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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,

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On their website at:

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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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Nicotine Addiction: An Open 30-Day Public Health Challenge

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Foreword:

For decades, Public Health, Tobacco Control, and Government experts have agreed in unison, that nicotine is the addictive chemical in cigarettes with comparisons and statements that nicotine is as or more addictive than heroin.

This “Public Health Challenge” is to show scientific proof that the assertions of addiction are true.


I have decided to put (our) money where your assertions are by taking you, the health, tobacco control, science and research communities, to literal task on nicotine addiction.

This is a 30-day challenge for anyone in public health to show nicotine addiction in humans, without MAOI’S, ammonia, or any other non-nicotine additive or any form of tobacco, without question.

You don’t need to prove me wrong, you need to prove yourselves right.

That’s it.


Nicotine Addiction

An Open 30-Day Public Health Challenge:

Addiction to a habit-forming substance is defined by Merriam-Webster:

Medical Definition of addiction

  1. :  compulsive physiological need for and use of a habit-forming substance (as heroin, nicotine, or alcohol) characterized by tolerance and by well-defined physiological symptoms upon withdrawal; broadly: persistent compulsive use of a substance known by the user to be physically, psychologically, or socially harmful [emphasis added.]


Criteria:

To show proof of nicotine addiction with existing clinical trials, case studies, data, and scientific documentation of addiction to nicotine alone, without any form of tobacco or Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOI’S), ammonia, or any other non-nicotine additive, in humans.

Documentation submitted (either as a text file or in the form of a web link) must be accessible and not be behind a “paywall”.


Documentation:

Unacceptable documentation:

  • Animal studies (rats, mice, monkeys, etc.) are not acceptable.
  • Submissions not published in professional or scientific journals or government websites are not acceptable.
  • Anything inaccessible by the public, including “paywalls” via the internet, are not acceptable.
  • Oral presentations, press releases are not acceptable.
  • Existing clinical trials, case studies, data, in vitro studies, self-reported surveys and scientific documentation in humans that claim probabilities or hypothetical possibilities as they do not show nicotine “is” addictive and are not acceptable.
  • Existing clinical trials, case studies, data, in vitro studies, self-reported surveys, and scientific documentation cannot include words and phrases like “hand to mouth, dependent, habitual, ritualistic” or words like “can, conceivably, could, likely, may, might, perhaps, possible, possibly, possibility, probably, probability” and cannot include tobacco or MAOI’s, ammonia, or any other non-nicotine additive for this challenge.

Acceptable Documentation:

  • Documentation must be accessible to the public.
  • Documentation must show the acceptable definition of addiction in existing clinical trials, case studies, data, or science and include characteristics of addiction such as increased tolerance, and withdrawal symptoms of nicotine alone, in humans, without any form of tobacco or MAOI’s, ammonia, or any other non-nicotine additive.
  • Documentation showing addiction in clinical trials or case studies with 3% or 2 subjects, whichever is greater.
  • Documentation must include a clear description of methodologies and results.
  • Peer-reviewed submissions must include names and affiliations of reviewers.

Documentation submitted (either as a text file or in the form of a web link) must be accessible and not be behind a “paywall”.

Documentation submitted must also include proof of existence with at least three of the following compulsive use or behaviors identified and defined, such as:

  • Physical addiction
  • Loss of job
  • Erratic or deviant behavior
  • Decreased social activities
  • Increased tolerance of nicotine and use over time
  • Harm to the patient or others around them
  • Withdrawal symptoms, phases

Submission:

Documentation must be submitted to this blog publicly and directly in the comment section below.


Reward:

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If addiction to nicotine is proven according to the criteria above, 5% of the funds donated during this 30-day challenge (minus processing fees) will be donated to The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids.

The remaining 95% (if proven) will be donated as follows:

In the absence of or lack of documentation submitted per the criteria stated above, or if this Public Health Challenge is deemed uncontested, any and all funds donated during this 30-day challenge (minus processing fees) will go to ecigarette-research.org for further research by Dr. Farsalinos and his colleagues.


To *donate any amount, please go here to the GoFundMe page:

Nicotine Addiction: An Open 30-Day Public Health Challenge


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Vaping In the News

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Depending on where you look and who’s got the narrative on e-cigarettes –  There is good, bad, and ugly. Every DAY, vaping is in the news. Every day, something is breaking.

In the spirit of and inspiration from my friends across the pond at Vapers.org.uk, this is a quick selection of what I’ve seen (good, bad and ugly) this past week with the obligatory op-ed above each one designed to inform, enlighten and enrage.


The Outstanding News

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If you don’t know about Cole-Bishop, you need to hydrate, educate yourself –  and waste no time:

“There is a legitimate role for tobacco regulations, but vaping is not a tobacco product.”

“Regulations should be based on evidence and the FDA doesn’t have the evidence to say that vaping is a harmful product.”

“There is a legitimate role the FDA plays for tobacco regulations, but e-cigarettes are not a tobacco product.”

Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK) Discusses the Cole-Bishop Amendment with Nicopure Labs



The Good

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It’s an amazing thing when people take matters into their own hands when decisions they make have a direct impact on their lives. There is a continuous stream of light from consumers who have switched from smoking combustible tobacco and their journey with e-cigarettes. We, after all, are the experts.

Shining that light is a proactive effort to educate the public and smokers who may be thinking of switching to e-cigarettes.

A series of videos released by the National Centre for Smoking Cessation and Training (NCSCT) and New Nicotine Alliance (NNA) was released with personal stories from those who have made The Switch.

More on this from Diane Caruana at Vaping Post:

Short movies about vaping by the NNA and NCSCT


Next, another video released by CASAA with a no-nonsense tone explaining the obvious difference between combustible tobacco and e-cigarettes.

How they work, less harm, nicotine and more.



The Bad

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Click-Bait Trend

Click-bait is the staple of the media, and this a sparking example of controlling the flow of information by deleting comments.

You can read the sparkly tweet and have enough to decipher the stupidity, and to read the article would take you less than one minute. I’ve linked with a “do not link” url here so they get no traffic ranking from this blog. I’d venture to say if it weren’t for vapers, there wouldn’t be any traffic to some of these idiots.


Would you like fries with that?

The Mayo Clinic has released positive views about e-cigarettes here.

Now, they’ve caught the attention of who is, without question, impeccable. He maintains his class and style by adding condiments to an “unethical and misleading risk” sandwich to the Mayo Clinic.

I hope he sent them napkins.

Hold the Mayo



Idiot Of The Week

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Because who doesn’t know how to describe “toxic exposure” better than Michael Cawley, PharmD, RRT, CPFT, FCCM:.

“Although controversy continues about the limited carcinogenic exposure of e-cigarettes compared to traditional tobacco products, a more alarming fact is the toxic exposure of liquid nicotine used by e-cigarettes.”

Sounds like it’s more alarming to vape than smoke, but if you’re not educated enough with all those letters after your name to find substantially reduced levels of measured carcinogens and toxins, DO some research. Even the American Association for Cancer Research knows better.

We already know that e-cigarettes are “not nearly” as alarming, but the way you put it,

Cawley goes on to insist at the end:

“In addition, potential drug interactions should also be discussed with patients since many do not consider liquid nicotine interacting with any prescribed medications. As pharmacists, we need to routinely include questions about the use of e-cigarettes in all our patients with a smoking history.”

I can’t stand linking it, but it is here:  Know the Toxins in E-Cigarettes



The Ugly

There was a “discussion paper” released in 2016 in Australia called:

Options to minimize the risks associated with the marketing and use of electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) in Australia.”

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Clive Bates covered it here.

One of the authors of that paper is none other than Simon Chapman. Now, he’s having a conversation on his article, “Twelve myths about e-cigarettes” The now retired professor wrote an article stuffed with his quit or die mantra, only this time there are responses including Cardiologist Konstantinos E Farsalinos.

Read the article (if you must), but GO to the bottom and hit “Show All Comments”. Turns out “the ugly”, with the help of Dr. Farsalinos and others within may just educate those in need the most: “experts“.

Twelve myths about e-cigarettes that failed to impress the TGA



The latest from me:

Exclusively on Vaping Media:

Rather than initiate dialogue or pursue evidence to present to consumers, U.S. officials are not mentioning it.

Why Are U.S. Health Officials Ignoring U.K. Colleagues about E-Cigs?

I wrote the President:

Dear President Trump:

I urge you to immediately order the Food and Drug Administration to cease and desist any and all activity involving “regulation” of e-cigarettes by classifying them “tobacco”.

Dear President Trump: Stop the F.D.A

Finally:

With more than 560 physicians surveyed, over 70% “indicated that e-cigs can help patients reduce or eliminate smoking” and “almost half believe they can reduce risk” according to a new survey by Andrew Nickels, M.D.

Doctors tell smokers: Switch to e-cigs 



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Controlling tobacco roads – paved with g̶o̶o̶d̶ intentions

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Health officials, politicians and distinguished “experts” have, with all intents and purposes, descended into subliminal tobacco promotion – pro bono. Nice work! Despite fictitious and contrived positions against tobacco, they have consumed themselves by demonizing e-cigarettes.

The tobacco companies didn’t have to ask. The pharmaceutical companies sit quietly on standby. Healthcare organizations are dancing in the streets – still bleeding from loss of revenue. Government officials can barely contain themselves.

By design, tobacco control and anti-tobacco are promoting the consumption and continued use of cigarettes by both not saying a word and perpetuating fake news.

They’ve become the largest single advertiser – denying, downplaying, discouraging and ignoring facts to consumers about vaping products.

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If less tobacco use is the collective goal, they would have intervened and promoted the 79% success rate of e-cigarettes LONG ago. Instead, they violate the blind trust of the public by manipulation of facts with their opinions. They want revenue.

Nothing says “please keep smoking” like leading consumers to believe high profile doctors like Dr. Oz with his latest, or Dr. Margaret Quomo’s claim that “e-cigarettes will raise your risk for lung cancer but also other cancers, like liver cancer”.

Other delusions of grandeur like “nicotine is highly addictive”, “oral health“, formaldehyde-gate, Popcorn-lung-gate, particulate matters and the ever popular gateway-gate are still standard operating procedure to keep doubt and control of the intent of public perception.

These are professionals with standards?

Added 4/23/17

Against All Odds, the U.S. Tobacco Industry Is Rolling in Money


Deny, Deny, Deny

This please keep smoking advertisement comes from Senator Markey saying the “e-cig industry should be put out of business“.

Please, think of the children.

Scare the public with your faux authority, Ed. That leaves the choice obvious for consumers, Ed. Ban the safer alternative, keep smoking as the intent – you can see how Massachusetts needs smokers for the money.


Who’s left behind?

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See the smokers looking to switch in the rear view mirror?

To deviate from facts readily available to support a safer alternative to smoking is to act, with malice in promoting smoking and cigarette sales. Period.

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


Two recent examples of less harm:

New study comes the closest yet to proving that e-cigarettes aren’t as dangerous as smoking

Nicotine, Carcinogen, and Toxin Exposure in Long-Term E-Cigarette and Nicotine Replacement Therapy Users: A Cross-sectional Study


The tragedy – since National Tobacco Day, nicotine is now “tobacco”, is that the public has to ACCEPT their definition of nicotine as tobacco, and in doing so, taxes will be, and already are, the norm. That is their intention.

In that, they get what they want either way, and the cost will be in line with – or higher than cigarettes. Think five years down the road. Legislators asking for the farm by passing insane tax measures – like in Pennsylvania.


They’ve done this before.

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This is not their first rodeo.

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We are obviously getting louder and harder to avoid.

The “Senate Co-Sponsorship Memoranda” introduced by Senator Camera Bartolotta does mention Public Health England and Royal College of Physicians.

Then – the guilty as charged get what they want (funding, balanced budgets) by appeasing – and “lowering the bar” while their intention is manipulating us into believing or having to accept the fact that consumers, smokers who may want to switch, are getting a “good deal”.

They’re not doing a very good job of trying to fight us.

 

 




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Here’s bias in print:

Research Collaboration Uncovers Biases in UK/US Physician Discussions on E-Cigarettes

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Please, keep smoking.

The FDA’s multi-million dollar campaign attacking smokeless tobacco is almost certainly leading to higher levels of disease by causing Americans to use far-more-hazardous cigarettes,” adds Sweanor.

That’s here:

Smokeless Doesn’t Mean Harmless’ campaign may be doing more harm, researchers argue




I question their integrity, I question their intent.

They are, after all, in the control business.

They want their piece of the pie.




I’ve written President Trump:

Dear President Trump: Stop the F.D.A.




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E-cigarette users enjoy 79% success without tobacco

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I don’t care what the CDC, FDA or the American Heart, Lung or Cancer “associations” and affiliates SAY, I care more about what they’re NOT saying to the public.

Lets just say it was your job description, as an expert in tobacco use, tobacco control or anti-tobacco – or pick a title from the various organizations, government or government funded –  to reduce or eliminate smoking. To use the BEST and unbiased information available to do so, to “help” smokers. What a monumental task.

Imagine having to deal with the very people you despise, detest and loathe…a bunch of smokers. Ugh. Put on your nanny cap, now – the detestable souls need your help, advice, encouragement and of course, while you’ve got them, shame them.

Sprinkle in a few knowledgeable phrases like “try harder” and “keep trying” and send them on their way with the approved, “free” yet ineffective patch or gum shown to have, at best, a 7% success rate  – or, if in yourhighly revered by your peers opinion, they’re beyond help – suggest another known and approved prescription from their doctor as if your salary, funding & grants depended on it…

– they’re just addicts. BUT, you know what’s best for those lowlifes.

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NOW, imagine if you claimed you wanted to reduce or eliminate tobacco – to help smokers who want it. It’s all or part of your job description. Only this time you KNOW there’s another alternative – vaping products. E-cigarettes. Now for this exercise you must:

  • Think for yourself
  • Communicate, ask questions to those you’ve encountered already doing it
  • Use google without help from your 7 year old
  • Make informed and educated decisions based on what you know
  • Understand the difference between combustion and non-combustion
  • Understand it is a much less harmful choice.
  • Make determinations from those points above to reach a conclusion
  • Stand up, have some balls and speak out loudly against and directly to your colleagues

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There are professionals – colleagues –  already doing that here.


Remember those bullet points!

Bill Godshall, the Executive Director at Smokefree Pennsylvania – pointed out the astoundingly obvious about a survey conducted where the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) funded a 2013 Moffitt Cancer Center online survey of 1815 adult vapers (who had a history of daily cigarette smoking, and had smoked for at least a year) finds:

– 79% had completely quit smoking cigarettes

– 1% smoked last cigarette >5 years ago

– 23% smoked last cigarette 1-5 years ago

– 20% smoked last cigarette 6-12 months ago

– 34% smoked last cigarette 1-6 months ago

– 95% were daily vapers

– 29% vaped >20 times per day

– 40% vaped 10-20 times per day

– 30% vaped 1-10 times per day

– 83% vaped non tobacco flavorings

– 17% vaped tobacco flavoring

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0306460315300174

BUT the authors buried all of these important findings in a table (Table 2), and failed to discus or mention any of these findings in the text or abstract of the study.

To obtain the full text of this study for free, go to
Addictive Behaviors | Vol 52, Pgs 1-126, (January 2016) | ScienceDirect.com
then scroll down and click on the title or PDF of the study
“Gender differences in use and expectancies of e-cigarette users: Online survey results”

At the end of August 2013, Moffitt began the online survey
Moffitt Cancer Center: Moffitt Cancer Center Researchers Want to Talk To E-Cigarette Users
with many vapers at ECF participating in the survey (and recruiting others to do so) at
TBO.com : Moffitt researchers want to hear from e-cigarette users

In the summer of 2015, Moffitt announced they received a $3.6 million grant from NIH to conduct this study at
Moffitt Cancer Center: Moffitt Cancer Center Receives $3.6 Million Grant to Study E-Cigarettes

According to Moffitt Cancer Center, this (gender differences among vapers) is the first e-cigarette study authored or coauthored by the study’s Prinicpal Investigator Thomas Brandon
Moffitt Cancer Center: Moffitt Cancer Center: Thomas H. Brandon

So why am I exposing these survey results (instead of the folks at Moffitt who received $3.6 million from NIH and conducted the study)?

And why did Moffitt researchers wait two years, and then bury their findings in a data table of an article that focused exclusively on gender differences found in their survey?

And why didn’t Moffitt Cancer Center issue a press release announcing these survey results?

I strongly suspect the answer to all of those questions is because the study results refute Obama’s DHHS 7 year old propaganda campaigning demonizing e-cigs, and contradict the policy goal of DHHS for FDA to ban e-cigarettes.

This appear to be yet another example of federally funded researchers not wanting to bite the hand that feeds them (and that could feed them very well for many more years). Bill Godshall, Jan 20, 2016



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Among those making a quit attempt, use of e-cigarettes as a cessation aid surpassed that of FDA-approved pharmacotherapy.

Long-term e-cigarette use and smoking cessation: a longitudinal study with US population



 

Remember those bullet points above.

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My survey ran from December 2014 to January 2015 and had 7,238 participants worldwide. 2% said vaping products DID NOT WORK.

42% stopped IN ONE DAY.

A total of 75% had success rate with vaping products within a month.

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I allowed comments after each of the 14 questions.

Here are just SOME of the unedited comments from those participants “public health” likes to ignore:

my 1st vape was my last cig
I was a dual user vaping 98% of the time and rarely smoking in the the first half of the past 4 1/2 yrs. I totally quit in August 2013.
Couldn’t find the right style vape now I drip and it’s awesome!
tried medication, zyban, patches, lozenges, patched,,gum spray but vaping was like freedom
I have not smoked a cigarette since, I started vaping. Last cigarette was at 12 pm first vape 2 pm the same day.
As mentioned, I first tried vaping at 18MG in Feb 2014 and mostly vaped but also smoked an occasional cigarette for just over a month. Then I went out for an evening with friends in March, had a fer glasses of wine & ended up asking a friend for a cigarette. This prompted a relapse into smoking nearly all the time with an occasional vape, but it didn’t ‘hold’ me. In May 2014 I was going on holiday somewhere I couldn’t smoke, so I decided to get some 24MG juice in the hope that something stronger might get me through. It did! 🙂 I didn’t miss smoking and didn’t feel edgy or restless due to nicotine withdrawal, either. I actually really enjoyed it.
I smoked rolling tobacco and had deliberately not taken it on holiday. However, when I got back home I did have some urges to smoke it. I had VERY little left in the packet, about 4 or 5 slim roll-ups and I couldn’t quite get myself to bin it, so I 99% vaped and over 3 days had half a roll-up occasionally until it was gone. When it was gone I knew that if I wanted more tobacco I would have to go and buy it. So I made a decision not to. It was a no-brainer! Vaping was much nicer, I felt better already and hadn’t enjoyed the taste of the cigarettes compared to Coconut Caramel juice. It wasn’t a difficult decision, but it was a necessary one for me. To be clear in my own mind that vaping was the way forward for me. I haven’t looked back.
I had tried using the e-cigs 7 yrs ago, and failed…not enough puff to satisfy! then the vaping pens came out! So I decided to try them. Alot more satisfaction, more vapor ! feels much more like an alternative to smoking
Still smoke a bit
The vaping industry didn’t have the technology i needed to feel satisfied until more recently
i never took up vaping to quit smoking
Because when i started i did completely quit forthree months then tried a cig did it back and forth for a few months then im back to no cigs again.
I borrowed from my dad to see if it would satisfy my cravings. Once my starter kit arrived, I switched over immediately.
4 days and I could no longer tolerate cigarettes.
Using too low of nicotine. Tried stopping at 6mg
Same time I started vaping I automatically stopped smoking.
took will power but it works for me
I began vaping to just cut down the number of cigarettes, within one week I was not smoking any cigarettes and have not had one since.
Replaced smoking with Vaping and never picked up another cigarette. That was my Goal and even though tough for the first week, it worked.
I vastly preferred the taste of vaping from my first puff and never got nicotine cravings despite having smoked 2 1/2 packs of cigarettes a day.
in the process of quiting but it’s hard when everyone around you smokes cigarettes and your only allowed to vape in designated areas alongside other smokers who have no regard for you or the fact your trying to quit
true
Quit cigarettes day 1 of vaping.
Stopped smoking as soon as I started vaping.
Made the switch from smoking a pack a day to vaping. No more cigarettes from that day forward.
I told myself I was gonna quit and used my vape instead.
After the first day I never wanted another cigarette. Absolutely no desire to see, smell, or taste one.
Use 0 nic to help weight loss.
Pros & Con’s ???!!!obvious
The pen wasn’t enough got a mvp and kicked smoking
Gave away 4 fresh packs within a week of stopping. Already knew it was gonna work!
Well that 1st week I might have smoked a few cigs but they had me on like 12mg nic. and that just wasn’t strong enough after I switched to 24mg I haven’t touched a cig since.
Because 0 days wasn’t an option
I tapered off to two a day, then quit completely after about a year.
Quit smoking, used e-cigs for 2 weeks, saw my first vape unit and asked what it was. Went online, found a freebie, found a store selling better and upgraded, etc, etc.
I stopped smoking the very minute i began vaping.
I smoked for the first 20 days that I vaped. Still felt I needed that smoke before bed. One cigarette a day. When the pack was empty, I was able to quit completely.
I just liked it more
It took me about a month to completely quit cigarettes and only vape
Because it’s true.
Started vaping, never had another cig.
it took about a week for comparison reasons and vaping won the comparison
I swapped vaping for smoking immediately as soon as I got my kit in the post
Stopped smoking the day I started vaping
I was on vacation and had smoked and vaped two weeks. After the holiday completely only vaped.
I never smoked again since my first E-Cig
I started vaping to help control cravings for sweets, from smelling vapor output by my roommate.
Kept goin back to the damn things.
I was looking for something that helps me to stop smoking, and this was just the answer
See previous comment
Immediately stopped smoking as soon as I filled up my fist atty.
It was a hard transition but I eventually just started vaping
Took about a week to not even want or be able to hit a cig
bought a starter kit battery with clearomizer and tobacco flavoured e-liquid. Tried it for a week the gave up. 3 months later bought a variable wattage device and refillable tank with dessert flavoured e-liquid and quit smoking that day.
As Q4.
I quit smoking within 24 hours.
Was pretty much instant.
As soon as I started vaping I did not smoke a cigarette again.
Quit smoking about a month after starting vaping. When I quit I didn’t smoke for almost a year. Then my aunt died and I had a few cigs. Should of never did that.
In fairness, I stopped smoking the day I started vaping. I had decided to give myself a week to see how it went. Never went back to smoking.
I put 1 week but it was really 12 days, so I don’t feel “one month” really fit.
Took that long to find the right combination of hardware and juice/nic strength/pg/vg) ratio to quit smoking for good.
I wanted to stop smoking all together, so I went in with that attitude and it worked for me.
don’t really understand this question
~ 6 weeks.
For the first week I still smoked the occasional cigarette at times such as great stress and first thing in the morning.
put out the cigarette, turned on the vaper and never looked back
After trying the ecig, never wanted to go back to cigarettes.
Quit smoking right when I started vaping
same day. As a matter of fact, I have a full pack of cigarettes in my drawer. As soon as my pen came in, I quit smoking cigarettes.
I smoked and vaped for about four years. I finally quit smoking two months ago and now only vape.
I was smoking the last pack of the carton I had before I went to strictly vaping.
Both smoked & vaped for the last 2 years until right before Xmas 2014, just couldn’t do without that cig upon waking before going to bed…bought new Vape gear on Black Friday of 2014…totally quit cigs before Xmas of 2014.
Took me awhile to find the right setup and juice.
Smoked and vaped. Decided it was better to use vaping to quit smoking and I did.
About a week then just a couple a day
Cut back on cigarettes by 90% but it took me a whole year before I was ready to give up the last of them.
It took a bit to get comfortable and work my way off the cigarettes but once i started vaping a pack of cigarettes would last 2 weeks.
did both for about a month , then gave up cigarettes altogether.
actually the first vape was no more smoking
Once I had the right gear I finished my fags one night and started using the vape the next day.
I bought a cig-alike to see what the gimmick was with it, and found out that the flavors made vaping enjoyable. I quit smoking without trying because I enjoyed the e cig so much more!
I stopped smoking cigs for 6 months before vaping
See above…I found the transition surprisingly easy
I WALKED OUT OF THE STORE WITH MY SET UP AND I HAVE NOT TOUCHED A CIGARETTE IN 415 DAYS.
It was actually more than one day, but less than a full week.
I actually quit smoking using nicorettes, but hate gum, so switched over to vaping.
I still haven’t completely quit the cigs.
when i got my first ecigarette kit, i stop buying cigarettes. its ben over a year since i purchased cigarettes, and since no longer purchasing i no longer smoke them. i did have a relapse once, and thats because my ecigarette broke that day and i had no backup, so i went and bought a pack of smokes.
I started with low powered cig-alikes which were nearly useless.
Stopped smoking 3 days after I received my starter kit.
About 2 weeks
Tried vaping on and off for 3 years.
Tried cigalikes, unsatisfying, batteries were inconvenient.
Tried ego-t, batteries better but cartridge prone to leaking.
Made switch to vaping with mini Davide tank… No leaks, plenty of battery.
Started vaping 1 month ago, I still have the occasional cigarette but went from 30 cigarettes a day to maybe 1 per day.
The second I made the switch to vaping I haven’t touched tobacco. I had probably 10 full dip cans laying around because vaping helped me that quick.
Set a date to stop and swapped
Vaping was working for awhile until i went on vacation then started smoking again.
I have not smoked since I took my first vape.
See previous comments (Immediate cessation of smoking when started vaping)
Slowly transitioned into it
After the first day vaping I didn’t touch any cigarette for the last 9 months and I will never touch a cigarette again.
I made a firm decision to stop smoking and take up vaping and thus did it.
It took me a month of consciously replacing every cigarette of the day with vaping. And I’ll admit I struggled in that first month. There’s the learning curve of dealing with the equipment and the initial frustration of that coupled with regular cigarette cravings made that first month harder. But once you get the hang of how the equipment works and regularly replace cigarettes with it, it becomes easier.
Still have not completely stopped smoking down to a pack a week
see above
After picking up my device, I took me maybe a week or two to search for flavors that I like in order for me to not pick up a cigarette
I was able to make the switch immediately.
when I stated vaping the best thing you could buy was a small 510 and dakang juices if I could find the juices and rda I have now I would of quit smoking that day
I quit smoking the day I started vaping
It was a transition….
I never looked back, it worked great for me.
The day I started vaping was the day I quit smoking. I had a few cigs here an there at first but the last year no smoke in my lungs what so ever.
I smoked my last cig when I bought my e cig kit
Just wanted to quit cigarettes , caught went away and feel better.
I started with one of the cig a likes. That didn’t work. Then had a couple of 500 egos. Still not satisfying. Finally went to 1100 twist and a spinner. Read a book Easy Way To Quit Smoking. Set a date and quit.
Determined
I stopped smoking on the day I started vaping. Have not gone back.
about 6 months before I went days without a cigarette
About 3 weeks
After I bought my vape and started I never had a cigarette again
Once I started vaping, I knew I was no going back to smoking a real cigarette.
I’m slowly decreasing my cigarettes while vaping
as above
I tried a friend’s e-cigarette 4 or 5 times and then went and got my first setup. Quit smoking cold turkey after buying.
I put out my last cig on my way into the vape shop.
I smoked my last cigarette while putting my starter vape kit together
Because it worked
because it felt like the safer option, and i stoped smelling like a dirty ash tray
5 days smoking while vaping, after that I no longer smoked
smoked my last cigarette the same night my friend let me try his ecig
It took about a week to get off cigs completely
Started vaping with unsatisfactory vaping kit, went back to smoking. Got better equipment and stopped smoking alltogether after a transition period of a few months during which i smoked 1-3 cigarettes per day.
Never felt desire to quit entirely
For me, vaping was not a direct replacement for smoking. It took a conscious effort to quit smoking. Vaping is easier, more cigarette like, than nicotine patches, lozenges, etc…, but it’s not the same.
Because it’s true!
I quit cigarettes and started vaping the same day.
At start i had bad ecigarettes they didnt work as planned and it took half a year to get good stuff
addition: the moment I started vaping, so more like within a minute
It was actually 2 days but that was the hardest part and then I just stopped
I’ve had one cigarette a day since I got my istick. I consider myself quit.
smoked 10 cigs in total over 3 day period before completely quitting
After smoking for so long.. vaping was different and I was still trying to adjust my nicotine intake and needed to gain more knowledge of vaping equipment and other things..
Preferred it right away.
picked up a ecig and never looked back
i started vaping the day after i stopped smoking
i definitly change cigarettes for vaping with first taste e-cig.
28 days.
Quit the same day.
I smoked a few cigs the first 2 days.
see last answer
From second day i started vaping, i have not touched 1 single sigarette
I got my tornado c, delivered in the morning at 0900, put it on charge, added juice, and couldn’t wait till the light turned green. Had my last cigarette at 1100, and then started my journey into vaping at 1200. had one cigarette a week later, to see if i was missing anything, had to stub it out ofter the 2nd toke, as i felt sick.
Haven’t tried it yet
I was a dual user, than just found myself not smoking at all one day
Went from smoking a solid 2 packs a day, to less than 2 packs a week so far.
I didn’t smoke
After a year I gave snus a shot and was able to give up smoking analogues.. I dont particularly like vaping cause it tightens the chest but do vape daily instead of smoking .. i feel much better for it .. my appendages are not always cold all the time and i breath much better
3 days
From the first day I cut down from 40 to eight.
The moment I got my #1 e-cig loaded I gave my cigarrettes away.
I was able to go to complete vaping!
Am still smoking and vaping
Quit smoking when I started vaping
Initially used a fairly basic PVD and although not great, I realised that it had potential. Further research using Internet/YouTube etc., made me realise that there was some really well made and nicely designed products out there using reliable batteries and rebuildable atomisers etc. always sourcing genuine quality eliquids that are manufactured using pharmaceutical quality ingredients – UK and US only and staying clear of Far Eastern sources.
I start vaping when i finish my last tobacco box.
I decided to stop fags and stuck with it by vaping
Smoked and vaped. Blu helped the cravings bit didn’t satisfy. When I went mechanical, I never looked back.
Stopped smoking immediately upon purchasing vApe
Went to sleep a smoker, woke up a vaper. That’s the truth.
Stopped smoking on night of 2-19 and started vaping on morning of 2-20.
I started vaping so I didn’t always have to go outside. Once the technology was good enough, I easily gave up the cigarettes.
i smoked 1 cigarette every morning for the first 4 days
I didn’t need to smoke. I had 2 products which can give me nicotine. I choose the one with the better flavour (I mean my personal vaper)
Easy switch
i stopped fully, and now smoking back 5 to 10 cigs/day, personnal reasons like stress …
from the outset, I changed the snuff by e-cigar
I dual used for about a week, which was my intention when I started vaping. Each day I found myself smoking fewer cigarettes until I decided that I could just quit them out right.
The e-cigarette set was weak.
I quit nearly completely the instant I took my first “puff” of my first e-cig. I quickly began to desire the vaping more than the smoking, and in 2 weeks, I stopped smoking altogether.
I was an early adopter. Around 2007. The products on the market at the time were unsatisfactory.
only power over 6 watts worked, (cigalikes are 1 to 3 watts), now years later my range in 8 to 13 watts
I took 1 cigarette each morning 20 days and the pack was empty. I have not bought cigarettes ever since.
I tryed vaping for the first time in 2009 but the e-cigarettes back than aren’t that good, thats why I started smoking again. Last year I just wanted to try vaping again and I quit smoking within 1 Day. I am a non smoker since 7 months.
It worked. It was easy. My health and fitness very rapidly improved.
Ran out of ecig cartridges, bought cigs and smoked them all, bought cartridges and ran out again bought cigs and smoked half the pack, bought cartridges and then moved up eventually to DIY Kanger products.
start vap et stop smoking in same time
Made the decision to stop 1st of January 2014 and Vape instead, stuck with it
I felt sick after “enjoying” the day first cigarette on day 4.
It only took me 3 days to stop smoking – around 40 cigarettes per day before. Day 1 of vaping: 20 cigarettes. Day 2 of vaping: 3 cigarettes. Day 3 of vaping: 1 cigarette. From day 4 onwards: No more cigarettes!
As above
Had one cigarette in morning after first vape then tried a second and put it out
I stopped smoking with the first use of a vape.
I stopped with my first proper vape kit. ego spinner, kanger& aspire c5. If you include cig a likes I tried one vapourlites? a month prior for a few hours had a bad experience (PG) & smoked along side.
Ordered stronger nic% flavoured disposal flavored shiaha e sticks for a better idea, as low budget a kits a big step all NRT & even cig a likes were no use, so was cautions.
Thought ok maybe I can do this IF i get the flavour right I wanted strong, coffee seemed.to be my most successful hours without cigs, over a 2 day trial.
So few months on I got the real deal, expecting id trail off gradually. But the fkavour& delivery was perfect. Daily I stare at my emergency cig in my car & an unopened pack at home and know Ive won. Sounds silly but in life Ive had addictions and know Ive finaly conquered them when I display them at home & laugh at them daily.
I quit cigs the day i started vaping.
….poor layout guys
I think it took me a long time to stop smoking as well because the initial ecigs that I tried were not very powerful.
Went straight from smoking to vaping
That’s all it took to convince me I finally had an alternative to tobacco.
od razu zaczęłam wapować i rzuciłam palenie
I had a transitional period
Good advices on devices and liquid are VERY important to completely stop smoking! Even crucial.
At the beginning, I bought “the bad e-cig” ; misfit i mean. Then, I found a shop that had “knowledge” => i completely stopped smoking since this day…
I enjoy my personal benefits of vaping or smoking when I feel each is appropriate for my special needs
As I told you, there were two ocassion in which I run out of e-liquids and I used real tobacco. Just those two.
It works for me
For many years I tried to quit smoking but failed. I tried patches and gum on several occasions but I continued to smoke while using them. Then on 1st November 2013 I bought an ecig starter kit. I smoked my last stinky that evening the following morning I filled the carto with 24mg tobacco flavour e liquid and I have not looked back since…. 🙂
I quit smoking for 3 years. Then my wife and friends started vaping. I tried and have been hooked.
After a year of quitting I slipped back into the bad habbit but wanted a way out.
tryed a 510 cig a like did not do the job about 8 months l8er got a mod did the job
I still smoked for one week whilst vaping just out of habit but soon realised I did not need both
I literally quit cigs overnight with an electronic cigarette
I enjoy it
Did start earlier, but with bad matérials & no nicotine juices. ( Nicotine is forbiden in e-cig juices in belgium )
I started vaping with the intention of cutting down on smoking to save money and just haven’t felt like smoking since I first vaped.
I still do both, but cut down on cigarettes massively and use the vape to get my nicotine
I selected didn’t work but that’s a little unfair as i havn’t been at it long enough yet
45 days exact and certainly more to come.
I still smoked when drinking a beer, now I got used to vape while I’m drinking it.
I have been able to quit smoking completely since a brick and mortar vape shop opened in my town, before when my batteries died or I needed more e-juice I would give up and start smoking while waiting for my supplies to arrive in the mail
Inmediatly
The truth
Had to start using NET’s to quit tobacco
I was still smoking for abt a week when I started vaping but a lot less
Mixte vaping and smoking before pass to vaping only.
I tried about five years earlier didn’t work then decided to quit and start vaping at same time
Previous answer explains
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I took a day or two to get the vaping techneque right. Then thought I’d see how long I could go without a cigarette and I’m still vaping.
Stopped smoking and started vaping directly
I had one smoke after I started vaping and found the taste of tar and ash disgusting.
but again, still smoking tobacco in my joints.
Intention was to use vaping instead of smoking
Was vaping and smoking for around 10 months, cutting down the cigs and vaping more during this time then came off the cigs completely.
i am still vaping
See above answer
2 days exactly
Loved it right away
Still occasionally smoke
Had the wrong equipment for me, Once i found everything I needed it was simple
I vaped exclusively since day 1 of using a PV
The same day I started vaping, I quit smoking and haven’t looked back.
I started vaping the cigalikes the same day I gave up. But have since moved onto mods now as far more enjoyable.
EVOLUTION DE LA VAPE EN ARRETANT PROGRESSIVEMENT LA CIGARETTE
See answer on Q4
Started vaping at noon and I had one cigarette in the afternoon. The day after I had one cigarette.
It took me a week to transition fully to vaping.
I am slowly weaning myself off of analog cigarettes
Smoked and vaped until I ran out of tobacco (rolled my own and had some left over).
I quite the same day I got it!
Started to vape in the middle of February with 1 or 2 cigarette a day. Definitively quit smoking at the end of February
like i said above 🙂
during this period I reduced by half my smoke consumption with the vape
2 years, becoz carto, CE5, ego 650, or other stuff wasn’t addapted for me
a period during which one wonders if the vapotage for me.
(sry im french)
Ha-ha
Ok I get it, it’s just a non-optionnal to have that stupid “oh explain me something useless to explain” box ?
I still smoked some cigarettes after I started vaping, but promptly, I was skipping more cigarettes without noticing.
Fue empezar a vapear y como mi intencion fue la de dejar los analogicos no me costo.
vaping was an immediate success, even with those antique lookalikes
One of the reasons I’ve encouraged so many other people to vape is because I “accidentally” quit smoking with my first e-cig without any effort at all. Transitioned from 30+ a day down to 1 or 2 a day in about a fortnight, dropped to an occasional cigarette (1 or 2 a month) after that for almost a year but stopped altogether after I realised there was absolutely NOTHING I liked about them any more.I actively enjoy vaping much more than I ever did smoking.
last cig 1 hour bevore vaping first evod with 9 mg
I always felt nothing could replace cigarettes and i enjoyed smoking but did not enjoy the chemicals, smells etc that cake with smoking. My local cape shop helped educate me in alternative products, tanks, batteries and flavours and how to combine all of this into a more pleasurable experience that gives me the same satisfaction of smoking but in a healthier environment.
Before today’s mod’s the fabrics were terrible.
I havent smoked since my first vape.
5 weeks of slowly cutting down on the amount of smoking. Until smoking was quit altogether.
I started using “ciga-likes” from the gas station, but it wasn’t enough. Once I found a mod/tank setup I liked, I stopped smoking.
First Gen. (cigalike) didn’t quite do it for me, and would have the odd sneaky rollup out of desperation.
I bought my aspire pen type before lunch. Had lunch and smoked pipe, once charged I started vaping and didn’t bother with my pipe after that.
see above.
I first tried a disposeble cig-alike and then bought a battery and clearemiser (and liquid). Never wanted a cigarette since.
see last question
After a few days, my cigarettes started to tast bad.
I quit tobacco use overnight
3 days… the time to finish the cigarettes i had with me.
On the first day I stopped smoking.
I quit in 4 days
Had my last smoke on the way into the vape shop. Left with an ego kit and haven’t had a cigarette since.
It was a spur of the momment decision one saturday afternoon and i have not touched a stinky again
Stop smoking the day I started to vape
it was between 1-2 months before i decided change smoking with vaping.
I no longer had to go outside to get my nicotine since the smell is much more tolerable than with tobacco smoke.
I decided to give vaping a chance. Carried my baccy tin for a couple of days “just in case” but never needed it
I got my first ecig in October 2008. The hardware wasn’t that good then so I found I still needed to smoke some cigarettes. Over the next 10 months I got better devices until I could completely switch in August 2009.
I did not try to quit, I just wanted to reduce but I prefer vaping to smoking.
It was that obvious that this would work.
Well, i smoked in the morning before i bought the vape maschine my last cigarette.
see comments on above question
I bought a cheap ego kit and stopped straight away.
After the second day Vaping i smoked less and after the 3th day i stopped smoking cigarettes and only Vaped
Once I found Snus, I was able to get off the ciggies altogether and just Vape and use Snus when needed
First fape i was hooked, haven’t had a ciggie since.
Took 3 days to change over completely.
Was looking for a way to quit, but didn’t know how.
Have tried everything..
5 days actually.
As I stated above, it was instant, there was nothing left to lose.
Thought it would help me cut down on the amount of tobacco cigarettes I smoked. Liked it so much I stopped smoking cigarettes all together.
We wanted to transition into quitting so vamped and smoked then chose a quit day.
I had already stopped smoking before I started vaping.
It’s an on going process..
Tried vaping out of curiosity, not to quit smoking. Found that I smoked only a couple of cigarettes a day. After 2-3 weeks decided there was no point and stopped having those couple a day.
as above
I only used the ecig for a week and use it now very rarely. I take it with me when I’m around heavy smokers
Vaping is not legal in many countries
i just stopped smoking and started vaping



Skimmed to here? That’s fine – I may have as well – there are THOUSANDS more testimonials collected here, including mine, by consumers at CASAA

Not convinced? More here from Clive Bates:

Vaping testimonies


Read what Dr. Brian Carter (CASAA Director of Scientific Communications) says:

Public Health’s Truth Quandary

Read what Dr. Michael Siegel (Dr. Siegel – Professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences, Boston University School of Public Health ) says:

You Can’t Identify Potential Benefits of E-Cigarettes if You Only Look for the Risks: The Flaw in Current E-Cigarette Research


If you’re incapable of understanding anything above, go here.

If “your job” is about reducing tobacco use worldwide:

DO some research HERE.


Call, email or visit one of these organizations

JOIN M.O.V.E.


Reject the claim that “nicotine is tobacco”. It is unacceptable. Nicotine is not addictive without tobacco and MAOI’s – period. So, it is not about nicotine.

Don’t use children.

Despite the Surgeon General’s “report”, smoking and vaping is DOWN.

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Don’t use regulations or taxation.

Don’t use the phrase “we need more research“.

Stop deterring smokers who need proper information.

STOP withholding information to consumers.

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Use your head. Otherwise, you’re promoting smoking. Period.



Added 01/16/17

A new report finds that people who use e-cigarettes to quit smoking are twice as likely to be successful. The analysis was carried out by the Health Information and Quality Authority as part of a study on the cost-effectiveness of aids to help people quit smoking. Every year the HSE pays out an estimated forty million euro in providing aid for smokers trying to quit. This includes offering support and paying for GP visits and treatments

That is here:


Added 01/22/17

From July 2016:

New study: 6.1 million Europeans have quit smoking with the use of electronic cigarettes


Added 01/26/17

From Christopher Russell, Ph.D.

Successful Vapers Survey 2015


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VISIT August8th.org


E-cigarette Research is HERE.

MORE e-cigarette research is also HERE.

E-cigarette NEWS you can use… Monday thru Friday

is here from my friends across the pond at Vapers.org.uk.


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In Public Health We Trust

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In Public Health We Trust.

Public health. They’re in a position of authority, they’ve earned their degree. They’ve read “everything there is” to know about -it- they’ve graciously given you forced their “findings” of their opinion and that’s final. YOU are not to question their facts. In fact, they don’t like colleagues questioning them. How dare you pretend to know more?

Don’t you trust them? How dare you bark at the hierarchies heralded by their own set of elite standards? Peer reviewed, in most cases! Are you *peon* questioning the integrity and arrogance of public health, when you know damn good & well they’re just looking out for YOU? You’ve got a lot of nerve.

“There’s a pill for that”.


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Responsibility

If you can’t find your “less harm” calculator, that’s not my problem, got it? If arrogance supersedes your rational thoughts, and your “training” as a anti-tobacco or tobacco control “expert” cult member keeps you warm and educated, do consider finding your degree & a shredder.

If you’re NOT convinced or intellectually challenged, go here.

YOUR responsibility is to report facts. Picking only the facts you like in most instances ~ isn’t responsibility. The whole truth. E-cigarettes are about a choice, by individuals, to do less harm. We are individuals who aren’t afraid to question (or educate) you, or the paper you wrote on. If you’re one who likes to flash your credentials & experience…Please.

Not impressed. I know, new territory for you, but suck it up.

 


Credibility

I’ll just leave this here:

Definition of credibility (Merriam-Webster)

  1. 1:  the quality or power of inspiring belief <an account lacking in credibility>

 

Don’t stare at that too long, you may convince yourself of that quality, power or that you have
“been inspiring…”

 


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Accountability

Definition of accountability (Merriam-Webster)

  1. :  the quality or state of being accountable; especially :  an obligation or willingness to accept responsibility or to account for one’s actions <public officials lacking accountability>

 

THIS is where I get pretty pissed off. To have accountability, you must be willing to accept responsibility – and that’s where the line gets tangled in the weeds.

You KNOW – basking in your own glory –  nicotine replacement therapies are a product of the pharmaceutical companies biggest imaginations, marketed to the masses.

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You KNOW success rates of “nicotine replacement therapies” are a measly 3-7%–  yet you’ll encourage a 93% FAILURE rate without a second thought.

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Don’t be coy, you also – because you’re an expert, KNOW without tobacco, without MAOI’s (I had to learn what “maoi’s” are – look it up)  nicotine is not addictive.

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And of COURSE, being the expert you “ARE”with all due respect, you KNOW that

DHHS funded Moffitt Cancer Center survey found 79% of vapers quit smoking, BUT

but…. You’ll sit silently instead, knowing all that, and still puff out your chest saying “e-cigarettes” are “________” and think you’re “right” ?

I’m on your trail. I’m stepping on your tails.

 


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The silence is deafening.

 

Idiom:

deafening silence

A silence or lack of response that reveals something significant, such as disapproval or a lack of enthusiasm

Can you hear it? Silence from those who are trusted in the world of “health” is deafening for vaping products. The arena in which the game is played is deliberately intricate and there is no level playing field. Please keep smoking

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I don’t know about you (yes I do), but I don’t like being wrong. I also don’t mind being corrected when I’m wrong – or misinformed myself. It happens. When you’re going to stomp your precious opinion into the world – you’re bound to find opposition  – or at minimum, a different point of view. I didn’t say “better”, I said different.

Get off your high horse unicorn, set your silver dollar down on the table and show your hand… earn some respect. LISTEN. You want to be trusted, you want the credibility, earn it.

Are there exceptions to this in the public health arena? Absolutely.

Are there far more who have no shame? I can name names. But that’s not why you’re here.

 


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Clearly to protect your reputation, there must be a filter. Clean that. Clearly I don’t have the time nor do I have the responsibility to make you happy. I have a full time job. I do not get paid by the “e-cigarette industry”. I am not “big tobacco”. I am, however, a consumer – looking out for other consumers. I (we) are looking for THE worst scenario in EVERY, and I mean e v e r y single post, article, opinion and published thought there IS, scientific or otherwise. Globally, mind you.


You could choose to lose the credibility & trust you’ve worked so hard to obtain and maintain all these years – but I’m going to let you demonstrate your knowledge (or lack thereof) by looking things up,  having a bit of class and standing up for yourselves and more importantly, the public. To recap, I’m questioning your lack of responsibility, silence, authority, credibility, accountability and simply do not trust you.

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


I’m here for you. Many are. Ask questions. There are organizations you could call, email, check. Science you can find. It’s all to the left & right of your screen on this blog. If it’s NOT in here, I’ll GLADLY find it for you.

You’ve run out of excuses, you’ve run out of what-if’s, might’s, maybe’s and….

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You honestly can’t use the children without sounding like a – well – public health parrot.

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You DO however, have the right to your opinion about vaping products.

Don’t like my “tone”?

See Clive here:

Memo to public health grandees: vaping, vapers and you

There may be a quiz.


 

You can join medical, science, data and research colleagues here if you doubt me.

M.O.V.E.

 

 


Organizations in the U.S.A.


 

A Billion Lives

August8th.org


 

E-cigarette Research is HERE.

MORE e-cigarette research is also HERE.

 

E-cigarette NEWS you can use… Monday thru Friday

is here from my friends across the pond at Vapers.org.uk.

 


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A Billion Lives

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The actions of government, public health and tobacco control stating there is a desire to decrease or end tobacco use is a smoke-screen. Corruption and power over the general population wielded by those in “charge” is quietly disguised as authority and compassion.

Exposure of this film is essential to dissect the hypocrisy for the public. This film points directly to the inexcusable position “authorities” have taken publicly against vaping products demanding regulation, forcing bans and repeating lies. This has given smokers searching for the truth about these products a bleak, misinformed perspective.

The world needs to see the orchestrated manipulation documented in this film, and they need to understand why it’s happening. Those in charge need to be held accountable for their actions as well as their inactions.



A task not meant for the weak or timid, the ‘A Billion Lives’ crew is about to challenge the ultimate authority, the World Health Organization in Delhi, India – during the biggest “tobacco control” meeting in the world, “The seventh session of the Conference of the Parties (COP7)”. The A Billion Lives premier in Delhi is November 9th, 2016.


Who is in the documentary:

 and more.

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Awards:

  • 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)
  • The Dorn Award via Global Forum on Nicotine

 


Who declined to be interviewed for the film:

 


This is a collection of “A Billion Lives” reviews and articles below. I’ll add more to this list as I see them. Please feel free to leave any links to reviews and articles not on here in the comments below.


Reviews


Lucire

May 2016:

A Billion Lives has world première in New Zealand, revealing powerful forces aiding the tobacco industry


Ryan Jay Reviews

May 2016:

A Billion Lives Review


Dick Puddlecoat

June 2016

A Review Of A Billion Lives … I Didn’t Hate It


Fergus Mason via Vaping Post

A Billion Lives opens in the USA, while transatlantic research divide continues to widen

Also:

Fergus Mason via Vaping360:

A Billion Lives Review – We Saw It! Did It Deliver?


From GrimmGreen:

A Billion Lives: Documentary review


The Spot Online:

September 2016

A Billion Lives African Premiere Review


Herman Cain attended the U.S. premier in Milwaukee and interviews the film’s Director Aaron Biebert here.


Kevin Crowley (This blog)

A Billion Lives. Feel the passion, love your neighbor.


Meg (VapeMeStoopid)

A Billion Lives – Part 1 The Road Trip to Milwaukee

A Billion Lives – Part 2 The North American Premiere

A Billion Lives – Part 3 The Last Day & Goodbyes


L.A. Times:

October 2016

Pro-vaping documentary ‘A Billion Lives’ makes a compelling case


PR Newswire:

October 2016

The Movie “A Billion Lives” Has Sparked a National Movement Highlighting Corruption and the Billion Deaths Possible From Smoking Related Illness


Broadway World

October 2016

Award-Winning Documentary A BILLION LIVES Begins Worldwide Theatrical Release Today


Village Voice:

Hooray-for-Vaping Doc ‘A Billion Lives’ Can’t Get Its Numbers Right


New York Times

Review: ‘A Billion Lives’ Claims There’s a Conspiracy Against Vaping


Jester Midnight Musings

A Billion Lives – What Are Public Health Officials Afraid Of ?


Simon Clark Taking Liberties

Thoughts on A Billion Lives


Via The Street


*****WITH VIDEO INTERVIEW
of Aaron Beibert, David Goerlitz & Sally Satel:

Documentary “A Billion Lives” Targets FDA Regulations on Vaping


From Clive Bates

Who, among other things, was IN the film… on just where the numbers come from:

A billion lives?


 

 


Oscar bound?

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


Other Articles:


Health News Digest

Let’s Save A Billion Lives


Forbes (Jared Meyer)

October 2016

Government Puts Tobacco Interests Above A Billion Lives


Hollywood Reporter

‘A Billion Lives’: Film Review


Yahoo Finance:

Vaping Controversy Documentary Film “A Billion Lives” Makes North American Premiere on August 6 at the Historic Pabst Theater in Milwaukee


Paul BarnesFacts Do Matter:

A Billion Lives


Greg King’s Film Reviews:

A BILLION LIVES – interview with director Aaron Biebert


James Curnow / Curnblog

Aaron Biebert discusses A Billion Lives


Liam Bryan (Vapers In Power)

I’m sorry I haven’t got A Billion Lives for you anyway


Phil Busardo (Taste Your Juice)

A BILLION LIVES – THE HOLLYWOOD PREMIER


Kevin Crowley (This blog)

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

Guest post: Agent Ania (This blog)

This is about a film entitled ‘A Billion Lives’.

Kevin Crowley (Me)

“A Billion Lives” exposes dedicated attacks against vaping by Health and Government


Daniel Hall via Guide To Vaping

A Billion Lives aiming at WHO’s Stacked Deck


Videos:

A Billion Lives YouTube Channel


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

Associate Producers:

Colin Wilcox & Caleb M. Pearson

Studio:

Attention Era Media

Music by:

Steven Pitzl with Timothy Wolf, Antics, The Other Shapes & The Royal


Find A Billion lives:

On their website at:

ABillionLives.com


Facebook:

A Billion Lives


Twitter:

@ABillionLives

@Biebert

A Billion Lives is an independent film.

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



E-cigarette Research is HERE.

MORE e-cigarette research is also HERE.

If you are a Professional  go HERE.


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Kevin

Promoting smoking: death by deception.

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Those in any public position making contrived and deceitful statements to manipulate public perception about vaping products are denying smokers proper information, and are contributing to 1,300 deaths every day.

They are promoting smoking.


What they already know

Surely there were other studies, research and clinical trials before this, but imagine if you will, in 2013, when the National Institute of Health (NIH) funded a $3.6 million dollar survey to the Moffitt Cancer Center and the findings showed 79% of 1815 adult vapers had completely quit smoking cigarettes.


Are they helping smokers?

If the NIH funded a study, and found 79% quit, wouldn’t that be a reason to scream to the world? No. Wouldn’t that be seen as potential to reduce or eliminate smoking? WHY didn’t they report that to the American public? They couldn’t think of a headline?

Instead, it got buried.

When I did this survey, in 2014, results from 7,238 participants showed 42% stopped smoking in ONE DAY, 75% switched completely within a month. I did mine to try, in the words of those who’ve done it, to CHANGE public perception. Turns out the 75% on mine was pretty close to the 79% on theirs.

I’ve tried to show the world my results while they buried theirs.

Among other things, why are they also ignoring some of the most respected institutions in the world?

Public Health England and Royal College of Physicians?


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By Definition.

Making the general public think vaping products are as bad as tobacco has been imperative. In fact, they found a way to define them as tobacco.

That simple “definition” helps their cause with regulations, restrictions, taxation and bans.

It certainly doesn’t help someone trying to decipher the truth. It certainly doesn’t help the smokers who want the help reasonable choice to make.

List of vaping bans in the United States


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Smoker Oppression.

Some smokers try time after time without success to quit. Pressure by society, family, possibly dramatic changes in health are some of the reasons they may want to stop smoking.  Desperation becomes frustration and eventually, some just surrender to the idea they can’t stop smoking… Smokers for life.

Judgement, shame and guilt goes a long way with tobacco control experts. Ordering Telling  Persuading smokers to quit any way they can, and then blaming them for not being able to quit with ineffective methods is not working. Now there is an effective “we didn’t think of it” non-pharmaceutical choice, a consumer product that works, within reach.


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The “reverse psychology” must stop. The selfish and self-centered positions must stop.

This makes me think the goal of true tobacco harm reduction, (end game) to many, is just a game. Hiding, denying or manipulation of the fact that vaping products are at least 95% considerably less harmful and using smokers as pawns is a crime.

What will happen? The deaths by deception will continue, and health officials will say “they didn’t listen to us, they kept smoking”.


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Restraint

Since the tobacco harm promotion act has passed, August 8th became National Tobacco Day. There is now control. Once e-cigarettes were “deemed” tobacco, vape shops still able to assist smokers in the post-deeming world CANNOT legally say anything to customers about health benefits. They can’t legally assist them with their products.

Businesses can’t do that anymore.


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Perpetuating the lie

Smokers already smoke. They are already aware of the risks of smoking combustible cigarettes according to the government & health professional statistics. When the personal choice to quit comes up, they are repeatedly told nicotine is addictive (it’s not), and are encouraged to use readily available, yet inadequate and ineffective “approved” methods like the patch & gum – containing nicotine.

When I tried the patch (a few times) and the gum, I didn’t research “success rates“, in fact I never thought to research the success rates.


Public Deception.

I could give plenty of examples of opinions of misinterpreted studies, but I think this will explain my “death by deception” to the public BY public health  quite nicely:

“If the general public are to come to an informed decision on electronic cigarettes then they require evidence that is balanced, robust and accurate.”

Quality in Research on Electronic Cigarettes:


This one does as well:

Omitting such health-relevant information for consumers of such products effectively blindfolds them and impairs their making informed personal choices.”

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


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Professional courtesy

Don’t rock the boat. We don’t want to talk about it. When we talk about it, we must all stick together. E-cigarettes are to be downplayed and demonized just like smoking or we will lose tax revenue (government), funding (tobacco control/non-profit agencies / organizations), sales & profits (pharmaceuticals), profits from sickness (healthcare / hospitals / doctors etc.), profits in premiums/surcharges (insurance companies), profits (research/public health).


The Public Health Circus

Clown sightings within the public health circus are quite common, the coverup of tobacco harm reduction is one of the truest forms of “professional courtesy” I’ve seen. It’s like they’ve got a financial incentive to do so.

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Smokers are being LIED to by those who CLAIM to have the best interest of public health first. Smokers relying on illegitimate and vague information piped through the media from the United States government and health “organizations” alluding to what “may” “could” or “might” are being swindled about e-cigarettes.


Public Perception.

Speaking of public perception deception, this crossed my eye on Twitter.

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 Does it matter?

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Here is an example of the pharmaceutical world creating a “condition” that didn’t exist, so they could create three-BILLION dollar market.

Here’s another: “Pre-diabetes


That is what they DID with NICOTINE.


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Which led to this – “Government approved”

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Speaking of reducing smoking, here are a couple examples of coercion in shock therapy, so to speak. The Mayo Clinic has this: Transcranial magnetic stimulation

And suddenly this:

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation May Reduce Cravings in People With Nicotine Use Disorder

Reminds me of THIS.

Keep smoking, we’ll just help you lower your nicotine.


Important things:

H.R. 2058:

Cosponsors: H.R.2058 — 114th Congress (2015-2016)

Who is my representative?

Right To Vape Tour

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The WORLD

needs to know about this FILM.

A BILLION LIVES is changing public perception and has a new trailer:


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 and bring a non-smoker/vaper with you HERE.


If you think it should be free, kindly look me up so you can kiss my ass..

and then go here,   or here, or here.


Inception:

The history of the e-cigarette is explained here by CASAA.

A Historical Timeline of Electronic Cigarettes


Recollection.

I, among others, have predicted plausible deniability. In the end, there will come a day when the government and “public health” community will have to own up to their crimes.

Of course, they only have your “best interest” in mind while they lie. I’m taking names.


THESE are national consumer and industry organizations in the United States who keep US informed.


E-cigarette news you can use

Every day ~ Monday thru Friday ~ is here from my friends across the pond at Vapers.org.uk.


E-cigarette Research is HERE.

MORE e-cigarette research is also HERE.

If you are a Professional  go HERE.


You can find me here trying to be cordial on Facebook

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


Why don’t we take more drastic measures to stop people from smoking?

More to come.

Keep ON #Vaping On.

Kevin

Is Public Health challenged about ecigs?

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Public Health Experts:

Don’t take this personally, but listening increases your credibility. If you feel your job is to “inform” the public in a public format such as twitter about e-cigarettes, then expect the public to be listening. Having a title before OR after your name does not give you all access to intelligence-land. There are no guarantees we’ll be impressed.

You see, the arrogance of “always being right” in your chosen profession seems to have a direct correlation with your ability to have common sense. I know this may be a challenge, and I believe in you. Try harder. You can do this! I’m here to help.

I know, I know – there’s a bunch of self-indulgent pride among your other experts. Boot lickers beneath you in some instances. We are not, and do not find it in our hearts to be impressed. I’m calling that the stethoscope syndrome, because after all, this is a family show.

Oftentimes an expert will make a claim and just assume we will nod our head in agreement because that’s what YOU think we’re supposed expected to do because you have a title. Put that way before you hurt yourself. Let us take a moment to get past that, shall we?

We’ll cover “earning our respect” in a bit.

All set?

Good. Moving on.


Public Health

Public health refers to “the science and art of preventing disease, prolonging life and promoting health through organized efforts and informed choices of society, organizations, public and private, communities and individuals.” according to Wikipedia

  • Science and art of preventing disease
  • Prolonging life and promoting health through organized efforts

Here’s the important part

  • informed choices of society, organizations, public and private, communities and individuals

None of that says control, judge or presume. It most certainly did not leave communities and individuals looking in a window like children.

We don’t care about your opinion. It is not necessary. We have a hard time with using the phrase “yes, your majesty”.

May I suggest you see Clive Bates and his astounding assessment of your responsibilities for dealing with the public? Good. That is called

Memo to public health grandees: vaping, vapers and you.


Be Decisive!

If you want to tweet about e-cigarettes, I expect you to be engaging. It’s for your own good, really. You can choose to engage as a public health expert. Once you do, I’ll expect you to pay close attention. To listen. MOST of us will entertain a good and fair assessment with you and your dispute, if you have one, AND do it without what usually is claimed: harassment.

I am trying to keep you from looking stupid because I care about you and your well being. Once you’ve made a stance – good or bad, stick with it. Don’t sway. Don’t sit in the middle. We like clear positions. That way, we can accept or dismiss anything else you say. Really.


We are the public

Did you find a study that looks like it may be worth telling us to go back to smoking? Think about it before you hit that button! We use these devices, and they have changed our lives. We are knowledgeable. What I don’t know, someone else does.

We are a GLOBAL network of people who have reduced or stopped our tobacco use. By choice. We research harder for good – and bad –  than you think the public is able to. We want to know more about it than you because we USE THESE DEVICES. Our lives depend on it, and we can’t always depend on YOU. We can link science, data, reference material.

We all have personal stories you don’t want to hear. We assume you are misinformed at first. We all can recite and predict what you’ll tweet next, and it always ends with nicotine, children or don’t know enough. Then, the mute or block button becomes a choice.

We’re not trying to harass. We’re trying to engage. We are the public. We have MANY members of the twitter community who are Scientists, Doctors, Chemists, Nurses, and are in other facets of “public health”. Most of them were once like you.

The difference? They listened to us and understood what we said. Some, in fact are here at M.O.V.E. as well.

Here’s HOW and WHY Jim McManus changed his mind on e-cigarettes.


The public in public health.

I’ve devised a few rules and information for you to follow to help you on your journey to being a better expert. That’s why I’m here. I care. I’m concerned about both your reputation and well being. I want to stress to you that I am also under pressure to be right ALL the time. (That’s me below – @vapingit)

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It’s not easy, and boy do I eat humble pie on occasion. (I like pie.)  My own twitter peers, full of vinegar and nicotine, will tweet me up side the head when it’s deserved. (Some of them can be evil!) SO, in good fun and at times, boredom, I will tweet you back with a smart-ass remark once I’ve determined you’re not worth the paper your degree is printed on.

If we are wrong, we are wrong. Don’t pretend we’re unintelligent or misinformed. Don’t talk DOWN to us. Earn our respect. Tell us why. The information highway, it seems, is public health’s worst nightmare.


Get a pen. There is SO much to learn, I don’t want to overwhelm or burden you, so we’ll go with the basic package for now.

  • If you don’t know the difference between combustion and non-combustion, stop, turn off your computer and talk to your cat.
  • Tobacco harm reduction, less harm is the goal, it is the purpose. (See “public health definition” above.)
  • Dual use” IS less USE. ENCOURAGE new users.
  • Don’t use the word “anecdote” in any form. We don’t like that.
  • Smokers ARE allowed to smoke.
  • If you want people to smoke, say so. It makes it much less confusing.
  • If it is about public health, and that is THE most important thing, act like it.
  • If it is about you suddenly being embarrassed because you’ve overstepped your knowledge, see Clive again from above here.
  • Don’t discredit yourself with claims unless you KNOW what you’re talking about.
  • Don’t use *phrases like “what about the children” or “we don’t know enough”(see below) or “wibblewords”  like may, could, might.
  • Side step the urge to say nicotine is a problem. You don’t think nicotine is addictive, do you? If so, you should be taking that up with Johnson & Johnson.
  • Do not under any circumstances use Glantz, Chapman in the same sentence as “credible”.
  • Refrain from using the words “long term“. It makes us giggle.
  • It is discouraged to use or quote The Centers for Disease Control, Heart, Lung & Cancer associations along with ANY of their satellite offices and Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids, Truth Initiative and any other “Tobacco Control” entities. They have NO interest in reducing tobacco.
  • There is no such thing as UNICORNS.

Do NOT underestimate us.


“The straight-forward principles of harm reduction should be as uncontroversial for tobacco products as they are for alcohol, cars, air travel, children’s clothing, sexual practices, electrical goods and other goods and activities – until such time as there is compelling, proportionate evidence of imminent danger to public health overall that would ethically justify promoting health illiteracy with respect to these legal products.”

That is below here:

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


Misconduct:

FEDERAL POLICY ON RESEARCH MISCONDUCT


Quick visuals!

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*Phrases:

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Thanks to @vaper_the and @Twigolet for the revised version!


 

FREE BONUS GRAPHIC!!! No extra cost!

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I (or someone else) might may make an example of you.

Please note these few examples of blogs from when “I” have seen unprofessional conduct. You may recognize some of these names. They’ve been around a while. They need to go.

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Centers for Disease Control’s Director Tom “Skippy” Frieden

Australia’s tobacco control “expert” & resident *mangy chimp, Professor Simon Chapman.

Americas favorite Meta-Analysis mechanic & punchline for “expert”, Professor Stanton Glantz.

This one’s fresh: Professor, Nurse & Editor of BMJ Tobacco Control: Ruth Malone

*Thank you, Broony!


Finally, please remember,

public display is public.

The reputation you save may be your own.

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Finally, there are resources for public health. If I can find it, YOU can find it.

“Can’t find it” is no excuse for you. It is unprofessional and unacceptable. If you’re the expert, act like it! At minimum, hop down from your tower and ask US where you CAN find it. Not all of us bite.

 

Added 01/09/2017

If an e-cigarette were used as a MEDICAL device it seems there’s potential. Suddenly:

Assessment of new-generation high-power electronic nicotine delivery system as thermal aerosol generation device for inhaled bronchodilators.

 


E-cigarette Research is HERE.

MORE e-cigarette research is also HERE.

If you are a Professional  go HERE.



Final public health homework:

Play this less than 2 minute video from A Billion Lives.


Got myself a bit of advice for my “vape mates” about this blog from Marita Hefler, who is
“News ed BMJ Tobacco Control, Menzies School of Health Research, Syd Uni.”,  and I’ve included my responses.

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  • Tobacco harm reduction, less harm is the goal, it is the purpose. (See “public health definition” above).

The tweet I added my “advice” to is just below.

You can decide if the document within the SEATCA tweet below shows any harm reduction efforts being employed here:

You can see the if the SEATCA mission statement shows any harm reduction here.


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Keep ON #Vaping On.

Kevin

*Photo courtesy Big Bacon Morris. If it is in violation of copyright law or used without permission, please let me know and I will remove it immediately.


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