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Can you quit smoking with patches and gums?

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CAN you quit smoking with patches and gums?

Are attempts with these quit smoking products successful? Can you find success rates for them? Do they work? Can you quit smoking? I’m sure there are a few who will say yes. I say it is a deceptive practice to say you can.

To quit smoking with any approved method is a challenge. Why is that?  Can you quit with Nicorette® patches and gums? I asked, not so innocently, for success rates with Nicorette® product(s). I was given an 800 number to get personalized attention.  Has anyone ever thought to ask as they were purchasing their product? I’m always asking silly rhetorical questions. It’s a hobby.


Will quitting be successful for you?

If they were as successful as commercials and graphics are intended to make you “feel” by helping people quit smoking, wouldn’t they say so immediately? Give me something, like a 94% satisfaction rate. 85% of our customers are smoke-free. Repeat the successful rates of the product to potential customers, not the success of repeat customers trying again. Fine, I’m reaching for the perverbial stars, I suppose.


I’m guessing a 7% success rate.

What are success rates for Nicorette® patches and gums? I don’t know. Nicorette® evidently doesn’t either. It is that time of year, with New Years Eve coming up, ads will be convincing you that you can succeed. Keep trying. Do your best. Their subtle guilt trip illusions are coming.

I asked  “What are the success rates with your product” directly to Nicorette®,  made by Glaxo-Smith Kline on Twitter. I didn’t think it would be a hard question.

Not that Glaxo-Smith Kline would ever do anything to deter any other method of…..


Can you quit smoking?

People spend hours looking up the reviews on the latest appliance they’re thinking about purchasing, but spend 30 seconds deciding on an “approved” method, because you know, if it isn’t an approved method, it must be (bad, dangerous, unproven, deceitful, not taxable, pharma’s idea) just plain wrong.

There are times in some smokers lives where they either choose to quit smoking, or because of various reasons, want to quit. In my instance, I switched to vaping accidentally. I had, however, tried the patches and gums years before and they just didn’t work.

I didn’t even think to ask the doctor about success rates, I assumed they worked. So does the rest of the world. I’d like to see success rates after 6 months, 1 year, heck, call me crazy, 5 years – with relapse rates. (With all that data-driven stuff people like to blab about). Implying that it works isn’t enough any more. Proof by assertion isn’t enough.

How about real world stuff… still waiting.


I’ll direct you here:

Whistleblower sues GlaxoSmithKline over nicotine product

I am guiding you to this by Amy Renshaw from Vanderbilt University:

The Real Story Behind The Nicotine Patch and Smoking Cessation

DO they work? This article stated “the most rigorous long-term study” said no”.

Mine, where, ~dare I say~ patches and gums do not work because you are not addicted to nicotine itself. You are possibly addicted to the other chemicals or chemical reactions within smoking tbacco, but nicotine “addiction” without tobacco simply does not exist. Period.


There is no data or science showing nicotine “addiction” without tobacco and MAOI’s.


It’s like I’m a mind reader… really….

In fact, (added 12/21/17)

Why Is Smoking Addictive? It’s Probably Not Just Nicotine, Despite What We’ve Been Told For Years

Then this came up 12/22/17:

Nicotine patches and medications aren’t enough to quit smoking, a study finds

Nicotine is not addictive.


I rephrased my question, at the time of publishing this blog, there was no response.

My guess is a 93% failure rate.

Don’t take my word for it.

The patches and gums “may, could, might” work. I would say percentages of success are 7%, and I’m being very optimistic with that. For your own sanity, call the company and ask them about success rates. Ask your doctor. Let me know how they respond.

Here’s one (2009) with “effectiveness”… (Thanks, Jenny!)

Effectiveness and safety of nicotine replacement therapy assisted reduction to stop smoking: systematic review and meta-analysis

One with the Patch (1993)

Effectiveness of a nicotine patch in helping people stop smoking

What about Zyban or Chantix?

That’s covered here:

 

Taking Chances with Chantix or Zyban to Quit Smoking



One with e-cigs (Thanks, Elaine!)

EffiCiency and Safety of an eLectronic cigAreTte (ECLAT) as Tobacco Cigarettes Substitute: A Prospective 12-Month Randomized Control Design Study

Another with e-cigs (Thanks, Jenny!)

Electronic Cigarettes As a Smoking-Cessation Tool

Effectiveness of Pharmaceutical Smoking Cessation Aids (Thanks, Skip!)

“pharmaceutical aids for smoking cessation, despite strong evidence for efficacy from randomized trials, have not been effective at increasing successful quitting”

Effectiveness of Pharmaceutical Smoking Cessation Aids in a Nationally Representative Cohort of American Smokers




Added 01/01/18

Smokers Willing to Try E-Cigarettes More Successful at Smoking Less, Study Says




Ask your government, they’d tell you, because they care, that every try counts.


Speaking of timing

Here’s Carl V. Phillips with his latest timely post over at The Daily Vaper:

Science Lesson: Smoking Cessation Is Not Medical Treatment

 

You can see here what the FDA charts with all “approved” methods here:

Table Data: FDA Approved Drug



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Teen Smoking Drops, Gateway Closes, Unicorns Unemployed

Teen Smoking Drops, Popular Gateway Closes, Unicorns Unemployed

Teen Smoking Drops, Gateway Closes

Teen smoking rates dropped again despite the ever-popular assessment that e-cigarettes “could be” a gateway to smoking. Even this year, stories continue to manipulate public perception with titles like “heavier teen tobacco use” and content to conjure images of a pack of 8-year-olds smoking like it’s going out of style. I’ll get to the unicorns sightings, I know that’s why you’re here.

Also noteworthy, and no surprise, e-cigarette use is going up. Well, hang on to your hats. If e-cigarettes are a gateway to smoking… where are the new smokers? You ponder that question, I’ll keep typing.


They’re wrong, No Gateway

With the confidence of a unicorn herder, always good for a laugh ever-so-credible Stanton Glantz just below boasts “even non-nicotine #ecigarettes are a strong gateway to cigarettes…” and he’s wrong. He uses the word “are”.  Not only is he wrong, he’s wrong at least twice.

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If he were correct in his hypothesis, this would be a different blog. I trust grandstanding filled with babbling and buffoonery is forthcoming from Stan about how wrong he isn’t.  (Blatantly obnoxious and wrong.) He’ll stroke his beard,  fidget in his chair, participate in some pesky deposition, but won’t admit wrong, he and others have been wrong, and will continue to be wrong. With reports of youth smoking rates dropping to all-time lows, thousands of gateway enthusiasts like Stanton “Puff-N-Stuff” Glantz, are… well, I am happy to report as I did in August here, and here, wrong.


Teen smoking drops again

Teen Nicotine and tobacco use (smoking rates) dropped again according to the latest report from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)  called “Monitoring The Future Survey”.

Use of traditional cigarettes has continued to decline to the lowest levels in the survey’s history.

Significant five-year declines-by more than half for daily use and for use of one-half pack or more per day-were reported by all grades.

Daily cigarette use was reported by 0.6 percent of 8th graders

2.2 percent of 10th graders

4.2 percent of 12th graders in 2017.

This was down from peaks of 10.4 percent and 18.3 percent among 8th and 10th graders in 1996 and a peak of 24.6 percent of 12th graders in 1997.


Unicorns

Expert Integrity In Question

Gateway Enthusiasts and Unicorns are out of work

Despite the valiant efforts of “experts”, despite an uncanny desire to invest in tactics like this to keep kids smoking, they’re smoking less. Now, due to cause and effect, the country has countless unicorns displaced and unemployed. Gateway enthusiasts and Unicorns are looking for work. Kids sure don’t smoke like they used to. Do what you can to save the unicorns, continue to question the integrity of experts.

Since the definition of nicotine is now tobacco, tobacco USE rates/funding are in jeopardy. (I predict next year the “tobacco use” will be put together with smoking in this survey, with or without nicotine). To my knowledge, not one city has made an effort to focus on the intended target: children. Instead of focusing on pre-teen and teen smoking (what I would consider 8-15 year-old juveniles), to educate that age group on tobacco use, so-called “experts” are insistent, despite the lowest smoking rates in history, on half-assed efforts and a lot of money aimed at raising the age of purchasing tobacco and e-cigs to 21.


Teens Are Smoking Less

While I was writing this blog, this came across my eye. (Thanks, Jenny!)

While all the “Tobacco 21” enthusiasts are running around feeling good about themselves, the teen smokers they should be spending energy on are already smoking. In this, it states the desire to raise the age to 21. Well. The paragraph above I stated 8-15 as the age range to educate, where (bold emphasis is mine) this study says:

“The mean age for the first puff on a cigarette was 11.7 years (n = 66). Youths who had stolen tobacco from a parent reported a mean age for the first puff (11.3 years), one year earlier than youths who had never stolen tobacco from a parent (12.3 years, n = 66, p = 0.05)”

Focus time on efforts, not control

11 year olds. 12 year olds. Why are they worrying about restricting 18-20-year-old adults again? Why are they not worried about pre-teen and teen tobacco use? Oh, that’s right, they’re experts. It’s pretty obvious a quick check with my untrained eye on the target age of when children first initiate smoking *in their own study* isn’t their expertise.  Maybe no one noticed.

You would think efforts focusing on pre-teen smoking education before a potential problem occurs would be more fruitful, and the obvious primary focus. Instead, restrict adults from doing something that “they might do” as adults has become the idiotic trend.

As far as my personal view, I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again:

On teens: “If “children” are *already smoking, they’re *smokers regardless of age. Think of the children™.”

If these people worked on the…. they might work themselves right out …. of… a …. job . . . wait a minute….

 


This was added 12/19/17.


Added 01/18/17:

1.7 Million High Schoolers Vaped in 2016, As Both Vaping and Smoking Declined


Other related links of interest:

Electronic Cigarette Age Restrictions May Drive Teens to Traditional Cigarettes

US survey: Youth smoking rates reach historic lows despite e-cig popularity

Adolescent Smoking Rates Reach Historic Lows, Despite Vaping’s Popularity





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

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

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

Public health, is top secret stuff, evidently.

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ENDS-Discussion-paper


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


Less smoking in Australia comes with fines

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

Aussies 3 with smokes


Act Like An Expert

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

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

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

Christopher Snowden could go on here.

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An assertion does not make you correct

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

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

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

 

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Even in his retirement, he wants to assert control.


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

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

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

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

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

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


 

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

“Ill-informed, willfully ignorant and downright malicious”

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

 

 


 

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

Spell my name right, Simon.


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

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This is Why Tobacco Control Should not be Trusted

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This is Why Tobacco Control Should not be Trusted

This guest blog is courtesy of two people I trust:

Kevin M. Price and David Goerlitz.

The current decline in smoking has been well-documented and has occurred because of a consumer based technology coming into the marketplace, not by the efforts of Tobacco Control (TC) groups. TC is primarily funded by Tobacco Taxes. It is a textbook conflict of interest because if they succeed at what they are trying to do, they will de-fund themselves. Let me make this a bit clearer for those of you reading this; Tobacco Control does NOT have the goal of eliminating smoking, period! TC is about control and power. Here are some of their proposed ‘fixes’ and what they claim their goal is along with what their true objectives are:

Tobacco 21- TC claims that raising the age to purchase tobacco products will reduce the numbers of new smokers by 25%. In actuality, it has done little to help reduce smoking or curb youth access since it does not make it illegal to possess tobacco products if you are under 21 and it has been largely rejected by a majority of cities and towns already. Raising the age to buy without the means to enforce it is a feigned attempt to appear to be doing a public service. The intended goal of this program is to inflate the numbers of ‘youth smokers’ by including the now ‘underage’ 18-20 year olds in their reports and surveys. They will further secure their funding by showing a jump in tobacco use overnight. Clever but not completely honest to say the least.

Flavor Bans- TC will claim that “Flavors are marketed to Children” and should be banned from all tobacco products. Tobacco Harm Reduction (THR) has played a major role in helping people to stop smoking. It is estimated that nearly 13 million Adults in the USA have used smokeless tobacco (Vaping and Snus) with significantly higher success rates (67%) of never returning to combustible tobacco products again, using flavored products. Why would TC want to remove products that are magnitudes safer than smoking? Why would TC want to restrict access to something that millions of adults have found success quitting smoking with? If someone is trying to quit smoking, should they HAVE to use tobacco flavors to do so? The answer, they are well aware that doing so will cause many to return to smoking, completing the cycle of taxation and funding for their continued existence. It is not about public health, it is about their funding.

High Taxation- Tobacco has always been the target for taxes and revenue generators for states. The sin and guilt applied to smokers has been a psychological war going on for decades. ‘You smoke and should be ashamed of it, pay your taxes’. However, TC has completely ignored any and all THR products citing that ‘They are not FDA approved’ as their reasoning. Again, I ask you, Why not include THR products with a very high success rate and far less harm? It is an obvious ruse and it comes back to their funding. Call it ‘Tobacco’, tax it, and keep the funding coming in, rinse and repeat. Are you seeing the trend here? I hope so. On to the next…

Tobacco Control uses slight of words- If you listen to these TC groups speak, they will interchange the words ‘tobacco’ and ‘nicotine’ as if they are one and the same, they are not. Using this play on words they will say things like “Smoking kills 480k+ Americans each year. ____________ (add in any of their proposals above here) will save people from their deadly addictions to nicotine and create a healthier state/city in ____________ (enter city or state here).” They want to create the narrative so that people associate tobacco and nicotine as one and the same by continually using them together. Keep in mind that there are no studies that can prove nicotine is deadly or that it is ‘highly addictive’ as they claim. Not ONE study! Prove me wrong, I’ll wait. They do this so that they can include anything with nicotine in it to be taxed just like tobacco…to protect their funding.

Finally, I would like to point out that these TC groups are NOT required to communicate truthfully OR factually to the public. They are not bound by any state or federal laws to tell the truth. Having given you my professional opinion, I stand by the title of this letter in saying “This is WHY Tobacco Control should not be trusted”.

 


 

David Goerlitz and Kevin M. Price are both on the board of THR4Life.

You can learn more about THR4Life here.

You can learn more about David here on his blog.

You can watch his interview on Smoke-Free Radio with Dimi here, where the gloves are off.

 

 

 

You can watch his latest interview with Norm Bour of VapeMentors below.

 

 


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Vaping In The News – October 7th, 2017

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Public Health Officials Urge Use of Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems ~ When enough is enough ~ DOH urged to classify e-cigarettes as ‘less harmful’ ~ Potential deaths averted in USA by replacing cigarettes with e-cigarettes ~ Vaping as a Stick ~ Who’s Standing Up To Stop Vaping Being Used As A Tool Of Coercion? ~ Science Lesson: How Vaping Leads To Smoking Cessation ~ Research Tools to Inform FDA Regulation of Snus ~ E-cigarettes work: I’d prescribe them if I could ~ “Achieving Smokefree Aotearoa by 2025”




In this weeks edition of the news: another pattern… Urgings, less harmful, deaths averted… standing up… science…

I’m not sure there’s a word for the childish battle between those who allegedly call themselves “public health” and those who act like it

I’ve asked if their ploys are a “Strategy or Tragedy“…

I’ve even gone as far as devising an assessment tool here….

I’ll continue to enjoy what I will now call an “exhibition match”, what I predicted as “Plausible Deniability” here, “Pavlov’s Dog” here. And of course, the “Keep Smoking” camp is covered here and here.

Please, no wagering.

This is Vaping In The News for the week ending October 7th, 2017




Public Health Officials Urge Use of Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems

I apologize for failing to bring this piece from Lindsey Stroud to your attention last week.

You read that right, now read it.

Public Health Officials Urge Use of Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems


When Enough Is Enough

This phrase needs to be said more. Inept “experts” love to say “need more research”, largely ignoring what’s already out there.

When enough is enough


DOH urged to classify e-cigarettes as ‘less harmful’ option for smokers

In between the screaming, public health “experts”, and tobacco control, should prepare an exit strategy.

DOH urged to classify e-cigarettes as ‘less harmful’ option for smokers


Potential deaths averted in USA by replacing cigarettes with e-cigarettes

Huh.

Related from the American Council on Science and Health (ACSH)

Vaping as a Stick

Because as a smoker, you shall be beaten into submission. Do as your told.

Paul takes a swing here:

Vaping as a Stick

AND from Dick Puddlecoat:

Who’s Standing Up To Stop Vaping Being Used As A Tool Of Coercion?


Science Lesson: How Vaping Leads To Smoking Cessation

Carl has a lesson…


Research Tools to Inform FDA Regulation of Snus

“Studies showed low abuse liability for snus and low levels of consumer demand.”
and “is likely to neither result in substantial public health harm nor benefit.”

E-cigarettes work: I’d prescribe them if I could

I personally don’t like the word “prescribe” myself, I don’t want pharmaceutical companies in control, and despise any thoughts of subsidies funding tobacco control. What I do want is Doctors being aware and in control of proper information to relay to their patients.


“Achieving Smokefree Aotearoa by 2025”: a response to critiques

I’ll allow you to read it and make an informed decision.

“Achieving Smokefree Aotearoa by 2025”: a response to critiques




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Vaping In The News – September 23rd, 2017

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SCREAM TEST / Scream Test Update ~ DANA Statement: Australia ~ THR4Life ~ FDA Warnings ~ Air Quality ~ Corruption ~ Show Me The Money ~ Gonzo Gives ~ Snork ~ Tobacco Taxes ~ Tobacco Experts ~ Regulator Watch ~ Foundation For A Smoke-Free World


 

Experts in tobacco CONtrol are nervous and well aware of their demise as they squealed like stuck pigs after the announcement of Foundation for a Smoke-Free World and Philip Morris’s 1 Billion dollar commitment to the same…

Australia finds nurses on board with vaping… An introduction to the Board Members of THR4life… The FDA warnings are useless…. Gonzo Gives…. Regulator Watch… Foundation For A Smoke-Free World…Taxes… and more.

This is Vaping In The News for the week ending September 23rd, 2017


😱 Scream Test

This reads like a desperate eulogy written by well seasoned & nearly extinct tobacco CONtrol freaks.

To shed light upon on themselves and their continued failure as “experts” is sadly amusing. I encourage one of you to send these idiots some flowers. Tell them to try harder. They can do it.

(Thanks to the authors!)

A “Frank Statement” for the 21st Century?

Scream Test Update

I would be remiss, and this would not be complete without Dick Puddlecoat’s explanation:

Scream Test Update

(My take is further down.)


DANA Statement: Australia

Drug and Alcohol Nurses of Australasia Incorporated (DANA) has released a statment. I don’t agree with “every” single part, but finally, some common sense – shockingly from the land of disbelief and fairy tales of Chapman & Freeman, Australia.

DANA Position Statement on E-Cigarettes


THR4Life

I’d like to introduce you to the Board I am proudly a part of.

Tobacco Harm Reduction For Life


FDA Warnings

More useless notices that won’t be read by anyone.

“FDA failed to present any data — much less the substantial evidence required under the [Administrative Procedure Act]…”

FDA to study warnings for cigarette packaging


Air Quality

The Centers for Disease Control did a test. Huh. Jim McDonald delves into what they did, or didn’t find… and won’t talk about.

What did the CDC find when they tested vape shop air?


Corruption

No. Couldn’t be. Say it isn’t so.

Vrdolyak, associate collected $10 million in unauthorized tobacco fees, prosecutors say


Show Me The Money

Certainly there’s no conflict of interest here… CVS has committed $50 million dollars to get their way.

The American Cancer Society is now joined at the hip to help bully fund “tobacco-free” campuses and has “awarded” $20,000.00 to another campus to become nannies to adults.

Monetary grant encourages a tobacco free generation by The American Cancer Society


Gonzo Gives

What, you may ask, is Gonzo gives? Go ahead, ask. Meanwhile, I see frustration from many in the vaping community.

Then, I see this, and it inspires me.

GONZO GIVES FAQ


Snork

They called this one “Juice monsters” here.


Tobacco Taxes

Since National Tobacco Day, this has been coming… if you didn’t believe it, it’s ready to go – and if you’re new here, nicotine is considered tobacco.

Jim McDonald, again, covers this eloquently here:

Senate bill would tax vapes and cigarettes the same

Related:

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Tobacco Control ‘Experts’ Fight AGAINST A Smoke-Free World

Please indulge me in a bit of shameless self-promotion. I’d like to take a moment to proudly introduce my first submission to the Daily Caller & Daily Vaper. I was humbled, surprised and honored when I was contacted to submit to them.

I was also relieved. Why? The consideration was immediate. With 20 million possible eyes, and no pop ups, I’m in.

Instead of preaching to the choir, I hope their estimated audience of 20 million people might see what this blog has been trying to say for (4+ years) so long.

My submission on the scream test from above:

Tobacco Control ‘Experts’ Fight AGAINST A Smoke-Free World


Foundation For A Smoke-Free World

This is what causes tobacco control to pull their hair out. I’m enjoying the show.

You can see the website here : Foundation For A Smoke-Free World


Regulator Watch

ANY attention to any attempt to STOP the Food and Drug Administration to cease and desist is attention. Some disagree, some are supportive.

One may agree or disagree in the tactics deployed by any industry or consumer group, but to have egos in the way of progress towards what should be little to no regulation of vaping products, (industry manufacturing standards, no sales tax other than normal sales tax), one with half a brain would give deeper consideration to any efforts being put forth rather than dismissing them.

My deepest thanks to Brent Stafford from Regulator Watch for continuing to educate me as a consumer in what seems like an endless regulatory carnival ride.

 

 




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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.


Tobacco Harm Reduction 4 Life

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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Vaping In The News – August 19, 2017

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Vaping In The News – August 19th, 2017


The FDA shouldn’t give into irrational e-cigarette fears ~ Nicotine Usage Survey for UK & USA ~ Government Waste ~ Treatment & Beyond ~ E-cig risk campaign for youths draws praise, criticism to FDA ~ Rehash worth rehashing ~ Gateway effects and electronic cigarettes ~ There is no safe level of research ~ Cruel But Sadly Not Unusual ~ “Smoking Fee” ruled out ~ The Burning Truth About Tobacco Bonds ~ Challenges for Vendors and Desirability of Compulsory Membership of Trade Association ~ A Nicotine-Focused Framework for Public Health ~ Professor Glantz ~ A Billion Lives

August 13th-19th, 2017


FDA & Fear

Fear is the business they’re in.

“The Food and Drug Administration is now on the wrong side of a new anti-vaping campaign. Instead of helping teens reject using tobacco or e-cigarettes, the new FDA plan would end up discouraging people from quitting cigarette smoking — an outcome no one wants.”

The FDA shouldn’t give into irrational e-cigarette fears


Nicotine Usage Survey for US & UK Users

From personal experience, I know there is always skepticism when surveys are made, formed and posted.

This survey is a from a reliable and known source.

Nicotine Useage Survey for US & UK users


Do you know about THR4LIFE?

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Government Waste

Citizens Against Government Waste released a statement “supporting the approval of efforts for tobacco harm reduction through e-cigarettes and similar non-combustible products.”

CAGW Submits Public Comments to FDA Supporting Tobacco Harm Reduction


Treatment & Beyond

Treatment & Beyond. A tobacco control prevention training tool for health care providers around the globe


Do you know about NNA?

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Risks Campaign

As I stated above, the FDA is in the fear business:

E-cig risk campaign for youths draws praise, criticism to FDA


Rehash worth rehashing

Covered before by me here, another look at the NIH study buried by the US Government.

Prevalence of population smoking cessation by electronic cigarette use status in a national sample of recent smokers


Gateways

A long standing political PLOY to garner the publics affection, I present to you:

Gateway effects and electronic cigarettes.


There is no safe level of research

GrandDad… Head Rambles.. keep an eye on this crotchety old man.

Love it.

There is no safe level of research


Are you familiar with INNCO?


Dick Puddlecoat:

Cruel But Sadly Not Unusual

Sadly:

Anna Raccoon


“Smoking Fee” ruled out

The ponzi scheme is crumbling in Oklahoma…

“just $1 million of the $225 million in revenue would have been used to discourage tobacco usage”

“to generate new revenue streams to help meet the constitutional mandate to balance the state budget”

‘Smoking fee’ ruled out


The Burning Truth About Tobacco Bonds

The Master Settlement Agreement, paid for by smokers – consumers – not tobacco companies, has been around a long time. Propublica did an awesome job here of explaining the mess, here’s yet another look at the crumbling ponzi scheme:

The Burning Truth About Tobacco Bonds


Challenges for Vendors and Desirability of Compulsory Membership of Trade Association

Like me, Alan is a friend (& consumer) who has a knack of getting to the point.

“Get yourselves organised NOW!”

Challenges for Vendors and Desirability of Compulsory Membership of Trade Association


A Nicotine-Focused Framework for Public Health

The FDA’s Mitch Zeller & Dr. Scott Gottlieb have been published in the New England Journal of Medicine. It’s not a medical study, it’s a letter.

Gippy & Zippy are claiming nicotine is the center of “addiction” & the contrived FDA funded reduction of nicotine as the possible answer to reduce tobacco use…

(Why are other “chemicals” in tobacco not considered addictive or “tobacco”? *“Nicotine constitutes approximately 0.6–3.0% of the dry weight of tobacco”.)

*Reference: Wikipedia

Here’s the “letter” in full:

A Nicotine-Focused Framework for Public Health

Here’s my take – if you’re interested:

A Nicotine-Focused FDA Framework.



Professor Glantz

Here lies Professor Glantz (Puff-N-Stuff) babbling about the tobacco industry knowing things like the patch & gum don’t work – unless there’s the obligatory counseling… or some drivel like that.

I don’t ever recall Nicorette saying you’d need counseling with your patch… but I could be wrong.

If nicotine were “addictive” to begin with… ahhhh, I digress.

What the tobacco companies know about NRT: Without counselling, it keeps people smoking


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A Nicotine-Focused FDA Framework

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The FDA’s Mitch Zeller & Dr. Scott Gottlieb have been published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

“A Nicotine-Focused Framework for Public Health”


While claiming nicotine is the center of “addiction” and the reduction of nicotine as the answer to reduce tobacco use… their seemingly contrived objective is in part below:

“The agency’s new tobacco strategy has two primary parts: reducing the addictiveness of combustible cigarettes while recognizing and clarifying the role that potentially less harmful tobacco products could play in improving public health. We must also work toward a greater role for medicinal nicotine and other therapeutic products in helping smokers to quit and remain nonsmokers.”


While I am completely opposed to the framing of the nicotine addiction theory without tobacco, there were two other parts I’m not convinced quite yet that we’re on the right path; bold is my emphasis:

  1. reducing the addictiveness of combustible cigarettes”
  2. “We must also work toward a greater role for medicinal nicotine and other therapeutic products in helping smokers to quit and remain nonsmokers.”
  1. The focus on “nicotine” is, in my eyes, a subliminal way to keep the definition of e-liquid as tobacco, manipulate e-cigarette products as tobacco, and collect unjust & undue tax – on a product that is not addictive without tobacco, and not tobacco.
  2. The teetering on medicinal nicotine & other therapeutic products gives a direct odor of pharmaceutical product and control, something they’ve already had and failed miserably with.

I predicted this In March of 2016:

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

This from UCSF in 2015

Low-Nicotine Cigarettes Fail to Sway Smokers


Issues:

Clive Bates & Carrie Wade:

Reducing nicotine in cigarettes raises all sorts of problems


That article is here:

The Myth of ‘Light’ Cigarettes


Brad Rodu on Nicotine reduction:

Negligible Evidence of Radical Nicotine Reduction Benefit

Brad Rodu on tar, not nicotine:

Low-Tar Cigarettes Had Merit, Said American Cancer Society; So Do E-Cigarettes


Paul Barnes

Always a great read:

Very Low Intelligence

Harm Reduction, Removing the Least Harmful Component



On a positive note

The publication states:

Nicotine, though not benign, is not directly responsible for the tobacco-caused cancer, lung disease, and heart disease that kill hundreds of thousands of Americans each year.

Excellent….and goes on to add

…within a landscape including other, noncombustible products such as e-cigarettes, represents a promising foundation for a comprehensive approach to tobacco harm reduction. In working toward this vision, the FDA is committed to striking an appropriate balance between protecting the public and fostering innovation in less harmful nicotine delivery.

That’s the first positive thing I’ve heard in some time from the government:

Tobacco Harm Reduction.

Are there other chemicals that cause addiction in tobacco?
MAIO’s?

Are There Other Chemicals That May Contribute to Tobacco Addiction?


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In the meantime, I’ll tweet (and blog) with one eye open.

Here’s the article in full:

A Nicotine-Focused Framework for Public Health


Added 12/30/17:

A rehash of the same rhetoric in the JAMA:

Will the FDA’s New Tobacco Strategy Be a Game Changer?


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Tobacco Harm Reduction

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I didn’t quit smoking. I didn’t stop smoking. I switched to a less harmful alternative. I chose to try a “cig-a-like” and I didn’t want a cigarette within 48 hours, and my wife chose to do the same thing.

My journey was no different than most others who accidentally found an alternative to smoking that actually worked with no withdrawal and no noticeable side effects.


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After more than four years, I’ve found myself in a cesspool of adults –  specifically professionals with titles and “I love me” walls – who pretend to have no common sense.

I take that back, there are side effects to not smoking with my chosen path.

Reading. LOTS of reading.

Research. Finding answers myself.

Asking questions and “networking”. I have found that if I don’t know or understand, someone will, without fail, answer my question both truthfully and in a way I will understand.

Blogging. To get what I do learn & understand out to others who hopefully will find it – and understand it.

Twitter. Immense knowledge and reference from worldwide advocates.

Questioning.

I am constantly questioning everything I thought I knew I was told about smoking.


Tobacco Harm Reduction.

Health and government organizations don’t subscribe to tobacco harm reduction. With them, you will find cessation.

According to Merriam-Webster, “cessation” is to stop.

  1. :  a temporary or final ceasing (as of action) :  stop mutually agreed to a cessation of fighting


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What “organizations” and government are doing is promoting a highly profitable and repeatable business.

The vulnerability of someone with great expectations isn’t considered, it is mocked.

They wrongfully blame the consumer. They blatantly blame “nicotine“.

What they “give away” are products made by pharmaceutical companies and an air of authority, combined with an illusion of an answer to help someone stop smoking.

The reality of these methods and the failure rates is dismal and never discussed.


Entertain yourself.

Call a quitline and ask them about the success rates with the patch or gum.

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Success?

Well, I’ll let the display of an “expert” organization speak for themselves below:

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What you do not see promoted is tobacco harm reduction.


For Life.

For the record, I am not against the patch, gum, lozenge, hypnosis, a self-help book, accupuncture, heat not burn, snus, smokeless tobacco, e-cigarettes, and other alternatives.

Only if used with extreme caution and understanding the well documented side effects, medication is also avaible to help someone choose to stop smoking.

I am, however against giving improper or bias information to those who don’t know any better and rely on “trusted” organizations, public health & government officials.

I will do this until I can’t type, call, scream, tweet or blog any longer.


Think of the possibilities.

I am a consumer. I have no ulterior motive.

I take that back, I have ulterior motive. The choice of smoker, the non-smoker and education of the consumer.

I have proudly joined the Board of Directors of THR4Life (Tobacco Harm Reduction 4 Life) along with 5 others:

Kevin Price, Lindsay Stroud, Skip Murray, Jenny Ho and David Goerlitz.

This group of individuals are strong, opinionated, intelligent and, without question, looking out for the consumer.

Join our facebook page here:

Tobacco Harm Reduction 4 Life

 


 

Tobacco Harm Reduction 4 Life is are a Public Charity 501c3 and we are Tax-Deductible for bequests, devises, transfers or gifts under Section 2055, 2106, or 2522 of the IRS.

THR4Life

 

 


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