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Vaping In The News–April 15th, 2017

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Vaping In The News – April 9th – April 15th, 2017

Dr. Farsalinos ~ Cole-Bishop, Dr. Cranfield ~ 60 Minutes Australia ~ Honesty ~ Imagine The Implications ~ Carl V Phillips ~ THE Fergus Mason ~ A Billion Lives ~ Willing To Compromise


Dr. Farsalinos

“WHO is making a big mistake,” says Farsalino, referring to the organization’s quit-or-die approach.

Greek doctor wants PH to regulate e-cigarettes


Nicotine Challenge

WE are raising funds for Dr. Farsalinos & his team.

$605.00 has been raised so far.  To *donate any amount, please go here:

Nicotine Addiction: An Open 30-Day Public Health Challenge



Dr. Cranfield

Dr. Cranfield, who did this long-term study in 2015…

It’s a doctor’s duty to recommend the best ways to live a healthy lifestyle for his or her patients, but it is also our duty to recognize the realities of certain situations. In the case of patients who smoke, it’s important to note that vapor products can be a safer alternative to smoking cigarettes, as well as a tool for smokers to cut down their tobacco intake or even quit altogether.

Cole-Bishop Bill Supports Small Businesses, Protects Consumer Choice In Vaping Industry


Australia


NO one. Period.

Doug, you’ve got that right.


Honesty

This next piece, from Sen. Steve Linthicum (R-Oregon) took me by surprise.

I’m not used to seeing brutal honesty or integrity, so enjoy it.

“Every time the nanny-state intrudes into the middle of our families, then our individual liberty and personal responsibility is diminished.

The gradual accumulation of small, seemingly insignificant legislated tyrannies will destroy the very foundation upon which our free republic was built.”

Smoking age law simply more nanny state


Imagine the implications

“I got a few free nicotine patches. I was interested in seeing if I could feel the nicotine,’ he told Watchdog.org. “But the next morning in the shower, I felt something strange on my skin and I was like, ‘Oh yeah, I forgot!’ It was imperceptible.”

E-cigarette critics get research dollars from industry competitors


Carl V. Phillips:

So apparently there is a UK organization known as the Royal Society of Public Health which presumably had some importance back when the East India Company was not just a retail brand.

Real implications of the RSPH “sting” of ecig vendor


Speaking Of Honesty

I’ll let THE Fergus Mason speak for himself. For all of us. Something like that.

Just to set the record straight I thought I’d set out why the public health profession is so unpopular with vapers. Settle down in your comfiest chair; this could take a while.

Dear Public Health: This is why we’re angry


How to keep trying to stop smoking.

They call this success.


There are no excuses.

My wife and I drove from Dayton for six hours to Milwaukee to attend the premier of this film.

I watched it again twice this week.

I’m still pissed off.

A Billion Lives is now available.

A Billion Lives Is Available Here.


“Willing to compromise”

I’m not sure why this took so long to surface from 2015, but the truth is finally spoken from a researcher about e-cigarettes in the video, and from Shannon.

This is where arrogance and the fiscal health –  of taxing e-cigarettes – collide.

 

That video is here in full.

 

 

 


 

NEWS from my friends across the pond: Vapers.org.uk.

You can find me here trying to be cordial on Facebook

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

You can also find me on LinkedIn

You can follow me on this blog!


Medical, Research, Science Professionals:

Research:


Politics:

E-Cigarette Politics 


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

More to come.

Keep ON #Vaping On.

Kevin



My Dad would have been 74 today. He’d be as pissed off as I am. Get louder.

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Incoherent Screams & Observations

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Some days

When I’m writing on my blog, I wonder, does anyone read it. Does anyone understand the consumer’s point of view?

I’ve said “we look harder for information, good or bad,” than those who pretend they present it to the public effectively and accurately.

Those self-centered “officials” who still pass information off as if it were “for the greater public good” (without regard to the actual public) and posing as experts –  are pissing me off.

You too? Good, let’s move along.


What Was Released

With the FDA regulations well underway, some idiots decided to “mine” tweets to observe “influencers” to determine and analyze “information shared on Twitter for insights into initial public reactions” to the regulations.

Denial, manipulation and keeping up appearances to protect cigarette sales is the goal. Because they’ll do a better job.

Public health advocates should consider using social media outlets to better communicate the policy’s intentions, reach and potential impact for public good to create a more balanced conversation.

There’s no balance. There are barely conversations.

There’s also no secret to professionals trolling on Twitter about e-cigarettes –  as it has been done in the past here and where we “may be an impediment to tobacco control research and practice” here.

Now it is being passed off as “research” and tends a reader to believe this is “may, could, might” be normal behavior of tobacco control or public health if there is such a thing.

I’ll get to that.

Another wonderful example of the scream test has found its home in the US National Library of Medicine National Institute of Health:

Public reactions to e-cigarette regulations on Twitter: a text mining analysis.


Screams Of Fear

What exactly are these people afraid of? They want their bias quota met. They want those who are against it suppressed. They want the public to know just what they want them to know, not information we are finding and providing, not what is factual or coherent. Just what they want the public to understand.

Much to my surprise, and with so much stiff competition, I proudly happened to be on the list of examples in the impugning world of influence balance and truth on twitter.


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That insight to their scream test, control and predicted eventual demise is the actual report not shown in the first link here:

You know, the bigger picture. Click.

Public reactions to e-cigarette regulations on Twitter: a text mining analysis.

Maybe someday they’ll do some actual research about e-cigarettes instead of wasting everyone’s time and money.

Added 4/5/07:

From Tina in the comments:

Last I knew, this study was still going on:

Is Twitter Censoring Us?

The tweet from Big Vaping’s DrMA is from the 21st of March, the release date of the “analysis” above was the 24th.

I wonder how powerful “they” are. This “may, might, could” be coincidental.

Update 4/14/17:

An Update on Safety


Public Health Out Of Control

Is this normal behavior? Are the emporers not wearing any cloths?

Speaking of incoherent babbling – Public health all along has coerced, suppressed and controlled public opinion to create a “balance”, as long as it’s weighted to their decisions.

We are, after all, the “enemy of the people”.

I’m not sure who said this, I asked and did not get an answer.

I assume it was Martin McBubbleGum.


Enough Is Enough

Along the same subject line as above, with the attitude and behavior towards smokers, smoking or any other power “health” has over the “enemy of the people” follows below:

A sad statement for smokers from ACSH today showing what lengths “orgs” will go to demean rather than assist. It’s not about “you”.

This, is normal behavior?


Street Fight

We’re impugning. We’re getting on their nerves. They are hedging their bets with your health. They think they can keep getting away with it.

They are hedging their bets with the consumer’s health and choice.

While we’re trying to get every single drop of information, good or bad, from reliable sources about e-cigarettes, public health wants to play games. They want to control them.

Their livelihood and egos are obviously more important than our, and consumers who may instead keep smoking’s  – very lives.


They are in it for themselves first. This is about lives, choice and telling the truth.

Keep doing that.

This is a street fight.

Get LOUDER.

As David Goerlitz has said — and will again soon…the gloves are off.


Fundraiser:

WE are raising funds for Dr. Farsalinos & his team:

“Unbiased, reliable – full access” information.

We can’t expect him and his team to do his research for free.

So far the challenge has been ignored by public health, tobacco control, and government. We have raised $580.00 and one challenge has been submitted.

Make some noise.

Raising Funds For E-cigarette Research


Call to action from CASAA


NEWS from my friends across the pond: Vapers.org.uk.

You can find me here trying to be cordial on Facebook

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

You can also find me on LinkedIn

You can follow me on this blog!


 Medical, Research, Science Professionals

Research


Politics

E-Cigarette Politics 


Consumers Groups

A Billion Lives

This isn’t over:


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

More to come.

Keep ON #Vaping On.

Kevin

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Vaping In The News – March 25th, 2017

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Vaping In The News – March 19th – 25th, 2017

Nicotine Addiction ~ Canada ~ Austrailia ~ Professor Glantz ~ E-cigarette myths should go up in smoke ~ Dr. Farsalinos ~ Common Sense ~ Conspiracy ~ Battery Safety ~ A New Leaf: Vaping, E-Cigs & The Future of Tobacco at SXSW 2017


FUNDRAISER

Nicotine Addiction: An Open 30-Day Public Health Challenge.

This is a fundraiser for ecigarette-research.org for further research by Dr. Farsalinos and his colleagues and a challenge for public health to prove nicotine addiction without tobacco or MAOI’s.

So far the challenge has raised $215.00, and one challenge has been submitted.

While many have been shown the challenge, there have been no submissions from “public health experts“:

Nicotine Addiction: An Open 30-Day Public Health Challenge


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Canada:

Tobacco is safe. It’s just formalities.

David Sweanor…has been refused the opportunity to testify on Bill S-5 before the Senate Standing Committee of Social Affairs, Science and Technology (SOCI).

You can show your support here with this ThunderClap:

#LetDavidSpeak:


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Australia:

More formalities. Tobacco is still safe.

I will remind you of Clive Bates:

Do not read this or discuss it and in no circumstances should you comment

Then you can read this.

Scheduling delegate’s final decisions, March 2017.


Africa

They don’t want vaping in Africa. They like tobacco. Good to know.


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The Emporer has blogged.

Glantz, who isn’t one of the elite royalty mentioned in this report, decided “As one of the 120 “leaders” who responded to the poll used to construct this document”, he strongly objects to the use of the subtitle, and spelled “necessarily” incorrectly as “necessarity” wrong – which leads one to believe he may, might, could  – or it is possible, he’s an idiot.

If you’re unfamiliar with Professor Glantz, he’s covered here from Paul: Rotund Reaver.

I’ve blogged about the mechanical genius here and here.

New report does not necessarity reflect “the views of 120 leaders in tobacco control”


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Tobacco Control Experts

Tobacco control experts have so much blood time on their hands – they have to waste time with a conspiracy session.

Drink the tea, Alice – find yourself a nice mushroom stool.

Control has wasted over 50 years sitting on the floor with crayons – pretending to “fight”.


More of this, please

In their zeal to punish the evil tobacco industry, many have thrown the baby out with the bathwater by ignoring scientific evidence, mislabeling e-cigarettes as dangerous tobacco products and stifling, and restricting access to, a technology that helps tens of thousands of people — perhaps more — safely and effectively quit smoking every year.

E-cigarette myths should go up in smoke


Speaking of Dr. Farsalinos

“He pointed to the example of a conference organised by the tobacco industry in Brussels last year, where scientists were sent letters criticising their participation by a US anti-smoking group – even though they had no links to the tobacco industry.”

Researcher claims ‘academic McCarthyism’ over e-cigarettes

One letter sent was here:

The criticisms Dr. Farsalinios speaks of in the quote with 7 others is here.

The URL was definitely not the title of the article:

http://www.heraldscotland. com/news /15166477.Scientist_defends_links_between_Big_Tobacco_and_vaping_industry/?ref=rss

Now, this has story has two parts, and Phil called it.

Dr. Farsalinos was misinterpreted in the article:

My job is to defend science and evidence, not any industries. In that respect, and after waiting for 24h for the journalist to revise, I am obliged to denounce an article published in the Sunday Herald Scotland in which I am MISINTERPRETED as defending links between the tobacco and vaping industries and characterizing attacks on research into vaping funded by Big Tobacco were a form of “academic McCarthyism”.

Dr. Farsalinos’ full response is here:

Defending science, NOT industries: denouncing an article in the Sunday Herald Scotland


A bit of common sense:

Berkeley Professor Uses Common Sense To Back Vaping


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Battery Safety

UL will be testing “tobacco products”:

UL, a leading global safety science organization, is announcing acceptance of product submittals of electronic cigarettes, also known as e-cigarettes, for construction evaluation, testing and North American certification.

E-Cigarette Construction Evaluation Now Provided by UL

Battery safety is also covered here, here & here


What Jason is LINKING to is HERE.


A New Leaf: Vaping, E-Cigs & The Future of Tobacco at SXSW 2017.

It’s an hour well worth spending with Cynthia Cabrera, Dr.Sally Satel, and  David Sweanor, J.D.


NEWS from my friends across the pond: Vapers.org.uk.

You can find me here trying to be cordial on Facebook

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

You can also find me on LinkedIn

You can follow me on this blog!


Medical, Research, Science Professionals:

Research:


Politics:

E-Cigarette Politics 


Consumers Groups:


A Billion Lives

This isn’t over:


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

More to come.

Keep ON #Vaping On.

Kevin

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Vaping In The News 3-11-17

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Vaping In The News – March 5th – 11th, 2017

Cole-Bishop ~ Blog Fog ~ Dr Farsalinos ~ The Impact Of A Federal Cigarette Minimum Pack Price Policy ~ Simple Simon ~ Second Hand ~ Prohibition or Harm Reduction ~ HR1136 ~ Tobacco Associates hold 70th annual meeting in Wilson ~ Youth ~ Gary Wood ~ Tweet Of The Week ~ Vapers Tongue


Government, health organizations and special interest groups are counting on you to not pay attention. That’s the plan.

Don’t forget to set your clocks forward tomorrow. We get an hour less this week to fight the bastards.


Today the vapor industry joined together in support of Cole-Bishop.

  • Tony Abboud, Executive Director, Vapor Technology Association
  • Pamela Gorman, Executive Director, Smoke Free Alternatives Trade Association
  • Alex Clark, Executive Director, Consumer Advocates for Smoke-Free Alternatives Association
  • Gregory Conley, President, American Vaping Association

Read our letter to Congress



The Blog Fog Has Lifted

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In what may be the longest “rapid response” ever, there are now responses:

Other responses

All were insightful, this one caught my eye from Clive Bates.

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TWO from Dr. Konstantinos Farsalinos:

First:

Prevalence and correlates of current daily use of electronic cigarettes in the European Union: analysis of the 2014 Eurobarometer survey

Second:

Irresponsible marketing by parts of the e-cigarette industry requires immediate measures


Because Price-Reducing Strategies Are There:

I love the “conclusion”. They don’t like alternatives. They don’t like Snus. They don’t like e-cigarettes. They don’t like roll-your-own…..but they certainly like a “Federal Minimum Pack Price “idea”… we need a pay raise.

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“Conclusion: A federal minimum price policy has the potential to greatly benefit tobacco control and public health by uniformly increasing the price of cigarettes and by eliminating many price-reducing strategies currently available to both sellers and consumers.”

Remember, e-cigarettes are now “deemed” tobacco in the United States:

Simple Simon

I absolutely love Dick Puddlecoat. You should as well. Simon, not so much. If he’d only use the mass between his ears…

The ‘Rigour’ Of Simple Simon


 2nd hand

Because who doesn’t like the idea of anything second-hand?

“EC use releases negligible levels of nicotine into ambient air with no identified health risks to bystanders”

What does e-cigarette vapor contain? Is it harmless to bystanders?



A Survey (on Twitter) for my friends in Australia:


Cole-Bishop: #HR1136

Cole-Bishop, one of the more important things in the industry.

“The e-cigarette industry is on the edge of a cliff, with Food and Drug Administration rules threatening to wipe out 10,000 small businesses and remove 99 percent of vapor products from the market in just 18 months’ time.”

A modest reform could mean life or death for the vaping industry


Robert Innes.

I adore Mr. Innes:

A very high percentage of the population kept on smoking which concerned the ones who wanted them to stop, so the ones who wanted smokers to stop invented Nicotine Replacement Therapies (NRT) which gave the smokers nicotine which was not addictive, and did not provide any fun – that was good.

Prohibition or Harm Reduction


I almost couldn’t believe my eyes…

Not often do I do a double-take, but this one was refreshing to see.

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“we believe that patients have the right to practical, empirical, and accessible information and facts. We are hoping that e-cigarettes will be treated by the New York DOH with the same amount of empirical scrutiny and moral impartiality as these other means of harm reduction.”

Concerned healthcare providers respond to New York Department of Health Commissioner’s remarks on e-cigarettes


Tobacco Associates hold 70th annual meeting in Wilson

Here’s an interesting insight to the tobacco market and its own view on the upcoming years, and they don’t seem too concerned.

“Brown said the jury is still out on the e-cigarette industry’s impact on the U.S. combustibles market”

Strong profits predicted for tobacco growers


Youth:

I’ve often thought we should just ban children. Ankle-biting rugrats seem to have made some sense in this!

Avoiding or reducing the harm of tobacco cigarettes is the top reason youth vape, according to data from a survey by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and analyzed by PinneyAssociates.

Youth Vape to Reduce Harm From Tobacco Cigarettes Over Availability of Flavors


 Tweet Of The Week (TOTW)

(Not me, Eciggity!)


Suicide or Vaping? – You Decide

Now I know drug companies have to list ‘possible’ side effects, however, when you see just what these so called ‘safe’ stop smoking drugs are capable of doing to the user – you’ll ask yourself just why they’re ‘approved’ and vaping is not.

Suicide Or Vaping? – You Decide


Gary Wood:



The Tobacco Control Prayer

Big Vaping headquarters just unearthed the Tobacco Control Prayer!


In Other News

You can imagine my surprise when CDCTobaccoFree “liked” one of my tweets in response to using my survey to SmokeFreeUS@NCI

This one’s going on my “I love me” wall!

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Stranger things have happened:

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Vapers Tongue

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Ideas and inspiration comes in many forms for me many times from you.

There still, to my knowledge, is no “right” way to “fight” or advocate.  If you’re worn down, read This, via Chris Price:

The Vaping Advocate’s Rules For Campaigning

or this, via Clive Bates:

Memo to public health grandees: vaping, vapers and you

I know two things. I will not stop. I will not give up.

We, and millions like us who don’t know better, are too important.


The latest from me:

Professionals Just “Don’t Know Enough” About E-cigarettes


 

NEWS from my friends across the pond: Vapers.org.uk.

You can find me here trying to be cordial on Facebook

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

You can also find me on LinkedIn

You can follow me on this blog!


Medical, Research, Science Professionals:

Research:


Politics:

E-Cigarette Politics 


Consumers Groups:

A Billion Lives

This isn’t over:


 

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

More to come.

Keep ON #Vaping On.

Kevin

Vaping In The News 3-04-17

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Vaping In The News – February 26th-March 4th, 2017

CASAA, Blog Fog, American Vaping Association, Regulatory Pie, Simon Chapman, Dick Durbin, Public Policy, Indiana, Bill Godshall



Advocacy

I first met Jennifer Berger-Coleman online when I saw her post this:

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I asked her permission to use that graphic and did so here. (Thank you again, Jennifer!)

I was delighted to see this:

CASAA is pleased to announce some welcome additions to our leadership team.

Jennifer Berger-Coleman was elected to CASAA’s Board of Directors. While new to the Board, Jennifer is certainly not new to advocacy. In addition to working on tobacco harm reduction advocacy in California, Jennifer has a long history of advocacy involving civil rights and health care issues. Her skills as an outreach coordinator will be employed to help CASAA reach populations and communities where smoking rates remain disproportionately high.

Congratulations, Jennifer!

New additions to CASAA’s Leadership Team!



Please Stand By

It seems the fog still hangs over the Tobacco Control BMJ and its authors of “Blog Fog” after more than ten days.

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In their feeble attempt to assert themselves of promoting open and rapid debate to the little people (in the name of advancing science, of course), technical difficulties, password issues and a comedy of errors have one author now “mortified due to different but linked systems. Uh huh.

Christopher Snowden gives some reassurance for her mortification.



Tweet Of The Week

The tweet of the week goes to Agent Ania in reference to the above “Blog Fog”.



Proactive

Here’s an awesome and dignified example of the vaping community reacting proactively.

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This comes from Alycia Singleton via Gregory Conley of the American Vaping Association.

“The son of a vape shop owner (edit: actually a manager) was apparently told to write an assignment listing five reasons why vaping should be banned.

Instead, he submitted 240 pages of scientific information and stories from adults who found them helpful in quitting.

He got a F and his mom was told to take it up with the school board.”

AVA is going to give this young man a $1,000 college scholarship.



Regulatory Pie

The FDA is holding a $1,000,000 pie eating contest.

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“to conduct an in-depth evaluation of available evidence of health effects from e-cigarettes and recommendations for future federally funded research.”

Study on the Health Effects of Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems and Priority Research


To fund more research. What?

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Wait a minute, regulations preceded the ~knowledge~ of health effects? Huh.


For reference, 20 Million dollars of pie was consumed in 2013 to “help regulate tobacco products” that surely included the deeming regulations.

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UCSF Awarded $20M Federal Grant on Tobacco Regulatory Sciences New Research Will Help Regulate Tobacco Products to Protect Public Health


Influence

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Speaking of idiots, Simon Chapman thinks, and that should be regulated.

(Bold is my emphasis)

“We expect those who know most about health problems to have views about what should be done to solve them and the courage to put these forward, even if they imply criticism of governments or powerful interest groups.”


“Trump’s recent gagging of all government environmental agency staff is surely the start of a process that will spread to government funded universities in the USA.”

Simon Chapman thinks researchers have a “duty” to try and influence policy.


In other news …..

Senator Durbin is still babbling incessantly, insisting “we need strong regulations of e-cigarettes.”

Evidently he didn’t get the memo on National Tobacco Day.

He was last seen sticking his paws in the 👉 candy desk at the senate.


Dr. Brad Rodu, Matthew Glans, and Lindsey Stroud

give their take on

Policy, Myths and Facts, History of the Failed Anti-Smoking Campaign, Quit or Die as the Only Strategy, The Case for Tobacco Harm Reduction and more:

That and more including the PDF is here:

Vaping, E-Cigarettes, and Public Policy Toward Alternatives to Smoking

Related:

Clive Bates covered policy in January:👇

Reshaping American tobacco policy: eight proposals for the Trump administration



Indiana

“In a nearly unanimous vote yesterday, the Indiana Senate overwhelming approved legislation that will finally attempt to reform the state’s controversial vaping laws.  Passing with a 49-1 margin, the bill now heads to the House, although it is unclear if Senate Bill 1 will be altered in any way to gain a House majority vote.”

Indiana Senate votes 49-1 to reform controversial vaping laws


Stay Informed

The Bill Godshall Update via ecigarette-politics:

Always an informative list:

Bill Godshall Update 2017-02-24



Shameless Self-Promotion

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Two from me this week, in case you missed them:

Imagine a business with no worries about profit or loss – and the money keeps coming in. As a bonus, you can carry this on for more than 50 years and brag about it.

Helping Smokers Quit


Place your trust in public health officials. They are the clergy, you are the congregation.

Divine Intervention: A Deal With The Devil

 

I’m also on Vaping Media:

Another suggestion is doing simple tongue exercises to alleviate Vaper’s Tongue.

Vaper’s Tongue! What is that?




 

NEWS from my friends across the pond: Vapers.org.uk.

You can find me here trying to be cordial on Facebook

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

You can also find me on LinkedIn

You can follow me on this blog!


Medical, Research, Science Professionals:

Research:

Consumers Groups:


Your “Rapid Response” is NEVER filtered and are always encouraged and welcome on this blog.

More to come.

Keep ON #Vaping On.

Kevin

 

 

Vaping In The News 2-25-17

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Vaping In The News – February 19th-25th, 2017

This weeks collection of Vaping In The News includes Tobacco Control BMJ, Censorship, Steve Forbes, Refreshing Journalism, CASAA / HR1136, Bill Godshall, Cole-Bishop HR1136 Canada and Vlad The Vaper.

I won’t bore you with my usual (insert witty and thought-provoking editorial comment here) views on it all, so let us get straight to Vaping In The News:


Impugning

This week, much to my amusement, Tobacco Control BMJ finds itself in the hot seat when (it) wanted to assert take control. “They” decided to take some to task with this sad example of a scream test in their own echo chamber.

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Blog fog? Using rapid response to advance science and promote debate

Like watching a train wreck, one co-author tweeted taunted this:

Then, as if “rapid” was another code word for “no”…it seems 2 days later, technical difficulties find their way to bad timing.

Still waiting……and duly noted:
“We intend to post all eLetters approved by the Editor within 7-14 days, which must contribute substantially to the topic however it is at our absolute discretion whether we publish and timeframes cannot be guaranteed.”
At the time of this blog, 2/25/17:
My take with others linked within:

Say what?

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I was intrigued with an article written by Gary Wood here (with audio)

Government Silences Vape Shop Owners in the US

I wasn’t surprised with the quality of the article, having seen this a few days before:

Why Vaping is Safer in the UK than in the US

Keep that up, Mr. Wood, and thank you.


Forbes

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Steve Forbes, (Yes, him) who has written before about the issues at hand, has another article:

“…a perverse mind-set reigns among health regulators and fanatical antismoking crusaders…”

President Trump’s Deregulators Should Tell The FDA’s Anti-Vaping Jihadists to Butt Out


Refreshing

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A Writer at FEE, the Foundation for Economic Education, Brittany Hunter has written

This Could Be the Last Stand for Vaping. It is refreshing to see a journalist taking time to see the whole picture.

I’ve seen Brittany before on Twitter here with

Teenagers Say No to Drugs and Tobacco, Yes to Vaping


You should never miss

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The Bill Godshall Update via ecigarette-politics:

A hefty list:

Bill Godshall Update 2017-02-10


#HR1136:

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This from CASAA

“…for those who are chomping at the bit to get started, this week is an excellent time to engage in face-to-face engagement with lawmakers.”

HR 1136 – Modernizing the predicate date for vapor products is a vital first step



Canada

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Brent Stafford, of Regulator Watch has yet another investigative report about Canada and regulations they’re facing.

Awkward Allies | Big Tobacco talks Vaping, IQOS & Federal Regs


Public Service Announcement:

Get louder.

They’re trying to make you squeal.


Latest from me:

Vaping Regulations Should Be Based On Evidence: Cole-Bishop Amendment

Top 10 “things” that piss me off about #ecigs.


NEWS from my friends across the pond at Vapers.org.uk.

You can find me here trying to be cordial on Facebook

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

You can also find me on LinkedIn

You can follow me on this blog!


Medical, Research, Science Professionals:

Research:

Consumers Groups:


Comments are NEVER filtered and are always welcome on this blog.

More to come.

Keep ON #Vaping On.

Kevin

Vaping In the News

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

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


The Outstanding News

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

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

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

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

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



The Good

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

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

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

More on this from Diane Caruana at Vaping Post:

Short movies about vaping by the NNA and NCSCT


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

How they work, less harm, nicotine and more.



The Bad

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Click-Bait Trend

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

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


Would you like fries with that?

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

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

I hope he sent them napkins.

Hold the Mayo



Idiot Of The Week

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

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

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

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

Cawley goes on to insist at the end:

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

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



The Ugly

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

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

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Clive Bates covered it here.

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

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

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



The latest from me:

Exclusively on Vaping Media:

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

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

I wrote the President:

Dear President Trump:

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

Dear President Trump: Stop the F.D.A

Finally:

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

Doctors tell smokers: Switch to e-cigs 



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Doctors tell smokers: Switch to e-cigs

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

Patients in the United States have been inundated with bias information and opinions by health officials with false or manipulated data. Physicians MUST take an active role to understand the difference between combustible tobacco and e-cigs to advise their patients correctly.


This is not the first survey to ask professionals what they thought about vaping products. Participation was significantly lower in a survey I conducted with 84 professionals – but the consensus was very similar.

  • 85% said they are safer than combustible cigarettes.
  • 77% will tell patients an e-cigarette is an option.
  • 63% would definitely recommend e-cigarettes
  • 17% are cautious
  • 6% would never recommend e-cigarettes.

If you’re interested, that survey is here


Fail, Fail Again: The stop smoking motto:

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Organizations that are representing themselves as “stop smoking” services all say the same thing. “Keep trying“.

Physicians are well aware of failure rates as high as 93% with nicotine patch and gums, and multiple risks are involved for patients with prescriptions like the once “black-boxed” (now irresponsibly removed) Chantix and other medications.

Now it seems they are listening to successes of some patients and passing on the knowledge they gain, “anecdotal” or not, to others.


Success isn’t hard to find

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Success is glaringly obvious in surveys of vapers where “79% had completely quit smoking cigarettes” (here)  and 42% stopped in one day – 75% stopped within a month  here.


What about addiction to nicotine?

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All health organizations falsely portray “nicotine” as “addictive”, a worn out and common “misdiagnosis” from folks who should know better, and is rarely questioned.

Pharmaceutical companies certainly are an ambitious lot – they created the “nicotine is addictive” myth out of thin air along with anti-smoking zealots to sell products. Stanton Glantz supports the pharmaceutical companies and makes things up as he goes along, and gets paid to do so.

Without tobacco and the accompanying MAOI’s and ingredients added to cigarettes, nicotine itself is not addictive, in humans, without it.

If the data contradict the theory, throw out the data

Public health organizations and government sing the same song:

The global public health establishment now dances to the tunes the pharmaceuticals play:
  1. Increase tobacco taxes to make the price of the pharmaceutical products more competitive with tobacco products.
  2. Demonize the tobacco industry and prohibit the advertising of their products.
  3. Enact smoking bans to force smokers either to attempt to give up smoking using the pharmaceuticals’ products or to use “nicotine replacement” products as substitutes for when they cannot smoke.
  4. Promote smoking cessation and “treatment” for nicotine addiction.
  5. Promote full coverage for treatment of nicotine addiction by public and private health insurers.
All these strategies are guaranteed to increase the pharmaceuticals’ profits.

That and much more can be found in “Big Drug’s Nicotine War” By Wanda Hamilton


I haven’t been shut up yet. I am looking forward to it.



What is long term?

At this point, professionals in the U.S. who claim they “do not know enough” or don’t know the “long term effects” are unacceptable and unprofessional.

What is your definition of a long-term study?


We know long term

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Dr. Cranfield explains the health effects of users over three years.

Users showed a 96% reduction in adverse health problems by users of three or more years. Conditions such as heart disease, high blood pressure and asthma improved by 61.8%

Conditions such as heart disease, high blood pressure and asthma improved by 61.8% of those diagnosed with those health issues while they smoked.

His study is here:

Health Effects and Demographics of Electronic E-cigarette Users. A Comparison Health Events in Previous Smokers with Three or More Years of Electronic E-cigarette Experience


Are there risks involved?

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Yes. Of course there are. Nothing is risk-free. In comparison to combustible tobacco, e-cigarettes are about MUCH less risk. MUCH less harm.

Leading the world to less harm in the case of e-cigarettes, less risk, is Cardiologist Konstantinos E Farsalinos

He has plenty of studies here.

He talks about them on his blog here:

Ecigarette-Research.Org


Implications of manipulation

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What are implications to withholding information from those who need it?

There’s no reason to ignore e-cigarettes, or less harm, to patients (or the public). When science and facts are ignored, people will still take advice to use the patch, gum and other “traditional” methods. When those methods fail, they will still use combustible tobacco. They will continue to smoke – because facts about e-cigarettes were ignored.

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


THIS

is what is on a street from the Leicester Stop Smoking Service in Leicester, England.

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Leicester Stop Smoking Service:

• Ecigs don’t contain the tar and carbon monoxide that lit cigarettes do, and are therefore much safer than smoking

• There is no evidence that ecigs are encouraging people to go back to smoking, in fact the opposite is true; seeing people use ecigs seems to encourage others to consider switching to a safer alternative

That is here.



They are STILL ignoring e-cigarettes in the United States here:

Just this week:

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

And here:

Study Confirms Health Advantages of Vaping – Why do U.S. officials insist on obscuring them?

AND here:

Why Vaping is Safer in the UK than in the US



Professionals DO exist

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M.O.V.E. is “Medical Organizations supporting Vaping and Electronic cigarettes”.

Medical Professionals Support Vaping And Electronic Cigarettes:

Denial of scientific evidence is unethical, wrong for public health.

The organization states:

“the use of electronic cigarettes clearly has huge potential to help many smokers turn their backs on tobacco.”


Focusing their attention squarely on e-cigarettes, they have a simple position on other cessation methods, stating “Unfortunately, currently available smoking cessation medications have limited efficacy and acceptability for the majority of smokers”.

(That article is here)


According to the M.O.V.E. Website:

  • It is the combustion of tobacco and the 4000 chemical substances that are produced when smoking cigarettes that are harmful to health of smokers, not the nicotine.

  • The dangers of electronic cigarettes are considerably lower than those of tobacco. From analysis of the constituents of e-cigarette vapour, e-cigarettes can be expected to be at least 95 to 99% safer than smoking tobacco cigarettes in terms of long-term health risks.

If you are in the medical, research or scientific fields…Doctors, Nurses, E.M.T.’s Physicians Assistants, Researchers, Dentists, Psychologists and more are members.

If you are a professional and have questions, message me here. I can get you in touch with these professionals online. I’ll get you where you need to go.

You are welcome to join M.O.V.E. and show your support here:

M.O.V.E.



Final thoughts

The potential to reduce combustible tobacco with the use of e-cigs is being fought for, and against, and is here to stay.

The public must have the opportunity to choose a less harmful product with much lower risk and obvious benefit and hear professional views derived from research and science. They are confronting their doctors. They are trying to gain insight from who they trust.

While attitudes abroad look at research and less risk, health “organizations” in the U.S.A. are still insisting they don’t know enough. This has to stop.




You can go to these resources to expand your knowledge about e-cigarettes.




This short film, at the moment

 

is considered a “tobacco product”.

NCSCT unable to promote pro-vaping movie on Facebook because it is considered a tobacco product

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E-cigarettes: Smokers, knowledge is power.

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Fear is a lack of knowledge. Knowledge is power. To find valuable information – credible information  – about vaping and e-cigarettes isn’t difficult. You have to know where to look, understand information as it is presented to you, and use it to make decisions for yourself.

To begin your journey, to expand your knowledge, you have places to go.


There are hundreds, if not thousands of personal blogs covering vaping in the research, legislative, political, scientific, and personal arena of e-cigarettes.

Sharing information about e-cigarettes is essential, and for some, a passion to educate others with accurate and forthright information.


One individual (listed) schooled me quickly and privately about nicotine. I was drinking the kool-aid up to that moment and he opened my eyes to the vast and valuable opportunity of learning.

Another individual listed fired me up so much to fight, I started my own blog.

You don’t always have to agree with individuals in “every” instance, but be open minded, take their vantage point and learn.




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How we gain continuous knowledge about e-cigarettes, and what we need to learn via perspective from which it comes, holds weight. Not restrained with “deadlines”, angles or sponsors where there may be bias, individual consumers themselves have skill, direct impact and ability to communicate what needs to be said with vigor and style all their own.

Despite the vast claims “experts” manufacture, we, as individuals, are the experts.




This is an example of a journalist withholding knowledge and information  – from Sarah Knapton – Telegraph’s Science Editor.

It is yet another example of what we’re fighting against as individuals.




Personal bloggers

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These few, for different reasons, have their admirable style and grace. You can find humor, be outraged and find a gold mine of truthful information. Consumers all over the world are looking for the bad about e-cigarettes – just as hard as the good – and tell it like it is.

You can be engrossed in the veracity and tenacity of their views and learn.




Alan Beard

Alan Beard


Bruce Nye

Revelations of a Steam Powered Human


David Dorn

The Sun Also Rises


Deb Iten

Lounge Vapor


Fergus Mason

FergusMason.com


John Summers

GlosVaper


Lorien Jollye

The Exit Door Leads In


Meaghan C.

VapeMeStoopid


Morten Moe

The Vaping Giraffe


Neal Roff

Flow My Tears


Norbert Zillatron

Musings about vaping and science


Paul Barnes

Facts Do Matter


Robert Innes

Brainy Furball


Steve K

Steve K’s Vaping World


Vaping Point Liz

Vaping Point




Tobacco & Vaping

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These folks, in one form or another, are professionals with insight from another land. Clear cut, distinct and informative.

Atakan Erik Befrits

Atakan Befrits


Bernd Mayer

Bernd Mayer – A Scientists View about nicotine and tobacco


Brad Rodu

Tobacco Truth


Carl V. Phillips

Carl V. Phillips: Anti-THR Lies and related topics


Clive Bates


Dick Puddlecoat


Michael Seigel

The Rest of the Story




Writers

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Some, beyond a blog, are impeccable.

Daniel Hall / Vaping First

Daniel Hall


Guy Bentley / Reason

Guy Bentley


Jacob Sullum / Forbes

Forbes / Jacob Sullum


James Dunworth

James Dunworth


Jim McDonald / Vaping 360

Jim McDonald


Jérôme Harlay / Vaping Post

Jérôme Harlay


Lee Johnson

Lee Johnson




You just want facts.

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Chris Price:

EVERYTHING e-cigarette and politics.

Ecigarette Politics


David Goerlitz

This blog is a must read for smokers and vapers.

David Goerlitz, The Former Winston Man


Dr Konstantinos Farsalinos & Team

~They~ say we “need more research”. Well. It’s here.

E-cigarette Research


M.O.V.E.

Doctors, Nurses, Researchers, Scientists. Medical Professionals. Period.

M.O.V.E.


Nicotine Science and Policy

MANY links within, the no-nonsense section of the world for nicotine/science & policy.

Nicotine Science and Policy


Tobacco Control Tactics

See the other side.

Tobacco Control Tactics


Vapers In Power

A political movement in the U.K.

Vapers In Power


Vapers.org.UK

Although the title says “UK”, this is a daily source of news gathering e-cig and tobacco news from around the world.

Vapers.Org.UK



You can go to these resources to expand your knowledge about e-cigarettes.



Final thoughts

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As an example of what is out there, there are many more doing things behind the scenes.

Everyone has a role in fighting – no matter what medium they use. The list of individuals and sites above is certainly not everyone. There are individuals writing and calling politicians, going to meetings. Starting websites. Educating their Doctors. Tweeting. Giving testimonies in court. With every breath you take, find that role.



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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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