Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Senator David Leyonhjelm THANKS Australians for smoking in speech | Daily Mail Online


Holy crap! There's an honest politician...somewhere out there. They do exist. It's shocking I know. Maybe we should study this phenomena (rare as it is) to see if there's a way that we can replicate it the world over.


For those of you out there in the blogosphere who sometimes get bogged down by all of the bad news, this ought to cheer you up:



Senator David Leyonhjelm THANKS Australians for smoking in speech | Daily Mail Online

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Ploom Introduces Two New PAX Proprietary Blends

For those who have never heard of Ploom before, Ploom is an upstart tobacco company based out of San Francisco that is setting out to change the way many smokers consume tobacco. On their website, founders Adam Bowen and James Monsees, two grad students at Stanford's Joint Program in Design, explain how the idea of Ploom came to fruition:


Ploom began as a conversation between a smoker and a non-smoker outside a studio at Stanford’s Joint Program in Design in 2004. “What do you hate about smoking?” Adam asked. “What do you love about it?” James responded.

In a quest to reinvent smoking, the PAX and the modelTwo were born. Both heat, rather than burn, plant material.


OK, now onto the point of this post..


Blend X is a pipe tobacco that is meant to be vaped with the PAX, rather than with its other tobacco vaporizer the Ploom modelTwo. I'm already a big fan of the modelTwo and its proprietary tobacco pods which come in 6 different flavors, so naturally I had become intrigued as soon as I heard that Ploom was about to introduce two new Blend X flavors. It was the the modelTwo that got me to make the switch over to vaping from smoking entirely. There really is nothing on the market that delivers in the same way that Ploom does. For those that feel that there is "something missing" in their vape, this may be what you have been looking for.


The two new flavors that have been added to the original Blend X line of pipe tobacco are:

  • Blend X Hazelnut-A balanced blend of Burley and Virginia, augmented by toasted Cavendish and hints of hazelnut. Smooth and pleasing. Delivers an optimal Pax experience.
  • Blend X Black Raspberry-A perfect blend of Virginia Golden and Burley Black Cavendish tobaccos with an irresistible berry finish. Rich and delightful. Delivers an optimal Pax experience.

Last week, after waiting with anticipation for my order to arrive, I received one tin of Blend X Hazelnut and one tin of Blend X Raspberry in the mail. Each arrived packaged in its own air-tight tin. Upon first glance, it appears that a lot of love, time and fine tobacco craftsmenship has gone into creating this line. This is not your average corner store bought tobacco. This is the type of tobacco that can only be found at a fine tobacconist shop, of which there are precious few. The price, at $12.99 per 1.75 oz. tin, is surprisingly reasonable. Just one of the many benefits of vaping tobacco is that a little goes a long way, thus making vaping Blend X tobacco the more economic option for some tobacco connoisseurs and vapers looking for an alternative to what is already commonly available on the market.


So how do the new blends taste? I can honestly say that I love both the Black Raspberry and the Hazelnut; both are a vast improvement in the flavor department when compared to the original Blend X. It's not that I never cared for the original Blend X, it's just that I like the new blends better. I used to mix various teas in with the original Blend X in an attempt to extract the same amount of flavor that I have grown accustomed to getting from the modelTwo's proprietary pods. With the new blends I find that they are quite enjoyable all on their own. As a major fan of the modelTwo, I must state that Ploom's flavored pods are a tough act to follow flavor wise. The Black Raspberry and Hazelnut deliver in a major way, minus the added humectants.


Now for a bit about the PAX from the company website:

Small enough to fit in your pocket, Pax heats, never burns your tobacco, releasing a delicious, satisfying vapor. It's the world's most pocketable, premium loose-leaf vaporizer.

PAX features:

  • Three temperature settings-
    • Low-370 F-
    • Med-390 F-
    • Hi- 410 F-
  • Retractable mouthpiece that turns device on and off-
  • Long-lasting permanent internal lithium ion battery-
  • Automatic motion-based temperature control-
  • Indicator shows status, temperature setting, and charge status with a gentle shake-
  • Wide heater chamber for no-effort refill-
  • 30 second heat-up time-
  • Laser-welded stainless steel air path-
  • Standby mode after 30 seconds of sitting idle-
  • Measures 4 1/8 ” x 1.4” x 7/8”-
  • Available in multiple colors-
  • 1 hour charge time-
  • Continued use of up to 2 hours-
  • 10 year warranty-


There are a few things that I like particularly about the PAX as compared to other portable loose leaf vaporizers that are on the market. The retractable mouthpiece makes it virtually impossible to accidentally activate your PAX while in your purse or pocket. I also really love the standby mode feature as it both saves your tobacco and your power if you're a slow puffer like me that likes to savor the experience and the flavor. There are other loose leaf vaporizers on the market that take quite a bit longer to charge. PAX's relatively quick charge time makes it the perfect vaporizer-alongside the modelTwo-for those on the go. There is also a car charger that can be purchased. Another thing to note is that all of Ploom's proprietary chargers are uniquely distinct and therefore impossible to confuse with any other chargers that you may have lying around the house, car/truck, or suitcase. I like to think of this as an added safety feature.


As an aside, I should mention that vaping with either the PAX or with the modelTwo is an entirely different experience as compared to that of smoking, or even to that of other liquid vaporizers. There is no smell, and while there is visible vapor, there are no massive clouds produced. Cloud chasers may not like what Ploom has to offer, but those in search of flavor will most likely be pleasantly surprised. Ploom has the flavor angle down in spades. I'd still be smoking if I hadn't come across the modelTwo a year ago. In my own personal experience I have also found that the experience is much more enjoyable if approached more like that of (puffed on, rather than inhaled directly) a cigar or pipe. I also noticed something about vaping tobacco that I can't quite explain. There is more of a sense of "fullness" after a good vape. I find that I can go for longer periods without thinking about it as a result. All of that changes however, if there is a glass of red wine in my hand. Everyone is different. Ah, the good things in life are often those little treats that you allow yourself to indulge in at the end of the day.


I don't write reviews on this blog very often, but every once in a while there is a product or company that I really can't help writing about, well, because I like it so much. Ploom is one such company.


Wednesday, July 30, 2014

NASA and Dept of Defense To The Rescue


NASA and Dept of Defense To The Rescue.......of smokers and vapers?


In the early 2000's, Premier Micronutrient Corporation was asked by NASA to develop a formula to address problems astronauts were experiencing with their lungs as a result of being subjected to radiation. The LungShield products are specifically derived from these formulations.

A brand like LungShield could have revolutionary impact on the e-cigarette industry.


“LungShield is introduced to the smoking world as the first strategy to incorporate a micronutrient-enhanced liquid base formulation into electronic cigarettes to mitigate potential adverse health effects. LungShield was developed to help reduce potentially injurious effects of chemicals in the vapor,” said Haase.

Wellness expert Janet Brooks was asked about her view of healthy alternative e-cigarette products hitting the market. "I understand and support new and innovative methods and technology to move wellness to a new paradigm of prevention."


Brooks is the Founder of Dallas-based Fortitude Health and Wellness. Fortitude works with veterans on smoking cessation and disease risk reduction initiatives and was one of the first organizations to receive LungShield e-liquids for personal vaping use.


Patented Micronutrient Formulation Tested with NASA and Department of Defense, Licensed to E-Cigarette Industry


What are the ANTZ going to say when smokers and vapers are buying their vaping/smoking paraphernalia at Whole Foods and other like-minded markets? Soon what is deemed to be politically "incorrect" will become just the opposite. That's how the pendulum swings.


The thought gives me great pleasure. That day couldn't come soon enough.



Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The End Game

I stumbled on a rather interesting document the other day whilst reading through the comments on Dr. Siegel's blog. It provides us with a glimpse of what is to come if the denormalization of smokers-and now vapers and smokeless tobacco users-continues down on its current trajectory towards prohibition:


...continuing with present measures alone will not be sufficient to contain the epidemic. Thus, the idea of planning for an endgame has recently gained traction in the global public health community


Here it is, the End Game all spelled out in an easy to understand language.


For anyone who was under the impression that smoking bans were (ever) about protecting non-smokers, I give to you some rather interesting quotes straight from the dark cabals of  the TC  enterprise itself:

...it is necessary to move beyond a focus on tobacco control (and its concomitant assumptions that tobacco is here to stay and that regulating the time, place and manner of its use is the policy objective) toward a focus on planning how to reach a tobacco-free future.


Not a smoke-free future (as if that were even possible) mind you,  but a tobacco-free future.


...some countries regarded as tobacco control leaders are instituting endgame planning.

....we define tobacco endgame thinking as follows: Initiatives designed to change/eliminate permanently the structural, political and social dynamics that sustain the tobacco epidemic, in order to achieve within a specific time an endpoint for the tobacco epidemic.


Change/eliminate social dynamics? What ever are they alluding to? Anyone who does not find this beyond creepy is not paying attention.


No wonder they want to close down many of (most) the clubs and bars in the U.K.,  the U.S., and beyond. People talk and enjoy themselves in those places. Some of them even have live music! ...and many musicians smoke/vape. They (especially those from a "certain" demographic) must be eliminated!


Who are these people that would like to eliminate me from public view, and thus from having any kind of social life? I don't recall ever giving them permission to denormalize me, my family, or my friends.


Major advances in tobacco control have been achieved in recent years, particularly in countries signing and ratifying the World Health Organization (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), adopted in 2003 and ratified as of this writing by more than 170 countries, including the UK in 2004.

Endgame proposals currently under discussion focus on the product, the user, the retail level, and the market system...

Product-centred ideas include regulating nicotine levels to make cigarettes non- or less addictive, redesigning the cigarette to make it unappealing to smoke, banning the commercial sale of combustible tobacco...

....Other options thought worth considering included banning menthol or other flavourings, reducing nicotine content in cigarettes, and banning filters.


..But menthol has been proven to be less risky than it's non -menthol counterpart. Why in the world would they want to make smoking more risky than it already is? ..and how would reducing nicotine in combustible cigarettes equate to a desirable outcome for those who choose to continue on smoking?


Wasn't anti's entire argument against light cigarettes  based on the theory that smokers tend to inhale light cigarettes more deeply (thus increasing the risk) to compensate for the lack of nicotine absorption to the lungs and thus, the brain?


Shouldn't they instead be arguing on behalf of a higher nicotine cigarette that produces little to no tar at all? Better yet, how about arguing in favor of the more modern HnB technology that is finally set to emerge in the 2nd decade of the 21st century? I also find it quite disturbing (and insulting) that they'd suggest that banning filters as an "option". Did they even bother to ask any smokers on how they would feel about that? I'm beginning to think that they want many of my friends and family (myself included) to just up and DIE!!!!


Not coolio.


..and not very democratic.


...and I'm only on page 5 of 79!!


There's more... a lot more.. Here are some of the short and long-term recommendations put forth by the neo-prohibitionists of peace, love, and joy:


Develop, test, and fund a phased, and sustained mass media-campaign....


Lucy Gaston lives!!!



That equates to the further "denormalization" of smokers and non-smokers who vape and use any form tobacco.


..and enhanced tobacco industry monitoring and surveillance programs...


Isn't it (or shouldn't it..) illegal to spy on people without their consent?



Basically, what they are suggesting in this report is the eradication of all forms of tobacco, smoked and not smoked, from the earth!



Not very pragmatic...



I don't know about you, but I don't fancy being labeled a criminal in my old age simply because I like to vape tobacco and e-cigarettes; and I certainly am not ok with the very real possibility of being spied on by extremists simply because I have a blog about smokers'/vapers' rights and harm reduction.



I am already sick and tired of wasting my tax dollars on the failed (world-wide) drug war that we have been waging for over four decades now; expanding on that war is not an option. I vote and I will vote against anybody who threatens to take my life and freedom away.



Make no mistake: the end game is all about making room for more prisoners.



Read on, if you can stomach it:



Tobacco Control Endgames: Global Initiatives and Implications for the UK. Written by Ruth Malone, and colleagues from the University of California, San Francisco-
















Saturday, June 21, 2014

Government sponsored Chi and the New Youth Brigade


In feng shui, as in Chinese medicine, CHI is the term for the universal energy, or the energy that permeates everything around us.-

On a recent trip back to my home of Chicago, I was surprised to see the increasing divide between the haves and the have nots. Gentrification has completely taken over the my old neighborhood, courtesy in part to zoning and the 2007 smoking ban in bars and restaurants. Many of the old bohemian hangouts that I used to patronize have been replaced by upscale restaurants and above my pay scale boutiques.


Contrast that with the West  (and South) side, where there are flashing blue light police cameras on every corner that would make Orwell shiver in his grave if he were to become conscious once again.


There are no fancy diners with shiny, happy people on this side of town, just neglect and an unacceptable crime rate, largely due to a rather large un-employment rate that continues to eviscerate the hopes and dreams of many African American young men. Add to that a bit of anecdotal evidence from an old neighbor who pointed out that the mayor has "re-organized" much of the police force to such an extent that many patrols have been shifted away from many of the city's most dangerous neighborhoods to the city's newly gentrified neighborhoods on the near North and NW sides. Instead of taking police away from one neighborhood to cover another, why doesn't the mayor just hire more police? I'm assuming that it may have a little something to do with budgetary shortfalls. OK, so the city may not have enough money to deal with what is a serious issue, so can't they just borrow some money form the feds in order to make the streets of Chicago a bit safer? Apparently, that is "not in the realm of political possibility".


..enter the purpose and point of this post..


In a time when many Americans are either un/underemployed &/or fed up with a centralized government that has become intent on micromanaging every aspect of our lives, it never ceases to amaze me how much money our federal government continues to allocate to anti-smoking
anti-smokeless/anti-vaping/anti-tobacco campaigns.


OK, so the unemployment rate is unacceptably high in some communities and in others many are under-employed and times are hard, but our elected officials are doing all that they can to help their (largely) proletariat constituency, right?  Well, at least the feds are helping some people in their quest to attain long-term (and stable) employment....


Oh, crime, schime...not to fear, for the Youth Brigade is here to clean up the streets of Chicago once and for all. There will be no more gun shots, no more blight, and shiny new restaurants (with patios for the healthy) on every street corner, all courtesy of your tax dollars and the CDC:


 Who the hell am I talking about anyway?



DON’T YOU KNOW IT’S TIME TO BE TOBACCO-FREE?

Every student in Chicago deserves to grow up in a tobacco-free city.

CHIDONT is an awareness campaign about tobacco-free environments, created to empower the youth and the city of Chicago to know they deserve to live in a healthy, tobacco-free space.

This website is where the youth of Chicago share their stories and make their voices heard. Here you’ll see other students just like you talking about why they live tobacco-free.

Share your story now:
Use #CHIDONT to share why having tobacco-free environments is important to you.

Made possible with funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


A tobacco free city. Now, that's a tall order if I've ever heard one. I wonder if they could eliminate the murder problem first. That sure would be nice, for then they could serve as a template for other cities nationwide. Think about it: a night out on the town at your favorite BYOB (I'm cheap) restaurant on the WEST side of Chicago could finally be within the realm of possibilities! Wouldn't that be awesome? I'm certain that the good folks at CHIDONT would agree that it would be  nice to go for a stroll (because walking is healthy) down Chicago Ave. on the west side, wine bottle in hand? Wouldn't it be nice to see small, independent businesses flourish in an area that has been neglected for far too long?  Maybe they'll change their priorities after being enlightened.....



OK, so this is not really about a bunch of high-school aged kids going around campaigning for the eradication of the smoker. It's not even about preventing kids from smoking. It's about a bunch of over-paid bureaucrats with a penchant for hunting down an over-taxed and overly harassed demographic. Put simply, this is about chasing "those people" out of parks that do not fit the definition of "clean cut" and "healthy". Gutter punks, homeless, artists, and "counter-culture (err..me)" folks take note:









..not a smoke-free workplace or even a smoke-free anything....a tobacco-free city is what this government-funded campaign is all about. Good thing that they have all of those Orwellian cameras everywhere, for they can be used to extract more money-via citations and harassment- from those who already don't have enough of it...and from people largely unable to fight back. Genius!


..and they don't merely (they're so humble, these bureaucrats) want the bars, the restaurants, the smoke shops, the universities, or "public" housing, no.....they want it all!
 





...Because only shiny, happy, and presumably "healthy" people pay for the parks.  It belongs to them and to  them only, got that?


Once they succeed at pushing all smokers (young and old alike) out of the parks that have been paid for by everyone (and often via regressive tobacco taxation), surely the belly of the insatiable beast will be filled and content?


Nope, not when there's job security via the demonization of an entire demographic:






When I switched over to vaping tobacco pods last September, I thought that I had finally escaped the wrath of my oppressors. Fat chance. Contrary to whomever devised this silly ad, I DO know what's in my vaporizer: tobacco and food-grade humectants, and sometimes just tobacco. Oh, but nevernind on that, because they probably don't even know what a tobacco vaporizer is, and everyone knows what's in an e-cigarette this point, don't they?


Oh, I really like this next advert..It's quite the catchy slogan that's needed to demonstrate the tolerance of the Neo-Reefer Madness movement of the 21st century, don't ya think? I wonder what ad company they hired to come up with all of this clever branding..? It must have been expensive, for true creativity doesn't come cheap:

....





Somehow I find it hard to believe that a bunch of high school kids are hunched around trying to devise ways to harass baseball players. In fact, I would venture to guess that most kids that age don't even think or talk about smokeless tobacco, let alone their worrying about some 30 year old dude chewing on it in some dugout somewhere. It doesn't even register on their radar, does it?


...because it's their (the special interests and your govt) dugout, ok? Everything belongs to them. You don't count, so get over it. They rule now.


Kinda sounds like communism, or maybe it's crony capitalism gone amok...


Whatever it is, it ain't "Chi".


My definition of Chi is that life-in times of peace-it is an organic amalgamation of seeds that grow to suit the different needs and means of a people that are as varied as the broad American landscape. In other words, the term "different strokes for different folk's" isn't some tired and old euphemism that should be relegated to the dusty past in favor of some new slogan that purports to change the vernacular of the term on its head, it is something that should be celebrated and secured for generations to come.


My Chi isn't sponsored by an overbearing bureaucracy that knows no limits; and it certainly isn't paid for by special interests. My Chi is about being able to go for a walk down a (any) city street without fear of someone sticking a gun in my face or the fear of getting caught in a hailstorm of bullets. It's to be able to assemble with other adults of like mind at the end of the day with a nice glass of wine and my tobacco vaporizer, free of assault and harassment from some bully (courtesy of his new-found confidence, due largely to your campaigns) that is twice my size screaming at me from 100ft away because he doesn't approve of my lifestyle.


My Chi is FREEDOM, which is the only route and method proven to uplift communities. My Chi is choosing where my tax dollars go, and if I have anything to say about it, they won't be going to organizations like CHIDONT for long.


-Chi:  Breathe in, breathe out. Don't let the bullies stress you out.


Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Without Discussion


Another town jumps on the anti-vapor/anti-enjoyment train....



The Foley City Council unanimously approved a first reading on the measure Monday night, without discussion,...


There's no need to discuss this issue with the public. They are proletariat miscreants that need to be protected from themselves.  We know what's good for you, so just go sit down over there in the corner and shut up, ok?



....there was no debate on the issue among Foley council members.


Of course not. Why debate anything any more? It's easier just to ram things through so that your town can get that grant money or political favor. Democracy is old-fashioned and oligarchies are the new fashion.



Council President Wayne Trawick said there's been a consensus on the need to add e-cigarettes and any other vapor-producing devices to the city's existing law and a lot of businesses are pushing for it.



Right.....So that's why there's a need for a ban, because the free market can't take care of the issue of vapor on its own.



Oh, and here it comes....the same lame excuse for banning smoking in privately owned establishments is now being used on e-cigarettes and "other" vapor products....



Drum roll...



"We're just trying to keep it an even playing field and keeping it as uniform as we can," Trawick said in a post-meeting interview with AL.com.


We have to "even the playing field" because some business owners are upset that other business owners are doing well because they allow their customers to vape in their establishments. They must be crushed and brought to their knees, for we can't let freedom ring if we are going to go around controlling everyone, mow can we? We are bound to our political allies, friends, and cronies; therefore, you must do as we say.



..Typical anti-rhetoric.



Foley moving ahead with ban on 'vaping' in public places and workplaces | AL.com

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

A Nicotine-Free Cigarette in Europe?


If you live in Europe, there may be a nicotine-free cigarette coming to a tobacconist near you:


"The virtually nicotine-free GOLD MAGIC brand contains approximately 97% less nicotine than typical ‘light’ cigarettes, yet GOLD MAGIC cigarettes look, smoke, and taste like conventional cigarettes.”


Personally, the idea of a nicotine-free cigarette has about as much allure as an alcohol-free glass of wine. Additionally, it almost seems like a bad idea, especially if we are to take into account all of those studies that have been telling us for years that compensation (ie., via low tar/low nic cigarettes) for nicotine via smoking equates to more risk.



What's interesting however, is that with the development of HnB products lingering on the horizon, the issue of compensation may very well become relegated to the past. Just as many vapers report switching or "downgrading" to lower or no-nicotine e-cigarettes, I can see the same thing being true for some users of HnB products. The fact is that different times of day often require different levels of nicotine, depending on the person. As former smoker who has switched over entirely to vaping tobacco via the Ploom modelTwo and the PAX, I'd be open to a low-nicotine vape once in a while, especially at the very end of the day.



It is likely that I will always always  prefer nicotine in my tobacco vapor, but it would be nice to have the option of choosing between varied nicotine HnB tobacco products and vaporizers. E-cigarette users have this option, why not HmB?



 22nd Century Group Signs Letter of Intent With European Factory For Production of Nicotine-Free Tobacco Cigarettes in Europe | Business Wire

Friday, May 30, 2014

They have no right....

...to deny you a safer alternative.



What the hell am I talking about?.



Is This The Cigarette Of The Future, And Will The FDA Let You Buy It? - Forbes



Here are my thoughts on the issue:



E-cigs, HnB (Heat not Burn), Swedish snus....it's all good when compared to combustion. The more choices, the better for the many smokers who will NOT quit. The continued or prolonged use of a cleaner form of nicotine/tobacco is NOT the same thing as getting CANCER. E-cigarettes have been a godsend for many people, thus access to them (by adults) should should not be restrained or curtailed with onerous and over reaching regulation.

With that said, I would like to stress that the same ideology (as expressed above) should be extended to HnB (Heat not Burn) and other low TSNA (Tobacco Specific Nitrosamines) tobacco products.

There are over 1 BILLION smokers in the world that stand to benefit from the many new and novel (and some not so new) developments that are taking place in the world of science and Tobacco Harm Reduction. THR can succeed where the traditional quit or die approach has failed.

As a former smoker who has switched over to HnB entirely (via the Ploom modelTwo and the PAX), I resent the fact that my very life hangs in the balance of some future decision(s) that will ultimately be made by some tax hungry bureaucrat somewhere whom I have never even met. There is nothing fair or just about the probability that millions of adult smokers will be denied access to something that can very well save their lives.

De facto prohibition is only prolonging the misery. It's time for a change. Every tax paying smoker reserves the right to choose the least risky option according to their own personal preference(s). That's the way that it's "supposed" to work in a free society.

The FDA has no right to suppress harm reduction.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Smokers can still light up at parks



...a bit of common sense from a small desert community in Arizona..



Thansks to Audrey Silk for posting this on FB via NYC CLASH:



Council Member Tami Ring said she took anpoll at her workplace and found her coworkers — all nonsmokers — said it didn’t matter to them that people smoke in parks, because it’s not inan enclosed area. Ring said she thought the police department would have trouble enforcing it and it’s “unnecessary.”



Most people are not zealots when it comes to the issue of smoking, vaping, and/or tobacco use. Take comfort in knowing that it is they that are abnormal and intolerant.


This rings especially true:


“It borders on freedom of speech. I don’t think this is right for Bullhead City,” said Vice Mayor Kathy Bruck.



A few of us in the blogosphere have been saying this for awhile now and it makes perfect sense when you think about it, for when one attempts to ban something on the grounds of "we don't want to see you putting anything into your mouth" um, because we don't personally approve of it, then said person or group is attempting to regulate freedom of expression and speech.


Is there anything more integral to a free society than freedom of speech? I shudder to think of a world where even the poets have gone silent.



...pretty place that Bullhead City...







I've always been a big fan of the desert and its sounds of howling coyotes in the night. Perhaps I'll make it back out west someday . If and when I do, I'm going to have to make sure to make a pit-stop in Bullhead City to see if I can soak up some of that strange voodoo that appears to be in such limited supply most everywhere else.



Smokers can still light up at parks - Mohave Daily News: News

Monday, April 28, 2014

Thank You For Vaping


..From Audrey Silk @! NYC Clash:

So Reason Magazine is co-hosting an event with Henley Vaporium (donors to the e-cig lawsuit fund too) in Manhattan tonight (Mon.) called "Thank You for Vaping." Reason has plans to interview me while I'm there. But I'll also have with me a jar and this sign:

               


...and for those of us who live in or near NYC, the event details are as follows:


On April 29, NYC will ban e-cigarettes in bars, restaurants, clubs and public places.

On April 28, the eve of the ban, we invite you to taunt the prohibitionists: Listen to prominent critics of e-cig regulation, listen to music from a live DJ, and carry on vaping after midnight to flaunt your disregard for the nanny state! 
Join Reason, The Museum of Sex and the Henley Vaporium for a celebration of the important role e-cigarettes can play in reducing harm from smoking and the dangers of NYC’s ban on vaping in public places.

Featuring, at 9.30 pm, Bill Godshall, Director of SmokeFree Pennsylvania, in interview with journalist and Willpower co-author John Tierney (See John’s article about e-cigarettes.) followed by  Talia Eisenberg, co-founder of the Henley Vaporium.

Guest commentators will also include Reason Magazine Editor-in-Chief Matt Welch, along with his co-host of "The Independents", Kmele Foster.

ABOUT BILL GODSHALL
Since 1986, Bill Godshall has advocated policies to protect people from the involuntary exposure to tobacco smoke pollution, reduce tobacco marketing to youth, increase cigarette taxes, preserve civil justice remedies for injured smokers, expand tobacco education and cessation services, and inform smokers that noncombustible tobacco/nicotine products are less hazardous alternatives to cigarettes.  Mr. Godshall worked for the Allegheny County Health Department and the American Cancer Society before founding Smokefree Pennsylvania in 1990, for which he has served as Executive Director. He earned a Bachelor of Science from Pennsylvania State University and a Master of Public Health from the University of Pittsburgh.


ABOUT TALIA EISENBERG
Talia Eisenberg is the co-founder and head creatrix behind Henley Premium Vapor and The Henley Vaporium. A long time smoker and former party girl from her days at the helm of the Lower East Side’s “Heist Gallery”, Eisenberg took a hiatus in Boulder, Colorado which opened her eyes to a cleaner lifestyle where fitness and nutrition helped put her back on track. While trying to rid herself of her last vice, cigarettes, in 2011 Eisenberg stumbled upon an electronic option and despite the device’s shortcomings, used it to quit smoking. This discovery propelled Eisenberg to take action by partnering with experienced entrepreneur Peter Denholtz to develop their own vaping products and launch Henley. Talia is a huge proponent of harm reduction.


                Thank You for Vaping


For those of you amongst us that are lucky enough to attend, please do do have a joyous time sticking up your finger to the man, er...Nanny State.  I wish that I could be there:-)

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

No smoking or VAPING in your own home


Corte Madera, a town in Marin County, CA has just voted to ban smoking and vaping in multifamily housing units. I would say that this is hard to believe, but given the current (and past) trajectory of all things anti-pleasure, this is not a surprise at all.



They keep on lying about the effects of 2nd hand smoke in order to further their agenda, which is ultimately to have complete control over what people do in their own homes; however, when it comes to the issue of "passive vapor", they don't even have a proper lie to conjugate to the masses that would justify the encouragement of neighbors spying on one another for the sake of enforcement:



Phyllis Galanis of Corte Madera said she used to be a smoker, but believes e-cigarettes are
marketed toward children and secondhand smoke can cause health problems in multifamily units.



Oh, now there is a reason for trampling all over the 4th amendment if I have ever heard one.



What a crazy time we're living in...



Corte Madera votes to ban smoking, e-cigarette use in multifamily housing units - Marin Independent Journal

Monday, April 14, 2014

WHO Aims to Snuff Out E-cig Use


Good lord. Now the WHO is trying to clobber the nascent e-cig industry out of existence. I think that the days of the WHO being about health, as clearly demonstrated here, are OVER. It is simply unconscionable for a "health organization" such as this to set out to do the exact opposite of its stated mission, which is to save lives.


Here is the general, and recognizable, gist of what we're up against:


Dr Haik Nikogosian, who oversees the secretariat of the FCTC, said that e-cigarettes “could result in a new wave of the tobacco epidemic”

He added that “he felt more importance should be given to the threat posed by electronic cigarettes”, according to the minutes.


A new tobacco epidemic? Now I'm really confused, because I thought (silly me) that the stated purpose of the FCTC was to in fact diminish (not increase) the morbidity associated with smoking combustible tobacco. Being that vaping is not in fact smoking, one would think that the WHO would be encouraging smokers to switch over to vaping and other forms of smokeless tobacco! But, NOOOOOO, that would be counter-intuitive  to their real mission, which is to keep people smoking so that they can continue to stick their noses into our lives whilst getting paid handsomely to do so.


Your health , freedom, and happiness are now a THREAT to the bottom line of health agencies the world over, to their officials, their business buddies, and to their crony bureaucrats who just can't stand the notion of living along side an alternative culture (yes, this is a cultural war as well), got that? 



WHO aims to regulate e-cigarettes in same way as normal tobacco

Friday, April 4, 2014

S6939-2013 - NY Senate Open Legislation - Prohibits the sale or provision of any quantity of electronic liquid - New York State Senate




H/T to Russ Wishtart for posting this on We Are CASAA on FB-


Prohibits the sale or provision of any quantity of electronic liquid

Prohibits the sale or provision of any quantity of electronic liquid; defines "electronic liquid" as any liquid composed of nicotine and other chemicals that is sold for use in electronic cigarettes.



It's officially become a full blown war against e-cigarettes and harm reduction now.



Apart from this (most likely) being largely about combustible tobacco $$ and Pharma stocks, some part of me wonders if this particular bill isn't an attempt to kill NYC Clash's and Russ Wishtart's lawsuit against NYC over the newly enacted public vaping ban....



Harm reduction = lost revenue.



It's a sad day. I hope that this dosn't pass.



S6939-2013 - NY Senate Open Legislation - Prohibits the sale or provision of any quantity of electronic liquid - New York State Senate

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Molecule From Evil Plant Destroys Cancer Cells

H/T to Nicotine Science and Policy-

The holy grail to curing cancer comes from a tobacco plant?

Holy smoke: tobacco plant shows cancer fighting potential

Now who wants to bet that the mainstream media will bury this story, or, err, just plain ignore it?

Friday, March 28, 2014

In Perpetuity

Perpetuity
1: Eternity
2: the quality or state of being perpetual -bequeathed to them in perpetuity-
3: a: the condition of an estate limited so that it will not take effect or vest within the period fixed by law
b: an estate so limited
4: an annuity payable forever
For those of us who have been scratching our heads as to why so many government officials have publicly stated their opposition to e-cigarettes and to all forms of THR in general, I have this lovely gem of an article that arrived in my inbox via Google alerts today:
Gov. Rick Snyder is asking lawmakers to ease reductions in city of Detroit retirees’ pensions and save Detroit Institute of Art masterpieces by tying up $17.5 million annually in the next two decades from the national tobacco settlement — which brings Michigan $250 million to $350 million a year in perpetuity.

From The Detroit News: Tobacco Money Not Going Where Intended

This tends to explain a lot now doesn't it? Forgive my redundancy, but the MSA does not lend it self to harm reduction, and it's easy to see why. If the majority of smokers where to become receptive to the various forms of THR that are fast becoming available, what would happen to all of that dependable revenue that continues to floweth down the stream that never ends? ....and keep in mind that we're not even talking about all of the excise taxes that are piled on top of what has already become a mountain full of dollar bills:

Cigarette Taxes-The Adult Smoker's Burden


It's all about the money....always has been, always will be.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Lawsuit Filed! Let's Talk To Our Attorney

Listen to Russ Wishtart from Click Bang Radio interview Edward Paltzik from Joshpe Law Group about the ins and outs of the NYC Clash/Rush Wishtart lawsuit against NYC for the Bloomberg vaping ban.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

NYC E-Cig Ban - Legal Fund

From Audrey Silk @ NYC Clash:


Surprise! C.L.A.S.H., with a co-plaintiff, to sue NYC over e-cig ban.
The legal papers are drawn up and ready to go. Just gotta fund it now.


 NYC E-Cig Ban - Legal Fund


Please support if you can!

Saturday, March 15, 2014

From Namibia With Love

Dr. Richard Kamwi, Minister of Health and Social Services, would like to show the world how progressive he is by "cracking down" on the tobacco industry smokers:
WINDHOEK – The Minister of Health and Social Services Dr Richard Kamwi announced yesterday that the Tobacco Products Control Act No 1 of 2010 would be gazetted in April, after which it would be enforced, effectively banning people from smoking tobacco in public places.
Kamwi explained that there were consultations with stakeholders, some of whom opposed measures that were presented.
Oh stakeholders, smakeholders, don't you understand that your seat at the table is merely for political theatre? There is no such thing as a stakeholder in a despotic environment that is devoid of democratic checks and balances; this is tobacco control after all. Apparently, his ideas are so progressive that he has even managed to acquire unwavering support from the director of the WHO herself:
But he warned that government has the support of the director general of the World Health Organisation who assured him of her unwavering support, both financially and technically to challenge any industry that will consider challenging government against implementing the Act.
...and just what is it that the minister of the WHO is supporting, one has to wonder?
Any person who contravenes or fails to comply with regulations of the Act would be committing an offence and is liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding N$4 000 or to imprisonment for a period not exceeding one year or to both such fine and such imprisonment, the regulations under the Tobacco Regulations Control Act indicate. Fines payable upon breaking the law on smoking can go up to N$200 000 or imprisonment of up to 10 years, according to the Act.
Oh, but maybe we should give her the benefit of the doubt. She may not be aware of the draconian nature of what is about to transpire, um because there were no representatives from the WHO in attendance when the law/act was being crafted, right?
Amongst those to attend the deliberations in March are the “top cops” of the country, added the minister. In addition, regional health inspectors, representatives of the World Health Organisation (WHO), the Cancer Association of Namibia and others will be part of the deliberations.
The justification for threatening to tear apart businesses, families, and the social fabric of an entire country is why, 2nd hand smoke of course!
“It’s not about me but it’s about your dear wife, the children, those are the people who suffer from second-hand smoking. If they want to die themselves let them go outside there,” a concerned Kamwi said.
I'm guessing that no one from the WHO has bothered to inform Mr. Kamwi of this rather large (and recent) study on 2nd hand smoke:
A large prospective cohort study of more than 76,000 women confirmed a strong association between cigarette smoking and lung cancer but found no link between the disease and secondhand smoke.
The lie becomes more insidious by the day, with the full support of the WHO apparently.

… smokers’ days are numbered

Public Smokers Face Jail

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Just Tell Them That It's Pot



If you're ever in San Francisco and someone tries to hassle you for vaping on your e-cigarette or tobacco vaporizer................



..........Drum roll please:



Just tell them that it's pot. Problem solved.


San Francisco lawmakers are taking care to protect the rights of cannabis consumers, so much so that new regulations cracking down on the use of e-cigarettes -- the portable vaporizers that provide a smokeless nicotine fix on the go -- are written as to specifically not crack down on the use of vapor pens, the virtually-identical mechanisms used for smokeless marijuana consumption.



E-cig ban? Vapor ban? What ban?


Will San Francisco's E-Cigarette Ban Extend To Marijuana Vaporizers?

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Can Big Tobacco Grow Again?

 ...a good read from the WSJ.


H/T to Jan Johnson for posting this on Facebook-



It wasn’t a cigarette as we know it—those products, deadly for their users and detested by regulators and health experts, are destined for a long and inevitable decline. And it wasn’t an electronic cigarette, the trendy new upstarts in the nicotine business.

Instead, it was a hybrid of the two—



Oooh! ...kind of sounds similar to my Ploom modelTwo.



There is a comments section. As usual, the haters are spewing their venom. To hell with them:-)


Can Big Tobacco Grow Again? - Corporate Intelligence - WSJ

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Cultural Relativism Gone Mad


H/T to Neal Roff via Vapers Network-


Get a load of this provision from the EU's TPD pertaining to e-cigarettes :

Article 6 paragraph 4

4. Member States shall prohibit the placing on the market of tobacco products containing the following additives:
(a) vitamins or other additives that create the impression that a tobacco product has a health benefit or presents reduced health risks,


WTF? Vitamins? What's wrong with vitamins? If you're inhaling vitamins only (or not), then how does that imply that it's a "tobacco product"? Furthermore, if the actual science says that it's reduced risk or even healthy, how do they justify the suppression of something that could actually help people? 


This hits a nerve, as I've just become interested and intrigued by a new company here in the U.S. that is going to do just that: produce an e-cig with vitamins. 


I, for one, like the idea of inhaling vitamins and herbs such as eucalyptus, etc. Maybe that makes me a "witch" of sorts, or maybe even a modern day"heretic", but so what: my body, my business. Vitamins are good for you, as are many herbs, just ask the pharmaceutical industry that takes such painstaking measures to extract the many anti-inflammatory constituents that exist in nature. 


Cultural relativism and outright bigotry itself are fast becoming responsible for the premature death of progress and innovation. Literally. Sigh....cultural relativism gone mad. 


To learn more about the TPD  and how it affects e-cigarette users, Clive Bates comments .


I'm scared to read about how this directive is going to affect tobacco users and THR. I fear for the worst, given the current political climate and the EU's history of banning lower risk products such as snus. Sigh.






Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Inhaling your vitamins?


This is interesting.


There is an Australian company that is pushing the boundaries of the e-cigarette as we have come to know it:



In the fall of 2013 the company began quietly working on the new product codenamed: "Vita".

"We incorporated a new subsidiary: VitaCig, Inc. trademarked the name"VitaCig", and developed the "VitaCig" - a nicotine-free eCig thatdelivers a water-vapor comprised of vitamins, nutrients, and naturalflavors," mCig's CEO Paul Rosenberg said, in a written statement.



I kind of like the idea of inhaling my vitamins.... In fact, I already do on occasion. 


As far as mCig is aware, a product comparable to VitaCig does not exist on the market.



The old adage is true: if you are conjuring up a new idea, someone somewhere is already one step ahead of you. There is a U.S. based company named Blow that currently distributes its own version of a vitamin-based e-juice called Vitamin Smoke. It is an e-juice that is supplemented with Vitamin C, B Vitamins, and Echinacea. I stumbled upon this brand in a smoke shop when I was back home visiting in Chicago a few months ago.  Having never come across anything like it before, I shelled out the cash and bought a few bottles of their e-juice. Not knowing whether or not  I'd like it or not, I gave one of its "tobacco" flavors a try and I have so say honestly that a vitamin supplemented e-cigarette can be quite enjoyable.



The more innovation that takes place, the better for us consumers.



Ok, back to the VitaCig: After doing a bit of searching, I've discovered that the company has also developed a personal vaporizer called the mCig that looks much like a cross between an e-cigarette and a standard vaporizer pen, though instead of e-juice it heats plant material, waxes, and oils.  I have the feeling that vaporizing tobacco is going to become quite popular amongst smokers...eventually. Finding the right kind of tobacco to vape can be tricky however. Creating a tasty tobacco vaping experience is one thing that the San Francisco-based company called Ploom seems to have mastered quite well. Maybe mCig will someday compete with my Ploom pods....we'll see.


I look forward to the day when we can also vape our tobacco along with various anti-inflammatory agents . That day is coming. Too bad CVS will be on the outside looking in.


Someday smokers are going to be the healthiest people in the world! Ahh...Now that's what I would call poetic justice. Don't laugh. It can happen. There was a time when we thought that the world was flat after all.

plant material, waxes, and oils

Unveiling of New Natural-Flavored e-Cigarette Ignites mCig's Stock Volume: mCig Inc. (OTCQB: MCIG), Growlife Inc. (OTCBB: PHOT), Cannabis Science Inc. (OTCQB: CBIS) - MarketWatch

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

New Site Books Smoking Only Rooms


H/T to Audrey Silk for posting this on FB-

The site is an online reservation service—founded by a smoker, naturally—that finds smoking rooms in more than 100,000 properties worldwide. We're told it alleviates the hassle of first having to book a hotel and only then find out if there's a smoking room available.

Can This Be Real? New Smoketels Site Sells Only Smoking Hotel Rooms


To be honest, I'm surprised that someone (somewhere) hadn't thought of this sooner. The antis will be up in arms over this of course, but who cares, as it is really none of their business.


You can visit the actual site here.


Happy travels!

Thursday, January 2, 2014

A New Day

First of all, Happy New Year to everyone!


It sure looks like 2014 is going to be a year fraught with many battles for the smoking/vaping/harm reduction community.


If there's any one thing that will prove to be beneficial to us in our quest for equality and truth, it's the ever changing tide of public opinion. With that said, I feel that there is hope that we will get to where we need to be...eventually. It may take awhile, but we will get there.


As an aside..I haven't had much time to post here lately, as I have been in and out of the recording studio with my band. I've also undertaken the task of learning a bit about computer coding in the hopes that once I "get it" I'll have more time to post here. I have, however, been keeping up on the relative news of the day. A couple of recent stories stand out to me:


PMI and Altria partner on reduced risk products-

Cigarette makers Philip Morris International and Altria Group will cooperate on marketing and developing reduced risk products including e-cigarettes and heated tobacco products, the companies said.

I sure hope that the FDA doesn't hamper the whole process by making the approval process overly onerous and restrictive. The success of THR depends on consumer acceptability and the right to make truthful claims about such products. It also means that these products are going to have to be attractive (and tasty), an idea that makes many an anti head spin.


The truth is (as I know it from personal experience) that apart from nicotine and its associated alkaloids, flavor also plays a significant role in what makes smoking attractive. This admission is exactly what anti tries to use against us when using the "smoking is addictive" argument; however, flavor is what got me to switch from smoking to vaping (..been about 3 1/2 months now..) with my Ploom modelTwo.


If more companies are allowed to develop and market THR products that taste at least as good (or better) as that of the traditional cigarette, a huge barrier to THR will have been removed. Good tasting products (including the use of flavors) have the potential to save lives. Someone very powerful needs to convince the FDA of this fact. President Obama, are you listening?


..and in other news, it looks like more and more, folks are getting fed up with the tide of over-regulation:


Protesters At Capitol Send 'Smoke Signal' To Governor Fallin

 OKLAHOMA CITY -

Smoking is illegal on state property, but dozens were doing just that Wednesday at the state capitol. They were protesting a ban on e-cigarettes that took effect Jan. 1. 

NewsOn6.com - Tulsa, OK - News, Weather, Video and Sports - KOTV.com |

Good for them! Like Audrey Silk said recently to outgoing NYC Mayor Bloomberg: "Good people disobey bad laws." Indeed they do. Happy New Year!
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