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Vaping In The News – December 7th, 2019

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

The largest threat to Public Health is an informed consumer.


Vape shop owner: I quit smoking thanks to vaping. Banning flavors hurts adults like me ~ American Lung Association’s Lies About E-Cigarettes are Dangerous and Irresponsible ~ Although Teenagers Are 80% Less Likely to Smoke Than They Were in 1999, the CDC Insists No Progress Has Been Made ~ Read between the lines ~ Tweets of the week ~ Christmas for Massachusetts Vape Families ~ Grinch Relief Fund ~ Curiosity ~ Obsolete tobacco control themes can be hazardous to public health ~ Silly thoughts ~ Smoke-Free Radio


Vape shop owner: I quit smoking thanks to vaping. Banning flavors hurts adults like me

This is from Nick Orlando himself.

“We’ve built a community. Our stores are not just places for people to buy vapor products for recreational use. My stores are educational spaces for adult smokers to feel comfortable visiting and coming in to ask questions and learn how to quit a habit that could kill them…”

Vape shop owner: I quit smoking thanks to vaping. Banning flavors hurts adults like me


American Lung Association’s Lies About E-Cigarettes are Dangerous and Irresponsible

Dr. Siegel once again slaps the stupid out of some strange decision by the Lung Association to… Well, they’re out of ideas, so they’re going all out on propaganda.

American Lung Association’s Lies About E-Cigarettes are Dangerous and Irresponsible


Although Teenagers Are 80% Less Likely to Smoke Than They Were in 1999, the CDC Insists No Progress Has Been Made

Jacob Sullum – explains this no progress thingy much better than I can:

That is true only if you define tobacco-free e-cigarettes as “tobacco products,” which the CDC does, and if you ignore the enormous difference between the hazards of smoking and the hazards of vaping, which the CDC also does.

Although Teenagers Are 80% Less Likely to Smoke Than They Were in 1999, the CDC Insists No Progress Has Been Made


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Kids have been smoking for decades – and “they’ve” been tracking it for decades… I call this one “Read between the lines”…

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Tweet(s) of the Week!

This guy… THIS guy. He’s got something to say:


Next — Greg Conley takes an idiot to task, and the idiot tries to ignore it. Something about water…


Next, and importantly, there was some ruckus about a survey this week. Sheila Vakharia PhD MSW clearly explains there are “major issues with how they present their findings” in this thread… you can see them all if you click on the original tweet. (If you’re not on Twitter, join!!!)


Christmas for Massachusetts Vape Families

As with all links for fundraisers over the course of time, if you can, give. If you can’t, share.

Christmas for Massachusetts Vape Families

Grinch Relief Fund.

Same sentiments as just above… if you can, do, if you can’t – share!

Grinch Relief Fund.


Curiosity is the number one reason children try vaping products. Answers for flavors are here.

To keep children safe, we MUST demand to remove curiosity, intrigue, and inquisitiveness from blatant subliminal advertising from any and all non-profit-political-non-governmental-front-groups immediately.

Please, “Think of the children™.”

So that got someone to thinking on Facebook… and said to me – “the curiosity figure is 2.5 times higher than flavours, wouldn’t that be an increase of 151%, roughly?”

Well… there you go. Subliminal messaging: 151% stronger than flavors.


Obsolete tobacco control themes can be hazardous to public health

Skip tossed this one at me just before finishing the news today…

“It is important to make clear distinctions between the classes of tobacco/nicotine products as they differ substantially in risk to the user…”

Are they SO far out of touch with reality they can’t do their jobs, or are they completely in tune to what they’re doing… adults are told they’re addicted to nicotine, and “keep trying” with inefficient products. Kids are blitzed with products they shouldn’t use or have access to… yet here we are.

Obsolete tobacco control themes can be hazardous to public health


Silly thoughts…

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Silly question – did U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Secretary Alex Azar (or any other “public health” group in attendance) have advanced knowledge – or withhold information of, this “just released” Tobacco Product Use and Associated Factors Among Middle and High School Students — survey information on November 22nd while discussing trying to manipulate flavor bans in the presence of President Trump?

If any of them already knew it was curiosity, not flavors, that the pesky children chose as an answer… then…. yeah… you think I’m reaching. Understandable, I know – he wasn’t in a court of law… but think about it.


Smoke-Free Radio.

I join Patrick and Fig on Smoke-Free Radio on Friday nights. We were being thankful…and we were saying it… because it isn’t said enough. There were thousands I’m sure we missed — even if you weren’t mentioned by name last week, we thanked you, and people like you.

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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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