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Tobacco Harm Reduction For Life

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Tobacco Harm Reduction 4 Life (THR4Life) was established to help smokers regain control over their lives by providing balanced and accurate information about tobacco harm reduction.

The primary goal for this organization is honesty and transparency in public health.


What Is “Tobacco Harm Reduction”?

Less harm. Freedom for the consumer choosing an alternative to smoking by being educated in different forms of reducing or elimination of tobacco.

From the traditional forms like a patch or gum, “heat not burn” products, reading an Allen Carr book, or e-cigarettes, the choices need to be clear. It is also imperative to educate the consumer in the failure rates, success rates and side effects of each product.

THR4Life wants to support and educate consumers, allowing them to understand their options in a way that hasn’t been attempted in the United States.

In finding a way to describe “tobacco harm reduction” while writing this, Carl V. Phillips had this to say:

“A harm reduction approach embodies basic human rights, concern for people’s welfare, an enlightened view of individual freedom and dignity, and an effort to resist egocentrism and appreciate others’ perspective and preferences.”

What is Tobacco Harm Reduction?


Whether by default or design, multiple attempts (failure), guilt and shame is “acceptable practice” with existing tactics in the field of  “tobacco control“.

Imagine depending on a trained expert THIRTY times?


Why THR4Life Is Different

Informed choice is something standard “help” fails to focus on for the consumer. For a smoker or smokers families, helping to make an informed choice to reduce or stop tobacco use is a personal one.

With Tobacco Harm Reduction 4 Life, the consumer is the primary focus, and the organization is dedicated to providing balanced and accurate information about the myriad of available tobacco harm reduction (THR) products.

Instead of guilt or shame, information on risk and success rates of available products are paramount in helping someone choose the best method for them, and why.


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This organization was a seed planted, an idea, in fact – a vision –  from Ray Yeates of  THRA (Tobacco Harm Reduction Association of Canada) quite a while back and is now breathing air in the United States.

Kevin Price announced the Board Of Directors of Tobacco Harm Reduction 4 Life (A 501c3) July 17th, 2017.

The Board consists of Kevin Price, Lindsey Stroud, Skip Murray, Jenny Hoban, Kevin Crowley (myself) and David Goerlitz.

Members of the Board have already spoken in Detroit Lakes, MN  where efforts to raise the age of smoking, including vaping, would have been 21.

“At the Sept.12th public hearing, and after four months of deliberation, the Detroit Lakes City Council voted (6 – 2) to take no action, turning down all proposed anti-vape ordinance changes – including Tobacco 21! The two council members that did want to move forward, wanted to do so by excluding vapor from the language!”

Tobacco buying age raise ordinance in Detroit Lakes dead for now

Another goal is a national toll-free hotline for consumers. Yes, you read that right.


I’d like to introduce you to the Board of Directors:

 

Kevin Price

 

What was the primary reason you chose to take a position with Tobacco Harm Reduction 4 Life?

Bring correct information to smokers.

What advice can you give to someone who is choosing a product to help them choose to stop smoking?

I advise smokers to try the product that has the highest success rate.

In one sentence, what do you want consumers to know?

I want smokers to know the truth so they can make an informed decision.

 


Lindsey Stroud

What was the primary reason you chose to take a position with Tobacco Harm Reduction 4 Life?

Since getting involved with the ENDS community through my role at Heartland, I have been exposed to such a unique population of people who are promoting healthier lifestyles through tobacco harm reduction products. THR4Life is one of the few groups that chooses to embrace all of those products, including snus, electronic cigarettes, and heat-not-burn tobacco products. It is one of the few groups that seeks to inform the public that tobacco should not be demonized, but rather, its usage can be done safely through tobacco harm reduction products.

What advice can you give to someone who is choosing a product to help them choose to stop smoking?

The internet can be your friend, and it can be your enemy. There is a TON of useful information online, but there is always an angle of bias that companies, groups, and others use to push whatever it is that they are pushing. Use the internet like one would use Wikipedia when researching some topic, it’s a nice starting place, but it’s not the end all be all. Conversations with persons in the industry will always be the best go-to, and some of those will probably be able to take place online. Make sure to ask lots of questions and know that most persons in these industries do want to help you quit smoking and they are willing to help create a system that works for you, and it’s way better than the government’s federal helpline.

In one sentence, what do you want consumers to know?

Quitting smoking is very difficult, but the tobacco harm reduction community is an enormous collaboration of individuals who’s goal is to reduce the negative health outcomes of tobacco usage in a manner that is more than “quit smoking or die.”


Skip Murray

What was the primary reason you chose to take a position with Tobacco Harm Reduction 4 Life?

As a Mom who almost lost her son before he was 30 to a smoking related heart attack, I feel it’s my duty to do what ever I can to help people quit smoking. It is also important to fight for modern methods that will reduce the harm of smoking and give people a greater chance at being successful in their efforts to quit.

What advice can you give to someone who is choosing a product to help them choose to stop smoking?

Don’t believe everything you hear in the news. People are afraid of change. Some people have financial reasons to fight change. Think about what you like the most about smoking, what gives you satisfaction. Then look at the various ways there are to quit smoking and try things that won’t make you feel deprived.

I’ll use myself as an example. I enjoyed the “social” aspect of smoking – taking a break at work with others and going and having a smoke. Smoking gave me something to “do” – I liked the hand to mouth, the inhale and exhale.

I liked having my cigarettes to lean on, my “crutch” when I was sad, stressed, or emotional. I think the reason I failed at things like the patch is that even if it was giving me nicotine, it wasn’t filling my physical, social, and emotional needs that were tied to my smoking. I think that is why vaping was the right “tool” for me. I am now meeting my physical, social, and emotional needs without the harm of lighting tobacco on fire.

In one sentence, what do you want consumers to know?

I want you to know that I believe in you, I care about you, and I support you.

 


Jenny Hoban

#1. What was the primary reason you chose to take a position with Tobacco Harm Reduction For Life?

A: Working with Thr4life is an opportunity to work along side some of the best THR advocates in the nation, to refocus tobacco prevention and harm reduction strategies back on the people who are affected by tobacco the most: the smokers and their families.

#2. What advice can you give to someone who is choosing a product to help them choose to stop smoking?

A: More people have quit smoking by switching to vaping, than by all pharmaceutical cessation therapies combined. I have witnessed first hand, thousands of people transform their lives by making the switch, after having failed with all other products on the market. Vaping has proven to be the most effective pathway to becoming smoke-free, but at the end of the day, folks just need to do what works best for them. And whichever avenue that may be, we are here for support, encouragement, and education.

#3. In one sentence, what do you want consumers to know?

A: Only YOU are in control of you, and capable of anything you set your intentions on; don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

 


Kevin Crowley

What was the primary reason you chose to take a position with Tobacco Harm Reduction 4 Life?
 
To make a difference. I am a consumer. I am familiar with and respect the other board members. I understand their passion. I appreciate involving myself with others who have a common objective of helping the consumer without them feeling shamed or obligated. Consumers should be educated – far better than the government allows, to make an informed choice about less harmful products from a consumer perspective.
What advice can you give to someone who is choosing a product to help them choose to stop smoking?
 
Ask questions about the side effects and success rates of any product. Don’t walk into a grocery store presuming they will work. Never assume the person telling you is knowledgable with the product they are referring you with. What may work for one person might not work as well for another.
 
In one sentence, what do you want consumers to know?
 

Government and those in the care and custody of “public health” are lying, to their advantage, of both the effectiveness and ineffectiveness of available products.


David Goerlitz

What was the primary reason you chose to take a position with Tobacco Harm Reduction 4 Life?

The primary reason I joined tobacco harm reduction for life was because we are peers. We are compatible in that we all basically want the same thing and our core missions or similar. No lawyers, shoes, and hidden agendas that I see with other groups and organizations. Best hope for new and innovative strategies without the political crap.

What advice can you give to someone who is choosing a product to help them choose to stop smoking?

If smokers longing to quit and finally reached that transitional point to seek out what best will work for him or her the majority will already know that traditional methods do not work. We have already witnessed 9 million smokers transition to a 95% safer alternative and for the most part successfully. It really is quite that simple and not that profound.

In one sentence, what do you want consumers to know?

Consumers need to know that Vaping Is Not Smoking and they have everything to gain.

 




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Who doesn’t like tobacco free pie?

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I love pie. Chicken pot pie. Shepard’s pie. Mom made a mean apple pie…Pumpkin, chocolate – well who doesn’t like pie? It’s a comfort food! If you ask nicely and work for it, surely someone will give you pie.

If you don’t like pie, you’re probably not a government funded or subsidized agency. You could also lie for pie, ask for pie, create a need for pie. Make up new problems so someone will give you pie.

Somewhere along the the tobacco pie line, there’s an expert brushing the crust out of his beard so he doesn’t look like he’s just there for more pie.


Here is an example of how you can have make your own pie and eat it, too:

We Used Terrible Science to Justify Smoking Bans

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Depending where you’re from

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– this is an example of how one give the illusion

– of the display of eluding of pie.

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By all means, demonize the source of any newfangled and less dangerous pie and its ingredients. Talk bad about it. Pie always tastes better with a fresh cold glass of hypocrisy.

Because “experts” like Glantz can have your pie and eat it, too.


Tobacco companies just make the pie.

Busy pie makers.

Tobacco pie comes in all shapes & sizes. There’s tasty funding pie. Grant and research pie. Product placement and promotion pie. Just as popular – there’s support and seed pie. There’s even specialty slices of pie with all of the above.

There’s the ever popular rehashed pie. Heck, there’s even Ponzi pie!

I can’t possibly name all the types of pies, but wanted to give you an idea of the vast selection!

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Tobacco companies get a bad rap. They, no matter what, have held up their end of the bargain in their participation of the pie making deal. They’re not the bad guy.

They signed and agreed to give a very large portion of their own hard earned pie to the government for a very long time, who then divvies up the pie in unequal and inequitable slices to various misappropriating and greedy hands.

You know, where “Matt Myers engaged in negotiations with Philip Morris circa 1997 to determine terms of a Master Settlement Agreement

They made a deal with hungry pie eaters – who lie to the taxpayer..

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The Master Settlement Agreement & Its Impact on Tobacco Use 10 Years Later


Who doesn’t like pie?

They like to say nicotine is addictive.

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Pie is addictive. States LOVE pie. They take pie and fix roads and drip-feed into many budgets they aren’t otherwise fiscally responsible in maintaining.

Pharmaceutical companies make and promote their unsuccessful pie while grants and tax incentives keep them making their own pie. “Anti-tobacco” groups take some of pharmaceutical’s pie under the guise of only giving out that type of pie – no other pie is good enough.

Pie under pressure. Health groups and anti-tobacco cults are hungry – and also promote this with the media, manufacturing more of their own pie.

Health care – hospitals, insurance companies – they like tobacco pie because it feeds them the people eating it, and they get pharmaceutical pies to fix those who have eaten too much pie.

Media – just eats pie up.


A pie eating contest!

Suddenly, there’s a new pie in town. Not like any other pie, it left a bad taste in the government’s mouth and has become disruptive.

Faithful to tobacco for years, consumers who otherwise would rather die than quit – suddenly stopped consuming tobacco  by choice – disrupting the tobacco pie chain.

For those who had stopped looking – they found a different – and working solution. and it wasn’t thought of – or approved by the pie in the sky mutual admiration society.

Some of the pie recipients are overly excited about this new pie, shaking and baking it beyond recognition so the old pie will look better. No self-absorbed organization would be caught dead passing out poorly designed carcinogen pie. The old pie is much better for everyone involved.


“We’re on board” pie

My prediction: they’ll all come on board with the new pie, promoting and encouraging the new revenue line of pie – like the new pie is going out of style –

Eating it up – once they are SURE they can tax it like tobacco.

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Finally – there’s the much less popular humble pie.

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Thanks, Tim!!!



Only the bravest of those addicted to pie are able to eat humble pie.

Like Jim McManus, who changed his mind on e-cigarettes.

They are called professionals.

Like those at M.O.V.E.

I’ve written the President about the pie epidemic 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.


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

More to come.

Keep ON #Vaping On.

Kevin

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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E-cigarette news you can use

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More to come.

Keep ON #Vaping On.

Kevin

Alice in TobaccoLand.

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According to Wikipedia, Tobacco control “is a field of international public health science, policy and practice dedicated to addressing tobacco use and thereby reducing the morbidity and mortality it causes”.

Let me break that down.

Public health science.  It also says practice.

Dedicated to addressing tobacco use via public health science, policy and practice.

Thereby reducing morbidity and mortality it causes.

It says mortality, not morality.

If the morality on vaping products doesn’t cease, the mortalities will continue.


Down the rabbit hole.

There are hundreds of organizations dedicated to addressing tobacco use. Those organizations are normally funded, among other things, by tobacco use. The Master Settlement Agreement, taxes, government grants and funding by pharmaceuticals trying convincing researchers to see “their side” so the FDA will trust & approve it are all part of the bigger picture. Don’t want any of them chasing us down the rabbit hole now, do we?

Let us have some tea, shall we?

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Tobacco control for the cessation world, involves “approved methods”, counseling, quit lines & other mythical suggestions in tobacco-land such as the always encouraging “quit or die”, you’re not trying hard enough… as smokers travel down the stop smoking hole…

Along come vaping products. Contested? Hot topic? Absolutely. Proof? Yep. Doubts? As far as your fingers can tweet or read in the media in the U.S.A..

It seems simple, really. Less tobacco use by smokers with an alternative in ANY way possible by anyone in the public health field, or by organizations like the Heart, Lung or Cancer associations…would be immediately and swiftly encouraged……well – that, my readers seems to be a fairy tale.

On to “Alice”.


To be balanced there has been some tweeting of vaping products as an alternative. I can’t possibly search for them all, but DID get a “maybe” here in 2015.


Here, in 2014, there was “waiting on evidence”.


Smokers falling a long way seem to always land in a hall with many locked doors….and a table appears… with concoctions and promises of cures to the smoker trying to stop with “try me” and “use as directed” and “FDA approved”. What do they feel, those trying so hard?

Shame.

Without success, a smoker is shamed regardless of the method chosen. (That is Tobacco Control training 101, is it not?)  Shamed, by everyone and their brother – who have been taught that forEVER.

Frustration.

Despite the EFFORT to cease tobacco use, the tobacco plant has nicotine. The cigarette has -how many other- chemicals that also MAKE tobacco addictive by design. Nicotine itself is not addictive, but the world doesn’t know – because they’ve been taught that as well… so they offer nicotine “replacement” therapies. (Love that word “therapy”).

Disillusion.

After multiple attempts for various reasons – be it poor health, children, mortality sinking in, whatever the personal decision was to try -the quit attempt fails or is aborted and the tobacco control machine turns to spin cycle. Round & round the smoker goes, falling down the rabbit hole.


We don’t know enough -about- long term effects. We know enough despite our own government’s challenge of regulations – we’ve stopped smoking -many accidentally- in a way NO other product or advice has come close to succeeding with on our journey down the hole. We communicate with each other via twitter, facebook and more. Learning daily. Empowered, making an impact.

As for long term effects? Well – we’re not smoking – if it were EXACTLY the same risk – I certainly wouldn’t have a blog.


Know enough, Alice. Make a commitment. Part of the perils of knowing enough is learning as much as you can, without bias and being able to relay that knowledge to others seeking information.

Speaking fluently with truth and conviction, will come naturally.


Long term:

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What is your definition of a long term study?

Supportive & hopeful methods are applied here.

BUT


The Pool of Tears

“Alice swims through her own tears and meets a mouse, who is swimming as well. She tries to make small talk with him in elementary French –  but her opening gambit “Où est ma chatte?” (“Where is my cat?”) offends the mouse and he tries to escape her.”

That’s the thing about Alice. Clarity. I’m still not sure how clear she is. I need some more tea!


RUTH


Pig and Pepper

“The Cheshire Cat appears in a tree, directing her to the March Hare’s house. He disappears, but his grin remains behind to float on its own in the air, prompting Alice to remark that she has often seen a cat without a grin but never a grin without a cat.”

 A Mad Tea-Party

“Alice becomes a guest at a “mad” tea party along with the March Hare, the Hatter, and a very tired Dormouse who falls asleep frequently, only to be violently woken up moments later by the March Hare and the Hatter. The characters give Alice many riddles and stories…”

   I cannot tell.


 Yes. That’s where a consumer could choose an alternative to tobacco.


Not sure about you, but the ‘real world’ is where we are using #e-cigarettes instead of tobacco.


 I’m as authentic as they come. Lorien is also. I troll her more than I troll you. 🙂

Ahhh…. nicotine. That’s another of my blogs.


  Potential? Huh. Safer but too early to be so blithely reassuring?


 See – told you Lorien is authentic. Genuine & approved.


 Which are you, proponent or opponent?


Alice, involved in a paper with C. Gartner:

Dueling letters: which one would you sign?


In 2014, DO INDEED was capitalized for emphasis. I appreciate that.


Advice from a Caterpillar

I appreciate the fact that “Alice” is willing to engage with most on twitter. As you know, most of her colleagues will block and never engage.

Simon Chapman and Stan GlANTZ are two examples of (legaleeze: may, might, could) conniving denying monkeys. (Haven’t blogged Capewell or McKee yet.)

Everyone tweets something they regret at one time or another. We’re all human  -except the jury isn’t in on @Entropy72 yet.

This is where I was actually shocked at you. I know from another – personal experience when a professional diagnosis became a lawsuit to a “commoner”. Thing is, we’re professionals just like you. All walks of life, including mental health.

 You took your well deserved lumps.

Then you did it again…….

I couldn’t tell if you were joking on this one any more than I can tell your true position on less harm with vaping products.

So off we go to the final chapter of Alice In TobaccoLand…


Alice’s Evidence

The Queen shouts her familiar “Off with her head!” but Alice is unafraid, calling them out as just a pack of cards, just as they start to swarm over her.

You engage with anecdotal vapers quaintly without making a statement. Teetering on a picket fence without committing. Rocking back and forth. A dangerous line of indecision. I strongly suggest focusing your eyes on the ball. Less tobacco use for the public. I imagine the implications of a “well respected by her peers” professional like yourself facing one of two possibilities.

  1. You’ll be ostracized by them by merely stating the emperor has no cloths. (Think of the thousands of twitter friends you’ll gain!)
  2.  You’ll empower them to take the stand with you, realizing the potential of millions of smokers very lives hang in the frustrating and disillusioned balance.

Either way, you can’t win, I suppose. Indignant irreverence for your own chosen profession, recognizing the “public” in public health and the public it intends to serve -at least at face value- is unacceptable.

You yourself are a Professor, a nurse, an environmental activist. The Editor of BMJ Tobacco Control Journal. You cannot convince me you’re set on sitting in the middle in a rocking chair on a fence. Being pragmatic  <–(funny that link mentions a unicorn) is “real-world application”.

I am the real world. This is not a guessing game, and lives are at stake. TAKE your eyes “OFF the ball” of tobacco for a moment. Vaping products are being regulated, restricted, taxed & banned as if – tobacco control’s livelihood – is at stake. Rather than being accepted as one way to become the end game, it is the ball they have become.

Speak to colleagues – some who are active tobacco control members around the world, all who have professional titles. They aren’t some rogue set of flunkies, they are your counterparts. Colleagues. Each are aiming for the same goal. Tobacco harm reduction. Here, at M.O.V.E..

Once you’ve done so, you can decide which this is. Real harm reduction, where you can join other members of M.O.V.E. and take a stand publicly against the fire and brimstone establishment  – who don’t like to be tested….

Or grab a match… pick your poison… and let the cards fall where they may.

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I invited you to the A Billion Lives premier, you respectfully declined.  (I was serious.)

I KNOW they’re going to be in California, I hope you go. Take Glantz with you.


Finally, If I’ve offended you in any way, shape or form, good.

Check Clive’s “Memo to public health grandees: vaping, vapers and you

for reference.

You shouldn’t be offended, though. Did you see what I wrote about Simple Simon Chimpmanzee?

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I hope you don’t block me and we’ll continue learning from each other.

It is about health, after all.


Speaking of health, this one’s fresh off the Dick Puddlecoat press:

Desperately Seeking Dictatorship.


Ruth Malone:

Via Tobacco Control BMJ

Via UCSF


Update 10/22/16:

Ruth has written this

“Yet, e-cigarettes and the burgeoning list of other non-combustible tobacco and nicotine products could represent potential leverage for accomplishing what once seemed unthinkable: phasing out combustible cigarettes, the single most deadly consumer product ever marketed.”

 

That is in full here:

The Race to a Tobacco Endgame

 


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FIGHT:

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


August8th.org

A BILLION LIVES

E-cigarette Research is HERE.

MORE e-cigarette research is also HERE.

If you are a Medical Professional  go HERE.

More to come.

Keep ON #Vaping On.

Kevin

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Toxic Media. E-Cigarettes And Journalism.

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Journalists. They spit out low quality fairy tales as fast as an e-cigarette study hits their untrained eye. Such articles give one an eye-opening glimpse into the many “amateur hour” hacks pretending to be “writers” there really are.

What a BUNCH of kumquats. I would be embarrassed to attach my name on  such a lack of “efforts” in “journalism” I’ve seen. I can only refer to the skill in which these articles were written as piss-poor. Most of these reek of the kind of stench you find in a port-a-john in a late summer fair full of experts.

With all the articles I see on e-cigarettes in a given week from the “press” and “reliable sources”, MOST are written as if they were made up by the half-assed skill of an 11 year old child. Still, after all this time e-cigarettes have been on the market, most journalists show very little fact checking skills and write about them with little to no knowledge of e-cigarettes.

The problem is, those who don’t know better…

may believe them.

These are irresponsible and unacceptable misinformation machines.

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Media today can barely put a comprehensive report out on e-cigarettes without sensationalism. They boldly publish and promote false statements and outright lies without apologies, without evidence, without integrity. There is evidently no pride lost in slinging their feces…

They squealed about “formaldehyde”, which was false, but very few put forth any effort to type about Public Health England?

 


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I am an amateur blogger. I’m not a professional writer, yet I put most of you to shame (both sides of this blog and previous posts for PLENTY of content) with proper information for a smoker contemplating e-cigarettes and what they need to know.

Sadly, I write better than most of you, and I’m not a writer by profession. Most of you proudly show lack of intelligence with each new “story”. See – that’s the thing, most of you are just telling stories. You’re specializing in e-cigarettes. E-cigarette fiction writers. Almost ass-hat like.

Am I being condescending? Yes, yes I am. Patronizing? Fine, if that’s how you feel. Some of you refer to e-cigarettes as smoking, so….we’re not on the same page. Work on that.


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Some reporters are obviously too stupid or unable to put two sentences together coherently, they string a reader along by almost always starting off by describing an e-cigarette. Most of it is “expert copy & paste skills” from what I see. Regurgitating the same thing over and over and over again…. each article seems to have a theme.


 

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Requirements, evidently, for being a piss-poor journalist:

Mention gateways and children, but rarely mention “the children“.

Mention flavors, but rarely mention that “adults like flavors”.

Mention nicotine is addictive but never mention “nicotine“.

Mention approved methods, but don’t show “those methods aren’t as successful“.

Mention chemicals, but rarely mention “Chemicals“.

Mention health benefits, but never mention “health benefits

Mention we don’t know enough, but never mention that “Research is available here and here.”.

Mention laws, taxes & bans using the above descriptions but NEVER mention the truth on “Regulations, Restrictions, Taxes, Bans“.

Mention experts are on the fence about e-cigarettes, but have never talked to people on or  along “experts on this side of that fence“.

They almost NEVER mention reaching out to talk to ANY organization.


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Research, in journalism  – or at least this type of journalism isn’t acceptable to the public.

They rarely retract a story, when they do it’s barely mentioned in unrelated news or withOUT fanfare like the original story was bled to death.

Almost incessantly they will either allow comments until they don’t like them, will not allow certain comments, will delete them all or not allow them to begin with.


 

They LOVE exploding batteries. Here’s Christopher Russell on that:

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Update on a 2nd one from Christoper Russell:

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These wannabe’s take objectivity out, add in a five-gallon bucket of drivel, DON’T check facts, add in their own stupidity and use scary words like toxins – and makes a half-assed story go full ass.


 

One of the consequences of *#DailyPropaganda:

(*Thank you, Alan)

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According to Wikipedia-(a source evidently not concerned with standards in facts):

Journalism has developed a variety of ethics and standards. While objectivity and a lack of bias are of primary concern and importance, more liberal types of journalism, such as advocacy journalism and activism, intentionally adopt a non-objective viewpoint. This has become more prevalent with the advent of social media and blogs, as well as other platforms that are used to manipulate or sway social and political opinions and policies. These platforms often project extreme bias, as “sources” are not always held accountable or considered necessary in order to produce a written, televised or otherwise “published” end product.

 

Fergus Mason has his view of

Wikipedia, and why it matters.

 


 

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Please, keep in mind  -whether you are the largest major news corporation, or the smallest, I AM talking to YOU.

Do as you wish, “journalists”. Follow the pack, parasites. Keep going with  your “hard-hitting” fluff that your friends admire. You must be proud of that degree in typing.


“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.”

~Joseph Goebbels

There’s something controversial coming soon. It’s going to sting. This information you’re going to see in this trailer isn’t a secret. It may show that you are truly inept at research, that you are unwilling or unable to use your alleged education in journalism, or you’re just plain stupid. This could have been your story.

You, and all who have “Plausible Deniability” or who are “experts in tobacco control” might want to be attentive to this video from A Billion Lives.

It is a documentary about lies. Media, Government, Pharmaceuticals, Health and more. You know… all of you who should be paying attention instead of lying your full asses off…. or you may get dishonorable mention in this.

 


 

Here are just some of the unedited comments  “Real People ~ Real Answers” from the latest survey, unedited on question #34:

What is your opinion on reports you’ve seen in the media ?


DailyPropaganda

Tired of seeing ‘know nothing asshats’ pretending to be experts on vaping.
Tuesday, Oct 6th 5:24AM


 

A lot of media coverage on this is made by people who have not done their research.
Wednesday, Sep 23rd 8:18AM


 

It’s a mix in the UK these days
Wednesday, Sep 9th 12:29AM


 

Media used to relay the facts, today they only care about what sells. They have clearly taken a side before any interviews have started, some have affiliations with other companies or political views and stick to that no matter what truth is presented to them.

The honest truth should be shown on ALL media outlets, they should not be allowed to have a bias in any direction, the facts are what are important.
Sunday, Aug 16th 3:11AM


 

I tend to look for articles on ecigs and see many that talk about benefits and share them with others, but my sources are usually ecig positive, and I ignore the negative media reports from outside my sphere.
Saturday, Aug 8th 3:07PM


 

It seems hard to find legit studies and information that prove or disprove anything. More independent studies from sources that are not affiliated with smoking or vaping would be nice to see.
Sunday, Aug 2nd 8:00PM


 

The reports filled with blatant lies against vapor products were making me angry, so I stopped reading/watching them.
Those that are lying should be held responsible.
Saturday, Aug 1st 7:59PM


 

i find the media headlines negative aspects of vaping and e cigarettes way over the top. E cigarette and battery fires, exploding batteries etc are usually due to lack of knowledge and misuse.  Any battery powered device can a do explode, set on fire etc, but the media don’t report these instances the same way they do with e cigarettes.
Friday, Jul 31st 6:56PM


 

The amount of biased/ill informed propaganda circulating both in media and on social network is, in my opinion, disgraceful!
Thursday, Jul 30th 2:03PM


 

To the last point “I’ve seen more experts than can possibly exist” it’s more like “experts”. People who let others think they know what they are talking about
Wednesday, Jul 29th 9:50AM


 

I have seen news which are made up to make e cig sounds bad, but truly it has nothing to do with e cig.
Tuesday, Jul 28th 3:02PM


 

The media know fuck all and need to a few lessons in vaping!
Monday, Jul 27th 12:59PM


 

i have seen and heard way too many lies by people who are “experts” saying that its bad and targeting kids. i want them to support vaping rather than trying to get rid of the only actual effective way to quit smoking
Sunday, Jul 26th 4:30PM


 

most of the reports are outrageous and test the vaping device at levels that no person would actually use it at, because at those levels you no longer have the actual taste of the e liquid you have nothing but a burnt taste
Sunday, Jul 26th 1:11AM


 The never ending saga of a biased media and their sheeple.
Saturday, Jul 25th 11:55AM


 

its unballanced and there is too much scaremungering going on from very ignorant people
Wednesday, Jul 22nd 8:47AM


 

Big tobacco money talks
Tuesday, Jul 21st 11:52AM


 

It is very confusing trying to figure out what is information from real studies or reliable sources as opposed to what is made up on a non fact based opinion. That goes for both positive and negative information. I have stopped reading anything because I don’t know what to trust is from an accurate source
Sunday, Jul 19th 10:45AM


 

It seems only the sensationalist, biased reports get the big headlines!
Sunday, Jul 19th 11:12AM


 

The media is attracted to negative stories.

From memory, there are 10 million smokers in the UK and 2.6M vapers. Of the vapers about 1M don’t dual use. I’m sure there’s plenty that don’t do either now. There needs to be a Panorama-type program to tell the good news truth about vaping and the money and power behind FDA and EU bans.
Wednesday, Jul 15th 6:33PM


The propaganda is profoundly intellectually dishonest & scientifically incorrect.
Wednesday, Jul 15th 9:37AM


 

Most of what is out there is propoganda and when there is the side of vaping shown (pro vaping) it is far too often denounced. There are reports that show vaping honesty but they are few and far between because the govt does not want vaping to be seen as a good thing
Monday, Jul 13th 4:45PM


 

Junk science that is published them later pulled is stupid and irresponsable once it’s out there people believe it’s gotta be true when it isn’t
Monday, Jul 13th 2:11PM


 

There a a few unbiased reports out there, but most are fear-mongering.
Monday, Jul 13th 1:27PM


 

In the UK, I’ve seen both positive and negative coverage. But in the US it’s much worse, probably because of those vested interests. I do object to pharma companies putting signs in GPs offices saying ‘Don’t vape, stop smoking for good’ as it’s likely to put people off vaping. Vaping can save lives so why tell people not to do it? Insane.
Monday, Jul 13th 11:54AM


 

Heard some ridiculous stories. Battery safety is down to users, same as of you use a mobile phone, I have yet to meet anyone who has had anything more than a slight reaction to the pg. They simply used a Lewis worth more vg.

Monday, Jul 13th 3:30AM


 

Much of the media coverage (print and broadcast) reminds me of reports from the 80s and 90s suggesting that violent video games, television and rock music were responsible for teenagers committing serious crimes. Responsibility is being thrust on industry, rather than on parents, which is borderline atrocious

Sunday, Jul 12th 5:12PM


 

Very seldom do I see fair balanced reporting on the subject and when I see articles they are usually biased and slanted against Vaping and are chock full of misinformation and propaganda. The only fair and balanced information I have seen have been from the vaping industry itself.

Sunday, Jul 12th 2:33PM


 

This is true of a lot of the reports on the news, but I have seen lots of good studies done by professionals based on REAL SCIENCE and accurate reporting standards. I would never say vaping is 100% safe, but some of the reports on the news are just irresponsible and dissuade people from switching from stinkies, when they aren’t even true.

Sunday, Jul 12th 2:15PM


 

The real issue is the indoctrination the media has both received and repeated for the last 50 years from anti-smoking lobbies. It is because of this that all consumer nicotine products are demonized, regardless of potential benefit.

Saturday, Jul 11th 6:43PM


 

There have been both sides of reports on vaping, depends on who is making the statement in the perticular article, I’m sure there will be debates for quite some time, I could care less, I smoked about 40 years , now I vape, I think it was a smart choice for me, I’m not concerned about health issues cause it can’t be worse than smoking, either way I’m apparently not going to live for ever , I’m pretty smart, smart enough to try vaping and get off cigarettes.

Saturday, Jul 11th 2:57AM


 

The impact of what is reported is much more detrimental to those who don’t know any better or TRUST the media.

 

That’s why I’m here.

If I had relied on media reports for information I would have been too concerned with the long term safety of e-cigarette use to try them and I would still be smoking today.

From New York, this individual’s complete response to this survey is here.



“Popcorn” lung came up again in the news.

I suggest a tall glass of liquid to hydrate due to the high salt

The WONDERFUL folks over at Vapers.Org.UK

released a Special Edition on 12/12/15:

I suggest a tall glass of liquid to hydrate due to the high salt content!

A Bucket Of Popcorn.



The FDA has deeming regulations in progress at the moment.

Go here and do something about that.

Then go here as well.



E-cigarette Research is HERE.

MORE e-cigarette research is also HERE.


 Medical Professionals at MOVE are HERE.


Always a work in progress-

please visit my website here.

More to come!

Keep ON #Vaping On.

Kevin.


Stop Smoking. The Monkey On Your Back.

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Stop Smoking. The monkey on your back.

To stop smoking is a personal journey. It is also a personal choice. You alone are trying to stop smoking. Experts have advice on what smoking can do to you.

They are informative! Statistics of what is bad about smoking at their fingertips – reasons why smoking is bad – all kinds of stats and figures!

They are MORE THAN WILLING to give their assistance.

They are the professionals……

They are tobacco control experts.

Or are they?


They tout smoking related diseases. Health issues, common sense. Then, they point directly to an “approved method” that you have little to no chance for success in using.

Nicotine reduction!!!

USE the APPROVED methods, they SCREAM! Why are they approved if they DON’T have a great success rate? Take your MEDICINE!


Why are the methods approved not showing their success rate? You think, with all the hype about how approved they are, they’d say they were “70%” successful – pick a number – in helping people with tobacco harm reduction.

Wouldn’t you?


Smoking bans started just about the same time the patch was coming out…. no conflict of interest there.

The pharmaceutical interests supporting Tobacco Control


The nine most terrifying words in the English language are:

‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help.’Ronald Reagan
40th president of US (1911 – 2004)


Part of what prompted this specific blog was something I read from someone I admire about relapsing.

It seems the tobacco control expert world wants you to quit – but with low success rates on “methods”, relapses are imminent, very real, and continue to haunt smokers who really are trying to quit.


With e-cigarettes, relapsing isn’t so much of a thing…

Alan has a great insight about relapsing here.

Relapse Prevention


Why – with technology & science, aren’t they making the “approved” methods successful? Why do they blame the smoker when it doesn’t work? Because it’s a multitude of BUSINESS! It’s the see-saw effect! 🙂

They like MONEY, they want you to keep smoking!

They know they have smokers in a vicious smokescreen.


“The Patch” is a sham:

The Real Story Behind The Nicotine Patch And Smoking Cessation


Ohhhh how they claim Nicotine is the culprit.

The Evils Of Nick O’Teen


Nicotine is NOT addictive:

The Great Nicotine Myth


They can’t get rats addicted to nicotine alone:

The addition of five minor tobacco alkaloids increases nicotine-induced hyperactivity, sensitization and intravenous self-administration in rats.


Tobacco companies ADD things to make smoking addictive:

Cigarette Additives. The Sneaky Reason They’re Present


Do they know that? Well, call their quit lines. Counseling may help! Here’s an app! Are you JOKING?

You need to stop smoking. You’ve tried to stop smoking and failed. That’s too bad. Here’s some guilt for you. There are plenty of “approved” methods.

You’re not trying hard enough.

You don’t have enough willpower.


It’s contrived. They DO try hard, though

. quitdie

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The Quotes above are from here!


“Tobacco control” is the monkey on your back.

E-Cigarettes WORK. They just don’t want you to believe it. They have motive.

They want you to keep smoking.

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One of my favorite chimps is here.

E-cigarettes are making tobacco control irrelevant,

so they want to restrict, regulate, tax and ban…

you know – for the children.


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Below are just 50 unedited quotes from the latest survey on what other methods they tried.




Had two long periods without smoking, about 1,5 years. but fell back. Both with cold turkey, other options did not work for me.
Thursday, Oct 8th 5:13PM


I tried everything I could get my hands on to quit. Longest I ever made it was about a month and then it was back to smoking again.
Thursday, Oct 8th 11:23AM


I’ve tried al lot of differnt ways to quit smoking, non of them helped me quit until I switched to vaping instead of smoking. I am now free of smoking and nicotine, and I’m completely happy with it!!
Thursday, Oct 8th 3:13AM


Tried to stop smoking several times over many years. I used patches, gum and champix. None of these methods seemed to have any advantage over cold-turkey stopping; they just seem to prolong the nicotine withdrawal phase.
Wednesday, Oct 7th 3:52PM


Nothing worked for me except pregnancy but as soon as I left the hospital I started smoking again. Since I started vaping i haven’t ever and don’t want to ever smoke again!!
Wednesday, Oct 7th 12:08AM


i also tried the supermarket bought BluCig style E-cig
Thursday, Oct 1st 9:22PM


Sadly, all failed.
Sunday, Sep 27th 11:51AM


I managed to stop smoking for 3 months from using Chantix. But I did not like the side effects. The tablets upset my stomach and I would occasionally suffer vomiting. I also had trouble sleeping and had scary vivid dreams.
Saturday, Sep 26th 3:39AM


Tried gum and cold turkey, but immediately knew that they were not gonna work. Vaping worked basically from day 1, it changed my life.
Thursday, Sep 24th 1:58PM


I started with an ecig 4 weeks ago
Wednesday, Sep 23rd 11:29AM


again, none of that worked and plenty of it was downright scary. The Chantix made me have horrible anger issues, nightmares, insomnia, memory loss/lost time…patches left permanent square scar on my shoulder due to an allergy to the adhesive and caused night sweats and nightmares…Blu cigalikes were stupidly high nicotine and made me vomit from too much nicotine at once and not nearly enough vapor to create a feeling of smoking. Plus they tasted horrible.
Wednesday, Sep 23rd 8:02AM


i tried to quit with gum, inhaler, cold turkey and with snus
Wednesday, Sep 23rd 12:20AM


I quit tobacco three times, each episode in excess of 3 months, but never longer than 6 months. I always wound up going back.
Sunday, Sep 20th 10:16AM


Patches and gum kept me away from smoking about three weeks at the most. It didn’t help much, and was by far to expencive
Monday, Sep 14th 2:54AM


I used Wellbutrin & it worked great & I stopped smoking cigarettes but it gave me seizures so I had to discontinue & eventually started smoking again. So far the only way that I’ve stayed tobacco free is through Vaping.
Sunday, Sep 13th 4:21PM


Lack of cash. was the biggest motivator to give up but that never lasted longer than 4 weeks.
Wednesday, Aug 26th 10:05AM


Nothing worked, some where down right dangerous, Champix for instance.
Thursday, Aug 20th 5:18PM


The longest I went using these methods was 12 months cold turkey. I gained 10kg in weight and was miserable the whole year.
Saturday, Aug 15th 7:23PM


Nothing worked. Nothing.
Saturday, Aug 15th 7:13AM


Hypnosis is garbage. Wanted a cigarette as soon as i left.
Tuesday, Aug 11th 7:10PM


Most times when I quit it was half heartedly. I loved smoking and will always consider myself a smoker
Saturday, Aug 8th 10:44AM


I couldn’t even quit smoking when I was pregnant. They put me on the patch post delivery of my first child, and after three days in the hospital I was ‘chomping at the bit’ to have a cigarette once I was released.
Friday, Aug 7th 11:05AM


I quit for 2 weeks using the Almanac. They used to say to quit smoking. It is the same as weaning your kids. I read How to quit smoking by Alan Carr and put the cigarettes down and got serious about vaping.
Monday, Aug 3rd 6:28PM


All other methods were hopeless/useless and champax made me homicidal
Monday, Aug 3rd 4:43PM


I tried Chantix but it affected my mood in a negative way so I quit taking it after 2-3 weeks.
Sunday, Aug 2nd 8:43PM


Tried quitting a few times, was successful once for about a year, then went back to smoking again!
Monday, Aug 3rd 4:25AM


American Lung Cancer’s Freedom from Smoking class. It was pretty stupid.
Sunday, Aug 2nd 11:11AM


All but vaping failed
Sunday, Aug 2nd 8:03AM


Fuck all worked! Just sayin…
Monday, Jul 27th 12:59PM


Managed to quit for two years using gum; then made the fatal mistake of thinking I could just have one socially!!!

Monday, Jul 27th 6:06AM


I was never a heavy smoker unless I was drinking so quitting was purely a mental thing.
Monday, Jul 27th 3:30AM


None ever worked besides vaping…
Sunday, Jul 26th 10:49PM


none of the methods i tried worked and i was allergic to the patches
Sunday, Jul 26th 4:30PM


None of these ever satisfied my urge to smoke. A lot of it for me is the hand to mouth action of smoking!!
Sunday, Jul 26th 7:16AM


I tried to quit so many times! It was stressful and very expensive! Vapeing made it so easy, I bought my vape and a day later I tried to smoke and they (cigarettes) tasted terrible! And I smoked a lot! Two packs a day sometimes! It was like a miracle.

Saturday, Jul 25th 11:24PM


Chantix (wellbutrin) turned me into a complete asshat
Saturday, Jul 25th 10:50PM


Chantix good lord! I tried twice with that garbage.
Saturday, Jul 25th 11:55AM


Vaping is by far has given me the best result
Friday, Jul 24th 7:11PM


NONE of them worked,but Vaping helped me IMMEDIATELY. three years cigarette free!
Friday, Jul 24th 7:01PM


Even after a colon cancer surgery that put me out of work for 8 months while I recovered and went through chemotherapy I couldn’t quit smoking. Vaping is the only thing that’s been able to keep me off lit tobacco.
Thursday, Jul 23rd 4:01PM


most of these products are very nasty i even tried patches but ended up smoking while wearing them
Wednesday, Jul 22nd 8:47AM


After having quit (cold turkey) for 2 years, I resumed smoking, because of negative health effects (overweight causing short breath, cholesterol, mood disorders). Restarting smoking restored my health (although I knew it was only temporary). Fortunately, I discovered vaping, and my health problems are now cleared.
Monday, Jul 20th 10:17AM


I tried everything but, always said that if I found the right product I could replace the tobacco.
Sunday, Jul 19th 1:05PM


Until I started vaping I was not able to cut back on cigarettes. Even after 5 heart attacks. Doctor have told me I am not a candidate for bypass since it is only 1 artery that they have had to stent. Even after quitting I have had another heart attack but the good part is I was not having to use oxygen the whole time I was in the hospital like before. My doctor has no problem with me vaping. All I can do is keep changing my lifestyle and get to the hospital ASAP when the symptoms appear. I have been cigarette free for approximately 8 months now. Yes, I have had cravings for a cigarette and when I am around a smoker I think I have asked for a drag a couple of times. Once I taste the nastiness I have no problem walking away now.
Sunday, Jul 19th 10:56AM


I have tried everything offered to me I could never completely stop. Always cut down and eventually just picked all the way back up
Sunday, Jul 19th 10:45AM


I am often negatively impacted by pharmaceutical drugs so was afraid to use any of the prescription methods.
Sunday, Jul 19th 11:12AM


NOTHING WORKED – 2 – 3 days of hell then back to smoking
Sunday, Jul 19th 9:50AM


None of this garbage worked. The cycle of smoking held a death grip.
Sunday, Jul 19th 8:54AM


I tried to cut down cigarettes but never tried to stop, till i found vaping
Sunday, Jul 19th 1:49AM


I quit smoking tobacco three times: twice for 6 month stretches and once for an entire year. Each time was extremely difficult when I was around other smokers or occasional smokers.
Saturday, Jul 18th 11:10PM




Here’s the thing. If those other methods WORKED for those CHOOSING to quit by whatever prompted them – then that would be great.

When they KNOW they don’t really work and don’t want to talk about it, wouldn’t you find it imperative, according to their own agenda, instead of their own ulterior motives,  that any form of less smoking is better? When will they embrace it? When will the “in charge”  have integrity?


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E-cigarettes work. If they wanted to reduce tobacco consumption, without question, they would with e-cigarettes.

When the experts on tobacco control who cannot seem to step up, take the responsibility to the PUBLIC and stop the lies, then there will be less tobacco use in the world.

These Medical Professionals do.

Instead of complaining, pretending, lying and misconstruing facts, grow up.

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Kevin.

25 Years & Fairy Tales, E-cigarettes, Tobacco Control & Children!

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Tobacco or health. It’s a battle I myself have fought – smoked over 30 years. The choice to smoke cigarettes is a personal one. There are people who want to end that choice, and seem to be on a mission.

Please, for your sake, don’t get your panties in a bunch. Breathe if you can. There’s actually no worries right now. Don’t believe their claims of urgency. It’s not THAT important. In fact, smoke ’em if you’ve got them ~there is plenty of time.

That’s right, plenty of time.  There’s no need to rush the tobacco stores, no need to stockpile. For goodness sake, you don’t need to find a video on youtube on how to grow your own tobacco – there will be plenty to go around, and experts are assuring us of that!

As a matter of fact, I wouldn’t worry at ALL. They’re not sure about e-cigarettes either…. so you’ve got at least another 25 years according to recent “leading” public health since there’s an invigorating turbo-charged effort.


An Article in The Lancet has stated :

“Leading public health researchers call for the sale of tobacco to be phased out by 2040……with sufficient political support and stronger evidence-based action against the tobacco industry, a tobacco-free world – where less than 5% of adults use tobacco – could be possible in less than three decades“.

“could be possible”  ????    Are you serious? Is this a bad joke??? I thought this was important. 

“with a call on the United Nations (UN) to lead a “turbo-charged” effort against the sale and consumption of tobacco”.

How long will this turbo-charged effort take? Well… 2040 is the turbo-charged goal? “~~possible in LESS than three decades”… there, that sounded better. THAT’S A GOAL?


I don’t have my handy-dandy calculator, and I’m not a very smart man, but that’s 25 years. If my son had a child today, that child will have graduated college and started his or her life – and about a year later, could be a part of world where 5% of the population may still be using tobacco… that’s the BEST these “angry” world health experts can come up with? The efforts to end tobacco isn’t new, is it? Tax dollars go to campaigns to “curb” tobacco every day.


This is the best they can do, and they’re health and tobacco control leaders?


The 16th annual World Conference on Tobacco or Health, chaired by W.H.O.’s Dr Douglas Bettcher and Dr Vera Da Costa e Silva,  has given it’s stance on tobacco here in this link.

They have this incredibly urgent goal to end tobacco as we know it. Evidently, combustible tobacco must go and this article states that

“The *contentious issue of e-cigarettes or ENDs [electronic nicotine delivery systems] was tackled in several sessions at this week’s  World Conference on Tobacco or Health”……..

*Dictionary alert: “contentious definition”

 
1:  likely to cause disagreement or argument <a contentious issue>
2:  exhibiting an often perverse and wearisome tendency to quarrels and disputes

Why is it likely to cause disagreement or argument? Are you people STUPID?

Do you want tobacco to go away or not? It’s not complicated…

You mentioned  “Aggressive marketing of ENDs by the tobacco industry whose campaigns target children and young people” and I’ll get to that, but I’m trying to stay focused here, people……….

“more research into the potential harms and public health benefits of e-cigarettes is urgently needed.”

“Both panels agreed that combustion of tobacco is an obsolete process, that marketing of these ENDs to young people should be banned, and that more research into the potential harms and public health benefits of e-cigarettes is urgently needed.”

Are you kidding me? Urgently needed research??? On e-cigarettes??? Have some of you been hiding under a big pile of…cash?

Research: E-Cigarette Research

RESPONSIBLE Medical Professionals; Researchers, Scientists, Doctors, Nurses, Health Professionals are at M.O.V.E.


Both of these articles are wonderful. They lead you to believe they can’t do it. Let me explain something. Less than 10 years would be an acceptable goal. Both reasonable, with the new fangled technology called an “e-cigarette”… AND I have no reason to believe that 10 years is not reachable. Anything more is stalling for time and unacceptable.


Contribution and support by ANYONE to a 25 year goal can only lead anyone smart enough to put their pants on that

when they say goal, they mean revenue.

Revenue for themselves in funding, research, taxes, and for their silent partners; corporate partners… pharmaceuticals, governments, tobacco, and health. It’s not about health. It’s not about goals. It’s about revenue and how they’re going to prolong that and how they’ll get away with it, that’s the goal……


These people make money from tobacco. Ironically, funding research for tobacco is nothing new. Neither is treating sick people. What have they been doing since the 1960’s??? Playing tiddlywinks? Crossing fingers?

Backroom deals. Looking the other way.

Your path as a smoker is paved with money for them. You smoke. Tobacco company profits. Insurance companies profit. The tax revenue is rolling in for anyone in tobacco control as well…………..

You want to quit? Pharmaceutical companies have product for that. Most have a low rate of success, but that’s ok. You’re led to believe it’s YOU. Try harder. You’ll feel guilt or sickness eventually… you’ll come back.

You get sick? Too bad…. cough – cough up some money….

Health care providers & pharmaceutical companies profit because you need medicine.


You get really sick? Cancer? Well… they told you so, didn’t you listen to the anti-tobacco ads? Now you’re costing the world money. Lets face it, you’re a number. You’re not THAT important. The government likes statistics. They thrive on numbers.You statistic, you.

Like my Father & Grandmother, they became statistics by default. Lung cancer. I miss them dearly, would give anything to have them on either side of me now, and would loved to have them alive to see these days and stupidity.

This fight is becoming rougher to fight and I need “good people” to help.


New technology, new rules. Old guard. The way of the world. Status quo. These aren’t your average battles. These aren’t your average troubles. The technology is here. The research is here.

Public health will distort a story and create a false campaign and lies big enough that the masses will believe it,  and something needs to be DONE. Not what can we do, so I need someone to tell me what needs to be DONE. I’m working on that….. but it’s not working………….so:


fairy talesIn 25 years, I’ll be 72. Damn, there’s an eye opening moment….

Which leads me to fairy tales and children. The effect on children is a common war-cry of the “experts”. I must point out that parenting skills are obviously at an all time low in this country. First of all, if children can buy cigarettes, they can buy anything. Those are well within the market. If you’re against e-cigarettes, you’re an idiot if you’re in public health, politics  or any position with a title and don’t understand that this is not tobacco – and if you can’t see why this IS about children, you need to move on

You aren’t thinking of the children. That’s your facade. That’s your war cry. That’s because you have nothing else to garner support. The list of irresponsibility in public health gets bigger and longer as the lies progress. I hear class action lawsuits are brewing to have these false claims cease & desist – you are infringing upon health. You are infringing upon rights. I’ll go with my short list for now:

Senator Barbara Boxer. A Senator. In Cali? Where the MSA funds are WAY overspent? No ulterior motives there.

Dr. Kevin Campbell. Plays a doctor on T.V. – likes to discuss “dangers” but doesn’t discuss, gives opinion and needs more time. Likes ratings.

Professor Glantz. NOT a doctor. NOT an expert, claims he’s a tobacco control expert. Loves attention.

Roger Bezanis, Not a doctor – but eludes to being one. Takes photos of sick people, claims they are vapers and loves fruits and smacking himself in the head with frying pans.I’m not sure I spelled his name right – maybe it’s Beavis, as in butthead.

Judy Judd.Not a doctor. Not an expert. Tobacco control, apparently.

Dr. Charles J Bentz Thinks he’s a doctor, evidently now a “guest” writer.

ALL of you above are against something that takes people away from tobacco. Why aren’t your efforts heavily and completely focused on tobacco? Guilty by association, I can only presume you want people to smoke and like spewing drivel… dripping down your chins…. you irresponsible greedy self-indulgent pricks. You’re not thinking of children. Define slander.


I’m not sure what kind of fairy tales I’ll tell my first grandchild and how the story will end, but I’ll peer into the future for a moment.


How it may go:

Grandpa, did you smoke? Yes I did, but I found a way to stop without any detrimental effects after trying many other ways that didn’t work with what they called an e-cigarette- it was amazing – electronic – you can probably find my blog if they haven’t censored it yet on the internet… it was the “vaping truth”…… It was around a while, no troubles… as irresponsible “experts”, officials and governments started seeing what was going on, pointed out by greedy corporations and self-indulgent lobbyists, they took control of it by first saying it was bad, then by regulating it, then taxing it, then ultimately banning and continuing to control it. I couldn’t access it and by what they said, it was worse than tobacco, so I just went back to smoking… Listen, if you never hear another word from me, please know that I hope you never start smoking, you’ll end up like me. Helpless and on oxygen.


How I hope it goes:

Grandpa, did you smoke? Yes I did, but I found a way to stop without any detrimental effects after trying many other ways that didn’t work. Your father saw my struggle and thankfully never smoked, but witnessed my struggle and ultimately my success with what was called an e-cigarette. That struggle of trying to quit led him to understand that he shouldn’t smoke. I found a way to stop and thankfully there were responsible experts & authorities who had the nerve to stand up to very powerful people, governments & corporations, recognizing that the e-cigarette is an amazing technological tool for millions. Your Great-Grandfather didn’t live to see it, but would have embraced it.


It sounds good to say “endgame”…. but really it’s not an endgame. It’s just a game. Lives are at stake, and 25 years is much too long to entrust this responsibility of millions of lives with irresponsible people.

Please, give Clive Bates an honest visit to get his points on the tobacco endgame. In 25 years, I hope I can portray my thoughts 1/25th as well as he does:

The tobacco endgame – a critical review of the policy ideas


California public health, you tried again with your #stillblowingsmoke campaign…… face it, you’re still supporting smoking! (well you’re supporting your own $$$ revenue habit by misleading the public).

You have an ad with CHILDREN vaping in it???? How responsible…. you’re still wasting hard earned MSA tax dollars. What will those supporters think this time knowing you’ve spent 75 MILLION dolllars  and it’s all gone up in smoke?

http://notblowingsmoke.org/


Keep On #Vaping On.

Kevin

Vaping: I can breathe again: “Bronchitis symptoms disappeared within a week” (Things Media Won’t Tell You.)

Vaping: I can breathe again & other things the media doesn’t tell you.

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There ARE Results. There ARE real world answers.


What will the media tell you in the 3 minute snippet of breaking news about e-cigarettes? They tell you very little.

There are very real and very measurable results and changes to these people experienced, in their own words with vaping. I’d call it immeasurable. I’d call it life changing. I’d say beyond anecdotal. I’d simply call this proof.


Some people vape because they quit smoking or using tobacco for varied reasons. Some do both.

 

I did a search for “medication” and have listed just a few of these answers found in one question from the Vaping Truth Survey, in the respondents own words:



Question #7. Health benefits you’ve noticed since vaping?


• I have been able to stop anti anxiety medication, I feel much calmer than jonsing for a smoke every 30 mins, I am calm and can go a few hours without anything right now.


• no more asthma medication needed


• Bronchitis symptoms disappeared within a week of transitioning. My allergies have been virtually nonexistent. And the nicotine helps prevent my migraines without prescription medication.


• I have asthma, and have stopped taking my daily asthma medication, and barely use my ‘rescue’ albuterol inhaler.


• I have asthma and was always tight in my chest. I always felt like someone was sitting on it, since vaping I have full capacity back and no medications. I feel wonderful actually.


• Cholesterol dropped from 430 to 280 (w/o medication), stamina greatly increased, lost all indications of period (previously treated for 10 years), total loss of angina events


• I could stop my asthma medications


• I haven’t seek any medical care in over a year. When I was a smoker, I was at the Dr’s every year for medications due to asthmatic bronchitis – not one issue with bronchitis since vaping. I don’t cough anymore and I am breathing very well these days – no shortness of breath at all.


• I am suffering from chronical astma bronchitis. Before I saterted vaping, I used three different types of steroid medication, three times a day, just to be able to breath normally. Now, after several month of vaping, I am down to only one medication, once a day.


• I still use a CPAP through the night but my consultant says my readings have improved greatly (he is unaware that I Vape) My blood pressure has change to “very good” since I swapped to vaping and I have not taken any medication for high blood pressure or statins since March 2013.


• As i said before i got bad astma and ive been without medication 1yr and my medicines where 700€ per 3months


• Since starting vaping and quitting smoking: my blood pressure has never been lower (still on medication, but high blood pressure runs in my family)
• feel in better condition, especially when climbing 8 flights of stairs – wouldn’t have got halfway without a rest when I was a smoker
• -not one migraine since switching to vaping – had migraines on average every 8 -10 weeks since menopause


 

UPDATED 8/20/16

Fewer lung infections from the Roswell Institute:

“Those who switch completely to e-cigarettes may reduce their cancer risk,

research team says”

Better lung function from PubMed:

“High prevalence of cough/phlegm (43.1%) and shortness of breath (34.8%) was reported at baseline with substantial reduction in their frequency at subsequent follow-up visits. These symptoms virtually disappeared very quickly in both quitters and reducers”.

 

You don’t have to believe the media. These people were telling the truth all on their own.


 

 

***UPDATE***

“Popcorn” lung came up again in the news.

The WONDERFUL folks over at Vapers.Org.UK

released a Special Edition on 12/12/15:

I suggest a tall glass of liquid to hydrate due to the high salt content!

A Bucket Of Popcorn.


If you are a Health, Science or Research Professional: Medical Organizations supporting Vaping and Electronic cigarettes: M.O.V.E

From Kellie Forbes, BScN, RN.

(A member of M.O.V.E.)

Research with a powerful message you can view and download for free.
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All answers were unedited and from The Vaping Truth Survey
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Keep On #Vaping On.
Kevin



 

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The “Vaping Truth Survey” Final Analysis.

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The “Vaping Truth Survey”. This survey ran from Wednesday, December 17th of 2014 until Saturday, January 24th, 2015.

Seventy Two Countries.

OVER 7,000 WORLDWIDE participants!


From the beginning this survey was a vision to get a truthful view on vaping from vapers to counter the worldwide negative Public Health, Anti-tobacco (you would think with no combustion/no tobacco, ANTI-tobacco crowds would not be in this list), Departments of Public Health around the world, W.H.O. (World Health Organization), FDA, CDC & other major entities engage the media with, releasing an onslaught of false and misleading statements. Those entities are rarely retracting any disparities that I’ve seen. They trust you trust them, and they use that to their advantage. Bans are happening as well. BANS. With that, they are deterring and preventing people who might want to try or are successfully using this powerful and disruptive technology with those fore-mentioned bans, taxes, regulations and more.


FEW reports have shown the positive sides of vaping and what vapers experience exist, but they are starting to emerge. Science has answers. Truthful answers. Science has already BEEN working on this. Links are at the end of this report. They exist, they just don’t get equal time. WE are here to help change that for you below.

Vaping, as an extremely viable choice to stop smoking as the survey will show below, is changing the world & is changing and saving lives by both reducing and eliminating tobacco from our very lives. Some don’t like that, and they’re doing anything they can to deter this change. We, as vapers, do not know everything. We know what we experience. We know vaping is not smoking. That’s what we’re here to tell you.

Other goals for this survey were to see what other vapers thought, to have an idea of how it works, to see how long it took for them and other questions within the survey/poll that were important for the world to see.


Among other things, it was to create a place to point if there is someone that is contemplating vaping as an alternative to smoking to get some answers. Our answers. Vaping’s view if you will, of what we think. Having them then explain their answer afterwards was also the key! They have done so worldwide.


With a very hopeful original goal of 100,000 as a number as a mark to reach for in total participants, I tweeted as much as this “amateur” survey maker could. The undeniable support from the Twitter & Facebook communities was essential in this, and very appreciated. It could never have gotten to over 7,200 people worldwide without YOU. Fourteen questions were posed, and a comment section was available at the end.


Each section had a place to answer why they chose “other” and a “Please help us understand why you selected this answer” after the question. A few weren’t fond of that, and most left a comment. I’ll post a few from each one below the graphs. In this journey I learned many things.

I hope the information is useful to you. Thank you to all for the Twitter retweets & Facebook shares. Below the results are a few other factors about this survey. You can click on any graph to enlarge it. Thank you ALL. Lets get to it. The Vaping Truth Survey:

 




Question One: How many years did you smoke cigarettes, pipes or cigars?

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With 20 or more years experience at the top, 83% of the answers were 20 or more years of experience with tobacco use. With that much combined experience it is simple to see these users / participants are adults. Noted, “40 or more years” for this question: That group is presumably in their 60’s, are not present on the internet to take the survey nearly as much as what is presumed to be younger participants.

Please help us understand why you selected this answer:

• Math

• ill-health

• I started smoking at age 14. I was 31 when I was finally able to quit.

• I smoked for about 33 years

• thats when i quit smoking cigs and started vaping

• Because i smoked for 22 years

• I smoked for almost 35 years before I started vaping.

• 35 years

• Because I smoked for this time? What a question is this?

• Because that’s how long I was smoking.

• It’s just the math!

• I started smoking in 1978.


Question Two: How many years have you vaped?

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With 1+ years at the top, less than one year right behind, the new users accounted for 63.4% of the top answers. The technology is advancing fast, the success rate with vaping is becoming very clear as opposed to other nicotine reduction methods approved by the FDA. Vaping has yet to be approved as a smoking cessation “device”, but certainly in clear survey style, vapers voice their truth of this, and will be covered (in part) with answers from questions 5, 7, 8 & 10 below.

Please help us understand why you selected this answer:


• Stopped smoking entirely once I began vaping.

• Been vaping 3 1/2 years

• two month

• This helped me quit smoking.

• Vaping has simply saved my life

• I have been vaping for 2 months.

• My vape anniversary is Feb 1st a little more then a week shy wont hurt the servery especially since its closer to a year then not.

• 1 year was 1 19 2015 without a cigarette.

• I first tried vaping over a year ago, did it for a while then fell off the wagon. Got a decent set-up and started again 4 months ago.


Question Three: What strength nicotine do you use most?

3 The nicotine question, with 68% saying 1-12 mg nicotine strength is what they use. NO nicotine is only 3 percent, while 36mg strength is “0”, comments during the survey discovered higher powered devices (cloud blowers) use very low strength and the higher the nicotine strength relates to a stronger throat hit for the user. (discovered two weeks into the survey, the answer “12-16” was in the choices twice and left alone).

Please help us understand why you selected this answer:


• I started vaping at 18mg but my goal was always to get rid of my addiction to ANYTHING; so I slowly reduced my nicotine level over 2 years until I reached 0mg. I still love vaping but it’s a relief to know I don’t physically need it and that I can put it down at any time.

• 6MG

• I started at 24mg and have now moved down to 6mg.

• I don’t need to be constantly using my PV like a pacifier at 36mg

• I mostly use 3 mg

• Anything more than 8 makes me jittery. I haven’t tried going lower yet. I did start at 12. When that didn’t seem to be quite enough (I got headaches the first couple weeks) I went up to 18. Then back to 12, then 9, then found a flavor I love (heaven help ’em if they stop making it!) and it only comes in 8, 12, and probably higher. It’s been perfect. I’m sure I could go lower, but I’m not really bothered about the nicotine.

• Most common strength to start with from what I’ve been told

• 18-24 depending on throat hit

• Cause I drip or use my aspire Atlantis so big clouds low nic….personal pref.

• It varies

• Working my way to 0


Question Four: Do you smoke and vape?

4 Dual use as it’s commonly referred to in the media and public health arena, participants could choose more than one answer if desired. “Other” answers mostly commented that they never smoked, while “I quit smoking” and “I haven’t smoked cigarettes since I started vaping” were the same answer. Please note, the smoking cigars, pipes, using snus or dip/chew use only made up for 13% still using tobacco once they started vaping. Answers below this graph speak for themselves as vaping is a viable alternative to tobacco.

Please help us understand why you selected this answer:


• Still enjoy cigar on golf course

•I’ve been known to have a cigarette when I was having issues with my PV (flooding, too cold, etc.)

• The day I bought my starter kit was the day I quit smoking. EXCEPT for four cigarettes in the first two weeks because I had some “technical difficulties” with my e-cig.

• Use 0 nic to help weight loss.

• Im still trying to cut down on my smokes

• Only when I drink or run out of juice late at night

• That why I vape

• I’ve had maybe… two when since I first started on Dec 25.

• Haven’t wanted or needed a cigarette since the time I started.

• Straight swap, no crossover.

• 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 I quit smoking.

• Slowly quitting

• 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.


Question Five: How long did you try vaping before you stopped smoking?

5 Noted is the 2% saying it did not work, powerful evidence from vapers themselves show that ONE DAY is all it took at 42%. This is a very important figure to note. In total, 75% said vaping stopped them from smoking within a MONTH. Trial and error is probably the main reason with this 1 day figure not being higher. This can help a reader conclude that nicotine strength, taste & backups are the key to success with vaping. Later on question 10, we’ll show what doesn’t work.

Please help us understand why you selected this answer:


• 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, sme

• Gave away 4 fresh packs within a week of stopping.

• After the first day I never wanted another cigarette. Absolutely no desire to see, smell, or taste one.

• The pen wasn’t enough got a mvp and kicked smoking

• Pros & Con’s ???!!!obvious


Question Six: Is vaping in your opinion, a gateway to smoking for anyone?

6 Noted up front, 15 percent said yes. One of the battle cries of many organizations is that vaping is a gateway to smoking. Vapers, who are former smokers with many years experience and should know, say no by 83%. “Other” was a combination of unsure, possibly, maybe and other words & phrases similar and made up 2% of the answer.

Please help us understand why you selected this answer:


• It seems a ludicrous option. I do not know of anyone who transitioned from cigarettes to vaping. YUCK!

• If you’ve tried vaping and you’ve tried a cigarette, there’s just no comparison. I can’t imagine anyone choosing smoking over vaping. Cigarettes are expensive, dangerous (deadly!), smelly, and they make you a social pariah.

• Why would someone want to go from yummy to ash?

• it is possible however very improbable that someone would move on to a more expensive habit that tastes bad and smells so strong . But without ecigs these same people would just go straight to cigarettes. I started smoking when I was 14 and that too was illegal and surly wasn’t influenced by ecig’s.

• I just don’t see it

• I suppose it COULD be, but it also could prevent people from even starting.

• Because people who don’t smoke don’t WANT to vape. Vaping replaces smoking.

• cig taste horrible compared to vaping. no one would ever go from a great flavor to the flavor of a cig

• It taste absolutely nothing like a cigarette. In my opinion, if kids start vaping they may be the same kids that previously would have been teen smokers. No one has to tell me vaping would be preferrable.

• No, if kids want to smoke they will buy cigarettes, vaping is totally different.

• Vaping you aren’t getting all the cardigans, tar, and I can breath better and taste stuff a lot better.

• I’ve never known a vapor that wasn’t an ex smoker.

• Can’t predict everyone’s actions.

• Vaping tastes betting than smoking with less side effects

• I don’t know why it would be? Most use it to quit smoking. Even if someone who didn’t smoke started vaping they would more than likely choose a juice with 0 nicotine. The nic level in juices make the flavors taste different and give a “throat hit” that none smokers probably wouldn’t care for.

• I feel the opposite. After vaping, who would want the nasty taste of a cigarette?

• After vaping, I can’t stand the taste of cigarettes anymore. I doubt anyone would vape and the start smoking.

• Because there is no way that is possible. Having different flavor options creates a negative association with cigarette smoke and the smell and taste of traditional tobacco products.

• Those that want to smoke will do so, regardless of vaping.


Question Seven: Health benefits you’ve noticed since vaping?

7 (You can pick more than one if you like). This one, without splitting the percent within the percent-multiple answers, is very clear. “No” benefits is noted at 2% and that 1% said they HAD health issues they believed were from vaping. That people are being listed on medical charts as a non-smoker on their medical charts is very important, because SOME Doctors acknowledge the difference.

Please help us understand why you selected this answer:


I added quite a few of the comments left in this section, it is important that these participants had a voice to their experiences with vaping and are just examples of the last few of the hundreds of comments left on this survey.

The testimonies of participants is very powerful in explaining the way they feel.

• overall i feel better

• All positive, no negative effects, like smoking had.

• My asthma has decreased.

• my overall health pysical and mental has greatly iroved

• I’m back to swimming as far underwater as I could at 16

• My skin is clearer and has more colour. My sense of taste and my appetite have improved and I have gained weight. This may not seem like good news for some, but I needed it! 🙂 I am a healthier weight now and not too thin.

• still too early to tell

• As a non smoker, since i began vaping i have noticed a decline in my fitness, and phlegm on my lungs, i can see i would benefit if i was a smoker.

• I have started to notice playing with my children has become much easier because im not out of breath.

• Bronchitis symptoms disappeared within a week of transitioning. My allergies have been virtually nonexistent. And the nicotine helps prevent my migraines without prescription medication.

• I was diagnosed with asthma after smoking for 30 years. I attempted yet again to stop smoking using all of the approved NRT methods and again failed miserably. 6 months after my last cigarette, my doctor confirmed that my asthma is gone. No more inhalers, and I can climb mountains again.

• Many tests confirm health improvement

• About 2 weeks after I started vaping and stopped smoking I felt much better, and I noticed it first in my lung capacity.

• No chest rattles Much better breathing Faster recovery from heavy exertion

• ive began to notice that after vaping for a bit things tastes better. After a cigarette my vape has an off taste that I assumed was the vape itself at first. But after a cigarette one day I decided to brush my teeth for the second time that day and with a cig breath free mouth my vape really shined!

• true

• I can smell.better taste better and just feel.better.

• I chain smoked. Pack – 2 packs a day. Since quitting smoking and now vapor, my breathing is definitely great. No more wheeze, no more cough. Haven’t had bronchitis or cold in almost 3 years. More energy. Even my skin looks better. I now do treadmill 2-3 miles a day. 🙂 I don’t smell like stale smoke. My family will have me around for a long time.

• All around I FEEL 200% better than when I smoked cigarettes and my physical capabilities are like they were 10-15 years ago, rather than being limited like they were at the end of my smoking days.

• Discovered a PG allergy when started vaping

• I play football(soccer) once a week and used to struggle with getting short of breath, I can noticeably go much longer periods in games without the need of a “breather”

• I can breathe! I started bike riding. I can walk, ride, climb a hill, and even hold a conversation while doing so! I feel so liberated!

• While I am enjoying feeling better, such as no smokers cough, returning flavor of foods etc, I worry if I didn’t wait too late to stop. • Improvements in my health across the board.

• Like I said I was in the middle of a lot of medical problems and the told me that smoking cigs slows down the healing process so I talked to my Dr. and he said vaping was much better than smoking.

• Pg….gives me cramps in my legs. I switched to 100% vg..solved it. Nothing big.

• Because they are the ones that fit.

• May not be health benefit, but my sense of smell and taste is stronger than it was before. I’m also less hungry most of the time. • It just is…

• I don’t get out of breath as easily as I used to

• Because it’s true.

• Mainly down to breathing and less lethargic.

• Not yet but I only changed 3 weeks ago.

• Overall health, skin, cardiac and pulmonary systems have improved.

• I felt as smoking no restrictions. But while jogging, I noticed that breathing was better.

• When my roommate quit smoking my asthma (which is exercise induced) was a controlled normal peak flow volume averaging 225 liters per hour at rest, because he was smoking over a pack a day in my presence. When he quit my peak flow volume average increased to 340 liters per hour at rest. When I started vaping my peak flow volume increased again to an average of 455 Liters per hour at rest. I still have asthma, but it’s not exacerbated by being around tobacco smoke every day. All measurements are using a portable peak flow meter, which I use to determine if I’m having an asthma attack and need to medicate. I have not had to use my rescue inhaler at any point since starting vaping other than when I was sick with an upper respiratory infection in which my lungs were infected.

• I had been sick with URIs at least 4 times a year in each of the previous 10 years living with smokers. This last year I’ve only had one cold and it was a sinus infection and not bronchitis as all the others had been. Much better breathing overall. As my asthma is exercise induced I still have asthma, but I can do more even while exercising, than I could when I lived with a smoker instead of a vaper, and when I wasn’t vaping myself.

• I walk a lot at work. I used to get winded very fast. Now I don’t get winded.

• I had asthma and I smoked (stupid I know) after i quit about 3 months I can breath again I have not used my rescue inhaler for a while

• excess of mucus(especially irritable when vaping)

• No unusual side effects since I started vaping.

• Still smoking


Question Eight: What real risk do you believe vaping has on your body?

8 Only 12% think there may be “some”, 11% care and 75% answered less concerned, none and “feel better and don’t care”. These answers come from people with experience with vaping. As with the other questions, some comments are below.

Please help us understand why you selected this answer:


• Absolutely none, and if I catch a cold now, it is by far less all consuming, it does not lead to brochitis and worse, lingering on for weeks. A common cold lasts a few days at most.

• I want more studies!

• Harm reduction

• I vape at high power on custard based flavours. As far as I’m aware, diacityl is the only concern I have.

• I’m sure it’s way less dangerous than smoking, but long-term studies are needed and will be done in years to come.

• I feel so much better! My house and my car and I don’t stink! My lungs are clearing up and I have not gained a bunch of weight like I did when I quit before. I’m not coughing and hacking up gunk anymore….

• I just had a surgery and past plus oxygen level stay above 98% and was vaping while was recovering in the hospital

• Could still lead do cardiovascular issues if the person has underlying conditions due to the nicotine content

• i would like to know the truth

• I dont feel like i used to get headaches all the time and i can breath.

• If studies were published by the vape community, that tested the concentrates used and found that in a real world application specific flavors or the base fluids have a negative impact on your health, and the specific conditions under which they become harmful, I would make an effort to avoid using those products.

• I think that any risk associated with vaping will come from the flavorings used. More testing is needed.

• Comparing with tobacco I really feel much better vaping than smoking. I can´t say vaping has no real risk on my body because It means I have all the information about the effects of vaping on the future and that is not true.

• still recieving Nic.. but when i am at omg will continue to vape because i enjoy it

• At my age and Positive results well out weigh using Tobacco products. Vaping may not be 100% safe or healthy but little in life is. Those seeking perfection are seeking extinction without realization.

• Current science shows vaping as having nearly negligible risk. I’ve always vaped low power, no diketone juice and am now using temperature control which I feel reduces risk even more.

• true

• Not worried.

• I know by how I feel and how much I vape that I am so much better. I feel like this has given me more quality of life and a longer life too. I don’t require it as much as I did when I chain smoked.

• Very little concern but I DO watch studies and I’m certainly open to the possibilities that vaping is not 100% safe. However, I will be shocked if vaping isn’t proven DRAMATICALLY safer than smoking cigarettes.

• I actively support research that helps us understand how we can continue to reduce risks.

• The long-term effects aren’t known yet. I pray there aren’t any. Regardless, I know how vaping makes me feel as opposed to smoking. I don’t believe e-cigs are 100% harmless, but I KNOW they’re a damn sight less harmful than cigarettes.


Question Nine: Government regulations you would like to see.

9 Obviously 18+ is a concern to the vaping community. Childproof caps and liquid safety as well. 1% said they’d like to see bans like cigarettes. Zero % say they want to see a tax.

Please help us understand why you selected this answer:


• Dangers for me seem to be impurities, battery fires and explosions venting i think vapestore staff should be more careul or provide information to less experienced vapours wishing to jump straight into sub ohming n super subohming without expeience and i think cildproof caps are ridiculous vapers soud know how to store liquid safely and definatly no sales to minors

• Quality control, Age restriction and child safety are what I want to see enforced

• As nicotine is a poison the public should be aware to keep this away from children! We don’t want to glorify it in front of them, we just want to live longer to enjoy them (the children)

• I should clarify that I would have absolutely no objection to minor sale bans or childproof caps either, it’s just that it’s not something I would explicitly “like” to see (as your question is phrased) since I have no children to worry about personally. The one other thing I would say, regarding childproof caps, is that there’s a danger they will give some vapers a false sense of security (they also won’t protect pets). The best idea, in my opinion, is to simply keep all of your gear out of the reach of children and pets – whether you believe it’s safely “confined” or not. I’ve never understood why some people seem to find this so very difficult.

• Based on the impact Government has on every single element that it touches in that Government regulations typically create inflated prices, regulations that are NOT always based in unbiased, informed realism and generally mass confusion with insane lobbying practices from various special interest groups, I see absolutely no good nor beneficial reason why Government should be involved with vaping. The arguments I have heard from soundbites and read in articles quoting members of Congress are so far out of touch with reality that I shudder to think anyone in Government believes they are qualified to make decisions about the vaping industry.

• its an industry that needs regulation. for the sake of safety

• I do think some regulations are fine but not to the extent they r trying to take it.

• Well, normally when Goverment regulate something it becomes more expensive and not necessary better. But it would be helpful a way to be sure that batteries, liquids..etc are safe and with good quality (I don´t know if Goverment can guarantee that). About sales, I think is good 18- can´t get access to products containing nicotine.

• Minimal Invasion. I see No need for Vapors to bear Sin tax due to BT tax losses. Government thievery! Child proof caps okay but then will come regulation on each and every available piece of equipment. Unacceptable to have a hand full of people dictating the lives of millions.

• The government fails to even keep food safe and the FDA has proven itself to be nothing more than a taxpayer supported handmaiden to big pharma and corporate profits for health care. Worse than useless.

• true

• I don’t want them controlling most stuff it will take away freedom of it.

• I think the vaping community does a very good job self regulating. I do not buy vaping supplies from an unknown source. I research through internet, people and forums.

• I want nicotine kept away from kids until they are 18 but, by-in-large, I think self regulation has been doing a terrific job. I don’t see a real need for federal regulation but I do think it’s inevitable. In today’s world it’s really unthinkable to have the US government allow any industry to self-regulate.

• statutory warnings on sub ohm vaping devices. manufactured devices don’t always contain info on battery safety. they should be required to do this by law.


Question Ten: What other methods did you try that didn’t work to stop smoking before you stopped with vaping?

(More than one could be chosen)

10 What didn’t work? Well. See the results. The struggle to stop smoking has been around since the adverse effects have been felt. Overwhelmingly, cold turkey was number one in the total answes, but Nicotine Reduction Therapy like the “patch” & gum were included in this survey and were the highest chosen. The most advertised forms of “FDA” approved ways to stop smoking with other products INCLUDING prescription drugs are overwhelmingly ineffective and NOT helping smokers quit like vaping does according to participants.

Please help us understand why you selected this answer:


(Author note: Again, to help others considering using vaping as an alternative, there are plenty of answers below to guide you in making your decision) Vapers have a voice.

• I was going crazy with Champix. My wife told me to stop taking them!!!

• All of these methods failed. • I really wanted to give up cigs but felt helpless till vaping

• I never wanted to quit until that day.

• I did once stop smoking after hypnosis. It DID work. I stopped for over a year and felt fine – not fighting cravings, just fine. But after a year I was at a party, had been drinking and had a stupid “Oh, I’ll just have one cigarette” moment and subsequently relapsed. But this was entirely my own stupidity, I was reckless and paid the price.

• I tried hypnosis again with a different practitioner many years later. This time I didn’t stop smoking but afterwards I decided to stop smoking in my flat and either went outside or smoked out of the window. I kept this up for years. I felt that this was a partial success of the hypnosis and I only had one session. At the time I felt that if I could have had more sessions it might well have worked, but I couldn’t afford it. I found hypnosis good overall and wouldn’t discount it as a helpful tool for stopping smoking.

• these things worked temporarily

• None of them worked at all

• Nothing worked until I discovered vaping!

• Hypnotherapy, worked for me first time, not smoked since

• The drugs made me psycho and i still purchased packs of cigs with the patch then i only went three days cold tyrkey before i lost it.

• The patch caused skin irritation and nughtmares. The gum caused digestive issues. Cold turkey worked for a short time because I was pregnant. And Chantix caused horrible nausea and nightmares.

• None. The time I´ve been no smoking was without any ot these methods, just awareness and a bag of sweets.

• I tried a bunch and it just didnt work..

• Fail Fail Fail

• true

• None of it worked because I didn’t have an alternative that was going to help. Most smokers it’s just the habits of smoking.

• Chantix was awful. It messed with how I felt and caused anxiety. Gum def didn’t work. Patch burned my skin, gave me super weird dreams. Vaping, has had no negative side effects.

• when I originally stopped smoking I successfully used nicotine patches but it was really tough and took months. when I have an issue with my vape or run out of eliquid etc the cravings aren’t nearly as bad as I remember cig cravings to be. I think it would be a lot easier to stop vaping than stop smoking tobacco.

• I vape to enjoy dessert without actually eating dessert therefore I dont take in unwanted calories. And since I started vaping I can laugh without going into a coughing fit my breathing has improved.

• I didn’t try acupuncture but I did try auriculotherapy. Zyban worked the best, but after 18 months quit I started again and was up to a pack-a-day again within three days… as if I’d never quit! None of the other methods I tried worked for more than a few days at most. You have to want to quit SO badly and have some serious willpower and motivation… otherwise, nothing will be effective. Vaping replaces not only the nicotine, but the hand-to-mouth action. That was critical to my success.

• Use 0 nic to help weight loss.

• Only vaping worked ,satisfied my urge

• Still on the drug Zyban (Wellbutrin)

• The patch at any strength was delivering too high nicotine level, therefore, nausea. Zyban helped me cut back, but only for a week or two. I quit cold turkey with all 3 pregnancies because it made me sick. I quit cold turkey for 6 years once didn’t stick.

• None of them worked!

• Nothing else worked.

• I had never tried to quit before.

• Tried all the above nothing worked vapeing has helped me put down the cigarettes

• I didnt really intend on quitting…we went into a vape shop on a whim…and when we tried it, we decided it would be a great way to save some money as ciggs were getting expensive.


Question Eleven: Bonus troll question/comment.

11 This was the “Troll” question. If there were any people against vaping taking this survey, I noticed only a few “odd” answers, and they were not taken out. In total, I’ll give a 1% possibility that a few tobacco / anti-tobacco or public health officials had nothing better to do than take this survey to try to “hurt” the outcome. I did this survey as an amateur, but did put a “little” thought into it.  It is completely noted that “Vaping Doesn’t Work” was chosen by 20 people with this survey, “I still crave cigarettes” was at 1%.

Please help us understand why you selected this answer:


• I wish vaping had been around 30 years sooner, my Mother could have had a longer life.

• I do get sick of people telling me there is antifreeze in my juice or 10x amount of formaldehyde its just igorant

• I feel like this is working and will continue to work

• Vaping saved my life!

• But when I do, I just vape!

• i gave up smoking 8 years ago

• It works and i think more science needs to come out before people start making conclusions.

• Anyone I know who smokes and shows an interest in quitting, I recommend vaping to.

• For me and until now (about 1 year) it is really working.

• went from smoking 2packs a day to smoking sometimes 5 cigs a week or less

• If this worked for me it can work for just about anyone, with a little discipline and help.

• I have had no desire for a cigarette since I started vaping.

• true

• Cigarettes are nasty to me now

• There were many times if I didn’t have e cigarette, I know I would have picked up a cigarette. It works and is positive life changing way to quit.

• Vaping gives me nicotine and seems to satisfy my oral cravings.

• Vaping works as a smoking cessation product as well as a smoking substitute. How well it works, like any other product, depends on the willingness and determination of the individual.

• I have no desire to try tobacco and would never consider it in the event of having no vaping products available. I have bought stopgap vaping products instead of tobacco when I had problems with equipment. I am getting into rebuildable products in case there is European legislation limiting availability of products. they can’t ban wire and mesh. next step is mixing my own liquids in case they limit what can be sold. I don’t want to buy sealed carts of fixed strength nicotine.

• vaping works if you want it to work. sometimes you start off with the vape pens and it works for awhile and then most people either go back to cigarettes or upgrade to better mods. i tried the pens for awhile and they worked for awhile, then i went back to cigarettes. then i got better mods and quit cigarettes all together

• Unless my government makes it impossible for small businesses to manufacture and sell equipment and e-liquid, I will never go back to smoking. I can breathe, I don’t stink, I don’t feel self-conscious, I don’t feel like I’m doing something wrong, I don’t feel like an outcast, I don’t annoy or disgust people by subjecting them to smoke or the smell that used to hang on me, my clothes, and my car. I could go on and on and on…

• Vaping is the best way to assist in quitting smoking unless cold turkey that’s the best I enjoy vaping

• Because now, I have a chance to live. Before I didn’t!

• I’m done with cigarettes!

• I do believe vaping works better than other methods, but you still have to have a strong desire to quit.

• My sense of taste and smell have improved to the point where I can tell a smoker from a non smoker from 6′ away. I can not believe I smelled like that for 20+ years and no one said a thing. It smells so bad, there is no way I would put my loved ones through that again.

• I just enjoy vaping. And I’m not an ‘I’ve gotta have that new mod/atty’ kind of person, so it saves me money

• I am a firm believer that vaping will help people quit smoking and be healthier

• BECAUSE IT’S TRUE!

• It works PERIOD

• Maybe if someone offered me the world’s most expensive cigar. But then again I can just make ejuice out of it.


Question Twelve: Age Group.

12 The age group each participant said they were in! Noted that 34 people said they were under 18, not condoned.

Most answered why they chose this answer as “because that’s how old I am” or math. 


Question 13: Flavors.

13 Along with children wanting to use e-cigs, flavors is their reason they say these are dangerous. Vapers WANT flavors. Flavors are very important. In the age group above, these people chose flavors at an extremely high rate, showing they want to stay away from the 4% who use tobacco flavor only. Really, it’s getting AWAY from tobacco and it’s taste.

Please help us understand why you selected this answer:


• as they say “variety is the spice of life”

• I like sweet flavors!

• I work for a small juice company so i like to check out co,petition plus olfactory fatigue (vapers tongue) its est to rotate flavours

• I have two firm favourite flavours, but try others too.

• I started out with tobacco flavor only for the first couple months

• I like fruity flavors.

• I usually stick to a few different flavors but I always try more.

• curious

• I mix my own e-juices, and I’m always coming up with some new flavor.

• I mix my own now..

• I have 4 tanks I rotate through each day with different flavors. Some sort of cream in the morning, fruity during the day, dessert-style in the evening, and menthol before bed.

• DIY!!! I Love experimenting I Love Flavors I love CHOICE I swap flavors 10+ times a day Variety is what Works for me. Note: I use NO tobacco Flavors and will not accept such nonsense in Regulation! •

My tastebuds bore quickly with the same flavor so I enjoy changing flavors frequently throughout the day.

• I’m still relatively new to vaping and there are some many wonderful flavors out there from reputable companies I’ve yet to try

• true

• Love multiple flavors

• I found one e liquid that works for me. Not everyone sticks to one flavor. What works for one person is not what will work for another. Flavors are important for this reason.

• Experimenting with different flavors is half the fun!

• I dislike tobacco flavours.

• although i ve got a couple of juices i like best and i vape all the time i tend to try something different from time to time • I am DIY

• I never smoked therefore I vape zero nicotine and enjoy the flavor of sweets and dessert without the calories for me its worked wonderfully in helping me lose weight and keep it off!

• Blackberry is my favorite!

•Mainly dessert and fruit but I try lots of flavors in those categories.

• But my favorite is van. Custard 6 mg.

• Many, many different flavors.

• i love all the different fruits


Question Fourteen: Since becoming a vaper I am concerned about:

14 THE number one answer? False studies & reports via the media is the biggest concern. They’re all concerns. Part of the responsibility of this survey is for you to SEE what vapers SAY about vaping. Make an informed decision. LOOK for some real answers. There will be a few links at the end of this report to add to the 72 countries and over 7000 participants words for it.

Please help us understand why you selected this answer:


• just a worry wart

• That vaping is being scape-goated for the money made by Master Settlement Agreement, which is based on questionable science re: secondhand smoke from combustible cigarettes.

• How about an actual unbiased study where on vaping scientists actually conduct realistic studies ratherthan dry burning ce5’s at 5 volts

• i would like to know the harm i am doing to myself

• I want for all the negative news not true to stop and the government to stop pushing so much regulation.

• I selected all because I am convinced that in this like in many other things money is the most important factor.

• I am Concerned there is an Agenda out there that has more to do with LOOKS LIKE than anything else.

• In my view powerful monied interests are fighting as hard as they can to hang onto their ill-gotten gains by doing everything they can to keep smokers from using an effective method of quitting.

• true

• I don’t want them to take.away my freedom of it.

• While I DO think there’s plenty of bad studies and anti-vaping propaganda out there, I think the vaping community is totally unwilling to consider the possibilities that there are risks associated with vaping. It’s as if some vapers believe that vaping is akin to some health food. Simply being “better” than smoking (which I believe it is) DOES NOT make it “good” for you – a concept that seems to be lost on many in the vaping community.

• Illogical decisions made/championed by biased/uninformed people. Many institutions I used to trust are now revealed as manipulative self-interested and disingenuous about their stated motives.

• Local and state governments have stated loss of tax revenues as one of their biggest (I’d bet THE biggest) reason they want to control or outright ban e-cigarettes. Pharmaceutical companies want the same because their ineffective quit smoking aids won’t be needed and their expensive medications that treat all the ailments caused by smoking won’t be needed. Tobacco companies want the same restrictions on e-cigs and on cigarettes – i.e., taxes, no flavors – because they’re already losing money to vapers.

• Like to know health risk

• Unrealistic studies are scaring new vapers and discouraging smokers from trying vaping to stop smoking. Scare tactics started by tobacco companies who are losing a fortune by losing smokers. I would stop vaping altogether before I bought cigalikes made by tobacco companies who have lied to people for decades.

• See comments on other line

• Big tobacco doesnt like it, they are losing a lot of their profits from vapers..

• Self explanatory.

• The media is suddenly releasing tons of information to the general public with bunk reports about the chemicals involved in vaping. They are not giving full facts that e-cigs and vaping are two totally different things. Nor are they releasing all the facts related to their studies, such as the “gross amounts of formaldehyde” that is released being from a dry hit at a temperature that none of us would use for way longer than the button would even stay on!

• Hype hurts. If there IS something wrong, we’ll hear about.

• These are real issues.

• Far too much false science and others with a different agenda.

• I’m concerned about misinformation ( the tobacco industry has lots of money for lobbying )

• Pretty much sums it up Media can kill it without full knowledge Pretty much each vaper finds a person who wants t quit smoking and helps them convert on a daily basis.

• The pharmaceutical and tobacco industries fear vaping because it draws money away from their accounts.

• Too many people will give bad information via word of mouth, or will try to talk other people into gear they don’t need simply because they feel everyone should have the same experience they do. To-each-their-own.

• All of the above most studies that have proven vape is not bad for you have come from other countries and most coming out of the states have been using false claims or biased research ( yea we noticed )

• Las farmacéuticas necesitan fumadores que enfermen y se conviertan en consumidores crónicos de sus productos , las farmacéuticas ganan dinero con sus parches que no sirven para nada , las tabaqueras no quieren perder su cuota de mercado y los políticos en España no valoran la salud de las personas , solo el dinero que pueden ganar , el cigarrillo electrónico supone uno de los mayores avances en la ayuda para superar la drogadicción del tabaco , su mayor dificultad consiste en que no enriquece a los que han ganado dinero con la venta de tabaco y han hecho negocio con la enfermedad de los fumadores, cada día mueren miles de fumadores , pero no enferman los vapeadores , el citado electrónico CURA

• I used to read that smoking cost the NHS too much. Now surely that has to be a good thing, unless they lied and don’t want to lose the revenue on smoking.

• I don’t have a problem with real regulations and even taxation if it helps provide solid science in understanding the long term health impacts and limiting unsafe ingredients (popcorn lung from diacetyl, for example)

• Those are the main issues that concern me.

• I think that if the government or pharmaceutical controlled vaping they would completely do away with it. I think that other smokers should have the choice to switch to vaping to try and stop smoking telling them lies is just a bunch of scare tactics that would not help save lives.


Question 15:

Any other comments? Suggestions? Thanks for taking this survey!

These were the last six left on #15 of over 700.


• Saw your survey on “Ma cigarette.com” Excuse my English, I’m French speaking

• I am so thankful for vaping. My clothes & fingers don’t smell like cigarettes anymore. I’m not risking my family’s health with second hand smoke. I spend so much less money. I love making my own juice I know exactly whats in it. Vape on!!

• Vaping has saved my life.

• Thanks for asking 🙂 I hope some of my answers weren’t too long. It’s great to be able to tell my vaping experiences.

• For once I have some control over this addiction to cigarettes for the first time since I was 10 years old. At 37 I do not appreciate the Government attempting to intervene in the name of safety, health or any other reason when I believe in my heart Government is only acting on behalf of the people who stand to lose money if vaping replaces smoking and medical smoking cessation products (pharmaceutical companies and big tobacco). I believe the public is being lied to and over-medicated. Government can spend my tax money on far better things than regulating yet another industry. The disinfo surrounding vaping is scary, and even more frightening is how fast this disinfo was put out to the media, spread to the four corners of the country and picked up by the most absorbent of the easily-swayed population. New regulations are more and more looking like another way for Government to legislate morality and keep the money machine working in favor of the giant corporations. It makes me so very sad and angry.

• I tried patches, gum, chantix, we’ll but in & cold turkey. Nothing made me quit smoking until I discovered vaping. I feel so much healthier l. I don’t cough anymore or cough up nasty phlegm. I don’t get short of breath. I feel like I can breath. I smell and taste so much better. Best of all, I don’t stunk like an ashtray anymore. Vaping saved my life!



When I started this survey, I had no “plan”. I had no experience, I had no contacts. I wasn’t in any facebook groups. I wasn’t active in vaping forums. The results above are what they are. The truth about vaping, from vapers. Here’s some fun facts & links to others who I’ve met along the way.


Here are the countries who participated in the “Vaping Truth Survey”

Please note, although the United States was the top in participants at 2,447, the rest of the WORLD was the remainder of participants at 4,791!

Final: United States 2,447 34%

United Kingdom 984 14%

Germany 684 9%

Canada 409 6%

France 291 4%

Poland 263 4%

Australia 242 3%

Spain 238 3%

Netherlands 226 3%

Finland 191 3%

Norway 186 3%

Unknown 141 2%

Hungary 123 2%

Portugal 119 2%

Sweden 75 1%

Austria 75 1%

Romania 66 1%

Denmark 63 1%

South Africa 59 1%

Belgium 40 1%

Cyprus 36 <1%

Switzerland 29 <1%

Ireland 26 <1%

Italy 25 <1%

Greece 24 <1%

Thailand 17 <1%

Luxembourg 13 <1%

Iceland 10 <1%

Puerto Rico 10 <1%

Brazil 9 <1%

Czech Republic 9 <1%

Argentina 9 <1%

Slovenia 8 <1%

New Zealand 7 <1%

Mexico 7 <1%

Philippines 6 <1%

Croatia 6 <1%

Japan 6 <1%

Morocco 5 <1%

Israel 4 <1%

Taiwan 3 <1%

Singapore 3 <1%

Malaysia 3 <1%

Colombia 3 <1%

Latvia 2 <1%

Peru 2 <1%

Zimbabwe 2 <1%

Unknown 2 <1%

Jamaica 2 <1%

Chile 2 <1%

Estonia 2 <1%

Ecuador 2 <1%

Guam 2 <1%

Panama 1 <1%

Martinique 1 <1%

Reunion 1 <1%

Sri Lanka 1 <1%

Turkey 1 <1%

Trinidad and Tobago 1 <1%

Kuwait 1 <1%

Solomon Islands 1 <1%

Russia 1 <1%

Unknown 1 <1%

Egypt 1 <1%

Bulgaria 1 <1%

Afghanistan 1 <1%

Gibraltar 1 <1%

Guadeloupe 1 <1%

India 1 <1%

Indonesia 1 <1%

Honduras 1 <1%

Kenya 1 <1%


The vapers.org.uk organization was instrumental in going worldwide. They introduced the survey to their audience. I don’t remember how it came across my eye, but I saw they had it on their site, and this is the post, and my response Posted on 27th December 2014 by Alan Beard (Thank you, Alan!)

Here was what I posted and they published: My letter to Vapers.org.uk


With the UK promoting it, (thank you!) the introduction to EVUN was next: EVUN – European Vapers United Network, who inspired me to add the translator.

That brought real worldwide participation from 72 countries. Hazel Mamamia, ( Thank you, Hazel! ) for inspiring that and ME!!!


In a few comments, there was the word “anecdotal”. Others had mentioned that it was “biased”. Well, yes, yes it was. Quickly, an article came streaming across my eye and gave me more hope! (Thank you, Norbert!) Beneficial Bias


Finally, again, Twitter & Facebook were the ultimate two pushing from individuals to forums, groups, pages and much more than I’m probably ever going to find or be aware of.

The truest form of positive interaction in vaping is sharing information. Continue to do that within your networks of fellow vapers! We should all be very proud of these results.


So you know:

E-cigarette Research is HERE.

MORE e-cigarette research is also HERE.

And here : ecigalternative.com

Research links via Dr Konstantinos Farsalinos and team. Dr, Farsalinos is on Twitter: @FarsalinosK

M.O.V.E: Medical Organizations Supporting Vaping & Electronic Cigarettes: M.O.V.E.

E-cigarettes, vaping and public health:  A summary for policy-makers by Clive Bates: vapebriefing


Vaping The Truth By Kellie Forbes BScN RN, Member of the above mentioned organization  M.O.V.E.

has prepared an IN DEPTH look at tobacco harm reduction.

Vaping The Truth USA version



Thank you again to Twitter & Facebook friends, you know who you are! A few of you behind the scenes who have supported me and helped me learn things along the way are SO appreciated!

Those wishing to remain anonymous are awesome. You ALL have done the world a service by helping this take on a life of its own. WE should be proud of the answers from this survey.

The answers above are not really a complete surprise to any of us who vape, but an eye opening visual interpretation of what vaping IS. No fluff. Our Voices.

The Vaping Truth. If one person realizes or understands the weight in this, it has done its job.

 



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