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Are Officials Masking Covid-19 Advice From The Public?

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I can’t believe there is this much discourse about face masks.


What if, despite “expert” advice, simply suggesting wearing a mask may, could, might, or possibly reduce your risk from the other asymptomatic humans, and “flatten the curve”? To overlook deter something as simple (and inexpensive) as face masks as part of the standing COVID-19 advice to the public should be construed as negligence. Reasonable “explanations” for not wearing masks is quite frankly, worse.

I can’t believe there is this much discourse around the world about face masks.

So, while looking for the difference of ‘experts’ downplaying a need, increased hype against the need, and common sense for, or against wearing a mask for personal use, I’ve highlighted a Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) preventive graphic: I see exposure, person to person, close contact, and finally, how droplets can… wait, let me get my mask.

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It’s personal.

For all intents and purposes, all humans have the same preventive goal: To protect our individual selves and the ones we love. To choose to wear a mask is a personal, individual choice. I’m all for it, and that. Wikipedia explainsPersonal protective equipment (PPE) is protective clothing, helmets, goggles, or other garments or equipment designed to protect the wearer’s body from injury or infection.” To reduce risk of that which poses a threat. To minimize exposure. It doesn’t say it will work. I know less than you do about infectious diseases, and I can’t say you’ll wear a mask properly or if it will work. But……….

In densely populated (and worst hit) areas of the United States (think New York, you know, subways and stuff) I’ll ask again: What if, simply wearing a mask would achieve their slogan of “flatten the curve”? What if “they”, the chosen experts, are wrong?

“Tinfoil hat time”: What are they trying to hide? Why are they trying to hide it? Are they ignoring information for appearances? Do they want this pandemic to get worse?

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Creating fear?

Are masks unnecessary? Are they purposely downplaying the need? I’ve seen ‘higher risk’ groups singled “stigmad” out (yep, made it up) because of age, alcohol use, being overweight, smokers, vapers, and more. To gaslight “groups” of people claiming they are at a higher risk is idiotic. I can only think that narrative would give anyone not in that group a false sense of security. I also think well, gee, those people should be wearing masks!

If you’re old enough to remember, this is how AIDS ideology, stigma, and discrimination was fueled. You’d THINK “Public Health” would learn.

Interestingly, Twitter just released guidelines saying : “Claims that specific groups, nationalities are never susceptible to COVID-19″ and on my point, bold being my emphasis again: “Claims that specific groups, nationalities are more susceptible to COVID-19″… that’s found here. I hope it extends to other false narratives.

I stated on Twitter: “Someone tell me ‘I’m’ wrong.”: (this includes you!) “*Everyone* has the exact same RISK of #COVID19. Washing hands, social distancing, less exposure, reduces RISK. Exposure is the risk, anyone *having it* who also suffers from chronic disease MAY, could, or might have more detrimental outcomes.”

Remember the CDC graphic above? The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. I don’t find it unreasonable to utilize a mask as a preventable measure. What if it helps….

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Don’t wear a mask? Says W.H.O.?

Why not? The World Health Association (W.H.O.) says if you’re healthy, only wear a mask if you’re attending to anyone suspected of a COVID-19 infection. Well that’s odd. I suspect anyone is licking toilet seats or not washing their hands are suspect, but I can’t tell those humans apart from the ones that don’t. Also, those telling you and me what we can, cannot personally ‘do’ are by all accounts, suspect. It’s a thing with me.

In the tweet above it states “Irresponsible use of masks by those who do not need them can be harmful”.

But… this, from October 2019 states: “

Recommended for symptomatic individuals, and conditionally recommended for public protection“, alsoGiven the costs and the uncertain effectiveness, face masks are conditionally recommended only in severe influenza epidemics or pandemics for the protection of the general population, but are recommended for symptomatic individuals at all times.

This is found on page 28 of this PDF here: “Global Influenza Programme

Did I run out and purchase masks? No, but if you’re like me, you’re not randomly doing as you’re told. I’ll wear a bandana. Simple, makes me feel better. It’s a personal, individual choice. Besides, I don’t trust their advice on things I know, why should I trust them with things I don’t. I already suffer from borderline anti-public health ‘expert’ syndrome.


On February 29th, 2020, the U.S. Surgeon General stated scolded the public with all the professionalism in the world. He tweetedSeriously people- STOP BUYING MASKS!“, I decided he’s marginalizing something bigger than he is – like his ego and narrative, and I’ll assume he’s wrong. What if he is?

How DARE (I) we humans question authority or think it (may, could) might be acceptable to think for ourselves, and by the way, Jerry… why are you taking the liberty of relinquishing Americans of their personal choice by demanding we do, or not do anything?

Update April 3rd, 2020: We the people weren’t “buying masks” as Jerry arrogantly accused We, The People of. No, he deflected his amateur tweet at us while millions of masks were being exported.

Meanwhile, one of the giants in the industry argues against exporting their products.

Update April 3rd, 2020:

Update April 9th:

The precautionary principle states we should sometimes act without definitive evidence, just in case…”

“The public” here are not volunteers in someone else’s experiment in a flu outbreak—they are people the world over who are trying to stay alive in a deadly pandemic.”

Is it me, or is it hard to fathom potential & devastating (hindsight in 2020 will be 20/20) there could ever be so much debate and professional division about masks?

Face masks for the public during the covid-19 crisis

“Covid19 has released global awareness about #PublicHealth, spotlighting & exposing unprepared experts who assume, correlate, fabricate, hypothesize, speculate & manipulate #data leveraging financial/political advantages against humans.

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Peeling off the mask

What about research, or data on masks vs no masks? Because I adore JoodiG, and because of what she (and Patty McNulty above her) said, I was intrigued. REDUCING RISK. Then of course, there’s that personal, individual choice again.

Are public health “leaders” trying to make us “look like” we’re not panicking to the rest of the world? We’ve already bought all the toilet paper, is wearing masks considered taboo in the USA? Is it that the government was already in an unprepared en mass position, and the public depleted the normal needed stock of masks too quickly? I’ll get back to that link JoodieG shared shortly below… and hey, thanks for hanging with me.

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I have to ask, what about the flu?

What about wearing masks for flu season(s)… what does the Centers for DISEASE control say about that? Well…. interestingly…

NO recommendation. Huh.

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Link to CDC’s website (this is toward the bottom)

I do like to fact check, so off I go… where one tab becomes three, and five… and wait a minute.

So, what about the flu… well… This got my attention. Sherif Mossad, MD isn’t a political or governmental public health figure, he is an infectious disease specialist. At the Cleveland Clinic. Wait, now when flu season is in, why are we not being told to wear masks? I’ll let you ponder that as this paragraph comes to a non-conclusional (Yep, made that one up myself as well) close.

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Someone’s lying, or someone isn’t telling the whole truth, so because I like to poke Jerry… the expert.

Look at the graphic again, and look at what Jerry said.

Popular (Twitter) hashtags about this subject are #masksforall and #masks4all.

The link to the article (graphic) in my above tweet is here.

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Points, counterpoints.

For time and space, you can click here for this tweet, and it will open to a continuous ‘thread’ of other related tweets from this and other users. Also, as always, I highly suggest joining Twitter (There’s that personal, individual choice again.)

So what have we been told? They don’t ‘prevent’ anything, they might even make it worse?

This article came up, and is highly recommended. Besides, who among us doesn’t like scientific rationale???

COVID-19: WHY WE SHOULD ALL WEAR MASKS — THERE IS NEW SCIENTIFIC RATIONALE

Update April 3rd, 2020: Experts tell White House coronavirus can spread through talking or even just breathing

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Meanwhile, In Austria

Huh. Bet they “flatten the curve”. That’s all I have to say about this:

Austria to make basic face masks compulsory in supermarkets

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This poll came out yesterday on Twitter.

You can click here for this tweet and it will open to a continuous ‘thread’ of other related tweets.


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Obviously, healthcare workers should get priority on the appropriate masks because they – are – at the highest risk for exposure.

That said, how about Mrs. Johnson down at your local brick and mortar? She’s exchanging your money in face to face transactions tirelessly, because she is an essential worker. How, if anyone can not show symptoms immediately, can they know they’re contagious? Does anyone not deserve a mask in face-to-face transactions? As much as I like Mrs. Johnson, if neither of us are wearing masks as a preventative measure and she’s asymptomatic, and I come home to my grandson…

Masks allow the user to reduce their risk. Also, see harm reduction, and there’s that personal, individual choice again.

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Remember JoodiG’s tweet?

Do you know why I’m the guy who asked all the annoying questions in class? Because either I didn’t understand it, and/or others were afraid to ask. Yeah, that was me.

Here’s the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health (NCBI link) JoodieG referred to above in her tweet.

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I’m just a human being wondering how big a failure this could be, and what else they are already not doing.

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Yep, I still can’t believe there is this much discourse about masks. My disclaimer? I’m not an expert. I can only read, comprehend, and decide for myself and my family. Your personal decision to buy, make, and wear, or not wear masks is your decision. From a social distancing standpoint, and human interaction, You do you, I’ll do me.

I hope and predict (see same-day update from the Washington Post below) masks will be suggested soon by U.S. officials with some excuse that new data has come out, they didn’t know, without admitting a failure, by pointing fingers at the public – in the ‘we didn’t plan to have enough’ chain of events that will unfold in disbelief, right before our open, gaping, uncovered mouths… I mean, eyes.

Updated 4/2/2020: White House expected to recommend Americans wear cloth masks to prevent coronavirus spread

Please, don’t hold your breath, I’ve been wrong before. The one thing I am confident in? Trust, but verify.

They could be right, I advise to ALWAYS question public health “experts”, and wash your hands. Masks are optional and, that advice, of course, is a personal, individual choice for you to make. Or not.

Be well.

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UPDATE:

President Trump was asked about masks today 3/30/2020 (the same day as this blog). His remarks are below, and on this tweet with the question starting at the 46:36 time mark.

The question (and response) was:

Reporter: “Scott Gottlieb, your former FDA Commissioner wrote a roadmap for recovery after the coronavirus. President Trump: Very interesting I saw it. Reporter: He suggests, the roadmap suggests that everybody wear a mask in public. Is that something that the task force – thinks is a good idea?”

President Trump: “We haven’t discussed it to that extent… but it’s certainly something we could discuss. We’re getting certainly the number of masks that you need. We are in the process of talking about things, I saw his suggestion on that, so we’ll take a look at it, for a period of time, not forever I mean you know we want our country back.”

He went on to say “We’re not going to be wearing masks forever but it could be for a short period of time after we get back into gear. People could, I could see something like that happening for a period of time. But I would hope it would be for a very limited period of time. Doctors, they’ll come back and say for the rest of our lives we have to wear masks.”

HUH.

I found this from the Washington Post late this evening:

Now it’s being considered…..

“according to a federal official who spoke on the condition of anonymity because it is an ongoing matter of internal discussion and nothing has been finalized.”

CDC considering recommending general public wear face coverings in public

How about this… seems legitemate to me.

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What does a scientist from China say?

Not wearing masks to protect against coronavirus is a ‘big mistake’

Huh.

This VA Hospital Cited “Misleading” Data to Restrict Mask Use for Health Care Workers

And, a tweet is in this article I didn’t include:

Should you wear a mask in public? The narrative is shifting.

And…..

It’s Time to Face Facts, America: Masks Work

I hope to update this soon.

Update 3/31/2020:

Guess what the City of Memphis says:

“Masks may serve as additional protection when combined with other preventive measures.”

Facial Covering or Mask Guidance for General Public

How about this:

“Guidance needs to change and needs to be clear that these nonmedical, nonsurgical masks are beneficial to the general public and should be worn when outside of the home,” said Robert Hecht, a professor of epidemiology at the Yale School of Public Health.

Mask mystery: Why are U.S. officials dismissive of protective covering?

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What about THIS from 2009 via the Centers for Disease Control?

“relying on laboratory-confirmed cases as the primary outcome may have been unrealistic for a study of this size”

“Masks may therefore play an important role in reducing transmission.”

Face Mask Use and Control of Respiratory Virus Transmission in Households

This is frightening: “The lack of research on facemasks and respirators is reflected in varied and sometimes conflicting policies and guidelines.”

Facemasks for the prevention of infection in healthcare and community settings.

My home state of Ohio:

White House press conference 3/31/2020

Dr. Birx: Masks: “It’s just being considered by the task for now about whether that (CDC) recommendation that already exists relevant to to wearing masks should be altered in any way so it’s still under discussion.”

(This is found at approximately 1:54:35 in this link to press conference.)

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In California: UPDATE: Riverside County on Tuesday issued guidance to cover your face:

California Promises Guidance On Wearing Masks In Daily Life, Newsom Gives Coronavirus Update

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I like this tweet.

4/01/2020

Jacob Sullum asks the question:

What’s Up With All the Contradictory Advice About COVID-19 and Face Masks?

Multiple authors agreed, and explained in this:

  • Encourage the Public to Wear Masks. “There is emerging evidence that asymptomatic and presymptomatic transmission of COVID-19 is possible,18 which complicates efforts to pursue case-based interventions. To reduce this risk during Phase I, everyone, including people without symptoms, should be encouraged to wear nonmedical fabric face masks while in public.19 Face masks will be most effective at slowing the spread of SARS-CoV-2 if they are widely used, because they may help prevent people who are asymptomatically infected from transmitting the disease unknowingly.

  • Face masks will be most effective at slowing the spread of SARS-CoV-2 if they are widely used, because they may help prevent people who are asymptomatically infected from transmitting the disease unknowingly. Face masks are used widely by members of the public in some countries that have successfully managed their outbreaks, including South Korea and Hong Kong.20 The World Health Organization (WHO) recommended members of the public use face masks in the event of a severe influenza pandemic.21

National coronavirus response: A road map to reopening

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Now, still 4/01/2020…

“aaaaaaand”……. Here are a few things the Surgeon General suffered from in 00.59 seconds this morning on the TODAY Show:

And – what’s that? A review? What?

Surgeon general says CDC was asked to review guidance on wearing masks


Oh, and

What about this? Why isn’t this part of flu ‘season’ messaging?

“Our findings suggest that a homemade mask should only be considered as a last resort to prevent droplet transmission from infected individuals, but it would be better than no protection.”

Testing the Efficacy of Homemade Masks: Would They Protect in an Influenza Pandemic?

(From the 31st)

“If, in fact, a person who may or may not be infected wants to prevent infecting someone else, one of the best ways to do that is with a mask,” Fauci told CNN’s Jim Acosta. “So perhaps that’s the way to go and again, I say Jim, that’s under very active consideration. As I say, we’ll be discussing it today, this afternoon, at the task force meeting.”

White House Coronavirus Task Force is giving ‘serious consideration’ to suggesting Americans wear face masks


Larado, Texas:

A second motion was passed that included the mandate for all Laredoans to begin wearing protective face masks, or “nose to mouth” covers. That includes any type of fabric, scarf, or bandana.

Laredoans must now wear protective masks when entering building


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Vaping In The News – March 29th, 2020

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Smoking, vaping and hospitalization for COVID-19 ~ Confusion, chaos and complacency ~ Cardiovascular autonomic effects of electronic cigarette use: a systematic review ~ Professional and Home-Made Face Masks Reduce Exposure to Respiratory Infections among the General Population ~ Yell at me on Twitter ~ Altria Asks FDA to Delay Regulatory Deadline Due to Coronavirus ~ Surgeon General: Speculate, Fabricate, Lie. Correlation Virus ~ Organizational Silence and Hidden Threats to Patient Safety ~ We Vape, We Vote ~ Tobacco Crackdown Leads to Smuggling Surge

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This week’s edition is a bit different, because of correlationvirus… among other things, and I went on a journey of complacency, masks, and videos and…

I hope you are all washing your hands and well stocked up in all the toilet paper you can find. I thank you for reading….

Smoking, vaping and hospitalization for COVID-19

Dr. Konstantinos Farsalinos, Anastasia Barbouni, and Raymond Niaura are continuously updating this. It sounds silly that politicians, front groups, and politicians are using this to (so far) fabricate agendas… but here we are.

Smoking, vaping and hospitalization for COVID-19

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Confusion, chaos and complacency

I took my time considering this particular article in this week’s news, and placement of it for a few reasons. What else are they confused, surrounded by chaos, and complacent about? Then, of course, it shows exactly what the agency doesn’t. Yep, you read that correctly.

If you’d like, you can (highly suggested) revisit this from last week, first. Then, of course, be my guest:

Confusion, chaos and complacency

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Cardiovascular autonomic effects of electronic cigarette use:

We’re invested in ourselves, and our health. Frequent visitors know I, and all of you are watching for anything, good or bad, about vaping.

“The results of chronic e-cigarettes (EC) vaping studies were consistent with a chronic sympathoexcitatory effect as estimated by heart rate variables (HRV), but this did not translate into chronic increases in heart rate (HR) or blood pressure (BP).”

Cardiovascular autonomic effects of electronic cigarette use

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Professional and Home-Made Face Masks Reduce Exposure to Respiratory Infections among the General Population

JoodiG’s tweet… in response to the Surgeon General Jerry…. along with Patty McNulty’ valid question/response are questioning him… silly we’re having a discussion about masks, but here we are…

Wear a mask, don’t wear a mask… either way, here’s the link JoodiG’s referring to:

Professional and Home-Made Face Masks Reduce Exposure to Respiratory Infections among the General Population

Here’s another:

Physical interventions to interrupt or reduce the spread of respiratory viruses: systematic review

Counterpoint:

“Moisture retention, reuse of cloth masks and poor filtration may result in increased risk of infection.”

A cluster randomised trial of cloth masks compared with medical masks in healthcare workers

I am not a professional, but the Surgeon General wants to portray the -silly- debate of masks as if they’re just placebos…

Oh, and speaking of Twitter and masks, and now knowing what you know… there’s a poll and I predict a very interesting thread (and stellar responses below it) already developing.

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Yell at me on Twitter….

If you are DOING something along with (if you’re open) your normal operations, or have added or switched to other production, service or community outreach, yell at me on Twitter here. And/or, link your contribution to your area below Dave’s tweet!

See, there’s conjecture, and there’s lies.

The study Jukka refers above is HERE.

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Go ahead, click on the video GrimmGreen has provided…

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Go ahead, click on either or both of the videos… and thank you again, Patrick for editing the second one.


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Altria Asks FDA to Delay Regulatory Deadline Due to Coronavirus

Well… this will be a debate for the next few weeks…

Altria Asks FDA to Delay Regulatory Deadline Due to Coronavirus


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Surgeon General: Speculate, Fabricate, Lie. Correlation Virus

Speaking of conjecture and negligent malpractice:

Surgeon General: Speculate, Fabricate, Lie. Correlation Virus


Organizational Silence and Hidden Threats to Patient Safety

My brother, a professional musician, has a line (copyrighted) in a song “Caregivers and takers – had all closed their eyes”. Another related, but unrelated link I pondered including. The lack of doing something is, in my opinion, just as bad as doing something wrong.

“In brief, leaders must demonstrate a willingness to understand the complexity of the sociotechnical systems of which they are a part and be prepared to break the silence.”

I appreciate the “consensual neglect” phrase discreetly placed in this as well…

Organizational Silence and Hidden Threats to Patient Safety

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We Vape, We Vote

Because of Twitter, vapers have been in a few “studies”… because who doesn’t like obtaining funding and spending it on how tweets work when there are real issues they could be…. oh never mind.

We’ve been called what could not be further from the truth: Addicts, Anecdotes, Bots, Impugners, Sheep, Shills, and worse. (I am kind of fond of being called a bot, though.)

Now, if you used the hashtag #WeVapeWeVote, you are as well.

Here, Andrew (follow him!) points out a flaw…. and that damn Greg is an influencer!

There is a PDF within this link.

Contextualising the 2019 E-Cigarette Health Scare: Insights from Twitter

Tobacco Crackdown Leads to Smuggling Surge

Finally, and last but not least, VITN rules are always adhered to, despite the smuggling surge of tobacco.

Tobacco Crackdown Leads to Smuggling Surge


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Vaping In The News – March 7th, 2020

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This isn’t over, it’s happening again ~ What are you doing? ~ UVA SAVE THE VAPE RALLY! ~ Federal Funds Misspent on Anti-Vaping Research ~ Tweets of the week ~ If you can’t attend ~ Rep. Barbieri tells House vaping isn’t dangerous, even for youth ~ Health Insurance Companies Charge Vapers Up to 50% More ~ Study Finds Raising Taxes on Vaping Increases Smoking ~ The UK Government Says What the US Won’t: Vaping Is Safer Than Cigarettes ~ No, You Won’t Catch The New Coronavirus Via Packages Or Mail From China ~ Correlation Virus


THIS ISN’T OVER. It’s happening again

This land is your land. YOU are WE, the PEOPLE. We aren’t going anywhere. THEY work for US. We’re NOT shutting up.

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UVA SAVE THE VAPE RALLY!

Guess who’s already confirmed to speak at this rally… go on…

UVA SAVE THE VAPE RALLY!


What are you doing?

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Federal Funds Misspent on Anti-Vaping Research

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Dr. Rodu explains:

Federal Funds Misspent on Anti-Vaping Research


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Tweets of the week

This guy.


I’ll let Dr. Gardner make his point very clear:


My answer to Troop’s question is much less important than the question he asked in his tweet…


Clive agrees completely. Take your time, I’ll wait.


That hashtag has been adopted in Mexico…


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Rep. Barbieri, a vape shop owner, tells House vaping isn’t dangerous, even for youth

Imagine having a conflict of interest and telling a partial truth? (Think tomato plants and smoke.) Me either, but here it is.

One of you in Idaho should contact him directly, respectfully & appropriately.

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Health Insurance Companies Charge Vapers Up to 50% More

How else will they regain their losses on you feeling better and using their services less?

Health Insurance Companies Charge Vapers Up to 50% More


Study Finds Raising Taxes on Vaping Increases Smoking

“Ecigs are a replacement for tobacco products. They are not a replacement for lost tobacco taxes.” ~ Me.

Study Finds Raising Taxes on Vaping Increases Smoking


The UK Government Says What the US Won’t: Vaping Is Safer Than Cigarettes

U.S. “emperors” have no cloths, or balls.

The UK Government Says What the US Won’t: Vaping Is Safer Than Cigarettes


No, You Won’t Catch The New Coronavirus Via Packages Or Mail From China

It’s a question. It’s a VALID question I’ve seen a time or 7, and with reports of production back up, and price gouging with some in the industry…

No, You Won’t Catch The New Coronavirus Via Packages Or Mail From China


Correlation Virus

Coorelation Virus is found in tobacco CONtrol environments in high concentration, normally mixed with opinion and drivel, it is highly contagious & easily spread.

Please PROTECT yourselves from #CorrelationVirus. Get yourself unindoctrinated immediately. Practice #CriticalThinking.


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Vaping in The News – March 1st, 2020

Vaping In The News covers nicotine, smoking, vaping, snus, heat not burn, e-cigarettes, harm reduction, tobacco control, public health, government, regulations, policies & more worldwide.


The largest threat to Public Health is an informed consumer.

Pallone thinks you’re stupid ~ House Democrats go full nanny state and pass overkill vape flavor ban ~ How ‘Trickle-Down Justice’ Adds More Hurdles for Returning Citizens ~ STATEMENT OF ADMINISTRATION POLICY ~ Call For Another Retraction ~ The Politics of Vaping ~ Congress’ Proposed Tobacco Ban Would Represent Most Far-Reaching Prohibition Bill Since Ban on Alcohol ~ Do Anti-Vaping Ads and Media Actually Encourage Youth Vaping? ~ Would the PG mist from vaping help to reduce, deactivate, or kill some degree of airborne coronavirus? ~ The ‘Big Kill’


Pallone thinks you’re stupid

I can’t help that Francis Pallone thinks you are stupid. Take that up with him.


Speaking of being young and stupid

Did I ever tell you… there was a… oh never mind.

You Don’t Have to be Young to Be Stupid” – Tales From the Land of Prohibition


House Democrats go full nanny state and pass overkill vape flavor ban

Because it isn’t about… well… yes, yes it is.

House Democrats go full nanny state and pass overkill vape flavor ban


How ‘Trickle-Down Justice’ Adds More Hurdles for Returning Citizens

Oh wait, here’s how Francis deflects his own criminal enterprise with criminal and civil penalties for others, but not him.

Here’s what else #HR2339 had in it that caused a ruckus.

How ‘Trickle-Down Justice’ Adds More Hurdles for Returning Citizens


STATEMENT OF ADMINISTRATION POLICY

Back to reality. The house led by pied piper and top nanny-fuss-bucket Pallone had this dropped on his desk the night before.

Highlights:

“Unfortunately, however, this bill contains provisions that are unsupported by the available evidence regarding harm reduction…”

” another provision that raises constitutional concerns “

” The Administration cannot support H.R. 2339’s counterproductive efforts to restrict access to products that may provide a less harmful alternative to millions of adults who smoke “combustible cigarettes.”

“The Administration is also concerned about the constitutionality of a provision…”

“This standard may not satisfy the stringent vagueness test applied to regulations of speech under the Constitution’s Due Process Clause.

“the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is conducting regular surveillance of—and, when appropriate, taking enforcement measures …”

Do you really need to read it? Well, there it is.

STATEMENT OF ADMINISTRATION POLICY


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Call For Another Retraction

As if Professor Puff-N-Stuff isn’t embarrassed enough. Well, he certainly is not, and his funding tells him so.

Call For Another Retraction



The Politics of Vaping

That it “is” about politics (and money, and egos) rather than health still, after 5+ years still blows my mind. But, as I wrote late last year, there is a timeline where we went from being decimated to being FACE to FACE with opponents in the White House.

The Politics of Vaping


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Congress’ Proposed Tobacco Ban Would Represent Most Far-Reaching Prohibition Bill Since Ban on Alcohol

pro·hib·it/prəˈhibit,prōˈhibit/

verb: formally forbid (something) by law, rule, or other authority.

Congress’ Proposed Tobacco Ban Would Represent Most Far-Reaching Prohibition Bill Since Ban on Alcohol


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Do Anti-Vaping Ads and Media Actually Encourage Youth Vaping?

VITN rules dictate your access and attention to this.

Do Anti-Vaping Ads and Media Actually Encourage Youth Vaping?


Pelosi Has to “Whip” Votes to Pass Flavor Ban

Jim McDonald explains Nancy’s sternness.

Pelosi Has to “Whip” Votes to Pass Flavor Ban


Would the PG mist from vaping help to reduce, deactivate, or kill some degree of airborne coronavirus?

From someone I trust exclusively, Chris Price answers this pressing question.

Would the PG mist from vaping help to reduce, deactivate, or kill some degree of airborne coronavirus?


The ‘Big Kill’

I can’t think of anything better to end this edition with than this, with our friends Dr. Brad Rodu joining Brent Stafford as they go down the rabbit hole with “Glantz Study Scandal & Truth Behind Smoking Death Rates”… lend your eyes and ears.

The ‘Big Kill’


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Vaping In The News – February 15th, 2020

Vaping In The News covers nicotine, smoking, vaping, snus, heat not burn, e-cigarettes, harm reduction, tobacco control, public health, government, regulations, policies & more worldwide.

The largest threat to Public Health is an informed consumer.


Attempt to Create a New Tobacco Agency Will Not Work ~ A New Vape Agency for America? ~ Could tobacco cure coronavirus? Don’t laugh. ~ Smokeless Tobacco Users Are Not Dying from Diseases Associated with Smoking ~ Michelle Minton, FOIA Times Two ~ The CDC IS To Blame ~ What You Should Know About E-cigarettes and EVALI ~ New Study Suggests Raising Taxes On E-Cigarettes Could Encourage Traditional Smoking ~ The Effects of E-Cigarette Taxes on E-Cigarette Prices and Tobacco Product Sales: Evidence from Retail Panel Data ~ Think banning flavours will stamp out youth vaping? Think again


Attempt to Create a New Tobacco Agency Will Not Work

E-cigarettes should not BE tobacco products, but, I’m not in charge. That said, on National Tobacco Day, they were deemed tobacco.

In accordance with put your thinking caps on, there are reasons to link certain topics of importance. (Aside from the VITN rules!)

Attempt to Create a New Tobacco Agency Will Not Work

A New Vape Agency for America?

Where there’s one point of view, there’s always another. Whether you see the point in the 1st link, or notice something Dave Cross has to say below, this is a topic higher on the list than some would like it to be. Put your thinking caps back on!

A New Vape Agency for America?


Could tobacco cure coronavirus? Don’t laugh.

I couldn’t have predicted this coming across your eyes… but here we are… go on, it won’t hurt you.

Could tobacco cure coronavirus? Don’t laugh.


Smokeless Tobacco Users Are Not Dying from Diseases Associated with Smoking

Dr. Brad Rodu. Period.

Smokeless Tobacco Users Are Not Dying from Diseases Associated with Smoking


Michelle Minton FOIA Times Two:

The CDC Is to Blame For More Americans Than Ever Being Misinformed About Vaping and E-Cigarettes

Ya think? I do.

The CDC Is to Blame For More Americans Than Ever Being Misinformed About Vaping and E-Cigarettes


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What You Should Know About E-cigarettes and EVALI

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What You Should Know About E-cigarettes and EVALI


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The Ponzi Scheme:

Alright, fine. That’s not the title. But that’s the goal.

The Effects of E-Cigarette Taxes on E-Cigarette Prices and Tobacco Product Sales: Evidence from Retail Panel Data

“We simulate that for every one standard e-cigarette pod (a device that contains liquid nicotine in e-cigarettes) of 0.7 ml no longer purchased as a result of an e-cigarette tax, the same tax increases traditional cigarettes purchased by 6.2 extra packs.”

There’s a PDF within.

The Effects of E-Cigarette Taxes on E-Cigarette Prices and Tobacco Product Sales: Evidence from Retail Panel Data


New Study Suggests Raising Taxes On E-Cigarettes Could Encourage Traditional Smoking

Of course it will, and it is in strict accordance with that pesky contractual government Ponzi Scheme called the Master Settlement Agreement.

New Study Suggests Raising Taxes On E-Cigarettes Could Encourage Traditional Smoking


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Think banning flavours will stamp out youth vaping? Think again

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Think banning flavours will stamp out youth vaping? Think again


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