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September 29, 2017
The Secret to Tobacco Harm Reduction is Accurate and Actionable Information

“The public and especially users of multiple tobacco and nicotine products need to be provided accurate and actionable information on major differential tobacco and nicotine product risk.” The focus of Vaper’s Vortex is usually on the science, politics and regulatory policies that affect smokers and vapers in the U.S. But the death toll from combustible […]

September 26, 2017
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? […]

August 28, 2017
Appropriate or Appalling?

“Any effort to treat cigarettes no differently from massively less hazardous alternatives like vaping protects the cigarette business rather than public health. It is akin to whiskey distillers wanting orange juice to be subjected to identical regulations.” David Sweanor, University of Ottawa (TLDR – When I started working on this piece I wanted to get […]

August 18, 2017
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 4, 2017
FDA – A NEW DAY AND A NEW WAY

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 […]

May 2, 2017
Popular Vaping Flavors to Create Next

So you’ve tried that first flavor or two of e-liquid and are looking for something new. You’ll find that you have a staggering variety of e-liquid flavors to choose from. Everything from classic tobacco and menthol flavorings to fruit and candy flavors are available. And those are just the flavors that have been pre-mixed. DIYing […]

June 17, 2016
Gateway to Smoking

Vaper’s Vortex June 17, 2016 “Absolute power corrupts absolutely.” The FDA and the CDC have spearheaded a seemingly unstoppable campaign. Built on the Gateway to Smoking foundation. Well organized. Well executed. Well funded. The only problem is that their campaign is based not on credible science, but instead on FDA and CDC dependence on funding […]

June 14, 2016
Pulse Victims Fund

https://www.gofundme.com/PulseVictimsFund   Beginning Monday, June 13 and running through Sunday, June 19, DIYELS is proud to do our part in supporting the families of the victims of Pulse Florida. All DIYELS products, storewide, are 10% off. Please enter the promo code “PulseFlorida” at checkout. More importantly, DIYELS will donate 100% of sale profits to the […]

May 31, 2016
ACCOUNTABLE

Vaper’s Vortex May 31, 2016 “Accountable: a person, organization, or institution required or expected to justify actions or decisions; responsible. Government must be accountable to its citizens.” May 17, 2016. The FDA receives a letter addressed to FDA Commissioner Robert M. Califf, MD. A letter that Dr. Califf and many others at the FDA will […]

November 17, 2015
CDC Says U.S. Adult Smoking Rates are Plummeting – What’s Happening and Why?

Vaper’s Vortex November 17, 2015 “The percentage of U.S. adults who smoke cigarettes declined from 20.9 percent in 2005 to 16.8 percent in 2014.” Five days ago, November 12th, the CDC released a report stating that data from the National Health Information Survey (NHIS) determined that in 2014, the number of U.S. smokers age 18 […]

November 3, 2015
FDA – Flavored Tobacco Products Appeal to Youth

Vaper’s Vortex November 3, 2015 “The cross-sectional analysis does not allow direct estimation of flavoring’s role in initiation of tobacco use among youth.” Flavored tobacco products appeal to youth. That’s the FDA’s message in a new report published in JAMA on Oct 26. “The majority of youth ever-users reported that the first product they had used […]

October 28, 2015
HR 2058 vs. FDA

Vaper’s Vortex October 28, 2015 “The FDA claims that it lacks the legal authority to change the February 15, 2007 date even though it has used regulatory authority to make a number of decisions that were not spelled out in the initial Act.” HR 2058 vs. FDA – truly a story of the good, the […]

October 13, 2015
CDC – E-cigarette Flavors Must Go

Vaper’s Vortex October 12, 2015 “Is it time for a change in CDC leadership?” In a September 30th Press Release , CDC Director Thomas Frieden is quoted: “Flavored tobacco products are enticing a new generation of America’s youth into nicotine addiction, condemning many of them to tobacco-related disease and early death.” E-cigarette flavors must go! […]

September 25, 2015
Conflict of Interest

Vaper’s Vortex September 25, 2015 “A situation that has the potential to undermine the impartiality of a person [or bureaucracy] because of the possibility of a clash between the person’s [or bureaucracy’s] self-interest and professional interest or public interest.” The recent report by Public Health England (PHE) stating that e-cigarettes are “around 95% less harmful” […]

September 22, 2015
Electronic Cigarettes – Harm Reduction’s Finest Hour?

Vaper’s Vortex September 22, 2015 “Advocates of evidence based medicine have criticised the adoption of interventions evaluated by using only observational data.” The debate regarding every aspect of electronic cigarettes is, to say the least, often contentious. Some would even argue that it frequently gets downright ugly – Clash of the Titans. With so many […]

September 16, 2015
FDA Deeming on Electronic Cigarettes – What’s the Hold-Up?

Vaper’s Vortex September 15, 2015 “The Obama administration has failed to finalize federal regulations for e-cigarettes nearly a year and a half after a proposed rule was issued, which has public health advocates clamoring for a decision to quickly rein in the growing industry.” That is a quote from a recent article in the Washington Examiner, […]

September 4, 2015
One Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

Vaper’s Vortex September 4, 2015 “The contrast was pretty striking…” They say one picture is worth a thousand words. The Guardian recently ran an article on the Green Man Festival in Wales. In that article, they did a blurb on electronic cigarettes: “Particularly popular was a visual demonstration of the tar in cigarettes. We set […]

August 27, 2015
Nothing Could Be Further from the Truth

Vaper’s Vortex August 27, 2015 “The National Institutes of Health had no role in the design and conduct of the study; collection, management, analysis, and interpretation of the data; preparation, review, or approval of the manuscript; and decision to submit the manuscript for publication.” A study by the University of Southern California was published in […]

August 20, 2015
Public Health – The Clash of the Vaping Titans

Vaper’s Vortex August 20, 2015  “The first official recognition that e-cigarettes are less damaging to health than smoking tobacco.” Sometimes you find yourself wondering “What happens next?” It has been one busy week in the vaping world. One that culminated yesterday with a landmark recommendation by Public Health England that has sent shock waves throughout […]

August 7, 2015
E-liquids – “What If” vs “What Is”

Vaper’s Vortex August 7, 2015 “In any case, finding similar amounts of TSNAs in liquid and aerosol verifies that the levels of exposure through aerosol inhalation are by far lower compared to smoking.” Many vapers are familiar with the work of Dr. Konstantinos Farsalinos. For those that aren’t, you can learn more here . Farsalinos […]

July 30, 2015
The Sound of Silence is Broken

Vaper’s Vortex July 30, 2015 “While it is possible that some adolescents are using e-cigarettes instead of cigarettes, our data suggest that e-cigarettes may be recruiting new tobacco product users who might not have used cigarettes.” Have you noticed? In the aftermath of months of daily, non-stop and often heated debate, protagonists and antagonists alike […]

July 21, 2015
Irrespective of the Facts

Vaper’s Vortex July 21, 2015 “Irrespective of the fact that there are small independent players, Big Tobacco is buying up this industry faster than I am speaking,” said California Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco. Leno is pushing legislation that calls for e-cigarettes and its paraphernalia to be regulated as a tobacco product. Interesting choice of […]

July 17, 2015
Think SB 2X-5 Is About Protecting Children? Think Again.

Vaper’s Vortex July 20, 2015 “Decades ago the tobacco industry tried to fool us into believing that filtered cigarettes were a healthier alternative to traditional cigarettes, and now they’re making the same claims about e-cigarettes. The fact is that they’re using a new delivery system, which is currently addicting the children of California to toxic […]

July 9, 2015
Should Vaping Products be Banned from Convenience Stores?

Vaper’s Vortex July 9, 2015 “A current Minneapolis proposal to ban sales of flavored electronic cigarettes in convenience stores is contrary to the principles of good public health policy, ignores scientific evidence and could have the unintended consequence of keeping current smokers smoking — and dying.” On July 2nd the Minneapolis StarTribune published an article […]

June 30, 2015
Is Big Tobacco Turning Over a New Leaf?

Vaper’s Vortex June 29, 2015 “In this context, being “pro-tobacco” is perfectly consistent with advancing public health.” The Big Tobacco We Know Big Tobacco has a very long history of lying. To everyone. Smokers. The public at large. Even Congress. Practices which eventually led to the 1998 Master Settlement Agreement (MSA). The MSA mandates that […]

June 25, 2015
What Happens Now?

Vaper’s Vortex June 25, 2015 “The only problem with burying your head in the sand? Your butt is still up in the air.” In my previous post we looked at a summary of the results of lab testing of 252 e-liquids from 42 manufacturers which were tested for Diacetyl (DA) and Acetyl Propionyl (AP). Less […]

June 23, 2015
Diacetyl and Acetyl Propionyl – What Have We Learned?

Vaper’s Vortex June 23, 2015 “It is not a situation where one number is OK and another is not. There are many factors to be considered.” Vapor Shark recently sent a shockwave reverberating through the vaping world. They submitted 252 e-liquids from 42 manufacturers to Enthalpy Analytical, Inc. 38 of the juices were Vapor Shark’s […]

June 16, 2015
Quit or Die

Vaper’s Vortex June 16, 2015 “This means that vapor business owners and interested parties still have an opportunity to submit comments in an effort to assist the FDA in understanding the role that e-cigs and vapor products play.” SFATA made a post on Reddit late yesterday advising everyone that the FDA has extended to July […]

June 11, 2015
Are We Moving in the Right Direction?

Vaper’s Vortex June 10, 2015 “The Universe provides the opportunities but it’s up to us to take them.” May 25, 2015 The U.K.’s Action on Smoking and Health announces that there are 2.6 million vapers in the U.K. An increase of 500,000 over the preceding year. June 8, 2015 New York Gov. Cuomo announces: “With […]

June 9, 2015
Is Mitch Zeller Struggling to Make the Right Decision?

Vaper’s Vortex June 9, 2015 “We need a national debate on nicotine. The issue isn’t e-cigarettes, it’s nicotine.” In light of the amount of controversy and the very high stakes, it is not difficult to imagine that FDA is struggling with finalizing their proposal. Mitch Zeller and other key players in FDA and HHS are […]

June 3, 2015
“World Tobacco Alternative Day”

Vaper’s Vortex June 3, 2015 “We will never be able to help smokers quit unless we can offer an appealing, satisfying and effective alternative.” The third and final FDA public workshop, prior to release of the final deeming regulations, is now history. Two days of watching experts tell us how much we don’t know about […]

May 29, 2015
E-Cig Snapshot – May 29, 2015

Vaper’s Vortex May 29, 2015 “The proven harm of tobacco is currently getting less coverage than the much smaller and far less certain harm from electronic cigarettes. We owe it to smokers to provide them with accurate information.” The amount of information regarding e-cigarettes that is published on a daily basis is remarkable. “E-Cig Snapshot” […]

May 27, 2015
Dollars and Sense – Will Smokers Bet on Quitting?

Vaper’s Vortex May 27, 2015 “With such unprecedented rates of success, the trick now is to figure out how to get more people to sign up — to feel like they have skin in the game.” Results from a unique study conducted over an eight month period in 2012 by the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman […]

May 22, 2015
E-Cig Snapshot

Vaper’s Vortex May 22, 2015 “I would be delighted if every cigarette smoker switched to e-cigarettes. We know that tobacco smoke kills. There is no debate about that.” The amount of information regarding e-cigarettes that is published on a daily basis is remarkable. “E-Cig Snapshot” is a periodic overview of events, research, editorials, blogs, stories, […]

May 21, 2015
Vape Shops vs. Indiana – Can They Win?

Vaper’s Vortex May 21, 2015 “How can they suggest Indiana law somehow treats nearly identical products differently?” What Just in case you haven’t heard, on May 12 attorney Gregory Troutman filed a complaint (lawsuit) on behalf of three Indiana vape shop owners. They are suing the state of Indiana over their recent enactment of former […]

May 19, 2015
Looking Back – To the Future

Vaper’s Vortex May 19, 2015 “There is more to the story.” The date is July 1, 2015. FDA has deemed electronic cigarettes as tobacco products. The Tobacco Control Act (TCA), including its February 15, 2007 grandfather date, now applies across the board to e-vapor products. What happens now? Big Tobacco’s absolute dominance of all tobacco […]

May 14, 2015
Someday – But Not Today

Vaper’s Vortex May 13, 2015 “The authors appear untroubled by the fact that smokeless tobacco and e-cigarettes actually are on the order of 95-100% less risky than smoking. If you smoke this is important, health-sensitive information. If you don’t smoke, this information is merely true.”                  Clive Bates So yesterday I’m surfing the net in my quest for vaping […]

May 11, 2015
Bootleggers and Baptists – United Once Again

Vaper’s Vortex  May 12, 2015 “If vaping came close to overtaking cigarette use, it would be one of the most remarkable disruptive public health technologies of modern times.”   Clive Bates There may be a number of folks reading this that are not familiar with the phrase “Bootleggers and Baptists”. It dates back to the early […]

May 9, 2015
Grandfather Date – The People vs. the FDA

Vaper’s Vortex May 8, 2015 “We do not believe that we have the authority to alter or amend this grandfathering date, which is set by statute.” How ironic is it that the greatest single challenge facing thousands of small vaping stores is the result of nothing more than a clerical formality? The reason the February […]

May 6, 2015
The Grandfather Date Question – Is HR 2058 the Answer

Vaper’s Vortex May 6, 2015 “Even though the FDA already has this authority, the legislation I introduce today will underscore that FDA should choose a new grandfather/predicate date each time the agency deems new tobacco products.” On April 28th, Representative Tom Cole (R-OK04) introduced HR 2058 which would change the February 15, 2007 “grandfather date” […]

May 5, 2015
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 […]

May 4, 2015
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 […]

April 30, 2015
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 […]

April 28, 2015
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 […]

April 24, 2015
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 […]

April 22, 2015
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 […]

April 20, 2015
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 […]

April 17, 2015
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 […]

April 15, 2015
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 […]

April 14, 2015
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 […]

April 13, 2015
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. […]

April 11, 2015
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 […]

April 9, 2015
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 […]

April 8, 2015
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 […]

April 7, 2015
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 […]

April 6, 2015
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. […]

April 4, 2015
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 […]

April 3, 2015
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 […]

April 2, 2015
Honey I Shrunk the Smokers!

Vaper’s Vortex April 2, 2015 “Larger studies are now needed…to establish the importance of integrating these anti-smoking services into future tobacco control strategies.” A never before done study of the efficiency of vaping products in aiding with smoking cessation has yielded results that are nothing short of exhilarating. Ricardo Polosa, MD, PhD is the Director […]

April 1, 2015
Death by “Public Health”

Vaper’s Vortex April 1, 2015  “This issue is not about a perfectionist, absolute, zero tolerance for nicotine addiction. It is about harm reduction-like seat belts, air bags, condoms and vaccinations.” The Star Tribune, a Minneapolis newspaper, recently published two articles in their Opinion section. The first was written by John McClay, who credits e-cigarettes with […]