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HIGHER Nicotine Levels Are Safe

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HIGHER nicotine levels are SAFE.

A new study shows higher nicotine levels are safe – “nicotine on its own, outside of tobacco products, has limited addictive potential, and that higher doses are safe and well tolerated

As I typed the title of this blog, I could almost hear the thump of foreheads hitting desks of various alphabet soup groups, the heads of the FDA and other distinguished ‘experts’.

You know what? Good.

Thirty+ years of outright lies (or incompetence) need to stop.


“We’ve always done it this way”


If you’re in the business specifically of “helping smokers”, pay attention.

I’ve said this before. It is imperative: do not limit nicotine strength.

Now new research shows HIGHER levels of nicotine may help.

  • Of the 50 participants, 90 per cent progressed to at least three patches, while 72 per cent progressed to four patches.
  • 82 per cent of participants achieved four weeks validated abstinence from smoking, and experienced no significant increase in withdrawal symptoms, including urges to smoke.
  • Cigarette consumption, smoke intake and enjoyment of smoking declined significantly during the pre-quit period, and the intervention was rated as helpful and easy to adhere to.

I didn’t see this coming.

  1. Evidence then emerged that nicotine on its own, outside of tobacco products, has limited addictive potential
  2. higher doses are safe and well tolerated

Are you intrigued? I’m intrigued. You ponder that, dear reader, I’ll move along.

Now two questions!

  1. Will quitlines and tobacco control groups be able to say those two things above without hurting their lies and egos for the past 30 years?
  2. Will drug companies rush to make levels of nicotine higher to get back in the game and bring their success rates up?

On #1, I expect abruptly changing their standard nicotine statements – or changing public opinion – would not be difficult to do, but will be difficult to swallow. Face it, if they succeed doing what they’re designed to do – helping smokers quit, they will go out of ‘business’. They don’t want that.

On #2, Will drug companies begin offering increased nicotine levels/strengths in patches? I’ll bet they will. It makes good business sense.

Above, I typed the words “do not limit nicotine strength”. You’ve been taught scolded like a child about nicotine “addiction”.

Dependence, like caffeine? Possibly. I’ll almost accept dependence. I’m still on the fence.


Nicotine is not addictive.


Addiction? No. You can see my short answers here, the (much) longer version here, or take my challenge here.

The study went on to say “Our results also suggests that one of the reasons e-cigarettes are so much more popular and potentially more effective than other nicotine replacement treatments is that smokers can adjust their nicotine intake according to their needs.”

Here’s the link:

Trying to quit smoking? New research suggests higher levels of nicotine may help


Nicotine: It is not you, it is them.

How many times have you tried to stop smoking? Did you think to ask about success rates with the product you were using? Slick marketing, heavy support from ‘non-profit’ organizations of ineffective products having 93% failure rates make big companies donating big money to those non-profits richer.


It is not you. It is them.


It also gives a license to the “morally superior” ‘authority’ to blame you. Keep trying. Try harder. You can do it. You’re not trying hard enough.

They’re not trying hard enough.


Nicotine Failure Rates

While patches (and presumably gums, inhalers, etc.) are at certain strengths, we know they have very low (7%) success rates, and it takes an average of THIRTY tries for smokers trying to quit.


“Morals are standards set by those who want their standards met by others.”


Interesting, because the stigma wrongly associated with nicotine is addictive” and “bad”. Public health professionals have been instilling fear in soccer moms by demonizing nicotine for over 30 years- while beating smokers to death with hate and pointing fingers as if it were your fault.


“Convincing smokers that nicotine is addictive is a multi-billion dollar global lie.”


Things they don’t talk about in public. That’s the agenda. By actively concealing the truth (or doing as they’re told), they’ve lied about nicotine very effectively for a very long time.


Nicotine Experts Are Not Experts

According to this article from 2017, Philip Morris studied nicotine replacement therapies in the 90’s and found they were not hurting sales. No worries. This makes sense, and they were obviously right. Those are experts.

Tobacco control cult member Professor Glantz admits anti-smoking is 20 or 30 years behind the tobacco companies. In fact, self-proclaimed experts like Glantz have falsely recommended these products for years without a grasp on how they, or nicotine works.


“The assertion of nicotine “addiction” by “public health” is profitable and absurd.”


Glantz, while blaming lack of money “they have much more resources”, has had no problem (*wink*) taking money to promote (nicotine replacement therapy”) as proven (*wink*) to help smokers quit, (*wink*) adding that smokers need “regular counseling to use it properly” and displays ZERO expertise or integrity.


“Nicotine on its own, outside of tobacco products, has limited addictive potential, higher doses are safe and well tolerated”


Why do ineffective products continue to be promoted – giving smokers the false impression they work?

Because the hype and propaganda of nicotine ‘addiction’ without tobacco and MAOI’s, and ‘brain damage’ in teens, in humans, are unfounded.

Because there is no focus on helping smokers quit.  Because more money to help regulate tobacco products and to study the effects of new ‘tobacco’ products keep rolling in.

Think of the progress “anti-tobacco” could have made if they only applied themselves… and tried harder.


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With all that above, higher nicotine levels are safe. They are imperative. Think of the popularity (and ease) of Juul. Love them or hate them, they have high nicotine strength. My Grandmother would have adapted to those with ease. No filling, no fuss. Gram wouldn’t have joined Facebook groups to try to figure out ohms, watts, coils, builds.

Out of disgust, Gram would have tossed a blinking or non-working frustrating ‘best thing ever’ mod she paid $150.00 for in the trash the first time it wouldn’t have worked and lit her Pall Mall non-filter without hesitation. She’d have gone for cig-a-likes or ego style kits because nicotine strength and throat hit is that important.

Had I not started with 18mg (I’m still on it), and started on 3, 6, or 9mg nicotine – I might not be writing this blog, or maybe eventually I’d have picked up a *shudder* Juul.


“I know why the patch & gum didn’t work for me. I was afraid of becoming addicted to nicotine.”


Now, look around your shop – or if you’re not a shop owner, look around the shop you frequent. What is being offered? What is being sold? What nicotine strengths do you carry? Are there ‘old-school’ starter kits or cig-a-likes?

Are there strengths up to at least 18 or 24mg? Choice.

Preaching to the choir.

If you’re using a high powered device and very low nicotine, theories and titrations have been discussed here by our friend Alan Beard:

Evolving Nicotine Usage and Consequences


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In The End

As a consumer, I’m excited and commend this forward-thinking progress for nicotine patches. It is intriguing and solidifies my ‘do not limit nicotine strength‘ in a whole new light – even for me.

As I am of the ‘whatever works’ (and choice)  to reduce harms from smoking.

I also see this as the beginning of the fall of ivory towers of what is called “tobacco control“.

I’m not shutting up.


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Vaping In The News – March 3rd, 2018

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A Long Letter to Ms. Kimmel for MN House ~ Vaping vs Smoking ~ Beyond the Headlines, E-Cigarette Vapor Has Only Trace Amounts of Metals ~ Dr. Farsalinos Discredits “Toxic Metal” Study For Being Misleading ~ Testimony Before the Indiana Public Health Committee ~ Is it possible that nicotine ~ Air monitoring ~ Landmark U.S. Study ~ And Still We Stand Back Meekly ~ Lamppost Epidemiology ~ These are some of the people ~ Smoke Free Radio


A Long Letter to Ms. Kimmel for MN House

Skip has an undeniable knack to get to the heart of the matter. Without question, she has once again outdone herself.

A Long Letter to Ms. Kimmel for MN House


Vaping vs Smoking: 40 experts teach you healthier alternative

I was asked to participate in this.

Vaping vs Smoking: 40 experts teach you healthier alternative


Beyond the Headlines, E-Cigarette Vapor Has Only Trace Amounts of Metals

The headlines misrepresent or over-dramatize the facts…

Who among you uses nearly four gallons of liquid?

Via Brad Rodu:

Beyond the Headlines, E-Cigarette Vapor Has Only Trace Amounts of Metals

Without rambling, I, as a consumer, WANT to know the truth. Good or bad….

Dr. Farsalinos remains at the top of my list over the years as the “go to”… he won’t lie or sugarcoat, and is diligent in his explanations.

I don’t think the man has had a rest in the past 10 years. If you meet him, please shake his hand for me.

Dr. Farsalinos Discredits “Toxic Metal” Study For Being Misleading


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Testimony Before the Indiana Public Health Committee

Because testimony.

Testimony Before the Indiana Public Health Committee


Is it possible?

My favorite subject.

Yes.

Is it possible that nicotine is not the cause of any withdrawal symptoms…?


Air monitoring at large public electronic cigarette events.

I’ve covered this before…at length with Meg about pounding sand here.

See here George – what we’re going to do is get volunteers to act like the public and get them to go in to this convention with backpacks with a hidden an air sampling pump.

We’ll do it discreetly and try to be all sciency. Boy, I sure hope we can get away with it…. then, we’ll use those backpacks to stash all that grant money!

Air monitoring at large public electronic cigarette events.


#Louder.

There are FEW professionals who are bold enough to stand UP and make some noise.

This exchange below showing Simon Chapman being challenged about being challenged is louder. I want to personally thank you who are standing UP and fighting like Dr. Wodak, Dr. Danko and others. You know who you are.

If you’re interested, here’s the full thread.


Landmark U.S. Study

Imagine?

The American Cancer Society has changed their wording on their position… I’m still skeptical, however….

Landmark U.S. Study Confirms Vaping Devices Are Substantially Less Harmful Than Smoking Cigarettes

Related link:

E-Cigarettes Are Saving Lives



And Still We Stand Back Meekly

WELL worth the read…

“A massive Ponzi scheme that can be brought crashing down by we, the people, simply waking up.”

And Still We Stand Back Meekly


Science Lesson: Lamppost Epidemiology And The Lack Of Self-Correction

Carl sheds some light on the hard work of searching where the best answers can be found – or not…

Science Lesson: Lamppost Epidemiology And The Lack Of Self-Correction


I’ll call this one “The Emperor wears no bias”.


These are some of the people…..

I purposely haven’t found myself in or around a vaping convention of any kind… I still have never been to one. That subject is for another time.

I did, however, take a trip up to Columbus, Ohio last weekend. On purpose.

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A long overdue meet with a few stellar people at the Vapor Station (Hilliard, Ohio) with (among others) James Jarvis (& his wife) of the Ohio Vapor Trade Association, FIG Ramsey who I’ve adored since forever… and the brain behind Gonzo GivesMike Peterson of 2 Stone Vaping, and finally, a man I’ve admired and stalked followed since December of 2014, and met briefly after the premiere of A Billion Lives, David Goerlitz.

If these are the people I’m surrounded by and engaging with at a vaping convention, I’ll be at every single one I can get to. These are some of the people who are making some noise. These are some of the people who are paying attention. These are some of the people around the country who are #LoudER. These are some of the people who are passionate, caring and attentive. These are some of the people making the world a better place. These are just some of the people who DO something.

Surrounding myself with those smarter than I – is my goal, and that was achieved.

Here’s me just moments (or an hour or so) after I touched a Fig.

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

Keep ON #Vaping On.

Kevin