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Vaping In The News – July 7th, 2018

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

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




Can e-Cigarettes and Pharmaceutical Aids Increase Smoking Cessation? ~ Update on Deeming Rule Appeal ~ Vaping And Harm Reduction ~ ‘Real‐world’ compensatory behaviour ~ We’re not idiots ~ The Grey Miserable World of ‘Public Health’ ~ Plain Packaging & the TPD ~ Montana Proposal Punishes Lower Income Smokers ~ CASAA Tobacco 21 policy statement ~ Truth Initiative manipulates tobacco numbers ~ Are Vapes Tobacco Products? ~ How to lie, cheat, manipulate and mislead ~ Five Years ~




Can e-Cigarettes and Pharmaceutical Aids Increase Smoking Cessation and Reduce Cigarette Consumption?

Not if anyone in power and control has anything to say about it.

Can e-Cigarettes and Pharmaceutical Aids Increase Smoking Cessation and Reduce Cigarette Consumption?


Update on Deeming Rule Appeal

1. The MRTP provision violates the First Amendment
2. Notably, they are not cigarettes, as they do not contain tobacco and there is no combustion or smoke.

I’ve heard that before and before and before and…  well… I repeat myself… a lot.

Update on Deeming Rule Appeal


Vaping And Harm Reduction: Don’t Let the Perfect Be the Enemy of the Good

Because it is there.

Vaping And Harm Reduction: Don’t Let the Perfect Be the Enemy of the Good


‘Real‐world’ compensatory behaviour

You can add this to your “we don’t know enough” files…

Alan Beard wrote about this  – mentioning yours truly, and the brilliance of Norbert Zillitron, Bernd Mayer, Paul Barnes…

Before you read the titled section of ‘Real-world’, please see Alan’s blog first where VAPERS knew about it, and explained it. It took them a while to catch up… but they don’t or won’t listen to US.

From Alan Beard in 2015:

Evolving Nicotine Usage and Consequences

Now you can read their “catch-up”.

‘Real‐world’ compensatory behaviour


We are not idiots.

Erica is right.


View story at Medium.com

How Vaping could disrupt Big Tobacco’s plans in Africa

Bloomberg predicts “by 2047 there will be more sales within vaping than the traditional tobacco.

MY opinion: Worldwide tobacco use would drop to -10% in less than 10 years without doing a thing if there were NO interference, regulation, restriction, tax and ban & they left consumers alone. Not just with e-cigarettes, but snus as well.

How Vaping could disrupt Big Tobacco’s plans in Africa


The Grey Miserable World of ‘Public Health’

Dick has a way with words… and I adore that.

“The hold that ‘public health’ has over politicians is astonishing, but then it’s because politicians are weak, cowardly, and ultimately incredibly stupid”

The Grey Miserable World of ‘Public Health’


Plain Packaging & the TPD

Speaking of adoration, Paul: Facts. Do. Matter.

Plain Packaging & the TPD


Montana Proposal Punishes Lower Income Smokers

EACH time professional organizations (Yep, I’m talking to you) decide to *allow & *negotiate taxes/legislation instead of fighting them and without being clear on public record = #nicotine is not tobacco…

…without clear and extreme public objection, it (industry) is settling for years of the *definition of nicotine as tobacco being *taxed & *acceptable, and the shop owner and consumer will pay the price.

Here’s an excellent example of that from Lindsey Stroud of Heartland.org.

Montana Proposal Punishes Lower Income Smokers, Is A Disservice to Tobacco Harm Reduction


CASAA Tobacco 21 policy statement:

“Including low-risk alternatives in T21 laws is unwise, misleading”

Louder.

Outstanding.

CASAA Tobacco 21 policy statement: “Including low-risk alternatives in T21 laws is unwise, misleading”


Manipulation

On June 19th, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb stated adult smoking rates is 13.9% nationally.

On July 3rd, “Truth” Initiative put out a tweet claiming adult smoking is 17.1% nationally. I’m not sure how smoking rates went up 3.2% nationally in just two weeks but I asked my question anyway  – which will certainly be ignored.

Selective sampling…
Business plan is:

Show lowering rates to increase “we’re doing our job” and winning. Give us more money.
Show – oops – an uptick in rates – “we need to do more”. Give us more money.

Think of the children™ is required for every press release.

Deny anything. Coordinate, manipulate – and fabricate…. everything.

Tax increases at any cost…..

Covered here: Truth Initiative manipulates tobacco numbers


Are Vapes Tobacco Products?

It’s still a thing.

Are Vapes Tobacco Products? The Confused Conversation About Categorization


How to Lie, Cheat, Manipulate and Mislead

Remember Stanton Glantz‘s famous words from 1992:

“and that’s the question that I have applied to my research relating to tobacco. If this comes out the way I think, will it make a difference? And if the answer is yes, then we do it, and if the answer is I don’t know then we don’t bother. Okay? And that’s the criteria.”

This link is – more for humor and posterity on my part, and may be self-explanatory on yours… or not… because they (surely there’s manipulation with any subject matter) get the numbers, data…they get the results, and outcomes they want. Then, they give it to the public just how they would like it to be interpreted.

That, my dear readers, is why they’re so angry about Foundation for a Smoke-Free World.

How to Lie, Cheat, Manipulate and Mislead using Statistics and Graphical Displays


Five years.

This could be any vape shop. I’ve had the privelege of meeting James Jarvis here in Ohio a couple times. James and his family are celebrating their monumental 5th year anniversary in a business in which government, pharma and political front groups are trying to destroy.

Employing – from my perspective – stellar people who are instrumental in the success and are recognized for their role as a team.

James, as I hope most shop owners are, is continuing with the necessity of taking on local, state and national issues with the consumer in each thought, step, testimony, letter, phone call, rally, billboard, political meeting, education, e-mail, podcast, and all the crazy “behind the scenes” things – – – no one ever really could imagine outside the mind of a shop owner (including me) is being done…to make the world a better place.

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More you may have missed:

#LOUDER:

Vapers: Tell the FDA You’re Not Merely An Anecdote!

From Alan Beard:

“Come on everyone else (any country from anywhere) consider signing NOW”

Act now to stop the EU vape tax

Battery safety with Reddit:

Reddit: You’re gonna blow yourself up




Have you met my OUR friends at vapers.org.uk? 

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You can find me joining David Goerlitz Saturday mornings on Vape Radio.

I proudly joined David on his latest podcast: David G Model Citizen.


You can find me here trying to be cordial on Facebook

You can find me here being a bit more evil on Twitter

You can also find me on LinkedIn


It’s FREE, have you joined CASAA? Have you added your testimony here?

Are you familiar with Tobacco Harm Reduction For Life

GONZO GIVES




Medical, Research, Science Professionals:

Research:


Politics:

E-Cigarette Politics 

A Billion Lives

A Billion Lives


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Your comments are NEVER filtered, always encouraged and welcome on this blog. There is definitely more to come.

Keep ON #Vaping On.

Kevin

Vaping In The News 3-04-17

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Vaping In The News – February 26th-March 4th, 2017

CASAA, Blog Fog, American Vaping Association, Regulatory Pie, Simon Chapman, Dick Durbin, Public Policy, Indiana, Bill Godshall



Advocacy

I first met Jennifer Berger-Coleman online when I saw her post this:

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I asked her permission to use that graphic and did so here. (Thank you again, Jennifer!)

I was delighted to see this:

CASAA is pleased to announce some welcome additions to our leadership team.

Jennifer Berger-Coleman was elected to CASAA’s Board of Directors. While new to the Board, Jennifer is certainly not new to advocacy. In addition to working on tobacco harm reduction advocacy in California, Jennifer has a long history of advocacy involving civil rights and health care issues. Her skills as an outreach coordinator will be employed to help CASAA reach populations and communities where smoking rates remain disproportionately high.

Congratulations, Jennifer!

New additions to CASAA’s Leadership Team!



Please Stand By

It seems the fog still hangs over the Tobacco Control BMJ and its authors of “Blog Fog” after more than ten days.

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In their feeble attempt to assert themselves of promoting open and rapid debate to the little people (in the name of advancing science, of course), technical difficulties, password issues and a comedy of errors have one author now “mortified due to different but linked systems. Uh huh.

Christopher Snowden gives some reassurance for her mortification.



Tweet Of The Week

The tweet of the week goes to Agent Ania in reference to the above “Blog Fog”.



Proactive

Here’s an awesome and dignified example of the vaping community reacting proactively.

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This comes from Alycia Singleton via Gregory Conley of the American Vaping Association.

“The son of a vape shop owner (edit: actually a manager) was apparently told to write an assignment listing five reasons why vaping should be banned.

Instead, he submitted 240 pages of scientific information and stories from adults who found them helpful in quitting.

He got a F and his mom was told to take it up with the school board.”

AVA is going to give this young man a $1,000 college scholarship.



Regulatory Pie

The FDA is holding a $1,000,000 pie eating contest.

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“to conduct an in-depth evaluation of available evidence of health effects from e-cigarettes and recommendations for future federally funded research.”

Study on the Health Effects of Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems and Priority Research


To fund more research. What?

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Wait a minute, regulations preceded the ~knowledge~ of health effects? Huh.


For reference, 20 Million dollars of pie was consumed in 2013 to “help regulate tobacco products” that surely included the deeming regulations.

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UCSF Awarded $20M Federal Grant on Tobacco Regulatory Sciences New Research Will Help Regulate Tobacco Products to Protect Public Health


Influence

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Speaking of idiots, Simon Chapman thinks, and that should be regulated.

(Bold is my emphasis)

“We expect those who know most about health problems to have views about what should be done to solve them and the courage to put these forward, even if they imply criticism of governments or powerful interest groups.”


“Trump’s recent gagging of all government environmental agency staff is surely the start of a process that will spread to government funded universities in the USA.”

Simon Chapman thinks researchers have a “duty” to try and influence policy.


In other news …..

Senator Durbin is still babbling incessantly, insisting “we need strong regulations of e-cigarettes.”

Evidently he didn’t get the memo on National Tobacco Day.

He was last seen sticking his paws in the 👉 candy desk at the senate.


Dr. Brad Rodu, Matthew Glans, and Lindsey Stroud

give their take on

Policy, Myths and Facts, History of the Failed Anti-Smoking Campaign, Quit or Die as the Only Strategy, The Case for Tobacco Harm Reduction and more:

That and more including the PDF is here:

Vaping, E-Cigarettes, and Public Policy Toward Alternatives to Smoking

Related:

Clive Bates covered policy in January:👇

Reshaping American tobacco policy: eight proposals for the Trump administration



Indiana

“In a nearly unanimous vote yesterday, the Indiana Senate overwhelming approved legislation that will finally attempt to reform the state’s controversial vaping laws.  Passing with a 49-1 margin, the bill now heads to the House, although it is unclear if Senate Bill 1 will be altered in any way to gain a House majority vote.”

Indiana Senate votes 49-1 to reform controversial vaping laws


Stay Informed

The Bill Godshall Update via ecigarette-politics:

Always an informative list:

Bill Godshall Update 2017-02-24



Shameless Self-Promotion

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Two from me this week, in case you missed them:

Imagine a business with no worries about profit or loss – and the money keeps coming in. As a bonus, you can carry this on for more than 50 years and brag about it.

Helping Smokers Quit


Place your trust in public health officials. They are the clergy, you are the congregation.

Divine Intervention: A Deal With The Devil

 

I’m also on Vaping Media:

Another suggestion is doing simple tongue exercises to alleviate Vaper’s Tongue.

Vaper’s Tongue! What is that?




 

NEWS from my friends across the pond: Vapers.org.uk.

You can find me here trying to be cordial on Facebook

You can find me here being a bit more evil on Twitter

You can also find me on LinkedIn

You can follow me on this blog!


Medical, Research, Science Professionals:

Research:

Consumers Groups:


Your “Rapid Response” is NEVER filtered and are always encouraged and welcome on this blog.

More to come.

Keep ON #Vaping On.

Kevin

 

 

Vaping In The News 2-25-17

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Vaping In The News – February 19th-25th, 2017

This weeks collection of Vaping In The News includes Tobacco Control BMJ, Censorship, Steve Forbes, Refreshing Journalism, CASAA / HR1136, Bill Godshall, Cole-Bishop HR1136 Canada and Vlad The Vaper.

I won’t bore you with my usual (insert witty and thought-provoking editorial comment here) views on it all, so let us get straight to Vaping In The News:


Impugning

This week, much to my amusement, Tobacco Control BMJ finds itself in the hot seat when (it) wanted to assert take control. “They” decided to take some to task with this sad example of a scream test in their own echo chamber.

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Blog fog? Using rapid response to advance science and promote debate

Like watching a train wreck, one co-author tweeted taunted this:

Then, as if “rapid” was another code word for “no”…it seems 2 days later, technical difficulties find their way to bad timing.

Still waiting……and duly noted:
“We intend to post all eLetters approved by the Editor within 7-14 days, which must contribute substantially to the topic however it is at our absolute discretion whether we publish and timeframes cannot be guaranteed.”
At the time of this blog, 2/25/17:
My take with others linked within:

Say what?

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I was intrigued with an article written by Gary Wood here (with audio)

Government Silences Vape Shop Owners in the US

I wasn’t surprised with the quality of the article, having seen this a few days before:

Why Vaping is Safer in the UK than in the US

Keep that up, Mr. Wood, and thank you.


Forbes

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Steve Forbes, (Yes, him) who has written before about the issues at hand, has another article:

“…a perverse mind-set reigns among health regulators and fanatical antismoking crusaders…”

President Trump’s Deregulators Should Tell The FDA’s Anti-Vaping Jihadists to Butt Out


Refreshing

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A Writer at FEE, the Foundation for Economic Education, Brittany Hunter has written

This Could Be the Last Stand for Vaping. It is refreshing to see a journalist taking time to see the whole picture.

I’ve seen Brittany before on Twitter here with

Teenagers Say No to Drugs and Tobacco, Yes to Vaping


You should never miss

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The Bill Godshall Update via ecigarette-politics:

A hefty list:

Bill Godshall Update 2017-02-10


#HR1136:

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This from CASAA

“…for those who are chomping at the bit to get started, this week is an excellent time to engage in face-to-face engagement with lawmakers.”

HR 1136 – Modernizing the predicate date for vapor products is a vital first step



Canada

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Brent Stafford, of Regulator Watch has yet another investigative report about Canada and regulations they’re facing.

Awkward Allies | Big Tobacco talks Vaping, IQOS & Federal Regs


Public Service Announcement:

Get louder.

They’re trying to make you squeal.


Latest from me:

Vaping Regulations Should Be Based On Evidence: Cole-Bishop Amendment

Top 10 “things” that piss me off about #ecigs.


NEWS from my friends across the pond at Vapers.org.uk.

You can find me here trying to be cordial on Facebook

You can find me here being a bit more evil on Twitter

You can also find me on LinkedIn

You can follow me on this blog!


Medical, Research, Science Professionals:

Research:

Consumers Groups:


Comments are NEVER filtered and are always welcome on this blog.

More to come.

Keep ON #Vaping On.

Kevin

Vaping In the News

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Depending on where you look and who’s got the narrative on e-cigarettes –  There is good, bad, and ugly. Every DAY, vaping is in the news. Every day, something is breaking.

In the spirit of and inspiration from my friends across the pond at Vapers.org.uk, this is a quick selection of what I’ve seen (good, bad and ugly) this past week with the obligatory op-ed above each one designed to inform, enlighten and enrage.


The Outstanding News

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If you don’t know about Cole-Bishop, you need to hydrate, educate yourself –  and waste no time:

“There is a legitimate role for tobacco regulations, but vaping is not a tobacco product.”

“Regulations should be based on evidence and the FDA doesn’t have the evidence to say that vaping is a harmful product.”

“There is a legitimate role the FDA plays for tobacco regulations, but e-cigarettes are not a tobacco product.”

Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK) Discusses the Cole-Bishop Amendment with Nicopure Labs



The Good

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It’s an amazing thing when people take matters into their own hands when decisions they make have a direct impact on their lives. There is a continuous stream of light from consumers who have switched from smoking combustible tobacco and their journey with e-cigarettes. We, after all, are the experts.

Shining that light is a proactive effort to educate the public and smokers who may be thinking of switching to e-cigarettes.

A series of videos released by the National Centre for Smoking Cessation and Training (NCSCT) and New Nicotine Alliance (NNA) was released with personal stories from those who have made The Switch.

More on this from Diane Caruana at Vaping Post:

Short movies about vaping by the NNA and NCSCT


Next, another video released by CASAA with a no-nonsense tone explaining the obvious difference between combustible tobacco and e-cigarettes.

How they work, less harm, nicotine and more.



The Bad

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Click-Bait Trend

Click-bait is the staple of the media, and this a sparking example of controlling the flow of information by deleting comments.

You can read the sparkly tweet and have enough to decipher the stupidity, and to read the article would take you less than one minute. I’ve linked with a “do not link” url here so they get no traffic ranking from this blog. I’d venture to say if it weren’t for vapers, there wouldn’t be any traffic to some of these idiots.


Would you like fries with that?

The Mayo Clinic has released positive views about e-cigarettes here.

Now, they’ve caught the attention of who is, without question, impeccable. He maintains his class and style by adding condiments to an “unethical and misleading risk” sandwich to the Mayo Clinic.

I hope he sent them napkins.

Hold the Mayo



Idiot Of The Week

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Because who doesn’t know how to describe “toxic exposure” better than Michael Cawley, PharmD, RRT, CPFT, FCCM:.

“Although controversy continues about the limited carcinogenic exposure of e-cigarettes compared to traditional tobacco products, a more alarming fact is the toxic exposure of liquid nicotine used by e-cigarettes.”

Sounds like it’s more alarming to vape than smoke, but if you’re not educated enough with all those letters after your name to find substantially reduced levels of measured carcinogens and toxins, DO some research. Even the American Association for Cancer Research knows better.

We already know that e-cigarettes are “not nearly” as alarming, but the way you put it,

Cawley goes on to insist at the end:

“In addition, potential drug interactions should also be discussed with patients since many do not consider liquid nicotine interacting with any prescribed medications. As pharmacists, we need to routinely include questions about the use of e-cigarettes in all our patients with a smoking history.”

I can’t stand linking it, but it is here:  Know the Toxins in E-Cigarettes



The Ugly

There was a “discussion paper” released in 2016 in Australia called:

Options to minimize the risks associated with the marketing and use of electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) in Australia.”

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Clive Bates covered it here.

One of the authors of that paper is none other than Simon Chapman. Now, he’s having a conversation on his article, “Twelve myths about e-cigarettes” The now retired professor wrote an article stuffed with his quit or die mantra, only this time there are responses including Cardiologist Konstantinos E Farsalinos.

Read the article (if you must), but GO to the bottom and hit “Show All Comments”. Turns out “the ugly”, with the help of Dr. Farsalinos and others within may just educate those in need the most: “experts“.

Twelve myths about e-cigarettes that failed to impress the TGA



The latest from me:

Exclusively on Vaping Media:

Rather than initiate dialogue or pursue evidence to present to consumers, U.S. officials are not mentioning it.

Why Are U.S. Health Officials Ignoring U.K. Colleagues about E-Cigs?

I wrote the President:

Dear President Trump:

I urge you to immediately order the Food and Drug Administration to cease and desist any and all activity involving “regulation” of e-cigarettes by classifying them “tobacco”.

Dear President Trump: Stop the F.D.A

Finally:

With more than 560 physicians surveyed, over 70% “indicated that e-cigs can help patients reduce or eliminate smoking” and “almost half believe they can reduce risk” according to a new survey by Andrew Nickels, M.D.

Doctors tell smokers: Switch to e-cigs 



E-cigarette NEWS Monday thru Friday is here

from my friends across the pond at Vapers.org.uk.



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