one of us get to that lady before you do.



More on “Risk Perception and The Media”

 


Keep ON #Vaping On.

Kevin

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