Tag Archives: harm reduction

Is Big Tobacco Initiating a Big Change? Or a Big Con?

“If we can put a man on the moon, we can deliver tobacco to people with less risk than smoking.” A dozen organizations – could have made that statement. Millions of vapers – could have made that statement. Medical doctors, lawyers, public health officials – could have made that statement. So, who made that statement? […]

FDA Commissioner Gottlieb Gets It – But Can He Sell It?

August 18, 2017 “Nicotine lives at the core of both the problem and, ultimately, the solution to the question of addiction, and the harm caused by combustible forms of tobacco.” Scott Gottlieb, MD   The passage of the Tobacco Control Act (TCA) in 2009 put the spotlight on two very distinct camps. With two very […]


August 3, 2017 “We all did it!! The FDA has backed down!” “Congrats to all who will now live longer & keep their jobs/businesses.” A Billion Lives (via Twitter) July 28, 2017. Less than 90 days after being appointed FDA Commissioner, Scott Gottlieb, MD outlines a new and many would say, long overdue, direction for […]

The Truth About Vaping – Episode 2 “The Nicotine Misconception”

Vaper’s Vortex May 4, 2015 “If nicotine is really so dangerous, why are nicotine replacement therapies like gums and patches available at virtually every drugstore?”       We are sincerely interested in your thoughts and comments! Please join the conversation and invite others by sharing this post! Thank you for visiting our site and […]

How Addictive Are E-Vapor Products?

Vaper’s Vortex May 4, 2015 “E-cigarettes may be as or less addictive than NRTs – which themselves are not very addictive.” How addictive are e-vapor products? More importantly, since the majority of e-vapers are current or former smokers, are they more or less addictive than tobacco cigarettes? Are they addictive at all? Some researchers even […]

California Class Action Lawsuit Challenging E-Cigarettes – Who Is Guilty of False Advertising?

Vaper’s Vortex   April 30, 2015 “Mainstream and secondhand e-cigarette aerosol has been found to contain at least ten chemicals that are on California’s Proposition 65 list of chemicals known to cause cancer, birth defects, or other reproductive harm.” A class action lawsuit was filed last week in California Superior Court charging Lorillard Tobacco Company […]

Proof Big Tobacco E-Cigarettes NOT A Product for Quitting Smoking

Vaper’s Vortex April 28, 2015 “Brilliant. Well planned. Expertly executed.” King’s College London and University College London have released the results of two studies focusing on the use of e-cigarettes relative to quitting smoking. Both studies are based on a survey of 1500 users completed in December 2012 with a follow-up one year later. So […]

Why Did Mitch Zeller Hedge On Nicotine?

Vaper’s Vortex April 24, 2015 “We don’t know yet.” In his video following the release of the 2014 CDC-FDA Youth Tobacco Survey, Mitch Zeller responded to the question “Are e-cigarettes addictive for kids?” Zelller’s somewhat surprising response: “We don’t know yet. We do know that they contain and deliver nicotine, and that they could be […]

New CDC Study Proves Cigarettes and Cigars Are a Gateway to E-Cigarettes

Vaper’s Vortex April 22, 2015  “That this is happening is alarming.”   Results of the 2014 National Youth Tobacco Survey (NYTS) was released by the CDC last week. The news is not good. The survey offers convincing evidence that cigarettes and cigars are proving to be a gateway to electronic cigarettes. New York Times columnist […]

When Stanton Glantz Speaks He Should Suggest “They” Stop Misrepresenting the Notblowingsmoke Campaign on Ecigs

Vaper’s Vortex April 20, 2015   “There’s a lot that public health isn’t telling us about vaping.”   My post today is a parody on the post made by UCSF Professor Stanton Glantz in his blog yesterday. Glantz seems to actually be delusional enough to believe that FDA’s Mitch Zeller needs his input. If you […]

What Mitch Zeller Didn’t Say

Vaper’s Vortex April 17, 2015   “The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits.”    Albert Einstein     Mitch Zeller said: “The 2014 results from the National Youth Tobacco Survey are astounding and disturbing.” Mitch Zeller didn’t say: “The 2014 results from the National Youth Tobacco Survey document the continuing and […]

Tobacco “Sin Taxes” – Who Are the Sinners?

Vaper’s Vortex April 15, 2015 “Smugglers with ties to terrorist groups are acquiring millions of dollars from illegal cigarette sales and funneling the cash to organizations such as al Qaeda.” Taxes are not the answer to: Increasing state tax revenues or Reducing the 540,000 annual deaths from smoking tobacco cigarettes. Why is it so hard […]

The Truth About Vaping – Episode 1 “Why They Hate Us”

Vaper’s Vortex April 14, 2015 “The more money Big Tobacco makes, the more money California gets.”   This video, done by The Truth About Vaping, is the best commentary I’ve seen on the California Department of Public Health’s campaign against vaping. It really says it all – in less than four minutes. The Truth About […]

Harm Reduction is Old News – Let’s Talk about the ECONOMICS of E-Cigarettes

Vaper’s Vortex April 13, 2015  “The game-changing potential for dramatic harm reduction by current smokers using e-cigs will flow directly into lower healthcare costs dealing with the morbidity and mortality stemming from smoking combustible cigarettes.”      J. Scott Moody   Can we talk? Let’s talk dollars. Taxpayer’s dollars. A  l o t  of dollars. […]

Electronic Cigarettes are Not “Safe” – Duh!

Vaper’s Vortex April 11, 2015 “It is an ethical duty and obligation of all scientists to present the truth to the public and stop playing games which cost lives every day.”  Konstantinos Farsalinos   A recent study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine found that general perception of the safety of e-cigarettes is […]

Washington State Senate Bill 5573 – Bump in the Road or Driving Off the Cliff?

Vaper’s Vortex April 8, 2015  “There is levied and collected a tax upon the sale, use, consumption, handling, possession, or distribution of all vapor products in this state equal to ninety-five percent of the taxable sales price.”   Yesterday I blogged about the Washington House Bill 1645 which moved out of committee on Tuesday. As […]

One Small Step for Washington State Politicians, One Giant Leap for Big Tobacco

Vaper’s Vortex April 8, 2015  “If regulatory measures related to licensing and taxation unduly restrict the development of the market, and thus cause extreme increases in retail prices, then the stage will be set for the emergence of a black market similar to that experienced by the cigarette industry.” Washington State House Bill 1645 has […]

Poll – Should the Minimum Age for Purchasing Vaping Products be 21?

Vaper’s Vortex April 7, 2015 Medical Xpress published an article dated April 2 on the subject of raising the minimum age for purchasing vaping products to 21. What is the opinion of the vaping community? Cast your vote below. You will see the “current” results after you vote. We will publish “overall” results in an […]

Signs, Harm Reduction and Killing Birds

Vaper’s Vortex April 6, 2015  “Their web designer could have a drop-down menu for downloadable “Poison du jour” signs.”   The Suffolk County Legislature in NY State recently passed a local law requiring a sign be posted anywhere where liquid nicotine is sold in the county. The first one of its kind in the U.S. […]

Texas: Vegetables With Nicotine Can Be Addicting!

Vaper’s Vortex April 4, 2015  “The good flavors of some produce are especially attractive to children.”   I’ve been actively researching and following the evolution of e-cigarettes for a number of years. Over that time I’ve read a lot of stories, opinions and regulatory actions, proposed or implemented, in countries all over the world. Some […]

If It Bleeds, It Leads

Vaper’s Vortex April 3, 2015 “Study Links E-Cigarettes to Formaldehyde, Cancer Risk”   My wife and I were watching a movie recently and two of the characters, a television news director and the show’s producer, were debating their choices for the lead story on their upcoming news broadcast. One argued for opening with the forecast […]