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

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