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Ohio Vapor Trade Association

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“And active membership is much more important than a membership with a lot of people.” ~ Nick Orlando.

The Ohio Vapor Trade Association (OHVTA) held their 2019 conference on Tuesday, May 14th, where OHVTA President James Jarvis hosted Ohio State Representative Doug Green, and Ohio State Senator John Eklund.

Along with James Jarvis, speaking at the event was Ohio Rep. Doug Green, Ohio Senator John Eklund, OHVTA Lobbyist Charlotte Hickcox , Nick Orlando with Florida Smoke Free Association, Keynote Speaker Dimitris Agrafiotis of Tennessee Smoke Free Association, Tony Abboud with Vapor Technology Association (VTA), and Fig Ramsey of Vape Tithing.

Also joining the conference was Jonathan Varner, head of JVA Campaigns (OHVTA’s digital media firm), along with Kevin Boehner and Justin Zink of the Ohio Chamber of Commerce.


This meeting included an active power-bank of knowledge with insightful points of view, experience and education across the day-long conference with members from Florida to California. Industry guests spoke about current issues including lobbying, underage sales and proactively navigating the ever-changing landscape and future.


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Changing The Conversation

OHVTA is changing the conversation with lawmakers.

Representative Green and Senator Eklund spoke to the group with sincerity about issues and answered questions. One question was about the best way to go about contacting them, and the answer was clear: email or phone calls. Their staffers take each call and relay it to them.

They want to hear from consumers and businesses, and – we were told, oftentimes lawmakers don’t hear anything about issues they’re voting on, so your call or email could change the mind of your lawmaker.


In Ohio, trying to define vaping products as tobacco and restricting adult access (Tobacco 21) is another concern to adults as another attendee, Lindsey Stroud (below) points out here.

Left to right, myself, Fig Ramsey & Lindsey Stroud.

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Tony Abboud, Frank Cahall, Fig Ramsey, James Jarvis, Jeff Kathman, Bo McCoy and Rhonda Burch.

If you told me 6 years ago when I switched that I’d be sitting in Columbus, Ohio for an event like this – I’d have called you insane.

Instead, I was honored to be invited to an industry event, attending this meeting with the perspective of a concerned consumer, much like when I attended “A Billion Lives“. With great concern.

Witnessing what I did, I discovered heroes with one common goal. What I experienced was listening to actively engaged members (and leaders) in this industry who are passionate about their business, their customers, and attain their goal: To help smokers choose a safer alternative. To educate lawmakers. To educate consumers.

Notably, these professionals are proactive about keeping those products out of hands of underage youth. Furthermore, those same people are concerned about politicians trying to take their livelihood, and your choice away from them, and you.



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The OHVTA Members Legislative Reception (held after the conference) was provided by 80V E-liquid – John Nathan, Demand Vape – Jon Glauser and (Fig Ramsey) VapeTithing.

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I finally got to meet Dimitris Agrafiotis.

Dimitris Agrafiotis and I. Don’t tell Phil!

Fig Ramsey, myself, Lindsey Stroud, Jeff Kathman, Frank Cahall. Photo credit Fig Ramsey

If Ohio is an example of how trade organizations represent the industry, I’m impressed. These people are part of the solution. These folks have a network and discuss experience with local, state and national issues with each other. Engaging. Inspiring. Proactive.

I left this meeting with a renewed sense of hope from these business leaders fighting for consumers who have switched and those who may choose to switch, despite government resistance for the choice to do so.


If you are a consumer, join CASAA. Be engaged. If you’re in business and you haven’t, BE ENGAGED. Join an industry group. I don’t care who you choose, but choose. Conduct yourself as if your life and lives around you, and your business(es) depends upon it. If you don’t, who will?

If you don’t know why, go here.


The Takeaway

Nick Orlando

“And active membership is much more important than a membership with a lot of people.” ~ Nick Orlando.


Here’s Mike Peterson with OHVTA Board Member, Bo McCoy discussing the event.



You can learn more about VTA here.

You can learn more about OHVTA here.

You can learn more about VapeTithing here.

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Keep ON #Vaping On.

Kevin

Vaping In The News – April 27th, 2019

Man your posts.

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.


Leaked | Public Gets Long Overdue Look at Youth Vaping Study ~
Moral Panic | Diagnosing the Youth Vaping ‘Epidemic’ ~ FDA remains committed ~ What part of vaping is the most harmful? ~ REMOVE all doubt ~ Why Big Tobacco and Big Vape love comparing nicotine to caffeine ~ New Mexico Smoke Free Alliance Defeats 12 Anti-Vape Bills ~ Politics and Tobacco Harm Reduction: Things Congress Mix Up ~ Q & A With Vape Shop Owners ~


Leaked | Public Gets Long Overdue Look at Youth Vaping Study

Funny, I don’t see any ambulance chasing attorneys lining up for this…

Withholding information? For “who’s” monetary gain and benefit? Huh. Racketeering, Embezzlement, Extortion, Money Laundering, Obstruction of Justice… and more falls under the R.I.C.O. Act in the United States.

A “Cease and Desist” type letter from the University of Waterloo – to Regulator Watch… “It has come to our attention”…

Leaked | Public Gets Long Overdue Look at Youth Vaping Study


Moral Panic | Diagnosing the Youth Vaping ‘Epidemic’

Brent Stafford talks with Dr. Mark Tyndall about this.

Moral Panic | Diagnosing the Youth Vaping ‘Epidemic’


FDA remains committed to increasing the predictability and profitability of tobacco.

Yes, it’s just a tweet… my title corrected the FDA’s typo, Jim poked the bear.


What part of vaping is the most harmful?

Chris Price nails it as always… “They are fighting a desperate rearguard action to try and protect cigarette sales.

What part of vaping is the most harmful?


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REMOVE all doubt.

Another stunning OUTSTANDING tweet caught my eye this week. From CASAA has said what I’ve said. A thousand times.

FDA “deemed” vaping products “tobacco” on National Tobacco Day. Do YOU agree to the definition – and “any” tax as tobacco? You accept that? Huh.

NO taxes, NO addiction, and NO gateway. They want to impose regulations, restrictions, taxes, and BANS of less smoking to cover their fiscal improprieties. PERIOD. Once they (have) take the opportunity, they’ll never stop trying to regulate, restrict, tax, and BAN less smoking.

“You’ve just ADMITTED GUILT to something that doesn’t even exist and THEY WIN.”

Pick your shovel, man your posts, start digging.


Why Big Tobacco and Big Vape love comparing nicotine to caffeine

40 gazillion coffee shops around the world… energy drinks… ahh, well. There is a “new” “Big Vape” {snicker} reference again…

Why Big Tobacco and Big Vape love comparing nicotine to caffeine


New Mexico Smoke Free Alliance Defeats 12 Anti-Vape Bills

I wrote recently about the importance of Vaping Industry Trade Associations. This comes from Tony Ottomanelli II.

New Mexico Smoke Free Alliance Defeats 12 Anti-Vape Bills


Politics and Tobacco Harm Reduction: Things Congress Mix Up

When I see Michael McGrady, so shall you.

Politics and Tobacco Harm Reduction: Things Congress Mix Up


Q & A With Vape Shop Owners

From “The New ‘Nico-teen’ Generation” piece, this news channel TOOK the TIME to have a question and answer session and released THIS. You may recognize some or all of these folks. They are CHANGING the CONVERSATION.

Yes, it’s 23 minutes long. YES, it’s worth watching. YES, it’s worth sharing.



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

Are you familiar with Tobacco Harm Reduction For Life?


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You can find me here on Instagram

You can also find me on LinkedIn



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


Keep up with the latest here with the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World


Medical, Research, Science Professionals:

Research:


Politics:

E-Cigarette Politics

You Don’t Know Nicotine

A Billion Lives


#ChangeTheConversation

#YouDontKnowNicotine

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

Keep ON #Vaping On.

Kevin



Vaping In The News – November 17th, 2018

GOTTLIEB VOID




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.”




Youth tobacco and nicotine use – proportionate and responsible reaction ~ Lunar Rover ~ First Annual VapinGreek Consumer Advocate Award ~ Juul, because Juul ~ Nicotine and children ~ The political economy of vaping ~ VTA Executive Director, Tony Abboud, joins CNBC’s Power Lunch ~ FDA to Announce Ban on Sale of Most Cigarettes ~ Kids As Clickbait ~ Cranky Old Broad ~ Employers to discriminate against smokers




Youth tobacco and nicotine use – proportionate and responsible reaction

Written and submitted by

  • Thomas J. Miller: Attorney General of Iowa
  • David B. Abrams, Ph.D.: Professor, Social and Behavioral Sciences, NYU College of Global Public Health
  • Clive Bates: Director, Counterfactual Consulting, Former Director, Action on Smoking and Health UK
  • Thomas J. Glynn, PhD: Adjunct Lecturer, School of Medicine, Stanford University
  • Lynn T. Kozlowski, Ph.D.: Professor of Community Health and Health Behavior
  • Raymond Niaura, PhD: Professor, Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • David Sweanor: Chair of Advisory Board of the Center for Health Law, Policy and Ethics

Youth tobacco and nicotine use – proportionate and responsible reaction


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VapinGreek

Speaking of Dimitris, I’m proud to have been honored with the first annual VapinGreek Consumer Advocate Award during the Vape Expo in Las Vegas last week – and was taken by complete surprise when it was presented by one of the very people I admire.  (Thank you also to Bill Tarling for telling me to watch it – but not telling me why).

In the vast and varied world of what is the ‘vaping community’, inspiration can come from many. One person I’ve listened to is Dimi on various platforms of advocacy since early 2015. I found a voice within the United States with educated opinions, predictions and warnings of the what was going on in the industry, explaining to consumers (me) what was going ON. I found someone who was “calling out those who attempt to stifle the truth” of something I personally fight for. No holds barred. Affiliations and status don’t matter.

My sincerest thanks to Dimitris for recognizing me in such a way – and creating an award to honor consumers in the future just like me. I’ve met a few of you. There are a lot of us.

Thanks also to Mike Peterson of ‘Vaping and the Mic’ for capturing the video of Dimitris presenting this award here.


Juul – because Juul.

If I were still smoking and it were the first experience to try, it would have worked on throat hit alone. I also understand why Juul attained the lions share of and threaten the “cigalike” market.

Just because ‘you’ don’t like Juul doesn’t mean they don’t work. This is my friends’ son below. I’ve known him his whole life. By his choice, I gave him a Juul a few weeks ago. HIS unsolicited testimony is exactly what shops need to be attentive TO – the smoker trying to make an informed choice.

With Gottlieb’s announcement of “voluntary bans” comes an opportunity.

For brick and mortar shops, by restricting or not carrying consumer choices such as starter kits and only low nicotine strengths with high powered (and complicated to some – think of the help asked for in your groups) mods is restricting an adult consumer choice, pleasure, and possible transition to not smoking…

👉JUST like Gottlieb intends to do.

JUUL


2018 National Youth Tobacco Survey

All the rage, e-cigarette use “among teens” is up. No surprise. In fact, I predicted it last year. I’m not going to link what you probably already know. Instead, I’ll babble a bit. What did they NOT talk about?

E-cigarettes have cut youth smoking by a gazillion percent from 22.7% to 6.3% in 8 years. No one said a word about actual tobacco use… Yet. Still. These are the “things” they’ll need to backpedal on:

  • “E-cigarettes lead to – or are a ‘gateway’ to smoking” – incorrect.
  • “We just don’t know” – incorrect.
  • “They don’t work” – incorrect.
  • “Synar Amendment” – intact.

Of course it’s complicated. Smoking rates at historic lows seize future revenues of funding, grants, state & federal budgets, along with “free” patches, gums, lozenges, prescriptions…and so on. And bullying. Who will take over bullying of smokers? “Think of the children™”.

Remember the “gateway theories” with 3X’s or 5X’s or 7X’s “more likely to smoke” claims innundating your lives. None of these teens have succumbed to smoking? None have gone on crime sprees for patches and gums…

Here’s how I explained it directly to Tobacco-Free Kids.

In a tweet.

I crack me up.

Along with that, I’ll give you the numbers.

Youth "tobacco" rates


Amelia Howard


Nicotine and children

I’ve asked…. “How many children are addicted to patches and/or gums? I’ve asked  the American Academy of Pediatrics and their Presidendt for stats, data case studies (and possible arrest records). They didn’t answer me (!), but Joe Gitchell of Pinny Associates did.

There were “perhaps 2 adolescents may have been never smokers who used NRT”.

Use of nicotine replacement therapy among never smokers in the 1999-2006 National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys.


The political economy of vaping

This is the “should not miss” part of my blog, because this isn’t about health. Or “children”. It is, however:

The political economy of vaping

Also:

The Harmful Campaign Against Vaping and E-Cigarettes


VTA Executive Director, Tony Abboud, joins CNBC’s Power Lunch

…and he did it properly.


FDA to Announce Ban on Sale of Most Cigarettes in Convenience Stores Due to Addiction of Hundreds of Thousands of Youth to Cigarettes

Oh boy…………….  I could not have written this better even if I tried.

FDA to Announce Ban on Sale of Most Cigarettes in Convenience Stores Due to Addiction of Hundreds of Thousands of Youth to Cigarettes


Kids As Clickbait: Tobacco Control & Its Unethical War on Vaping

Dr. Glover talks about extremism and exploitation – and – well, defines tobacco control.

Kids As Clickbait: Tobacco Control & Its Unethical War on Vaping


The Cranky Old Broad.

Wait, that’s not it. Skip. Yes. That’s her name. I affectionately and lovingly get away with calling her that. Because she is, but that’s not why you’re here.

Tobacco Harm Reduction Takes a Hit in Minnesota


Lawmaker pre-files bill that would allow employers to discriminate against smokers

DrMA echos my sentiments:

Lawmaker pre-files bill that would allow employers to discriminate against smokers




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

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


You can find me here trying to be cordial on Facebook

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

You can find me here on Instagram

You can also find me on LinkedIn


Are you familiar with Tobacco Harm Reduction For Life?


Are you familiar with GONZO GIVES?  VapeTithing? Do that!


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


Keep up with the latest here with the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World




Medical, Research, Science Professionals:

Research:


Politics:

E-Cigarette Politics 

A Billion Lives

A Billion Lives


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

Keep ON #Vaping On.

Kevin

Vaping In The News – September 15th, 2018

 

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.”




FDA Hands Vaping a Blow, Sends Tobacco a Save ~ FDA Ought to Reconsider Stance on Youth Vaping ~ Scott Gottlieb ~ Vaping, Vultures and Cars ~ Steps to address a non-existent problem ~ All people like better products. Teenagers are people ~ Vapor Technology Association (VTA) Response ~ American Vaping Association (AVA) Response ~ Fontem Ventures respond to FDA statement ~ Tobacco Stocks ~ Survey ~ Hand Check




Make no mistake, Dr. Gottlieb has threatened consumers who have found a healthier, smoke-free, safer alternative to smoking.

Consumers, and the entire industry ARE at risk.

Along with “experts” in public health, politicians, “health” groups and media, Tobacco-Free Kids has manipulated the public campaign (and the market) for months.

Dr. Gottlieb finally responded in their favor by saying “The FDA has unpublished preliminary data that shows a 75 percent increase in e-cigarette use among high school students this year compared with 2017″ and threatening (primarily) Vuse, Blu, JUUL, MarkTen XL, and Logic.

These brands specifically are – evidently – keeping “youth” from smoking cigarettes.


FDA Hands Vaping a Blow, Sends Tobacco a Save

Consumer group Tobacco Harm Reduction 4 Life  is questioning the integrity of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Dr. Gottleib – or lack thereof.  Here is that respons to Dr. Gottlieb’s ultimatum.

(Full disclosure: I am a member of the board of THR4Life.)

FDA Hands Vaping a Blow, Sends Tobacco a Save


FDA Ought to Reconsider Stance on Youth Vaping

Lindsay Stroud:

FDA Ought to Reconsider Stance on Youth Vaping


Scott Gottlieb:

What Gottlieb is portraying to the public is:

Cigarettes are safe and have no time limit.

Combustible cigarettes are not a problem.

 



Vaping, Vultures and Cars

Our friend, Alan, has an explanation:

Vaping, Vultures and Cars


Steps to address a non-existent problem

Our friend, Paul – also has an explanation to the problem that doesn’t exist.

Steps to address a non-existent problem


All people like better products.

As a father of two (20 & 23 year olds) I remember my sons teenage years… like it was just a few years ago.

Carl makes a bold statement: Teenagers are people. Therefore….

“discouraging teenage vaping probably encourages teenage smoking”

All people like better products. Teenagers are people. Therefore…


Vapor Technology Association (VTA) Response

“Unfortunately, FDA and Commissioner Gottlieb took a giant step backwards against the best interest of public health. By threatening an industry – and technology that millions of adult smokers are successfully using to reduce or quit smoking deadly cigarettes–FDA is venturing into dangerous territory.”

Vapor Technology Association (VTA) Responds to FDA’s Announcement


American Vaping Association (AVA) Response

“It is absolutely absurd and a perversion of how regulatory agencies are supposed to approach their work.”

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb’s Threats on Vaping Send Tobacco Stocks Surging


Fontem Ventures, owner of blu, responds to FDA

Expected response:

Fontem Ventures, owner of blu, responds to FDA statement on Youth Access Prevention


Tobacco Stock

Since the FDA announcement above, here’s what happened to the tobacco market – immediately.

 

 



Survey

My friend Broony has made this quick and easy survey!

To Vape And Smoke


Hand Check

Last week my wife and I spent a bit of time at my first ever vape convention with Fig RamseyJulie Woessner David Goerlitz, James Jarvis, Amy Netherton, Jessica and Kevin Lacy, and many more great people trying to help both consumers and the industry in Bowling Green, Kentucky at Vapor Mania Expo.

I had a chance to see, learn, understand and listen to some of the best in the country.

Here are my hand checks from that event.

 

As you can tell, I’m pretty proud.


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

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


You can find me here trying to be cordial on Facebook

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You can also find me on LinkedIn


It’s FREE, have you joined CASAA?

Have you added your testimony here?

Are you familiar with Tobacco Harm Reduction For Life

Are you familiar with VAPE TITHING




Medical, Research, Science Professionals:

Research:


Politics:

E-Cigarette Politics 

A Billion Lives

A Billion Lives


think

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

Keep ON #Vaping On.

Kevin

Simon Chapman: The E̶m̶p̶e̶r̶o̶r̶ ̶ Emeritus Wears No Clothes Down Under.

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There comes a time where things need to be said. People in charge need to be pointed out. There have been things that no one, specifically Simon Chapman, wanted to talk about, like suggestions of law, regulations, and opinion to manipulate nicotine in this instance, but “don’t talk about it”.

Public health, is top secret stuff, evidently.

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ENDS-Discussion-paper


I would be irresponsible if I didn’t link Clive Bates covering the paper above here.


Less smoking in Australia comes with fines

The “discussion paper” (Note the other names in that) surely in part, brought this idiotic fine “penalty system” where posession of nicotine includes fines (and jail time) and cigarettes are legal:

Aussies 3 with smokes


Act Like An Expert

I’ve proudly called Simon Chapman a “chimpmanzee” among other obvious things here.

As an “expert” in tobacco control, it’s been pointed out by much smarter people than I am (in many instances) that Simon is wrong. You’d think, with his Ph.D. in social medicine that he would know better.

It isn’t the first time Mr. Chapman has been called out here, here & here.

Christopher Snowden could go on here.

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An assertion does not make you correct

This one is one of my favorite instances of assertion by Simon Chapman, and it still puzzles me as to why he would ever make such a rookie professional mistake.

Remember, this statement is from a tobacco control EXPERT influencing public HEALTH and tobacco control. I’d expect such a person to know everything there is to know about nicotine.

If you happen to be an “expert”, act like one. Make it a goal to know more than common people like me, or Judith below.

 

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Even in his retirement, he wants to assert control.


Name calling and… well, who’s above that…

I’ve thought of calling Simon Chapman a “pretentious prick”. A “man-child”. I’ve thought “what an arrogant pompous ass”, yet I’ve only given time and effort where I thought it may be most appropriate. Like now.

It isn’t like Chapman would ever call anyone attempting to engage him properly,  (yes I did) trolls.

Let us clear the decks, call out the lies of those who have more power and funding than brains who are influencing idiotic policy with less than desireable required credentials and force them to answer the questions publicly.

I don’t want to waste any more of our time.

You can see Senator Leyonhjelm who has balls, discussing Simon Chapman below.


 

“…Department of Health was so taken aback by Simon Chapman’s false statements that they felt the need to go on the record and clear things up”

“Ill-informed, willfully ignorant and downright malicious”

“Snake oil salesman come in all shapes and sizes. Sometimes they take the guise of an emeritus professor of sociology” ~ Senator Leyonhjelm

 

 


 

Don’t spread this around, Simon is talking about litigation.

Spell my name right, Simon.


As a footnote, the last time I wrote about my pal Simon, he graciously reviewed my inane drivel on Twitter. I aspire to do the same again. Seriously.

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Added 03/03/2018

 

I’m sure there’ll be more:

Simon Chapman: Expert Merchant Of Doubt


More 8/08/2018:




 

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

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Tobacco Harm Reduction For Life

GONZO GIVES




Medical, Research, Science Professionals:

Research:


Politics:

E-Cigarette Politics 

A Billion Lives

A Billion Lives



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Your comments are NEVER filtered, always encouraged and welcome on this blog.



There is definitely more to come.

Keep ON #Vaping On.

Kevin


Of interest:

Vaping In The News – September 23rd, 2017

😱

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 – August 12th, 2017

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Vaping In The News

Then And Now ~ Bullying ~ What Are They Smoking ~ Politics ~ A Billion Lives


Then & Now

The FDA now headed by Scott Gottlieb, M.D. is not only on a “nicotine dangers” kick, they’re funding and promoting it.

Nicotine, as I’ve previously concluded for you, is not addictive without tobacco & MAOI’s.

Now, there’s another NIH article for you to consider on the association of addiction. They know better, they just won’t admit it.

“nicotine concentration was associated, albeit weakly, with dependence among e-cigarette users.”

Then and now: Consumption and dependence in e-cigarette users who formerly smoked cigarettes.


Are you familiar with INNCO?


Bullying

Tobacco Free Kids loves to use the illusion of tobacco companies “bullying” their way into more sales… because I care, here are a few examples below.

 

Well, tobacco CONtrol isn’t immune.

They would NEVER control from within or bully their own…

right….


Do you know about NNA?

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Related:

Via Michael Siegel (bold & underlining is my emphasis):

“Importantly, only one perspective on this issue was presented to us in the trainings. There was no room for disagreement or challenge. These ideas were presented as scientific facts, not subject to debate. In fact, if we were to challenge the ideas, the implication was that we – ourselves – might be accused of working for Big Tobacco or receiving secret payoffs.

The most prominent and dogmatic idea presented to us was that “The debate is over.” There is no room for questioning of the link between secondhand smoke and chronic disease. Anyone who challenges that link or suggests that it is being exaggerated must therefore be a front for the tobacco industry. No reasonable person – acting of their own accord – would challenge this undebatable science.”

That is explained here:

Author Expelled from Smokefree Air List-Serve for Criticizing Unfounded and Inflammatory Smear Campaign Against Smoking Ban Opponent


Jeff Stier

…”legislators want to recklessly regulate responsible vape retailers out of existence.”

Always a pleasure from Mr. Stier:

NYC Moves to Snuff Out E-Cigs: “What Are They Smoking?”


Have you seen THR4Life?

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Politics

Two distinct tweets caught my attention this week.

First, Randy Abreu, Esq. is running in New York……

And….out in Missouri… Austin Peterson is:


A Billion Lives

It’s been more than a year since my wife & I traveled to Milwaukee to the premier of A Billion Lives.

They’re not done, and neither are we.

 

 

In case you’re not on Facebook:

“After the big FDA news, there’s been a resurgence of groups looking to host educational screenings of #ABillionLives in their local theaters for politicians & media.

Great news! The major US theater companies will do another run, but will require about 50 tickets pre-ordered for each showing. No other costs, and group leaders will get 5% of their ticket sales to put towards advocacy.

Here’s the link to get started: http://bit.ly/2vu5hoU”


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A Billion Lives : The Fight Continues

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A Billion Lives, the award-winning documentary film – is making a global impact on policy, politics, and regulations.

The Fight Continues

The fight for A Billion Lives continues in Iceland where their Parliment must weigh their options on the evidence for a safer alternative to smoking.

Included was a live-stream from the conference with Linda Bauld, Prof Peter Hajek, Prof John Britton, Clive Bates, Director Aaron Biebert and more.


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In New Zealand

Do NOT dismiss the power of this film.

This film is already a history-making documentary.

In New Zealand earlier this year, the film helped CHANGE the DIRECTION on legislation of e-cigarettes with combined efforts from Dr. Marewa Glover and the team at Aotearoa Vape Community Advocacy (AVCA).

Here’s a few links pertaining to New Zealand: New Zealand – Special Edition


MUCH More Than A Film

The Village of Hartland, Wisconsin is challenging the deeming rules set by the Food & Drug Administration for not coordinating with the Hartland government.

Both the film and Director Aaron Biebert’s testimony are on public record from the hearings and are headed to Washington.




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Much More Than A Movement

This brand new consumer group formed on Facebook  – has grown quickly to over 3,000 folks in under a week and show no signs of slowing down.

Here’s that group:  A Billion Vapers

To rent or purchase the film online,

please go here.


Find A Billion lives:

On their website at:

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Facebook:

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Twitter:

@ABillionLives

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Related:

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My latest:

Vaping In The News May 13th, 2017

Nicotine Is Not Addictive.

Health aspects of e-cigarettes – Short information for physicians


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Vaping In The News–May 6th, 2017

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Vaping In The News – April 30th – May 6th, 2017

Coordination with the FDA: Hartland, Wisconsin ~ Please Keep Smoking Award ~ Smoke Some More ~ Views & News On Cole Bishop ~ There’s A List ~ Coverup, Judicial Watch ~ Senator Johnson ~ Truth Initiative ~ Health aspects of e-cigarettes ~ Fergus Mason ~ Nicotine


Hartland, Wisconsin

Imagine for a moment that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has overstepped their authority in “deeming” anything to do with e-cigarettes.

Imagine #EnoughIsEnough:

Coordination with the FDA: Hartland, Wisconsin Holds Public Hearings


Please Keep Smoking Award

State Rep. Mary Jo Daley, (D-PA) is the recipient of this week’s “Please Keep Smoking” award. Seems the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network likes to give out “awards” to keep people smoking.

Here’s her shameless self-promotion piece:

Daley earns ‘Distinguished Advocacy Award’ from American Cancer Society


FDA: Please Keep Smoking More

The FDA likes smoking so much, they have an initiative to figure out how to keep people smoking under an “initiative” to pretend to get them to smoke “less”.

I thought the FDA’s purpose was to regulate, not initiate.

I covered “lower nicotine” and 22nd Century here in March of last year…

“The company’s cigarettes are part of an estimated $20 million FDA initiative to determine “the best method to quit smoking

there’s more, as I predicted.

22nd Century gets FDA authorization for low tar-to-nicotine cigarette clinical trial


Views & News On Cole Bishop

Oliver Kershaw

Cole Bishop just failed. What now?

Jim McDonald

Cole-Bishop budget rider fails. Here’s what we need to do!

Tony Ottomanelli II

Cole-Bishop HR 1136 Update: Must-Know Need to Know Info


There’s a list:

Open Secrets has this article highlighting the “Top recipients of contributions from the tobacco industry, 2016 cycle”

Big tobacco in 2017: Full steam ahead

My pal DrMA asked them this question:


Covering up the obvious isn’t enough.

The FDA is batting 1,000 with non-answers – as if they were above the law.

With Former FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg under R.I.C.O. charges, Senator Ron Johnson being ignored last year asking the FDA repeatedly to produce documentation, and Hartland asking questions above, Judicial Watch has asked, through the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA) for – well – information.

I’ll wait.

Judicial Watch Sues over Records on Obama E-Cig Regs

Here’s their video on the matter.



Senator Ron Johnson

Johnson Applauds Trump Administration for Delaying Harmful E-Cigarette Rule


Truth Initiative Whines & Brags

Skip is certain.

Here’s the whining & bragging:

What 2017’s first Congressional appropriations deal means for tobacco control


WorldWide Survey

This SURVEY is still going:

The Tobacco Harm Reduction Association of Canada (THRA) is conducting this survey for anyone – ANYONE to take. Smokers, non-smokers, vapers.

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The importance of your voice is NEEDED.

Please take the survey HERE.


Health aspects of e-cigarettes

Need a document for your physician?

Well…

Here is that link:

Health aspects of e-cigarettes – Short information for Physicians


The Fergus Mason:

FDA e-cig ban under fire from all sides as safety evidence mounts


Nicotine

Via Jim McDonald

Remember, folks, “nicotine” is now tobacco.

People are usually interested in how long nicotine remains in the system because their employer wants to test for nicotine, either as a condition of employment, or more commonly to determine the cost of health insurance.

How long does nicotine stay in your system?

 



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A Billion Lives: Exposing the lies on e-cigarettes.

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The filmA Billion Lives is giving the world an astonishing perspective about the ferocious fight over e-cigarettes between governments, health professionals and organizations around the world… and why.

“A billion people projected to die…you’ll be surprised who’s keeping it that way.”

The world deserves answers.

While organizations and their representatives posture themselves by claiming the reduction or “elimination” of tobacco is a goal, the actions and motives speak volumes by deterring smokers from switching to a much less harmful alternative.

Their actions, and inaction has loudly and publicly objected to vaping products, while quietly trying to keep tobacco burning and revenue as their priority over public health.

“Nobody wants to talk about it…money has something to do with everything.”               ~David Goerlitz

Below is a staggering list of the “who’s who” of public health organizations and personalities who declined interviews for this film.

Big brother has lied again…They’re trying to force an entire industry out of business that is helping people to stop smoking.    ~ Herman Cain

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What are they trying to hide?

Instead of accepting the technology with vaping products as another tool to reach the well claimed goal of an “end-game” of what they describe as a tobacco epidemic, they, with derelict of duty, “public healthprefer to fight against e-cigarettes – instead of supporting what may be the answer to dramatically reducing or elimination of combustible tobacco.

EACH one above did NOTHING to stand up, to educate themselves, and instead created a media storm to denounce these products and supported regulations of (nicotine) vaping products as “tobacco” instead. I encourage you to call them and ask them WHY.

“Health organizations like those mentioned above are funded by sickness and disease. They surely won’t support a device that reduces disease. That’s an automatic pay cut.”                                                   ~Robert McNew

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Here is a list of people who are speaking out in A Billion Lives:

David Goerlitz “Former Winston Man”
Dr. Derek Yach Former Executive Director of the World Health Association (WHO)
Dr. Delon Human: Past Secretary-General & CEO World Health Organization (WHO)
Hon Lik: Inventor
Dr. Konstantinos Farsalinos Onassis Cardiac Surgery Greece, ecigarette-research.org
Dr. Attila Danko GP-Ballarat, Australia
Jeff Stier Senior Fellow-National Center for Public Policy Research, Washington, D.C.
Dr. Gerry Stimson PhD Director of Knowledge-Action-Change
Clive Bates Former Director, Action on Smoking and Health (ASH)
David Sweanor Adjunct Professor of Law
Oliver Kershaw Director at E-cigarette Forum & Vaping.com
Bill Godshall Founder and Executive Director of Smokefree Pennsylvania
and more.

“I was so angry when this movie ended, I felt like I could chew glass.”      ~Ryan Jay


A Billion Lives is making a direct global impact on society as it tells the story about corruption, politics of tobacco control, anti-smoking groups, public health, tobacco companies, pharmaceuticals and governments worldwide over the money and control they’ve lost and want to regain.

The depiction in this film of the criminal intent to stop the disruption of cash flow to businesses, tax revenue and funding of “special interest groups” is sharp, honest and insightful.

Smoking…. it’s good business. So they lie.    ~Aaron Biebert

Directed by Aaron Biebert and released by Attention Era Media, the film has premiered on four continents and already earned five prestigious awards including:

  • 2016 Supreme Jury Prize (Best Picture) at Melbourne Documentary Film Festival
  • 2016 Best International Documentary at Jozi Film Festival (South Africa)
  • 2016 Best Director at Melbourne Documentary Film Festival
  • 2016 Remi Award
  • 2016 Best International Feature – Finalist at DocEdge (New Zealand)

“An extraordinary untold story.”    ~ Oliver Kershaw


Oscar bound?

A well deserved placement on a list of films, it was announced that “A Billion Lives” is on a list of 139 films being considered for nomination as “best documentary” for the Oscars by TheWrap.com.


Producers: Jimi Jake Shaw, Jennifer Biebert, Jesse Hieb, Shem Biebert,

Associate Producers: Colin Wilcox & Caleb M. Pearson


“The makers of this film did their due diligence, the narrative of this movie is immaculate.”     ~Kevin Crowley

In 2015, A Billion Lives was censored for being a “tobacco product” by Facebook here
Again in 2016, Facebook censored this Forbes article from being boosted:

Herman Cain was at the U.S. premier in Milwaukee and spoke with Director Aaron Biebert here.


A Billion Lives is an independent film.

If you’d like to see it in your area, go here.

WHY you should go see it HERE.

If you think it should be free, go here.


E-cigarette Research is HERE.

MORE e-cigarette research is also HERE.

If you are a Professional  go HERE.


A BILLION LIVES

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