Friday, September 6, 2013

Anti-Harm Reduction Hacks Struggle to Solve E-cigarette "Problem"

Anti-harm reduction strategists in California are fast at work in trying to keep smokers from switching to less hazardous ways of inhaling nicotine and flavors. The fine folks at Change Lab Solutions are attempting to
take the lead- keep their paychecks- in their fight against the novel e-cigarette. Oh, but wait....I thought that these people were anti-SMOKING activists...oh...err...never mind:

For communities that don’t have local laws regulating tobacco – or that want to address electronic devices head on - we've developed a new model ordinance. The Model Ordinance Regulating Electronic Smoking Devices prohibits the use of electronic smoking devices in areas where smoking is prohibited, and prohibits certain retail practices—for example, giving away free samples of electronic smoking devices or selling electronic smoking devices in vending machines.

Isn't that lovely? They've developed a new model ordinancemodel ordinance model ordinance that would further enable bullies and busybodies everywhere in their crusade to 
help harass smokers and former smokers. You would think that these people would embrace the idea of electronic cigarettes, being that there is no smoke and all, but noooooooo, we can't encourage something that might make our jobs irrelevant and obsolete, now can we?

Meanwhile, our infrastructure continues to crumble all across the country, with California being one of the states suffering from a lack of funding to fix all things that are fundamental to our modern way of life.. Now how is it that the state has the money to pay anti-harm reduction advocates at a time when there is no money for the upkeep of its infrastructure? I don't mean to wander off topic, but the issue of priorities seems to have gotten lost somewhere along the way.

Meanwhile, more people will continue to die prematurely due to the fight against any and all forms of tobacco harm reduction. This just serves as one example. There is much research that suggests that there are a number of ways to reduce the harms that are associated with smoking, and these people appear to be against all of them. It's not surprising really, given anti tobacco's history of suppressing any attempts at creating a safe(er) cigarette.

...and they say that they're in the business of public health....interesting.

How to Regulate E-Cigarettes and Other Electronic Smoking Devices in Your Community | ChangeLab Solutions


  1. Ideological puritanism. Welcome to the futur... cough... past.

    Many thanks for the post!

    1. Thanks for stopping by. Someday we will catch up to the future...eventually:-)

  2. I quit smoking immediately with Ecigs - on 12/5/2012 I got my first Ecig starter kit from a vape shop. I smoked my last cigarette driving to work from the shop. I filled my new tank with juice, and started vaping when I got to work. I have been tobacco free ever since, have not had a single drag even from a cigarette since that day. I smoked for over 38 years, and had used every other method, except pills, to try to quit smoking, and had been unsuccessful. I watched my best friend die of lung cancer from smoking, and could not quit until I started on Ecigs.My father has smoked all his life and now has emphysema at 75, but still smokes.I know in my heart, that without Ecigs, I would have never been able to quick smoking cigarettes, and would still smoke. People who want to ban ecigs have never been addicted to smoking, or are being paid by tobacco companies worried about the loss of profits from their deadly products. Everyone who vapes, or uses ecigs, know that it is THE MOST SUCCESSFUL method ever used to quit smoking. The reasons the medical community will not wholeheartedly support it is because they didn't think of it first. Drug companies can't make money on it, and the FDA can't get kickbacks on it. It came from outside the standard "drug company-FDA-medical community" structure to fill each other's pockets and feed their egos, therefore they don't want to admit how well it works for smoking cessation. All opposition to adult use of ecigs to quit smoking is based on one or more of the following- Ignorance, Greed, or Ego. Personally, I believe Greed is the primary motivator to oppose ecigs, with the tobacco companies being behind all the noise against them.

    1. Gene,

      Thanks for stopping by. I am glad that you have found something that works for you!

      "People who want to ban ecigs have never been addicted to smoking, or are being paid by tobacco companies worried about the loss of profits from their deadly products."

      The tobacco companies are not behind this. Tobacco companies were the first to invent/develop a vaporized cigarette after all (Eclipse, Premier, Accord, etc..). They have been attempting to reduce the harms from smoking for decades, but politics and greed (from the anti-smokers and state profiteers, etc...)has gotten in the way with restrictions so draconian that there was no way left to convene the message to smokers that there is in fact a difference between different cigarettes (ie., heat vs combustion, for example).

      Hence, for the last few decades harm reduction has been dealt a steady and steadfast series of death blows; that is, until now.

      None of the same restrictions on advertising (currently) apply to e-cigarettes, which is in part, one of the reasons for their recent success.

      E-cigarettes came from out of the left field and caught everyone off guard, which is a good thing, because if the various anti-tobacco/anti-harm reduction factions would have had their way, they would have buried the e-cig as well. Harm reduction is bad for all of those who profit off of us becoming sick; it also takes away the "justification" for heavy taxation. For tobacco companies (who are gleefully jumping into the e-cig biz as well) however, this can only be a good thing, for the issue of harm reduction is finally getting the attention that it deserves.

      "Drug companies can't make money on it,"

      LOL! Nope, not unless they too get into the business of harm reduction:-)

  3. I am so glad I found your post on ECF and a link to your factual Blog. I have been sharing some of this on We Are Casaa on FB. I have visited and the FB page, where I hope THR people will begin to turn up the heat and blow off steam, pardon the pun at them. All their Billions dollars supporters are finally within earshot of just what humanity will remember them for!

    1. Thanks for stopping by Lisa!

      " I have visited and the FB page, where I hope THR people will begin to turn up the heat and blow off steam, pardon the pun at them.

      It's good to blow off some steam every now and