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Vaping In The News – January 20th, 2018

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

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

This week in the news:

Nicotine degrading enzyme could help smokers quit ~ After 40 years of anti smoking messages ~ UKVIA calls for TPD repeal, while USA publishes fire statistics ~ *Saturday Night Live* Chantix Commercial ~ Reality of Nicotine Reform ~ Is Science or Policy Preference Leading the Way? ~ 1.7 Million High Schoolers Vaped in 2016, As Both Vaping and Smoking Declined ~ New FDA Statement On Vape Products: Nice Rhetoric, No Substance ~ Consumer Groups Challenge FDA’s Misleading Animal Research On Nicotine ~ FDA considering plan to promote reduced-risk products over cigarettes: report ~ David Goerlitz

This is Vaping In The News – January 20th, 2018


Nicotine degrading enzyme could help smokers quit

“withdrawal symptoms, such as tremors and teeth chattering” in rats…

Ask your Doctor if it’s right for you. You don’t have to read it, but I’ll wait as they keep “looking” for an answer to a question that has little to no merit.

Nicotine degrading enzyme could help smokers quit


After 40 years of anti smoking messages

“Leave us alone…..People smoke because they like it.”

After 40 years of anti smoking messages people my age still smoke and young people start smoking. Why?


UKVIA calls for TPD repeal, while USA publishes fire statistics

Wrapup via THE Fergus Mason.

UKVIA calls for TPD repeal, while USA publishes fire statistics


*Saturday Night Live* Chantix Commercial

Once it goes mainstream…

Chantix Commercial


Reality of Nicotine Reform Provides Long-Lasting Tailwinds for 22nd Century Group

Real cigarettes are going to continue to be government approved and readily available. Possibly, cigarettes could be prescriptions…..

This prescription thought, predicted by me here and here, of course the definition of nicotine as tobacco, is still tobacco. They don’t like nicotine, but despite the peek-a-boo games they play, “they” love taxes from smoking. Please keep smoking.

“The initiative was cheered by anti-smoking groups and policymakers”

“The FDA isn’t alone in its stance on the need to reduce nicotine dependence.”

Reality of Nicotine Reform Provides Long-Lasting Tailwinds for 22nd Century Group


Reality of Nicotine Reform ~ Is Science or Policy Preference Leading the Way?

“despite hype to the contrary, science has nothing to do with tobacco control policy as it relates to tobacco harm reduction.”

Is Science or Policy Preference Leading the Way? Comments on the FDA Medicinal Nicotine Webcast


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1.7 Million High Schoolers Vaped in 2016, As Both Vaping and Smoking Declined

Again… this is silly to ask adults to pay attention.

1.7 Million High Schoolers Vaped in 2016, As Both Vaping and Smoking Declined


New FDA Statement On Vape Products: Nice Rhetoric, No Substance

Blah blahhh blahhhhhhh…

New FDA Statement On Vape Products: Nice Rhetoric,  No Substance


Consumer Groups Challenge FDA’s Misleading Animal Research On Nicotine

“misguided, unreliable, and unethical” and “a recipe for the construction of harmful policies.”

Consumer Groups Challenge FDA’s Misleading Animal Research On Nicotine


FDA considering plan to promote reduced-risk products over cigarettes: report

Of course, already made with tobacco, it is a ready-to-go product to create instant tax revenue for the government…. so… I consider it ready to go.

FDA considering plan to promote reduced-risk products over cigarettes: report


David Goerlitz

David Goerlitz. If you don’t know who he is, you should. From the face of Winston in the 1980’s to the anti-tobacco movement in the 1990’s, David is looking for smokers.

He wants those asking questions to know the truth.

Now.

“In my quest in 2018 to get more than a million smokers OR more to transition to Vaping BECAUSE THEY tell me THEY are ready and convinced that it is their time, having done their research and homework on THEIR OWN regarding the benefits of vaping over smoking, I will be endorsing my picks for the best starter package to make the crossover not only rewarding and effective, but exciting and worthy of the effort.”

The David G Signature Series of e-liquids have arrived:

David G Signature Series

 




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Vaping In The News – September 23rd, 2017

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SCREAM TEST / Scream Test Update ~ DANA Statement: Australia ~ THR4Life ~ FDA Warnings ~ Air Quality ~ Corruption ~ Show Me The Money ~ Gonzo Gives ~ Snork ~ Tobacco Taxes ~ Tobacco Experts ~ Regulator Watch ~ Foundation For A Smoke-Free World


 

Experts in tobacco CONtrol are nervous and well aware of their demise as they squealed like stuck pigs after the announcement of Foundation for a Smoke-Free World and Philip Morris’s 1 Billion dollar commitment to the same…

Australia finds nurses on board with vaping… An introduction to the Board Members of THR4life… The FDA warnings are useless…. Gonzo Gives…. Regulator Watch… Foundation For A Smoke-Free World…Taxes… and more.

This is Vaping In The News for the week ending September 23rd, 2017


😱 Scream Test

This reads like a desperate eulogy written by well seasoned & nearly extinct tobacco CONtrol freaks.

To shed light upon on themselves and their continued failure as “experts” is sadly amusing. I encourage one of you to send these idiots some flowers. Tell them to try harder. They can do it.

(Thanks to the authors!)

A “Frank Statement” for the 21st Century?

Scream Test Update

I would be remiss, and this would not be complete without Dick Puddlecoat’s explanation:

Scream Test Update

(My take is further down.)


DANA Statement: Australia

Drug and Alcohol Nurses of Australasia Incorporated (DANA) has released a statment. I don’t agree with “every” single part, but finally, some common sense – shockingly from the land of disbelief and fairy tales of Chapman & Freeman, Australia.

DANA Position Statement on E-Cigarettes


THR4Life

I’d like to introduce you to the Board I am proudly a part of.

Tobacco Harm Reduction For Life


FDA Warnings

More useless notices that won’t be read by anyone.

“FDA failed to present any data — much less the substantial evidence required under the [Administrative Procedure Act]…”

FDA to study warnings for cigarette packaging


Air Quality

The Centers for Disease Control did a test. Huh. Jim McDonald delves into what they did, or didn’t find… and won’t talk about.

What did the CDC find when they tested vape shop air?


Corruption

No. Couldn’t be. Say it isn’t so.

Vrdolyak, associate collected $10 million in unauthorized tobacco fees, prosecutors say


Show Me The Money

Certainly there’s no conflict of interest here… CVS has committed $50 million dollars to get their way.

The American Cancer Society is now joined at the hip to help bully fund “tobacco-free” campuses and has “awarded” $20,000.00 to another campus to become nannies to adults.

Monetary grant encourages a tobacco free generation by The American Cancer Society


Gonzo Gives

What, you may ask, is Gonzo gives? Go ahead, ask. Meanwhile, I see frustration from many in the vaping community.

Then, I see this, and it inspires me.

GONZO GIVES FAQ


Snork

They called this one “Juice monsters” here.


Tobacco Taxes

Since National Tobacco Day, this has been coming… if you didn’t believe it, it’s ready to go – and if you’re new here, nicotine is considered tobacco.

Jim McDonald, again, covers this eloquently here:

Senate bill would tax vapes and cigarettes the same

Related:

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Tobacco Control ‘Experts’ Fight AGAINST A Smoke-Free World

Please indulge me in a bit of shameless self-promotion. I’d like to take a moment to proudly introduce my first submission to the Daily Caller & Daily Vaper. I was humbled, surprised and honored when I was contacted to submit to them.

I was also relieved. Why? The consideration was immediate. With 20 million possible eyes, and no pop ups, I’m in.

Instead of preaching to the choir, I hope their estimated audience of 20 million people might see what this blog has been trying to say for (4+ years) so long.

My submission on the scream test from above:

Tobacco Control ‘Experts’ Fight AGAINST A Smoke-Free World


Foundation For A Smoke-Free World

This is what causes tobacco control to pull their hair out. I’m enjoying the show.

You can see the website here : Foundation For A Smoke-Free World


Regulator Watch

ANY attention to any attempt to STOP the Food and Drug Administration to cease and desist is attention. Some disagree, some are supportive.

One may agree or disagree in the tactics deployed by any industry or consumer group, but to have egos in the way of progress towards what should be little to no regulation of vaping products, (industry manufacturing standards, no sales tax other than normal sales tax), one with half a brain would give deeper consideration to any efforts being put forth rather than dismissing them.

My deepest thanks to Brent Stafford from Regulator Watch for continuing to educate me as a consumer in what seems like an endless regulatory carnival ride.

 

 




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Vaping In The News – July 29, 2017

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Vaping In The News, July 23rd – 29th, 2017

Vape Shop Employees: Public Health Advocates? ~ Is vapor also unhealthy for lungs? ~ TRIPLE cessation. ~ Dance, monkey, dance ~ Huh ~ Budget Cuts ~ FDA Announcement

 


Doing more than tobacco control does:

“…relish their role in assisting others in taking what employees view as positive health actions…”

Vape Shop Employees: Public Health Advocates?


You want to know:

“…it is impossible to find any evidence – and difficult to find any reasonable argument – that vaping will not turn out to be 99.9% safer than smoking, +/- 0.1%, since there are no visible routes to serious health issues visible at this time.”

Is vapor also unhealthy for lungs?


TRIPLE cessation.

Don’t hurt yourselves watching this.

 


Have you seen THR4Life?

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Dance, Monkey, Dance.

Is Simon Chapman dancing to the tune of Big Tobacco?


Huh.

Americans are quitting smoking in higher numbers; study suggests e-cigarettes help


Breaks my heart.

No it doesn’t.

Budget cuts leave WV Tobacco Prevention Office with one employee


Do you know about NNA?

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FDA Announcement via Dr. K. Farsalinos:

FDA announcement: a policy change of endorsing harm reduction?


FDA Announcement via Clive Bates:

Huge FDA announcement on future tobacco and nicotine strategy


Are you familiar with INNCO?

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FDA Announcement via Paul Barnes:

FDA Announcement: What Does it Mean?


FDA Announcement via THE Fergus Mason:

PMTA Delay Buys Vapers Some Breathing Space


FDA Announcement via Simon Chapman


Richard Besser

President and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation — Johnson & Johnson, is concerned… about his front groups & revenue falling from sales of patches & gums.


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Vaping In The News July 1st, 2017

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Chinese courts call for death penalty for researchers who commit fraud ~ Matt Myers ~ Jester ~ Sensible regulation of e-cigarettes: Opportunities for reform (Video) ~ Learning from our failures in smoking cessation research ~ NO Gateway ~ Understanding Nicotine Strengths and Percentages ~ Tobacco company outsmarts tobacco control experts again ~ Big Government, Public Health, and E-Cigarettes, I, II & III ~



Chinese courts call for death penalty for researchers who commit fraud

That’ll shut ’em up.

Chinese courts call for death penalty for researchers who commit fraud

This, in case you missed it, is a link within above:

U.S. researchers guilty of misconduct later won more than $100 million in NIH grants, study finds


Matt Myers

I do recommend following and reading everything & anything Jim McDonald writes.

Matt Myers explains the “flexible” deeming regs

Speaking of Jim McDonald:

Breaking news: changes to FDA regulations in new house bill


NEVER STOP FIGHTING FOR WHAT’S RIGHT“.

~AgentAnia


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He’s not just not human, he’s a blogging machine.

The Consequences Of Prohibition

Also see:


Sensible regulation of e-cigarettes: Opportunities for reform

American Enterprise Institute

If you’re a regular reader, you’ll recognize the names in the panel.

 


Learning from our failures in smoking cessation research

Be more forceful with things that don’t work – sounds like a plan.

“Widespread access to a range of treatments (perhaps more appropriately termed “cessation aids”), offered at little to no cost and available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 12 months a year ought to be ubiquitous. We should, as Baker notes, be more forceful in bringing the treatment to the smoker.”

 


NO GATEWAY

How many times do I gotta tell ya……. there IS no GATEWAY.

E-Cigarettes Not a Path to Teen Smoking


Understanding Nicotine Strengths and Percentages

Nicotine strengths are important.

This is an excellent reference from Lee

Understanding Nicotine Strengths and Percentages


Tobacco company outsmarts tobacco control experts… again.

The tobacco control/public health sector is much more interested in taxing tobacco for its own financial gain via funding and what they call an “end-game”. The “end-game” is simply their business plan – with no thought other than their survival – not the public – to continue what seems to be their “fight” against tobacco, and to fund themselves.

On the other hand, tobacco companies are well ahead of TC and public health posturing  – they are rightfully setting themselves up for the future with innovation & expectations – brought by consumer & market demand.

Combustible tobacco will never go away, but may lose its appeal. While tobacco control experts want to control tobacco for their own purpose, tobacco companies are finding a less harmful alternative to the traditional combustible products – like ecigs & heat not burn.

“Peter Nixon, the UK chief executive of the international tobacco giant said, “We are absolutely serious – one day, we want to stop selling cigarettes.” The company has committed to bringing about a smoke-free world that it has decided to pay brand ambassadors, termed “freelancers”, to persuade people to quit smoking.”

Tobacco giant Philip Morris is paying people to help quit smoking


My memory fades at times, I do not know where or when I first came across Mr. Fojtik, but I am glad I have. He coined the phrase “Phino” some time ago.

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Please give him your attention:

Big Government, Public Health, and E-Cigarettes, Part I

Big Government, Public Health, and E-Cigarettes, Part II

Big Government, Public Health, and E-Cigarettes, Part III


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Vaping In The News – June 24th, 2017 – O_O

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Vaping In The News ~ June 18th – 24th, 2017

Letter to Scott Gottleib ~ Do As You Are Told ~ Does the Gateway Effect Really Exist? ~ Clive Bates ~ Is Raising the Smoking Age A Good Idea? ~ Is the American Heart Association a terrorist organization? ~ GFN ~ Agent Ania

 

In loving memory of

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Agent Ania

 


Dear Dr. Scott Gottlieb, MD, Commissioner:

A letter dated the 14th of June was sent to Dr. Scott Gottleib, Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration from who I would call true Tobacco Control experts.

Reform of tobacco and nicotine regulation at FDA


Do As You Are Told

Paul seems to have a distinct tone in his voice. I’m taking a shine to that.

Do As You Are Told


Does the Gateway Effect Really Exist?

I had not seen this before. A stunning view of the “gateway effect” by Sallie Goetsch – standing the test of time.

Does the Gateway Effect Really Exist?


Clive Bates – Short & Sweet.


Is Raising the Smoking Age A Good Idea?

The Truth About Tobacco 21

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Is Raising the Smoking Age a Good Idea?


View story at Medium.com

Is the American Heart Association a terrorist organization?

“Sure, the AHA isn’t beheading people in the streets or strapping bombs on children. But that’s not the only way to be a terrorist organization, is it?”

Is the American Heart Association a terrorist organization?


GFN – Global Forum on Nicotine

 

 


Agent Ania

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Agent made this.


 

She changed it eventually and “scolded” me privately more than once – for using the one above…more than once…after it was modified.

 

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Taking a life of its own, it was modified again and it now includes snus.

(Thank you Atakan.)



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Ann, below with Greg Conley of the American Vaping Association at the Milwaukee premier of A Billion Lives, has sadly passed away.


It breaks my heart, as she was one of the first few people I followed early on Twitter (@agentania).

I, and I am sure like others, had oodles of messages and exchanges with her.  Everything from Kitty2 and her view(s) on a variety of topics.

Like a secret agent, Ann did things behind the scenes and wanted no credit.

Her spirit, spunk, snark, fight and her love will never die and is in all of us.


 

As Shannon relayed for us above, we will

NEVER STOP FIGHTING FOR WHAT’S RIGHT“.

 

As DrMA says below, in loving memory.

 

I’ll be blogging on Ann very soon.


 

I know you’re watching us, Agent.

O_O.

Rest, sweet Ann.

 


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Vaping In The News–June 10th, 2017

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Vaping In The News – June 4th-10th, 2017

1963 ~ Still Angry ~ I’ve Got a Question about CONtrol ~ Spurious Correlations ~ LGBT Community & Harm Reduction ~ In 60 Seconds ~ FDA Head ~ Dollars For Docs ~ Vaping Is Safer ~ Snus ~ The Healing Power of Smoking (Vaping) ~ The Vulgar Vaper ~ Survey


 

1963

Imagine knowing, having and being capable of less harm.

Then, imagine the power to to suppress that information – just like they’re still doing now.

Herbert Gilbert filed his patent, Apr. 17, 1963.

“Project Ariel” was also underway –

without of course, any combustion products”

Project Ariel


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Still Angry – And Getting More So!


 Do you know about NNA?

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I’ve got a Question about CONtrol

Skip, who’s a cranky old…  well, you’ll see how wound up she is when she poses her questions:

I’ve Got a Question about CONtrol



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Spurious Coorelations

Cause & effect. You know the deal. This crossed my eye on Facebook and I got a laugh out of it.

It seems anything “may, could or might” have something to do with anything else… apparently!

Spurious Coorelations


LGBT Community & Harm Reduction: Nicotine Addiction

Althought I have stated nicotine addiction itself does not exist without tobacco, I completely agree with this approach to harm reduction for the LGBT community.

LGBT Community & Harm Reduction: Nicotine Addiction


Truth in a tobacco control tweet:

Misinterpretation and ZERO insight.

Sadly, this says everything to me about tobacco control and all “it” pretends to stand for. Zero insight, all control.

(You’re welcome).


True #PublicHealth from Sally Satel:



Science would be a good start.

*Twilight Zone voice*

Imagine if science was used instead of opinion to create sensible regulations? Imagine the embarassment that would cause in the cesspool of expert opinion touted for 10+ years?

FDA Head To Use Science To Determine Vaping Regulations



Dollars for Docs

Has Your Doctor Received Drug or Device Company Money? After all, doctoring is a business.

After all, doctoring is a business. “Here, take this… and come on back and see me”….

ProPublica, who releases many useful tools, has this as well, thanks Tim!

Dollars for Docs



Vaping Is Safer

Kevin Price is a busy man. He is with

He is with Colorado Smoke-Free AssociationVapΩr ML LLC juice company and the newly formed Tobacco Harm Reduction 4 Life.

Vaping is safer



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Snus

I know next to nothing about snus. I’ve never tried it, but I’m learning every day.

Brad Rodu has been on this form of harm reduction for years here.

Sweden has a FIVE percent smoking rate, yet, snus, and harm reduction is all but ignored almost everywhere.

If you’d like to learn more about snus, here is another a great resource:

Snubie.com





The Healing Power Of Smoking (Vaping)

Via VapingPoint, I’ve quietly followed Liz for pretty much the whole time I’ve known the battle has existed.

I will not conform. #Louder.

There is something evil in the air worldwide – and its not smoke or vapour. What the evil is, is the intrusion of The Tobacco Control Industry into the private lives of smokers and vapers and their malice aforethought in re-sculpting the whole of society.

The Healing Power of Smoking (Vaping)



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THE Fergus Mason hosts his 1st #SmokeFreeRadio episode and I am looking forward to many more!



This survey is still ongoing from THRA!

A CONSUMER group, The Tobacco Harm Reduction Association of Canada wants voices. Take it, share it!

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This is a worldwide survey.

 



 

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Tobacco Control: Losing Control.

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According to “them”, tobacco control has an end game. Lots of players in the game. Lots of rules. All to “end” tobacco. Lots of money. Careers. Longevity.

Lots and lots of funding, grants, – you know – money. Well, money doesn’t motivate anyone. Lack of money motivates, but I digress.

It seems “they” – or at least seven of them have decided they don’t like – well – stuff. Now, they’re making more rules throwing a tantrum! Hurray!

Tobacco. Widespread carnage. Millions of lives. Important stuff. What are they babbling about? They don’t like personal blogs impugning. Awww. What that means in the #KeepSmokingWeNeedTheMoney scream test is:

Tobacco CONtrol doesn’t like their authority control being challenged or questioned.

In the words of Steve Martin: Well excuuuuuuse me.

Tobacco control can’t do its job and hasn’t for years. They’re losing control. Tobacco CONtrol is, after all, a punchline.


I’m not that good to perceive myself as interrupting the good work tobacco control alleges they “do”. I can’t imagine the “blog fog” from the BMJ Tobacco Control does anything to advance anything other than more control. After all, who doesn’t like an “I love me” or an “I’m so important” wall?

“Recent comments posted on some personal blogs impugn the objectivity of Tobacco Control and its reviewers, questioning our motives and the veracity of peer review.”

Funny, one of the authors of the “Blog Fog” tweeted this:

 

I do love ProPublica, they do awesome work.

Sorry, got off track.


I have my suspicions as to who – and there are multiple suspects, the “blog fog” could have been about. More power to them. I won’t try to assess the whining or illusions these 7 are under… pretending to defend themselves against defending themselves, I’ll let the links below do that.

What I did take to heart, and you may as well, is “personal blogs impugn the objectivity” and “questioning our motives and the veracity of peer review” within. Ya think?


I care about the unreasonable denial of less harm with vaping products that are ignored BY tobacco control resulting in inadequate and bias “objectivity”.

Act like adults. What I care about less harm with “ecigs” and how quickly dismissive it is for those in charge – to be arsonists to the very thing that may take their livelihood away from them. E-cigarettes.


And that, to my hearts content, will be blogged about about until my fingers bleed.


The tweet below isn’t a co-author of the “blog fog”, but it reminds me of the same.

This was part of a scolding I received last fall from another CONTROL fanatic.

(If you like, you can see my take on Ruth Malone’s objectivity (like Hefler’s) in Alice In TobaccoLand here)


SEVEN people had to “take the time” to contribute to what someone has – evidently – been impugning. You, you opinionated impugners!

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


Responses were swift & admirable. MORE of this, please:

Shannon: Open Letter to Ruth Malone

Paul: Denial of the Echo Chamber

Neal: Hey Ruth, This one is for you

Michael Siegel:

Tobacco Control Journal: There Can Be No Legitimate Discussion of Our Articles Without Our Permission

Carl V Phillips:

Editors of Tobacco Control admit they publish indefensible junk science

 Added 2/22/17 by Carl V Phillips (part II)

More on Tobacco Control’s “stop talking about us!” editorial

Dick Puddlecoat:

Hey! Bloggers, Leave Our Junk Alone!

Bolton Smoker’s Club:

The Abject Failure of the Tobacco Control Magazine

Frank Davis

If Air Traffic Control was like Tobacco Control


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A Threat to Public Health: Opinions.

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The latest “display of incompetence” award from a major health organization goes to Harold Wimmer, National President & CEO of the American Lung Association (ALA). Wimmer takes diligent care with his opinion to a recent New York Times article, “The Assault on Health and Safety Begins”.

In response to the article, Wimmer stated (underlining is my emphasis)

“Under the guise of reform, the House passed the Regulatory Accountability Act, giving polluters and the tobacco industry free rein to avoid meaningful oversight, regardless of the effect on the health of Americans.”


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Wimmer, in his opinion, believes

“common-sense steps under the Tobacco Control Act to protect children from flavored e-cigarettes and cigars would be halted in their tracks.”

The Tobacco Control Act already prohibits sales to minors (now that vaping products are deemed “nicotine” and therefore “deemed” tobacco).

He’s also concerned that

“Trying to mislead the public to believe that this so-called reform legislation will improve accountability is not only disingenuous, but also a direct threat to the health of our most vulnerable Americans.”


I’d like to focus on you, Mr. Wimmer, and your so-called accountability and disingenuous motive as a direct threat to the health of adult American smokers who trust your organization.

Thanks to you, valiant efforts to encourage Americans to keep smoking based on your opinion, is working. Be proud, Mr. Wimmer.



Invalid Concerns, Ulterior Motive

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According to the ALA website:

“The American Lung Association remains concerned about their impact on the public health, given the dramatic increase in use among youth.”

New Study Casts Serious Doubt on Claim that E-Cigarettes Lead to Youth Smoking

Instead, you should be focusing on

Smokers Who Switch to E-Cigarettes Exposed to Same Levels of Nicotine, Lower Carcinogen Levels

and this, among other things –

Lung function and respiratory symptoms in a randomized smoking cessation trial of electronic cigarettes.

Don’t get me started on nicotine.


The Litmus Test

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Under my scrutiny, MY opinion – the least of your concerns, Mr. Wimmer, are the millions of adult smokers reading your “insight” and continuing to use tobacco because you omit and fabricate information – in your opinion.

Imagine, if the focus of less tobacco use was obtained using a litmus test. Imagine if less tobacco use was the goal and the criteria was less harm.

You have a captive audience, and you are deceiving them with your bias opinion. You are violating the public’s trust. You do that well with Pfizer as a partner.

Instead of trying to “save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease, through research, education and advocacy”  – and “to eliminate tobacco use and tobacco-related diseases” you are lacking integrity by

Withholding differential risk information on legal consumer nicotine/tobacco products: The public health ethics of health information quarantines


Focusing on harm

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Imagine the steadfast opinions used for persuasion OF the public.

Merchants Of Doubt: How Public Health Uses Tobacco Tactics Against E-Cigarettes

Imagine placing the importance of fiscal health of an organization before public health so the public at large and unbeknownst to them faces settling for less.


Less Harm

Now, imagine the focus was just less smoking. Whether it would be snus, smokeless tobacco or e-cigarettes – and I’ll GIVE you the “government approved” traditional but much less effective options like the patch, gum, sprays or inhalers you promote.

Imagine if it included harm reduction.

Imagine 79% successful outcomes.

Imagine if you weren’t perpetuating the tragedy.


On the surface, with your title and contrived innuendo, are leading the public to believe you are “for the consumer”.

Mr. Wimmer, with your willful negligence by “trying to mislead the public to believe” your stance on “less tobacco use” – You and your organization are “a direct threat” to public health and smokers in the United States.



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Richard Marx: Hold on to the tweet.

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It seems Richard Marx has something to say to his fans about smoking and vaping. Marx, an iconic 80’s singer who filled the airwaves with hits like “Don’t Mean Nothing”, “Endless Summer Nights” and the ever popular “Hold On to the Nights”. Richard has a new single titled “Last Thing I Wanted”. The “last thing I wanted” was for Marx to pretend he’s an expert.

The explanation on Wikipedia does not mention that he’s a tobacco harm reduction expert. I however did notice he’s done some nice things along with benefit concerts for foundations, including the American Cancer Society on his biography page.

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That makes me suspicious. Are they calling you to do their dirty work? Are you that important?


Either way – it must not be common knowledge, but if you’re an ’80’s pop icon you evidently have the right to be a judgemental prick. He decided he would give his thoughts on smoking and vaping with an aggressive and condescending tone as if he knew what he was singing about on his twitter account.


Dick had another hit back then called “Should’ve Known Better” (really).

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That statement is

Unacceptable.

Period.


In this instance below – after seeing Dick’s tweet, I thought – huh – maybe he “doesn’t know any better”. Far be it for ME to try to correct a celebrity, or an expert of any kind.

I’m like Geraldo Rivera, I try to engage with thoughtful tweets

(I’m VapingIT, SPE) by asking the TOUGH questions:

NO response. I know he did. I’ve seen videos. I was a fan.


The “Last Thing I Wanted” was for him to misinform his followers with a sad attempt at stupidity.

He gave “advice” to Donna’s response as if he were an expert.

I tweeted at Donna… thinking – he can’t be that stupid. .

At times, I’m – shall I say – clever and thought – to further catch Dick’s attention – I’d use the title of his new song and hope his alleged 100,000 followers would see the much more pertinent video from A Billion Lives in the process. You know, engage him.


Then, to be SURE he wasn’t confused, I tweeted this thoughtful and deep tweet.

He didn’t feed into my bad behavior. (Behaviour for you across the pond.) Although not with me specifically, Dick engaged with a few comments with a few twitter members who are vapers, and blocked.

Updated 01/22/017: Richard deleted this tweet:

 

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But the text still shows up on my blog:

Ouch.

 

 

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I’m not sure if Robert (below) is a vaper, but he explains why Dick was having trouble briefly here:


People love 2 believe what’s convenient 4 them“, Dick.

Some think Dick may have realized the error of his ways….for smokers and possible future vapers.


Stop being an idiot, Dick. If you want to learn about vaping products, I’ll be “Right Here Waiting For You”.


 

Added 01/27/17

More on Dick here from :

Richard Marx hates my guts

 

For the “record”, Dick is singing a new tune, and among other tweets, deleted his tweet:

(https://twitter.com/richardmarx/status/821586521325084672)


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“Douchey” Photo credit: Wikipedia Commons.

Dual Use. E-Cigarettes & Smoking. Shut UP Already.

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Dual Use. E-cigarettes & Smoking.

Can you use e-cigarettes and smoke? Why not? You can smoke and vape. In fact, I encourage it.

There’s a pendulum swaying in the media for “experts” to ride. No truth, mind you, they love speculation. What do they care, they’re gambling with YOUR lives, not theirs. The love/hate affair with tobacco and the tax revenue it brings for public health, government and organizations is pretty clear.

They are studiously defending their own infidelity by trying to find things to convince you you’re doing something wrong. Why? They’re trying to hide the clear and VERY public point of their irrelevance.  That’s why they want to regulate, restrict, tax & ban e-cigarettes.

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Wait….. a minute…………………

It defeated the purpose of the bill when they weren’t classified as tobacco???

….. read that again…

They are a bunch of lying bastards.

Stings, doesn’t it?

(They are now)


 Tobacco Control

Over 50 years of tobacco control hasn’t done what e-cigarettes are doing. They don’t like that kind of attention. They have agendas.

They’ll dote over children, then add in flavors. They talk about gateways. “Re-normalizing” smoking. They’ll spout off about the dangers of nicotine, they love to say “anecdotal” and and on occasion they like to toss in the “dual use” factor. For sport, I suppose. They have no integrity.


To have the “approved methods” and fail is fine-try harder – but don’t be a “dual user” with e-cigarettes! “Experts” don’t want dual users?

TOO BAD.
So WHAT.

Shut UP already!

Leave us ALONE.


From the Hungarian Situation Report.

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Some quit by default, some people just still like to SMOKE. Nothing wrong with that. That’s their CHOICE. They want to allude all the way to the tax collecting bank of your possible dual use as bad, that you may as well keep smoking.

(That keeps their revenue coming in.)

 


Dual Use:

In my view, is one of two things.

  1. You use both tobacco AND e-cigarettes because you like both and don’t want to stop your tobacco use.
  2. You haven’t found your “taste” and “strength” yet and until you do, will use both.

That’s it. There’s no “evil” of doing both. In fact, I encourage it for new vapers. Why?

 

It HELPS them!

 


You’re finding your way. Vaping is different from smoking.

Vaping CAN replace smoking – if you find your way with the right flavor, the right nicotine strength and the right style / generation of equipment you use, awesome. If it just doesn’t work, you’re one of the approximately 2% who said that in the first survey. It’s ok. The vaping community as a whole is not going to judge you.

Tobacco control experts may continue to scold you, though!


What’s wrong with dual use?

While you’re finding your way, please don’t listen to the “you’re a dual user, you may as well keep smoking” claims, it’s bullshit. If you do continue to smoke, PLEASE keep in mind. You are NOT a failure. I have believed all along the “approved” methods aren’t MEANT for you to succeed.

The Real Story Behind the Nicotine Patch and Smoking Cessation


Dual use in my surveys

In the first survey, I asked about dual use of e-cigarettes & smoking.

The first had 12%. In the second, I asked the same question.

Guess what, 12%.

In two separate surveys.


Does that mean I’m right? Well –  I’m asking vapers.

Who CARES?

The “experts” care, I suppose. Reducing smoking in any way should be the goal – if that were their GOAL.

They want you to “quit or die”.

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Nicotine Policy has their say here:

New research shows electronic cigarettes better for quitting, than no aid; over the counter NRT worse than no aid

Here, via Medical Press:

Switching from conventional to electronic cigarettes reduced toxicant exposure, even for dual users

Michael Siegel on Dual Use:

Important New Study Documents that Dual Use is Not a Negative Consequence of E-Cigarette Use, But a Positive One


Here, unedited – from the latest survey, is what vapers have said about dual use.

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The only time I dual use is because of rare severe emotional distress. Planning to get some NET liquid to see if it helps.


To me dual use is what I did in the first months of vaping. Now if I buy any cigarettes they are smoked till gone then I vape the rest of the time. I do not vape and smoke in the same day anymore – unless I run out of the cigarettes in the middle of a day.


I don’t consider an occasional slip dual use. It’s a continual fight.


I’m free!


quit smoking marlboro 3 weeks ago today. NO desire to go back


Day 1, I’m still shocked, every other NRT was an absolute failure.


Smoking one cigarette a month hardly makes me a dual user so I go with no, I don’t use tobacco products anymore.


I occasionally light up a traditional cigarette, to remind myself what it tastes like. This happens very rarely though. I also enjoy the taste of a nice vanilla cigar.


Within the past year I have smoked a total of 3 cigarettes. All of those occasions I forgot my e-cigarette home or ran out of batteries.


I have been smoke free for 1 year and 24 days.


During my time vaping I have used snus couple of times from friends but I don’t actually buy it myself or use it in major amounts, just occasionally.


I began by using vapor to replace every fifth cigarette. When that was comfortable, I replaced every fourth, and so on. After three weeks, I smoked my last tobacco cigarette and have been tobacco-free for 5.5 months and counting… even though I live with a pack-a-day smoker (he courteously smokes outside)


On occasions my liquids may run out, and i had not ordered more. At times like these i might smoke a day or two.


My dual using has mostly to do with the taste of e-cigs after eating. They taste like shit after you’ve eaten greasy food. I often have a morning cig too, since it just hits with all it’s chemicals the way ecig doesn’t. These two are my daily two “regular” cigarettes tho, everything else is covered by ecig and they do a much tastier job of it too.


sometimes when drunk


the first four days of vaping I was a dual user, at this point in time I never had a pack of cigarettes last four days I smoked two packs a day


I have friends who like to use a hookah device with flavored tobacco shisha, I use that occasionally but it isn’t even a once a month basis.


I still use snus


6 cigs in 2 years says I’ve stopped completely. That’s my answer and I’m sticking to it.



i think the other chemicals in tobacco have me in chains


Been 3 years clean and have never gone back to cigarettes


E-cigarettes helped me stopped smoking regular cigarettes all together!


I smell cigarettes now and get digusted by the smell i dont know how i ever smoked before


I now find smoking disgusting and hate the smell of it.


i vape a juice with sweet flavor, no tobacco and zero nicotine. the device is a metal box with a vapor tank, this is not smoking or a e cig.


I do not want anything to do with tobacco companies !


I know I wouldn’t have been able to quit without the use of my personal vaporizers


Again, the ecig along with Chantix did the trick for me!


Ever since making the switch to using e-cigs exclusively, I no longer have cravings of any kind for any tobacco products


I smoke when I go out drinking as it feels more social and I’m not worried about breaking or losing my mod


I can happily cope without cigarettes. And I would never touch a cig sober but sometimes my battery dies on a night out (because I stupidly forget to check how much charge is in it) and I’ll turn to smoking.


As I have said I do have the odd cigarette, but because I think ecigs are so amazing I know that in the not to distant future that cigarettes will finally at long last be a thing of the past


I have not had tobacco in over a week. I think I can finally make the switch to e-cigs


I have friends that still smoke, occasionally, when we get together, one will smell good so I will bum one from them. I’ll smoke about half, put it out, and wonder how I ever used those nasty things 16 + years.


As a matter of fact, my wife took a blood test to prove to our insurance company that she doesn’t smoke anmymore and PASSED!


 

I cannot stand the taste of tobacco based/flavoured eliquid, cannot stand the smell of tobacco smoke.




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Here is what they said on the 1st survey about dual use


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