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Vaping In The News – March 2nd, 2019

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.


Can Nicotine Actually Have A Good Side? ~ Snus and Parkinson’s ~
Swedish Snus Is Safer than Smoking ~ An Upside to Nicotine ~ Switching from Smoking to Juul ~ Anti-vaping activists pitch unscientific fringe ~ FDA chief hands the WH his plan to restrict flavored e-cigs ~ A Moose poking a bear ~ Buffalo, New York


Can Nicotine Actually Have A Good Side?

Fig tagged this for a completely different reason snippet… then I got to sniffing around…

“The interest in nicotine’s therapeutic potential started in the 1980s.”

“Researchers have been talking about nicotine-related drugs for decades, but none are on the market yet. Part of the problem is reputation.

I’ll let you decide what the real problem has been for decades:

Can Nicotine Actually Have A Good Side?


“If I were to remain silent, I’d be guilty of complicity.” ― Albert Einstein


Snus and Parkinson’s

Really. What is the government afraid of again?

Moist smokeless tobacco (Snus) use and risk of Parkinson’s disease.


Swedish Snus Is Safer than Smoking

Really? What is the government afraid of?

Swedish Snus Is Safer than Smoking


An Upside to Nicotine:

REALLY? WHAT is the GOVERNMENT afraid OF?

An Upside to Nicotine:The Positive Effects of Nicotine on Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s:



Switching from Smoking to Juul

Love ’em or hate ’em, Dr. Seigel gives you the Rest of the Story:

Switching from Smoking to Juul Reduces Toxic Chemical Biomarkers to the Same Degree as Quitting Cold Turkey


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Anti-vaping activists pitch unscientific fringe

Clive Bates. If you don’t follow him, do so!

Anti-vaping activists pitch unscientific fringe positions to a national newspaper



FDA chief hands the WH his plan to restrict flavored e-cigs

“The FDA would stand on shaky legal ground if it imposed an outright ban on the sales of flavored e-cigarettes in convenience stores. But what the agency is doing amounts to an effective ban, with less legal exposure.”

FDA chief hands the WH his plan to restrict flavored e-cigs


“It does not take a majority to prevail … but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men.” ― Samuel Adams


The LOUDER section

There’s a Moose poking the bear. Listen for yourselves…

“Our new ad, playing on 107.1 & 107.9. We’re kind of poking the bear here…but that is a recording of FDA Director, Scott Gottlieb, talking about vaping. The rest is ours. :)”


Buffalo, New York

With a flavor ban in the works, this started with a live post from Vic Canastraro here.

In less than 24 hours, it went from a thought, to a rally with signed petitions – and people from out of state joining in – to more than 28,000 views worldwide and more than 1000 shares… to news coverage – I think four separate channels conducted interviews.

When school buses went by, signs went DOWN.


“There’s only one solution – Unity and aggression.”
― Oliver Kershaw, ECF



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Surgeon General Watch: Data, Snippets, and Narratives

Is access to public data an unreasonable request? What will the complete data reveal? Are snippets of data the best way to inform the public? If the full spectrum of the data is withheld, what is real, what is contrived?

If you repeat a lie often enough, it becomes the truth.”

The problem with research misconduct must be of epidemic proportions. So much so, the Department of Health and Human Services has its own division defining such misconduct called the Office of Research Integrity (ORI), and a definition of said misconduct.

“Research misconduct is defined as fabrication, falsification, or plagiarism in proposing, performing, or reviewing research, or in reporting research results.”

“Falsification is manipulating research materials, equipment, or processes, or changing or omitting data or results such that the research is not accurately represented in the research record.”

It would seem all data would be required to have a clear picture of the information being displayed presented to make an informed case, decision, or outcome. The authority in charge has no business writing or promoting a narrative, when data can and shall speak for itself.

Instead, snippets become headlines, and headlines create the story narrative.


“If you repeat a lie often enough, it becomes the truth


In the case of e-cigarettes, and the latest “data” on youth use, it is to present manipulate the claim of an ‘epidemic’ in order to willfully threaten legal adult choices, using snippets of data designed to “fit a narrative” as my friend, U.S. Surgeon General, Dr. Jerome Adams has done, and has accused.

It’s backward. Snippets (subliminal or not) can sell ideas. Create campaigns. Change public opinion.

Mining for data can be useful. Depending on the criteria, displaying data to ones liking is misleading. Similar to Stanton Glantz below, that is propaganda.


Skewed data is…well, you can make anything look like you want it to look for your own purposes. I think I am afraid of both films Nicolas Cage appears in, and pools. Why? I’m not sure what I’m afraid of, Nicolas Cage isn’t his real name, but looking at data tells me I should… Oh never mind.


In this blog, I will attempt to demonstrate two things. First, the following tweets and subtweets can be confusing. Second, if I can post things in here properly and explain, you won’t be confused. Either way, they are snippets, and you’ll probably be confused.


It started with (well, not really, I’m using my interpretation of the data) a question to the highest “ranking” Medical Doctor from Mike Peterson:

In this tweet, the Surgeon General clearly seems to has “doubts” that Mike “really wanted this information”. Surgeon General Adams must not look away from his snippets accomplishments on his “I love me” wall and must be suspicious of anyone questioning his integrity my snippet. Shame on you, Mike!

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Oh, I think Mike wanted the information. That’s alright, Dr. Adams. You don’t require my assurance adults are looking harder than you are for any detrimental outcomes of any facet of e-cigarettes.

It’s not as if we’re a large and growing community of consumers including Doctors like yourself, Lawyers, Teachers, Nurses, Statisticians, Scientists, Cooks, Truck Drivers, and other professionals, along with lovers of data and science. And math. In fact, one of us is a… nope… my narrative, so further down the data hole you go.


I’ll insert a quick snippet from my personal life. The words from a Neurologist to my wife was:

“We’re setting up testing for onset of Alzheimer’s and dementia.”

Is that a snippet of a much greater assessment? Can you discern from the quote she, in fact, has Alzheimer’s or dementia? Do you have enough data to make the determination? You really don’t know. I’m saving it for a different blog.


Note the words ” in the interest of correcting misunderstandings”. Misunderstandings are snippets, Dr. Adams. Vape shops aren’t included in “this” analysis is correct, by stating “equally high violation rate”, you overstepped your ego, data, or knowledge, position narrative.

He’s right. Snippet. The statement just above was “they aren’t included in this analysis” and “shops have an equally high violation rate“, and refers to this graphic he posted below:

I proudly show you my snippet! Go ahead, click on it, it’ll enlarge.


Because he was prompted by – anyone’s comments – and saw my amateur hour cut/paste of his just above, below he explains how narrative and roles to play suddenly are important. His data went from “equally high violation rate” to some vape shops. Also, he displays his knack of interacting with the public quite… well, I’ll let you come to your own conclusions. Go ahead, click on it, it’ll get bigger!

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“It’s easy to cut & paste snippets”…because the whole picture isn’t a narrative, I just couldn’t let that one go. If data and information is explained properly, there is no need for “snippets”. Go ahead, click on it, it’ll get bigger!

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Here, I’m not sure if he’s being condescending on purpose, or if he just doesn’t know he’s tweeting to a known impugner. I am also an uneducated “backwards backwoodsman from one of the colonies.” (Thanks, Alan, I knew that would come in handy eventually! ) Oh, go on, there’s something I was determined to take out of context. Damn me. Go ahead, click on it, it’ll get bigger!

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To further reiterate his position snippet, he grabs some more data from his cuff and explains some gibberish about technical stuff I probably wouldn’t understand anyway… something about this does look like a high ranking public health official explaining a snippet narrative, maybe it’s just me. We’ve gone from … well, this data thing just isn’t my forte’.

Imagine how confused the public must be.

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Well, Mike (he’s mentioned above), and Jake got data. In fact, they mined the data. Turns out twenty-one money penalties were assessed. Go ahead, click on it, it’ll get bigger!

To “That Damned Ninga, he agrees. Vape shops are “doing much better”… he also wants everyone else to agree. I often forget I’m constantly asked to agree with something because it will fit a narrative. I wonder what happens when the public just nods their head in agreement when a public official says to. Couldn’t be all bad, I suppose. Either way, he wants everyone to agree. By golly, I’m almost going to agr…. nope. Go ahead, click on it, it’ll get bigger!


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Trusting the highest doctor in the land to provide competent, well-constructed answers to convey issues with facts, when he, in fact, won’t do it seems futile. Instead, he has chosen to act on authority, instinct, and sticks to the data (dammit) script.


“If you repeat a lie often enough, it becomes the truth.”


Then, addressing (you and me) the public as if we’re a bunch of nine-year-olds is pretty – well, idiotic. Starting at about the time I could talk, I’ve questioned authority and integrity a long time. Pre-loaded answers come with loaded questions where I come from – the backwoods of one of the original colonies.

In fact, I’ll use your “It’s easy to cut & paste snippets” own sarcastic words against you, Dr. Adams. Also, I have repeatedly asked for data. So much so, it’s redundant, repetitive and repeats itself. It should, could, may, might or even would, speak for itself.

The reason I keep asking the same questions over and over?

Dr. Adams own words:


In the meantime, if you’re approaching a city, township, county, or state hearing about sales to minors, or that vape shops are contributing to the delinquency of minors, I highly suggest these two graphics to use at your disposal, just as the Heart, Lung, Cancer, and other health organizations will. Let them sort it out with facts, not preconceived notions and media sound bites snippets (dammit) data.


Here’s the chart from Jake Jacobsen: According to data, if you click on it, it’ll get bigger!

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Here is the chart alone from Mike Peterson: Yep, click:

Bring your nose a bit closer to the screen – at a second glance, this is what you may have missed: Wait, back up, just click!


The overall narrative is to put big scary numbers out, fueling the fire of an epidemic. I (we, vapers paying attention) want the truth. I don’t for one minute think any of us want anything less, good or bad. We’re adults, we can take the snippets data.

When looking at inspections just above, there is no “epidemic”, and the fact is, in 2018:

There were 146,376 inspections.

There were 17,456 total violations

Of 17,456 violations, 2,060 were “ends and e-liquid.

Of those violations, 229 were vape shops. (Vape shops: STOP that.)

Things that make you go hmmmm…..

And Juul? If you believe theirepidemic” data, Vuse was the front runner of underage sales violations at 1,729… so, they should have at least tried harder at purchasing Juul to complete the narrative.

Silly data makers. Go ahead, scroll back up if you need to. I’ll wait.

Sounds as if you’re still confused. I apologize for torturing you, but I feed a mouse cheese just to do my math for me.

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This an enforcement issue all the way around. Underage sales at vape shops are NOT a contributing factor to an epidemic, which is still a snippet of the overall message portrayed. Kids stealing from their parents like they did cigarettes? Probably. Straw purchases? Likely.

Illegal sales – meeting the “definition” of an ‘epidemic’? Doubtful.

Snippet alert:

Found in my previous “Nod In Agreement” blog here.

“If you repeat a lie often enough, it becomes the truth.”


On to the “epidemic”.

If, after reading this blog, you are still confused, I will conclude, from snippets, and so shall you, that confusion is intentional. The snippet below is a confusing mess, by design. The bottom right tweet on his personal account, in a “non-official” capacity, was just a few days before he announced as Surgeon General there indeed “is” an epidemic. I hope we can all agree, the data is in the contrived details. Go ahead, click on it, it’ll get bigger!



“Morals are standards set by those who want their standards met by others.”

I don’t want situational ethics, nor do I want morals and feelings mixed into the narrative. Here is what I want. I want the law to be obeyed. I want parents to be aware, not act on “reefer madness” type propaganda, and ultimately, parents to parent.

Specifically, I want the data to speak for itself. Both for adults looking for a safer alternative to smoking, and the narrative of an “epidemic” to be scrutinized, specifically when a public HEALTH official is threatening adult choices for less harmful products unless we agree with his narrative. Jim McDonald says it best.

Unless you suffer from cognitive dissonance, I want the data as it stands, not as it fits my narrative “out of context” with some silly twitter snippets, Dr. Adams. I don’t want to hear about plausible deniability. I don’t want proof by assertion. Confirmation bias is unnecessary.

I want the public to be aware of the best information available rather than striking panic in the streets.

So, what’s the snippet? What’s the truth? Still confused? So are adults looking for answers to a less harmful alternative.


“If you repeat a lie often enough, it becomes the truth.”


I am a consumer, while I try to be a voice for consumers, I don’t speak for “all” consumers. I have a higher standard for medical and government officials. The Surgeon General of the United States (or any public official) should not rely on “google searches” (in a personal or public capacity) to fill a narrative.

In my assessment, Dr. Adams should post facts. Period.

Snippet Alert!

The Surgeon General should resign or be fired. Immediately. That’s my narrative. That’s my snippet.

With that, no high ranking public employee official has no business writing, or tweeting, or sharing an opinion, or narrative, when data shall speak for itself.

I’ll stick to my guns, check on my wife, and keep my #SGWatch up to see when comprehensive information to adults has been displayed with half the attention the ‘epidemic’ has received.

I’ll readily and publicly admit I’m wrong, but until that happens, Dr. Adams has to answer these questions concerning the ‘epidemic’:

  • What users were of legal age?
  • What users didn’t use nicotine?
  • How many were smoking & switched?
  • Why is marijuana included with “any vaping“?
  • Why is “use” defined as in the past thirty days, not daily?

Until that happens, I’ll keep pointing out discrepancies in the narrative of an alleged epidemic, or one of you can convince me why I shouldn’t.

For balance, after the release of and tagging him in this blog: (Coincidence? Doesn’t matter. Snippets.)

Oh, that’s right, I’ve got that screenshot snippet from a Dr. Girgis… wait a second… it’s… Yes, legal and regulatory environments. That’s right. No guidelines. Except when.


Snippet alert: showing “restraint”.

I highly recommend what Clive Bates has to say on the alleged U.S. “epidemic“.


THIS one is an eye-opening must-read for ANY aspect of public health. Your opinions aren’t about your needs. Stop being nannies.


“The average American is like my patient: resentful toward those who tell him or her how to live.”

“The Arrogance of Public Health Advocacy “


In my travels of putting together this blog, I ran across this about research fraud and is also recommended reading.


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Vaping In The News – January 26th, 2019

“Feelings” with Surgeon General Jerome Adams.

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


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


You Don’t Know Nicotine ~ The great American youth vaping epidemic. Really? ~ The FDA hearing that wasn’t ~ The Impact of E-Cigarette Warnings ~ Burning Sub-Ohm ~ Bucking Bad Legislation in the Buckeye State ~ Electronic Cigarette Fires and Explosions (U.S.A.) 2009 – 2016 ~ A Meme


You Don’t Know Nicotine

Aaron Biebert, Director of A Billion Lives, announced his new project during his visit in Oklahoma City at Vapers Carnivale:

If you’re interested, you can pitch in as little as $5.00 or much more, with levels and rewards being different, up to and including the “Tater Tot” level! 

The Kickstarter campaign is here.

Follow this on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

You can find my interview via THR4Life with Aaron here.


The great American youth vaping epidemic. Really?

With the lack of being a professional statistician or researcher, I did my improvisational best covering the Surgeon General’s affirmation of the U.S. teen ‘epidemic’. I questioned the absence of daily data and babbled about it as I do.

Here, Clive Bates, someone I admire, explains what I could not, well beyond my expectations.

The great American youth vaping epidemic. Really?


The FDA hearing that wasn’t

Speaking of curing children, and a fraudulent epidemic, the FDA took it upon itself to hold a public hearing on the youth vaping “epidemic”. Instead of a balanced conversation between harm reduction proponents and anti-tobacco activists, the hearing became a one-sided stage for fanatics.

The FDA hearing that wasn’t


The Impact of E-Cigarette Warnings

Next up… contrived epidemic. Our friend Chris just below explains the “epidemic” was a plot (graphic below found here) to start with from this tweet in November of last year.

I’m not sure what to call this study. Note it was submitted on the 21st of September 2018. In the theme of warnings, something the ‘epidemic’ was based on, this short paper shows an “online experiment” and ‘“brain” and “chemicals” warnings’ were higher discouraging youth from e-cigarettes.

Well, of course, ” Research should continue”.

The Impact of E-Cigarette Warnings


Burning Sub-Ohm

Paul puts common sense down so even I can understand it. I don’t sub-ohm. I’m certainly no mathematician, but I do understand researchers must have fire extinguishers ready at all times.

Burning Sub-Ohm


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Bucking Bad Legislation in the Buckeye State

Our friend James Jarvis joins Lindsey Stroud of Heartland Institute to talk about legislation in Ohio.

Bucking Bad Legislation in the Buckeye State


An Open Letter to the WHO Executive Board

Aside from the obvious harm reduction, also mentioned:

  • “Courage, creativity, and the ability to seize opportunities”
  • -0- links to industry, independent. (meaning no control of studies either, essential, science/data is clear and independent.)
  • Very low quit rates: Market failure (and “TC/PH” failure in my opinion).
  • Awareness, progress is mentioned (#LOUDER!)
  • Interest of public health (Which leads me to believe this is an opportunity to break the chain of the standard “we don’t know” crowd.)

An Open Letter to the WHO Executive Board


Electronic Cigarette Fires and Explosions (U.S.A.) 2009 – 2016

“Reports of 195 separate e-cigarette fire and explosion incidents in the U.S. were found, dating from January 2009 to Dec 31, 2016. In 68 percent of these incidents, 133 acute injuries were reported. No deaths were reported during the study period.”

Electronic Cigarette Fires and Explosions (U.S.A.) 2009 – 2016


A meme.

Over the course of time, I’ve made my share of amateur graphics, “memes”. In the spirit and need for ALL of us to change the conversation, I asked Chris Hughes if I could use his photos for this blog in 2016, and again below.

Thanks to you who’ve shared it. It seems to have hit a nerve.


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Nicotine and Vaping: Let’s Change The Conversation

Let’s Change The Conversation.

Let’s change the conversation about the myths surrounding nicotine and vaping.

The government resists ignores the opportunity to correct myths surrounding nicotine, vaping, and snus. Most things shared in mainstream media is full of multi-layered bias. There are difficulties explaining admitting vaping products and nicotine (and snus) are a safer, less harmful alternative to smoking, and the government continues to mislead the public.


Let’s change the conversation.


Myth:

Vaping does not work.

Truth:

Vaping does work.

Current nicotine cessation products show smoking cessation rates below 7% at 1 year.

Dr. Gottlieb knows the 93% failure rate is accurate.

However, what you’re not being told they won’t admit: Without question, e-cigarettes have shown extremely high success rates. A survey conducted by the Moffitt Cancer Center funded by the National Institute of Health (NIH) and National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) showed as far back as 2013: 79% had completely quit smoking cigarettes

An immediate transition

42% quit switched in one day. 75% stopped smoking switched within a month in (my) global survey of 7,238 participants. While some ‘experts’ believe this is bias because vapers participated, this shows ‘real world’ beneficial bias. I found their experience similar to mine and wanted the world to know. So did they.

This more recent survey shows “real world” results as well..

Flavors: This United States survey, the largest survey ever performed on e-cigarette use in terms of sample size with 69,233, shows flavors was associated with significantly higher odds of adults having quit switched with vaping products and was submitted to the Food and Drug Administration.

The FDA has not published or utilized these findings to my knowledge.


“They want to regulate, restrict, tax and ban less smoking.”


Consider this:

Did you know “it may take 30 or more quit attempts before being successful” They DO.

I do.


Myth:

“We just don’t know enough”, there’s not enough research.

Truth:

There’s plenty of research.

There are over 200 pages of research found here.

56 more demonstrating vaping products are less harmful than cigarettes or are effective to switch can be found here.

Dr. Farsalinoshas been conducting laboratory and clinical research on e-cigarettes as a principal investigator since 2011” has his research found here.


Point To Ponder:

The FDA experimented with Chantix on 12-16-year-olds. “The study failed to meet the main goal”. You read that right. It’s here.

Fun Fact: They are encouraging more smoking.

According to this press release: “Agencies of the U.S. federal government have invested more than $100 million in independent clinical research with SPECTRUM cigarettes

Dr. Gottlieb, along with the majority of non-profit “health” organizations are excited to support more combustible cigarettes (with “lower nicotine“) entering the market.


There’s More:

This February 2018 article from Moffit Cancer Center, where Thomas H. Brandon, Moffit’s Director of Tobacco Research and Intervention Program is in the middle of “a large national study” and states “my perspective that e-cigarettes represent the most important change in the landscape of tobacco use during my 36 years in this field. We need to harness this change to maximize the public health benefit“.

Dr. Brandon acknowledges quitting takes “several serious attempts” and smokers should make use of the seven products approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and adds: “And yes, e-cigarettes, whatever works!” (Article.)


Let’s change the conversation.


It’s time for public health and politicians to

make a decision:

You want less smoking, or you don’t.

You want less harm, or you don’t.


Not the only one wanting to change the conversation with public perception, Dr. David Abrams of New York University agrees with Public Health England’s 2015 report.

According to this article, he knows vaping products are “substantially less harmful than cigarettes“.


Annual Reviews of Public Health

Again, changing the conversation is paramount to “reframe societal views of nicotine use” and stressed the need to “get out the latest accurate information about reduced harm”, along with the need for “ethics and integrity in responsibly interpreting the scientific evidence with rigor” is a necessity in this Annual Reviews of Public Health.


Consider this:

YOU are CASAA. The Consumer Advocates for Smoke-Free Alternatives has been changing the conversation since 2009. There are thousands of real-world testimonials here, and it is free to be a member and I encourage you to join here.

Tobacco Harm Reduction 4 Life (THR4Life) is another consumer group. THR4Life wants to change the conversation by supporting and educating consumers.


WHY are government officials withholding information on legal consumer nicotine/tobacco products from the public?


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Myth:

E-liquid is a tobacco product

Truth:

As of August 8th, 2016, e-liquid (with or without nicotine) and vaping products are “deemed” (looked on, or to regard or consider in a specified way) tobacco products for the sole purpose of then regulating, restricting, taxing (like cigarettes) and even banning them.

Milk is not beef. Syrup is not wood. Grapes and hops are not alcohol. Almonds are not milk. Nicotine is not tobacco.

Sources for nicotine patches, gums, inhalers, and e-liquid all come from the same source. While some e-liquids do contain nicotine extracted from the tobacco plant, it can also be synthetic.

Exempt? Nicotine patches, gums, inhalers

It’s the same nicotine. “Nicotine can also be purchased in many other forms including patches, chewing gum, and liquid extract formula.” That’s here.

Are E-Cigarettes Tobacco Products?

Schrodinger’s Nicotine: Not Derived From Tobacco

American Cancer Society on vaping: Nicotine is not tobacco


DEFINITIONS matter:An almond doesn’t lactate, I will confess,” Dr. Gottlieb said. It doesn’t meet “standards of identity” in this article.

Definitions matter, evidently. Gottlieb says non-dairy products like “almond milk” and “soy” are not “milk”.

(Article reference, video reference)

Myth:

Vaping products and nicotine replacements like patches contain nicotine, I’m trading one addiction for another. Vaping is just like smoking.

Truth:

No. These products are different and the likelihood of addiction is very low.

While the nicotine itself is the same nicotine, these products deliver nicotine differently and have a much lower risk of addiction than cigarettes.

“To debate a comparison of e-cigarettes to combustible tobacco is gross negligence or voluntary incompetence.”

There are other chemicals in cigarettes, like ammonia, for enhancing nicotine delivery. There is much more to it.Research is showing that nicotine may not be the only ingredient in tobacco that affects its addictive potential” and “…likely caused by some as-yet-unidentified ingredient in tobacco smoke other than nicotine.”

You can see more about this hidden at the bottom of the page in purple from drugfacts.org here.


There’s More:

I understand your skepticism about nicotine. In fact, despite what you’ve heard since the 1988 Surgeon General’s report, there is no proof nicotine addiction exists.

This, from Hanan Frenk and Reuven Dar, says claiming nicotine addiction “could only be sustained by systematically ignoring all contradictory evidence” and “is remarkably biased and misleading.”.

That’s explained here:

If the data contradicts the theory, throw out the data. 

It is also explained very well by Chris Price here:

Is Nicotine ‘Addictive’?

Still not convinced? I still understand your skepticism.

Consider this:

This is ground-breaking research on Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. Dr. Paul Newhouse is director of Vanderbilt University’s Center for Cognitive Medicine.


“…and nobody started smoking cigarettes.”

“It seems very safe even in nonsmokers,” he said. “In our studies we find it actually reduces blood pressure chronically. And there were no addiction or withdrawal problems, and nobody started smoking cigarettes. The risk of addiction to nicotine alone is virtually nil.”

Study finds nicotine safe, helps in Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s

And this:

The effects of nicotine itself are similar to that other popular drug, caffeine. There is no evidence that nicotine causes any substantial risk for cancer, and the research shows that the risk for cardiovascular disease is minimal. The confusion about nicotine comes from anti-smoking activists talking about nicotine and smoking as if they were the same.

This website also has information about smokeless tobacco including snus.

All about Nicotine (and Addiction)


Let’s change the conversation.


Consider this:

In Florida, Dr. Lee, faced with a five-year-old (at the time) experiencing “20 seizures a night” with a rare form of epilepsy decided to administer nicotine via a patch. Dr. Lee also “found evidence that a nicotine patch helped stopped seizures in an adult”.

Stunned? That’s here: Nicotine patch ends seizures for 5-year-old girl


No one has proven themselves right with criteria provided in my “Nicotine Addiction: An Open 30-Day Public Health Challenge“.


Myth:

There are no side effects from vaping products.

Truth:

An important point for someone considering vaping as an alternative, Vaping 360 has some astounding information on their website. One example is ‘The Potential Side Effects from Vaping“.

Also, some have experienced allergic reactions to propylene glycol.

Myth:

If I use vaping products, I will experience no withdrawal symptoms or cravings quitting smoking during my transition.

Truth:

Vaping products reduce withdrawal symptoms associated with cigarette smoking.

In fact, many (mentioned in the survey linked above) experienced little or no withdrawal symptoms during their transition. Nicotine strength is essential.

Let’s change the conversation in the next myth below.


Myth:

If I start vaping, nicotine strength should be reduced as soon as possible.

Truth:

You should not limit your nicotine strength.

During your transition, the strength of nicotine you choose mimics the throat hit you experienced while smoking. It’s your pleasure. If you decide to switch, it is recommended nicotine strength matches to make the transition easier. There are also nicotine calculators to estimate your nicotine strength.

As an example, if you smoke heavily, your nicotine strength should be 12, 16, 18, or 24mg. Strengths do go higher, (36, 54 and even as high as 72mg). If you are a light smoker, it may only be 0, 3, 6 or 9mg nicotine strength you would be satisfied with. Start higher, and over time you can lower your nicotine if you feel you should. Your local vape shop should be able to determine your needs.

Since myths of nicotine have been ingrained into the public and culture so long, finding this study showing higher nicotine strengths was intriguing.


Myth:

Nicotine causes cancer.

Truth:

Nicotine does NOT cause cancer.


There’s More:

World renowned cardiologist Dr. Farsalinos explains in this article: “Nicotine does not cause cancer“, he goes on to say “All medical experts around the world know this to be a true fact. And yet, many continue making the mistake of associating nicotine with cancer.”

Chris Price also explains it well here:

Nicotine And Cancer – Is There Any Link?

There’s MORE:

In fact, the Royal Society for Public Health DOES say “nicotine is no more harmful than caffeine”, here.


Myth:

Only healthy people can use Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT), or nicotine.

Truth:

The effects of NRT and vaping products on the body is not “fully known”, but these products are safer than cigarettes. By using vaping products to switch from smoking, “you reduce your exposure to many chemicals found in tobacco smoke.”

In fact, 85% of the medical professionals in this survey said they are safer than combustible cigarettes.

If you have any concerns, talk to your doctor before doing so. Some find as patients, they are educating their doctors.

Under the direction of your doctor, most people can use NRT. Generally, NRT and vaping products can be safely used by people with diabetes or high blood pressure and does not increase the risk of heart attacks.


“Think of the children™.”

It is an appeal to emotion designed to create moral panic.

Myth:

E-cigarettes are “an epidemic among children”

Truth:

No, there is no “epidemic”. With bold being my emphasis, It may surprise you to see this via Clive Bates:

“Applying this proportion to the 2018 data would suggest about 4% of high school students are daily users (this compares to the headline 20.8% use in the past 30-days).”

That’s here: The great American youth vaping epidemic. Really?

Added 4/04/2019:

Some FDA Claims About Teen Vaping Confirmed, Others Evaporate


Points to ponder:

It is illegal to purchase these products for anyone under 18.

That fact is on page 13 of the 499 page document found here.

Did you know?

Since 1992, retailers must “achieve a noncompliance rate of no more than 20%” selling tobacco to minors (80% is acceptable in accordance with the Synar Amendment)

That fact is here and is tied to funding: Synar Amendment


Myth:

E-cigarettes are “marketed to children”.

Truth:

This short video featuring Dr. Steven J. Allen from Capital Research explains:

It may also surprise you to see this:

“Anybody who tells you Juul is a panic or an epidemic in America is deceiving you”~ Iowa Attorney General ~ Tom Miller

Campaign For Tobacco-Free Kids Market E-cigarettes and Tobacco to Children.


Myth:

Only children like flavors.

Truth:

Surely you can answer for yourself if you like flavors (coffee, cake, cookies, candy, Grandma’s pies, etc.). While the myth of flavors being a ‘gateway‘ to smoking for teens (it is not), it is noted flavors like fruit and desserts, pastry and other flavors are extremely important in your transition.

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Myth:

E-cigarettes are a “gateway” to smoking.

Truth:

More truthful information across the board = less harm.

“If our primary concern is population-level trends in youth and young adult smoking, which we believe is appropriate, then vaping has not shown to be a serious cause for concern”.

That statement can be found here:

Examining the relationship of vaping to smoking initiation among US youth and young adults: a reality check

Two other studies, one here, and one from Yale showsas a result of these bans, more teenagers are using conventional cigarettes than otherwise would have done so“, here.

Also: Gateway Effects: Why the Cited Evidence Does Not Support Their Existence

Also: Gateway effects and electronic cigarettes.


Myth:

There’s “anti-freeze” in e-cigarettes, and I’ve heard about “popcorn lung”.

Truth:

Blatantly lying, there is no “anti-freeze” in e-liquid. This statement is simply manipulative and absurd. As of the publishing of this post, the well respected American Academy of Pediatrics is still alluding to ‘anti-freeze’ as an ingredient on their ‘quick facts’ section here.

A twist of words on an ingredient, “facts” by various health groups and professionals. This article from Lee Johnson will ease your mind about this subject:

Propylene Glycol in E-Cigarettes – Is PG Dangerous to Inhale?

Popcorn lung is also false. From Dr Farsalinos, Brad Rodu, Dr. Siegel and more, a collection of evidence to the contrary:

A Bucket Full of Popcorn


Myth:

What about “second-hand” vapor?

Truth:

A valid concern. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health took that quite a bit further in a vape shop, where more than one person would be using these products.

“We evaluated concerns about exposure to vaping-related chemicals in a vape shop. Exposure to flavoring chemicals (diacetyl, 2,3-pentanedione, acetaldehyde), formaldehyde, nicotine, and propylene glycol were all below occupational exposure limits.”

That”s here: HHE Report No. 2015-0107-3279

Also see: “Results indicate e-cigarette secondhand exposures are sources of elevated nicotine and propylene glycol exposures. Secondhand exposures to e-cigarettes did not contain consistently elevated concentrations of formaldehyde or acetaldehyde.”
That’s here:

Air monitoring at large public electronic cigarette events.

And here from Clive Bates:

Public health snoopers detect vapour aerosol at vape conference and fake a particulates scare


If you’re interested:


There’s More:


Linda Bauld: “despite the lack of data of safety in pregnancy, we can be relatively confident that if the choice is between continued smoking and use of an e-cigarette (‘vaping’) then vaping is the safer option.”

Are e-cigarettes safe to use in pregnancy?

Linda Bauld: “the benefits of e-cigarettes for smokers have been shown to far outweigh the harms”

E-Cigarettes Could Help Control Weight Gain in Smokers Trying to Quit


Also, Dr. Robert L. Cranfield, MD:

“E-cigarette users with 3 or more years of use were found to have a 96% reduction in reported adverse health events after initiation use, and a resolution of 61.8% of the measured existing health problems that developed while smoking.”

A Comparison of Health Events in Previous Smokers With Three or more years of Electronic Cigarette Experience.

“You can smoke and vape. In fact, I encourage it.”

If you are a smoker choosing to switch to vaping products, do it for your own reasons. If you smoke and vape – just to try it, that’s called “dual use“.


Should vaping products be designated as a “medical device”? Swedish courts found: “the product must have the function of preventing or treating an ailment” and are not medical devices.


From my point of view, this is about proper information and choice.

Dr. Glover: “We need a new way to deal with smoking, and shaming current smokers into submission is NOT it…”

Smoke Shaming Has Gone Too Far – How I “Deprogrammed” Myself


“They want to regulate, restrict, tax and ban less smoking.”

There’s More:

What about regulations? Well, Clive Bates answers some very important questions here:

Rethinking nicotine: FDA asks six questions about the future of nicotine regulation

Many more points here.

After everything you’ve learned so far, and before you go on, there’s a quiz (I love to hate to love) from Clive Bates:

Rethinking nicotine – a quiz


FDA’s Mitch Zeller, Director, Center for Tobacco Products knows vaping and snus doeswork:

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SOURCE: The State of Tobacco Use and Regulation in the U.S.

Dr. Scott Gottlieb, Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration knows vaping works:

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SOURCE: FDA Commissioner on E-Cigarettes and Public Health Concerns

Points to ponder

Nicotine “addiction” is blamed solely on “nicotine”. Why are teens not using patches and gums to hide their addiction?

At what age is a smoker considered a smoker?

Immature Manipulative Data

While smoking among teens has reached it’s lowest levels in history, The 2018 “Monitoring The Future” survey shows teens are using e-cigarettes at ‘epidemic’ levels at 26.7%, yet fails to show daily use (habitual).

Daily use was not asked. It did not have data showing:

  • What users were of legal age
  • What users did not use nicotine
  • How many were smoking and switched
  • Why marijuana is included with “any vaping
  • Why is “use” defined as in the past thirty days, not daily

Why?

Why would anyone in the government or public health field purposely mislead the public?

When #data collected fails to generate daily data to analysis and assess information, which bias is utilized best? Is it:

  • Area Bias?
  • Self-Selection Bias?
  • Leading Question Bias?
  • Social Desirability Bias?

How To Lie, Cheat, Manipulate and Mislead using Statistics and Graphical Displays.



Think about this very carfully:

“They want to regulate, restrict, tax and ban less smoking.”

The FDA position to limit access to adults is clear.

They’ve claimed e-cigarettes are a “gateway” to smoking.

Helen Redmond explains it eloquently here.


To put fear in the public mind, “brain damage” is also alluded to, but only found in animal studies, not humans.


Fun Fact: For the record, they want to eliminate 18, 19, and 20-year-old adults from accessing products by including vapor products with “Tobacco 21.

There’s more

They want to restrict access to cigarettes and e-cigarettes. For adults.

They already are well aware it doesn’t work. In fact, it makes no sense here. Creates more smoking, and didn’t make sense here. It also doesn’t make sense here.

The movement to raise the age to 21 for tobacco is not going to work. According to the Centers for Disease Control, underage drinking is still continuing to be a problem.


Switching and the Pleasure Principle

In the very important video below, fellow consumer David Dorn says in less than five minutes what most tobacco control experts never took the time to understand. He talks about switching and the pleasure principle.

It is highly recommended for smokers being pressured and families of smokers. This should be required for anyone in the professional crowd to listen to.

Ultimately, it is about choice and pleasure. David talks about switching. Pleasure. Choice.

From the Global Forum on Nicotine (GFN2016): The Pleasure Principle – David Dorn


Why?

Why would anyone in the government or public health field purposely and knowingly mislead the public?

Here are a few reasons in no particular order:

WHY are government officials withholding information on legal consumer nicotine/tobacco products from the public?


Let’s CHANGE The Conversation.

Along with e-cigarettes, I must point you to this important link from Dr. Brad Rodu about Mitch Zeller making false statements about smokeless tobacco needing to be part of the conversation as well. Dr. Rodu also talks about snus, and here where Mitch Zeller quietly answers Bengt Wiberg and absolutely admits snus is another alternative in the world, but no one hears that.

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If the time, energy and money it took to convince the public otherwise been spent over the last ten+ years e-cigarettes have been available to educate, not manipulate, they may have achieved their goal of less smoking in the United States. I applaud the few who have stepped up despite the pressure of professional peers, and I encourage the others to do the same.

Medical, Research, Science Professionals: M.O.V.E.

On one hand, when if authorities, legislator and public health officials swallow their pride and see the need, en mass, to listen and to change the conversation completely, they will be very embarrassed.

On the other hand, changing the conversation, for most, isn’t their goal.

Let’s change the conversation about myths surrounding nicotine and vaping.

This blog was derived, in part, from a previous post featuring James Jarvis, and “Dispelling Myths about Nicotine Replacement Therapy”: Myths about Nicotine


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Vaping In The News – January 12, 2019

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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.”


POLL ~ Trying to quit smoking? ~ FDA: FOIA Response #3  ~ Smoke Shaming Has Gone Too Far ~ Vaping: Let’s Get This Out Of The Way ~ Kimberly and Little Chute ban vaping devices for minors ~ Smoking Kills, Vaping Doesn’t ~ Quit Smoking: Keep Trying ~ Intolerable False Statements by FDA’s Mitch Zeller ~ Dr. Gottlieb: A New Threat ~ Epidemic from Surgeon General is Fraud ~ THR4Life


POLL time!

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Trying to quit smoking?

This suggests higher levels of nicotine may help. Fine, read it again, I’ll wait.

“Evidence then emerged that nicotine on its own, outside of tobacco products, has limited addictive potential and that higher doses are safe and well tolerated.”

“Despite this, stop-smoking medications have maintained lower nicotine levels in their products.”

Repeat customers are the best customers. They’ve been lying for years.

#YouDontKnowNicotine.

Trying to quit smoking? New research suggests higher levels of nicotine may help


FDA: FOIA Response #3

This is like trying to extract the truth out of (insert your favorite name here).

FDA: FOIA Response #3


Smoke Shaming Has Gone Too Far

HIGHLY recommended by Dr. Glover:

Smoke Shaming Has Gone Too Far – How I “Deprogrammed” Myself


Vaping: Let’s Get This Out Of The Way

With preconceived and one-sided battles across the U.S.A., what myths are still hanging over e-cigarettes? What misinformation is damaging? What do – vapers – know?

We MUST change public perception. We’re almost out of time.

James Jarvis breaks it down in a Facebook post and inspired this blog from me us.

Vaping: Let’s Get This Out Of The Way


Kimberly and Little Chute ban vaping devices for minors

“The fine is the same as possession of tobacco: $92.50 for a first offense.”

Kimberly and Little Chute ban vaping devices for minors


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Smoking Kills, Vaping Doesn’t

Missed this last week… did you?

Smoking Kills, Vaping Doesn’t


Quit Smoking: Keep Trying

I tried my hand at a video. Let me know what you think.


Intolerable False Statements by FDA’s Mitch Zeller

Dr. Rodu takes on fabrication about smokeless tobacco. As always, Dr. Rodu is well worth the read.

Intolerable False Statements by FDA’s Mitch Zeller


Dr. Gottlieb: A New Threat

Didn’t I just use the words “preconceived” above?

Not necessarily a ‘new threat”, the decision seems – decided. If you recall last summer, almost 70,000 comments were submitted about flavors? While we haven’t heard a word about those (to my knowledge), now the FDA “will issue within a month the guidance implementing the policy steps…”  Um, what?  Huh.

These comments seem to string the public along for what looks like the inevitable.

“…puts the entire opportunity at risk for adult smokers.”

“if these trends don’t reverse sharply and rapidly, I fear the consensus supporting these products for adults will disappear.”

Meanwhile, ironically, and speaking of public comments, they want to offer children nicotine via “approved methods”. What say you?

The Role for Drug Therapies; New Date for Public Hearing; Request for Comments

I discuss the “epidemic” below.


Epidemic from Surgeon General is Fraud

From yours truly: The results showing daily data from the Surgeon General is…      well, it isn’t available.

The government addiction to tobacco taxes become worse as the lies get published.

Epdemic from Surgeon General is Fraud


THR4Life

I’m very excited about this.

Leighton Broadcasting announced THR4Life as one of the non-profit winners nominated for their (2nd annual) “2018 Gratitude Campaign”.  Each winner will receive “21 radio advertisements per week for 13 consecutive weeks.”

Leighton Broadcasting Gives Back to Local Community Nonprofits



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Vaping In The News – January 5th, 2019

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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.”




Managing nicotine ~ THR4Life ~ Self-determining nicotine consumption ~ I bought my dad a Juul  ~ Dr. Gottlieb ~ Poison Control ~ Surgeon General Jerome Adams ~ Voices Of Vapers ~ VapeTithing ~ FDA Comments




Managing nicotine without smoke to save lives now: Evidence for harm minimization

    • Products that do not burn tobacco are substantially less harmful than deadly smoke.
  • E-cigarettes do help smoker’s switch or quit smoking especially if used daily.
  • Youth use of e-cigarettes is experimental and not a gateway to lifetime smoking.

Managing nicotine without smoke to save lives now: Evidence for harm minimization


THR4Life

As a member of THR4Life, I, (and the Board of Directors) are excited to announce THR4Life was selected to receive a non-profit advertising campaign for the Detroit Lakes region from Leighton Broadcasting.

Because of the nomination, the national board will receive:

  • A client discovery session
  • Free production on up to 3 radio ads
  • A 13-week, 21 ads per week branding schedule on select Leighton Broadcasting radio stations.

Thank you to all those who voted and nominated THR4life, and thank you to Leighton Broadcasting!


Self-determining nicotine consumption

Maybe patches and gums have never been enough strength? Is it the delivery system?

Stop the neanderthal fear-mongering, Tobacco CONtrol.

#YouDontKnowNicotine.

Self-determining nicotine consumption will assist people who smoke give up behavior


I bought my dad a Juul e-cigarette to see if he’d give up his Marlboros.

CNBC reporter Angelica LaVito bought her father a Juul – and he “hasn’t smoked a cigarette in 30 days.”

I bought my dad a Juul e-cigarette to see if he’d give up his Marlboros. Here’s what happened


Scott Gottlieb

A.J. is one of the people I follow on Twitter. Government officials are assumed to have a staffer manning their social media accounts. I – along with many others have tweeted at, to and above the “Dr. Gottlieb” account –  thousands of times. This, of all things, got a response from Gottlieb. While we know he now knows there’s a mute button, we’re not sure if he’s utilized it.

Finally a bit of levity from Dr. Gottlieb.


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Poison Control

To be clear, the numbers below are *calls* to poison centers, not visits or treatment. Jake Jacobsen (@Jake2001 on Twitter) has been and continues to compile these each month.

“Here are the final numbers for 2018 from the U.S. American Association of Poison Control Centers. (AAPCC) Again, common household products continue to be much more prevalent.” – Jake

To my knowledge, no “epidemic” or crisis has been issued or discussed for laundry pods or hand sanitzer. Huh.

Poison 2018


Surgeon General

The Surgeon General has decided to take matters to his own personal twitter account to discuss e-cigarette use and ‘epidemic’ proportions of said use in youth. This seems to take a bit of heat of Dr. Gottlieb directly (on purpose?) – and of course, there is a disclaimer on the account: “Tweets/RT don’t represent endorsement or my employer.”

I, among others, have decided to take him to task. “Past month” use is not equal to “daily use” and therefore does not constitute any meaning of ‘epidemic’.

Alcohol is 30.20% for “past month” use. Quite high! On the surface, I would call that a huge concern.

The Surgeon General conveniently displays data. No one has uttered a word of an epidemic of alcohol use.

Daily use of alcohol is significantly lower, reported at 1.20%. That’s an extremely dramatic drop in what on the surface looks like a very high and concerning number for “use”.

The only conclusion is for me, they didn’t ask – or report it – on purpose. If it were truly and epidemic, certainly daily use would be the most intriguing and telling figure for what would be an “epidemic” and the most important question asked.

Author note: In or out of context, he’s sharing “national sentiment” and lack of balance.

His job description as Surgeon General is to provide “Americans with the best scientific information available on how to improve their health and reduce the risk of illness and injury.”

If you’re interested, you can also see what Dr. Adams has said in his non-representation of his employer about “feelings” and 30-day-use here.

Surgeon General Feelings

I call bullshit, Dr. Adams. Fraud, corruption and conflict comes to mind. Those are my feelings. I suppose that’s what feelings are for. Imagine my feelings when I found while in your role as Indiana State Health Commissioner – overseeing Indiana’s Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Commission – you owned (or still own?) stock in tobacco companies.

Huh.


Voices of Vapers

Speaking of A.J…. he’s joined Lindsey Stroud!

In this episode of Voices of Vapers, A.J. Moll, Executive Director of Missouri Smoke Free talks about his efforts in Missouri, his extensive research on tobacco harm reduction, and the recent Twitter antics from U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams.

Vaping in the Show-Me State & Misconstruing Data (Guest: A.J. Moll)


VapeTithing

Speaking of Fig Ramsey… I’m still in awe of his drive, determination, commitment and – well, #Figshair.

#FundTheFuture. Listen to Fig.

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FDA Comments

Your government at “work”.

The Food and Drug Administration is requesting comments for the “potential role of drug therapies to support youth e-cigarette cessation”.

Don’t let my editorial comments fool you, but remember, the standard and idiotic blanket statement of nicotine being “more addictive than heroin or cocaine” rings loudest in my ear.

This comment from you they seek, is for children. To have nicotine therapy.

These “therapies” below include “keep trying thirty times and experience 93% failure rates”. The last one has that pesky side effect of and includes suicidal thoughts.

They’ve lost their minds revenue. Need to build that back up.

  • Nicorette Gum
  • Nicorette CQ
  • Habitrol
  • Nicotrol NS
  • Nicotrol Inhaler
  • Nicorette Lozenge
  • Nicorette Mini-lozenge
  • Zyban (buprofin)

The public hearing will be held on January 18, 2019, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The public hearing may be extended or may end early depending on the level of public participation. Persons seeking to present at the public hearing must register by January 8, 2019. Persons seeking to speak at the public hearing must register by January 15, 2019. Persons seeking to attend, but not present at, the public hearing must register by January 15, 2019. Section III provides attendance and registration information.

Electronic or written comments will be accepted after the public hearing until February 1, 2019.

Note: Because I’ve seen way to many negative entries in these in the past, my strong suggestion is for everyone to make their comment(s), and make them clear – and polite.

The Role for Drug Therapies; New Date for Public Hearing; Request for Comments


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Vaping In The News – December 30th, 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.”


You Don’t Know Nicotine ~ Influence ~ Glantzlation ~ Speaking of Glantz ~ Largest study ever confirms reduced harm from vaping ~ Better to Smoke 19 Cigarettes than to Vape One Juul Pod ~ Hill, Martha Ware ~ How did you prepare for the day you planned to quit smoking? ~ The price of appeasing PHE’s anti-smoking propaganda ~ Vaping Is Not the Real Health & Safety Threat in Kentucky High Schools


You don’t know nicotine

“Convincing smokers that nicotine is addictive is a multi-billion dollar global lie.”

The “nicotine addiction” lie is about 30 years old.

I’m      barely      able      to      contain      myself.

#YouDontKnowNicotine


Influence

I’m constantly and actively looking, like most consumers, for anything detrimental (new risks, more risks, less risks) that makes sense to my amateur and laymen’s eye.

I’ll let this speak for itself:

“No significant changes were observed when comparing the concentrations of exhaled breath in vaping and no vaping days. Even the exhaled breath nicotine concentrations in both conditions were similar. As expected, toluene, xylenes, benzene, ethylbenzene, and naphthalene did not show increases in the vaping days since combustion was not involved.”

Influence of electronic cigarette vaping on the composition of indoor organic pollutants, particles, and exhaled breath of bystanders


Glantzlation

Glantzian: An analysis that keeps reformulating the data until it makes the authors point.

Glantzlation: The authors reformulated point.

Stanton Glantz Says Vapers Should Smoke Cigarettes, Instead


Speaking of Glantz:

Across my eye came an intriguing title. I was excited. At the top it has Glantz’s name on it, and – at the time of this being published, it is blank. So much for evidence.

E-cigarettes: Stick to the Evidence.


Largest study ever confirms reduced harm from vaping

“Vapers had a 10-98% lower concentration of toxins compared to smokers for the toxins measured”

Largest study ever confirms reduced harm from vaping


Better to Smoke 19 Cigarettes than to Vape One Juul Pod

Dr. Siegel takes the truth to task.

“By focusing on the nicotine content, rather than the formulation, the “truth” campaign and CDC are obscuring the most important information that people need to understand.”

“Truth” Campaign to Kids: Better to Smoke 19 Cigarettes than to Vape One Juul Pod


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Hill, Martha Ware

Martha and I could have well been friends.

“Martha loved teaching, her garden, smoking cigarettes, watching TV, and sitting on the couch. She hated computers, dirty laundry, negotiation, and doing things on other people’s terms.” 👏

Hill, Martha Ware


How did you prepare for the day you planned to quit smoking?

I am a huge fan of Chris Price. He speaks of the coffee-shaped hole…

How did you prepare for the day you planned to quit smoking?


The price of appeasing PHE’s anti-smoking propaganda

As I plod along into my fifth year of this blog – It is primarily about vaping. In the process, I see Glantz, the anti-smoking rhetoric, the propaganda – and I’ve found it best to question everything, as I explain partially in this blog. As C. Frank Davis does in his.

Perspective:

The price of appeasing PHE’s anti-smoking propaganda


Vaping Is Not the Real Health & Safety Threat in Kentucky High Schools

Brad Rodu breaks it down a bit.

Vaping Is Not the Real Health & Safety Threat in Kentucky High Schools


We’re still waiting on “daily” use.




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Vaping In The News – December 22nd 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.”


The “Public Health” Industrial-Complex Behind the Anti-Vaping Push ~ Consumer Engagement for GFN2019 ~ Stevens Point leaders update e-cig ordinance ~ TCAPS Will Install Vape Detectors in Middle, High Schools ~ Altria board approves $13 billion investment in e-cigarette company Juul ~ We Need to Reduce the Harms of Draconian Tobacco Policies ~ Federal Officials Obsessed By Teen Vaping, But Ignore Teen Drinking and Toking ~ Before you go


The “Public Health” Industrial-Complex Behind the Anti-Vaping Push
Lobbying, restrictions, coordination, corruption, hysteria…  sounds like a coup to me.
“The anti-vaping push from public health organizations is coordinated, well-funded, and tied to powerful entities in government and corporate America. According to federal data, however, there is extremely limited evidence of any ‘epidemic’.”

Consumer Engagement for GFN2019

From our friend, Jessica Harding:

“The theme for GFN2019 will be  “It’s time to talk about nicotine” and it is vital that the people who use safer nicotine products are at the heart of that conversation.

The GFN organisers are keen to give an even higher profile to consumers and consumer organisations than in previous years and I have been asked to help with that.”

Consumer Engagement for GFN2019


Stevens Point leaders update e-cig ordinance

The article states city leaders voted across the board to “make it more difficult to get e-cigarettes in the hands of teens.

Now – it’s a fifty-dollar fine and possibly a court appearance if a minor is caught with one. Among other anomalies in the article (my bold/underlining for emphasis):

“Officers in Stevens Point previously had to prove if the cigarette had nicotine in it but it wasn’t possible to test in the field.”

Unsurprisingly, it doesn’t mention fines or consequences for cigarettes or the Synar Amendment.

Stevens Point leaders update e-cig ordinance


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TCAPS Will Install Vape Detectors in Middle, High Schools

Read this sentence, a quote from the video:

“Our goal here is to do more of a deterrent…not necessarily catch students…but deter students”

Now – if you must read it again…

I for one can’t imagine any kid figuring out how to get around this… and for the record, were there or will there also be “smoke” detectors?

TCAPS Will Install Vape Detectors in Middle, High Schools


Altria board approves $13 billion investment in e-cigarette company Juul

Imagine all the hard work and ‘investment’ put forth by Tobacco Free Kids to obtain this kind of coverage?

Altria board approves $13 billion investment in e-cigarette company Juul


We Need to Reduce the Harms of Draconian Tobacco Policies

Nothing says “tell people what to do” more than telling people what to do and how not to do it – and getting paid to do so from those very people.

See, discrimination, embarrasment, fines, taxes, custody battles, imprisonment, executions… well, any means necessary to get people to do what you want them to do are clearly the best…

Wait a minute…

Via the well respected Marewa Glover, down the rabbit hole you go.

We Need to Reduce the Harms of Draconian Tobacco Policies


Federal Officials Obsessed By Teen Vaping, But Ignore Teen Drinking and Toking

Brad Rodu… you can’t ask for better.

Federal Officials Obsessed By Teen Vaping, But Ignore Teen Drinking and Toking


Inspired by Brad Rodu’s blog above:

He should be immediately fired and Gottlieb, who was with him at this event, should be as well. #FIRESG


Before you go:

Innovation

An in-depth look from Foundation for a Smoke-Free World, this shows the views of what’s working, what’s not –  in the Foundation’s “2018 State of Smoking Survey”.

Innovation


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Vaping In The News – December 15th, 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.”


Ex-Smokers Who Vape: Smoking Lapses and Relapse ~ Open Access Farsalinos ~ Blocked Bates Blasts Back ~ Comparison of Nicotine and Toxicant Exposure Cherry🍒🍒🍒picking from Dr. Gottlieb: ~ American Cancer Society: Gary Reedy ~ Did Ray Liotta really quit smoking with Chantix? ~ Killer Ads ~ The Science of Vaping


Ex-Smokers Who Vape: Smoking Lapses and Relapse

“For those of us who listen to ex-smokers who now vape, this story is very familiar: “I quit by accident.” No other smoking cessation option elicits this response from ex-smokers.”

Ex-Smokers Who Vape: Smoking Lapses and Relapse


Open Access Farsalinos

This paragraph vividly explains the scream test from tobacco control experts:

A noticeable difference between vape research conducted by independent sources (and that from the tobacco industry) is that it tends to be accessible by everybody. The majority of papers produced by tobacco control are inevitably locked away behind a paywall, restricting public access and scrutiny.

Open Access Farsalinos


Blocked Bates Blasts Back

I doubt “Dr. Jerome Adams” knows who he blocked. Or, he knew exactly who he blocked.

Blocked Bates Blasts Back


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Did Ray Liotta really quit smoking with Chantix?

Caveat emptor. Social media footprints. Credibility.

Did Ray Liotta really quit smoking with Chantix?


Comparison of Nicotine and Toxicant Exposure

Cherry🍒🍒🍒 picking from Dr. Gottlieb:

No news is good news, creating doubt is better news.

He puts his spin on the article, I ask silly questions.

“Meaning  Use of e-cigarettes appears to be associated with exposure to known tobacco-related toxicants, but the exposure is reduced compared with cigarette smoking.”

Comparison of Nicotine and Toxicant Exposure in Users of Electronic Cigarettes and Combustible Cigarettes


American Cancer Society: Gary Reedy

Because it’s all about health.

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I wonder who’s really thinking of the children™.👇.

” it knew about asbestos in its baby powder”


Did Ray Liotta really quit smoking with Chantix?

That’s what the commercial said.

Did Ray Liotta really quit smoking with Chantix?


KILLER ADS

Brent Stafford of Regulator Watch sits with Mark Anton of the Smoke-Free Alternatives Trade Association (SFATA) “and calls FDA’s anti-vaping rhetoric ‘reprehensible’………

KILLER ADS | FDA Admits Youth-Targeted Ads Discourage Adult Smokers from Vaping


The Science of Vaping

Touted as “The science of vaping,”, NIDA’s Director Dr. Nora Volkow and tobacco expert Dr. Heather Kimmel join moderator Dr. Emily Einstein for a Facebook Live on what science tells us about vaping.

I suggest you take a nap instead of viewing this, as the script was predictable  – there was no expertise, and the science was absent.

It ended abruptly about 31 minutes in, but if you enjoy double-talk, bullshit and feel the need to punish yourself, it is here.


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Fund The Vape Lawsuit


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ECigIntelligence Annual U.S. Consumer Survey 2018

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Real People, Real Answers

It’s survey time for U.S. consumers. The largest consumer group in the United States, CASAA, and EcigIntelligence have teamed up once again for you (and all your friends who use e-cigarettes) to take and share the survey. I completed it in approximately 10 minutes.

Data and research are important.

Challenges in the United States are far from over. Your voice counts. As a consumer, your data is both necessary and imperative.  Information obtained from surveys can be (and are) used by consumer and trade groups to inform our local, state and national legislators, regulators, media, research, along with public health officials and importantly, other consumers are able to consider making an informed choice to switch to a less harmful alternative.


A word from Alex Clark:

“Once again, CASAA is pleased to share the annual ECig Intelligence consumer survey with our members. As you may remember from previous years, CASAA works cooperatively with ECI to develop survey questions that aid us in our advocacy efforts and help take the pulse of the vaping community.

Your participation in this survey will help inform regulators, advocates, and commentators as we all work to build policies that benefit consumers.”

Thank you!

Alex Clark
CEO, CASAA

Get to it, TAKE the SURVEY!

ECigIntelligence Annual Survey:

USA – Consumer Survey 2018


 

If you’re not a member, become one, it’s FREE:  CASAA.

 


If you’re interested:

Previous CASAA surveys can be found here.

Recently, the largest survey on flavors was done, submitted to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and can be found here.

Mine from 2015, was also submitted to the FDA (twice) and can be found here.


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