Petition to Remove Vaping From Tobacco Category Gains Momentum

An often overlooked reality is that Facebook, Google and other major platforms categorize vaping under tobacco.

To the casual observer, that categorization may not seem like it matters much. After all, at the end of the day, although vaping is not smoking, it resembles the act of it, so whats the big deal?

Well its not so much the category that matters, its the rules and policies that apply to the category that is a major issue. Being categorized as tobacco means for starters that no vape company or brand can purchase paid advertisement on Google or Facebook.

Which is why you rarely see sponsored posts from vape related companies, save for a few that figure out a way to trick the system.

This rule in particular has greatly impacted us here at Vape About It. Although we do not sell any product or represent any brands. We are still unable to even promote articles we feel are important or noteworthy. Promoting e-liquid is one thing, but we’re unable to promote research or news about the vape industry, even to our own audience.

The only exception for this rule has been the documentary “A Billion Lives” who petitioned Facebook, due to freedom of speech, we unfortunately were not so fortunate.

Now, a brave and forward thinking fellow vaper, named Kevin Price has taken the initiative and started a petition addressed towards Mark Zuckerberg to have Facebook rethink their stance on vaping, and the category they place it under.

The petition is beginning to pick up momentum, breaking the 10,000 signature mark as of today.
As much as advocacy promotes signing legislative petitions and making phone calls, this petition could have a massive impact on our industries ability to promote the benefits of vaping.

Large media companies regularly feature articles with misleading and factually false information about vaping. By removing the restrictions against vape related brands, we can collectively spread awareness and counteract the anti vaping propaganda.

So take a moment and sign here 


Dangers of Smoking for Women

Each year more research comes out to indicate how smoking combustible cigarettes is more dangerous than we had previously understood.

While most people are aware there are health risks with associated with smoking, many of us probably don’t understand the full gravity of these implications.

CDC statistics show that 15.3% of women are cigarette smokers compared to 20.5% of adult men, but all smokers may not be affected equally.

According to research published in The Journal of the American Medical Association, higher levels of estrogen in lung tissue DOUBLES women’s risk of lung cancer, compared to men.

According to Pulmonology Professor Diane Stover, head of the lung unit at Sloan-Ketering Cancer Center in New York, “Men and women deal with these carcinogens differently. […] They are transformed into other carcinogenic substances.

These could lead to mutations in tumor-suppressing genes or ‘cell suicide’.” A study of Japanese cancer patients showed that female smokers also developed lung cancer on average two years earlier than their male counterparts.

According to research compiled by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, “Women smokers have a higher relative risk of developing cardiovascular disease than men. The reasons for the difference are not yet known, but could be due to tobacco smoke having an adverse effect on estrogen”.

This same report shows that in 1987, lung cancer surpassed breast cancer as the leading cause of cancer deaths among women in the U.S. The American Lung Association indicates that more women are infected with COPD than men, 7 million in total, but that many are misdiagnosed as asthmatics.

These examples only encompass a fraction of what we know cigarettes can contribute to. While the jury may still be out as to which gender is more greatly affected by smoking, no one can reasonably indicate either is safe, or even relatively safer, than the other.

Interestingly, in a study published by Dr. Kelly Cosgrove and other colleagues at the Yale University School of Medicine for the Archive of General Psychiatry, researchers found that male smokers have a higher number of nicotine receptors than male nonsmokers.

Female smokers on other hand, had the same number of nicotine receptors as nonsmokers. In short, women aren’t really addicted to the nicotine. The conclusion indicates that in treating female smokers, nicotine replacement therapy is generally ineffective.

Dr. Len Horovitz, pulmonary specialist at Lenox Hill Hospital in N.Y., indicated that deep breathing is part of the smoking habit, and that breathing exercises may help smokers because they “mimic puffing a cigarette”.

Recommendations for smoking cessation for women include exercise, relaxation techniques, or non-nicotine containing medications. That there is such a distinction between genders is probably more surprising for many than the finding itself.

Perhaps for many women simply having access to this knowledge could be what is needed to take that final step toward quitting. Maybe vaping is what would most be needed to bridge the gap between those women who have quit, and “can’t”.

Before cloud chasing, before the hobby, before anything else vaping encompasses now, quitting smoking has always been the single most important component. Vaping is the means to an end.


Vapers, We Have an Identity Problem

I know what i’m about to say is controversial, but as law makers set their sights on regulating the vape industry, we must fight back and present a strong case in the defense of vaping.

Our biggest obstacle is that our strongest argument in support of the vape lifestyle, is easily disproved and countered by our opponents.

Vaping is a safer and healthier alternative to smoking tobacco.

This belief forms the foundation of our strongest argument. Our battle cry is that vaping is meant to help people quit smoking. These statements are all true, and there are thousands of people who can provide testimony to how they quit smoking by vaping.

But the problem is…

It becomes really difficult to defend that claim, when we hold cloud contests, and have practically made vaping into a sport. You don`t see cigar smokers gathering at their local cigar lounge holding contests to see who can blow the biggest cloud of smoke.

Vapers on the other hand, regularly participate in such activities. Vape shops are the biggest culprits, organizing events and offering prizes.

So how do we protest and defend ourselves when we ourselves promote and advertise vaping as a hobby or sport?

I’m sometimes guilty of it too!

How do we sit across the table from the politicians that want to shut us down, and confidently claim our industry’s purpose is to help people quit smoking? Vaping is meant to serve as a potential pathway to smoking cessation, yet we represent it as a lifestyle and that is the logical fallacy the vape community must confront.

It almost becomes a mockery to attempt making that claim.

When social media is flooded with images romanticizing vaping, making it look cool and sexy. A post of a fat cloud or a sexy girl with a vape gets way more likes than advocacy articles.

It becomes difficult to defend our claims, when the majority of the vaper lifestyle promotes vaping as a leisurely lifestyle activity. For every person that represents vaping as their solution to quit smoking, there are ten who promote it for cloud chasing and a hobby.

For our industry and community to survive, we need to shift our focus. We need to walk the walk and put our best foot forward. We need to focus on advocacy, quitting smoking, and showcase the benefits vaping offers. While we should have fun it isn’t a sport or hobby, but as a solution for a better quality of life.

Tax Payers Footing the Bill for Vaper Smear Campaign

The California Department of Public Health recently launched a $75 million smear campaign “Still Blowing Smoke”. Marking the first mass-media attempt by government officials to halt the rapid growth of the vape industry.

The campaign features a number of over the top ads, one featuring young children, and  even infant toddlers attempting to use electronic vapor devices. Calling it an “ad campaign” is being generous, propaganda would be better. You can view all their ads here.

Outlandish ignorance aside, what about the overall cost of such a project?

The tax payers are picking up the tab for to appease the special interest big tobacco companies.

In an article written by Paul Blair, on the Americans for Tax Reform site, documents were shown that the total cost of California’s department of public health propaganda campaign will total $75 million. An amount that was conveniently not mentioned in the department’s official press release about the new campaign.

Where will that $75 million come from? Tax payers of course. Money that could be allocated towards other crucial needs such as education, police, alarming water shortage and a myriad of other uses.

Curiously, it seems that politicians seem to be the most keen on discouraging the use of vapor products. When the overwhelming majority of health experts agree that even though vaping may not be 100% safe or risk free, it is still a better alternative to smoking tobacco.

Tobacco products have some of the highest taxes of any consumer good. Annual sales generated $895 million in revenue for the California government in 2012 (the latest data available).

More people vaping, means less people smoking, and less tax money for government. Not to mention, less revenue for big tobacco who’s lobbyist account for millions in campaign contributions.

Are you comfortable with flipping the bill to help big tobacco kill hundreds of thousands of people every year? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

Vaping Takes Off; Study shows 10% of US Adults Now Vape

Last week we reported the rise of vaping in the U.K. and the growing number of smokers who have made the switch to vapor from tobacco. Today we are excited to report a major milestone for vaping in the United States has been achieved:

A new poll conducted by reuters has concluded that 10% of all American adults now vape, that number is 15% for U.S. adults under the age of 40.

More importantly, As TIME magazine reported today, 70% of the participants surveyed report having started vaping just in the past year.

To put this milestone in perspective, as recently as 2013 a similar survey found only 2.6% of American adults were using vapor products. Now roughly one in ten adults vape, and smoking has declined to just under 19%.

This news arrives at a time when anti vaping propaganda has never been higher. The vape industry is facing opposition from multiple government agencies, along with the media. But, the numbers don`t lie, even with millions of tax dollars poured into propaganda vaping continues to rise and the industry continues to grow.

While this is a cause for celebration, its not time to pop open the champagne flavored e-liquid just yet. The industry and community still face a number of major challenges, and a hurdles up ahead. In addition, much larger battles await with looming fda regulations and state laws. Learn now the FDA ENDS regulations and how it will affect small biz here.

Also the same survey found roughly 75% of people who have switched to vaping still continue to fall off the wagon and use tobacco. Meaning we still have to increase support and guidance for new vapers to permanently kick the smoking habit.

With these recent statistics, its safe to say we have reached escape velocity. Vaping is the future, this milestone solidifies our lift off and rise as an industry. The unfounded lies by government health agencies, and the redundant broken record whining about underage usage by anti vaping alarmists is not halting our progress. The time is now to become more unified as a community, and better organized as an industry as vaping continues to grow worldwide

Senator Mark Leno, Sponsored by Big Pharma to Defame Vaping?

In January of 2015, Senator Mark Leno proposed “Senate Bill 140 Electronic Cigarettes”, the bill we all know would label vapor devices as tobacco products.

When NorCal’s SFATA Chapter President Stefan Didak attended the first Senate Health Committee hearing April 8th, 2015, regarding this proposed bill, Senator Leno dismissed Stefan’s concerns, stating that if Vape Shops wish to permit vaping in their shops, they can apply for the same licenses required of hookah shops. While this may not sound severe, many local communities have ordinances in place that wouldn’t permit such licensure (San Mateo, San Carlos, Berkeley, Laguna Woods and Chico, to name a few).

Previously we wrote when Senator Leno has made offhanded baseless and ignorant comments, including “Whether you get people hooked on e-cigarettes or regular cigarettes, its nicotine addiction and it kills. We’re going to see hundreds of thousands of family members and friends die from e-cigarette use, just like we did from traditional tobacco.” It’s apparent while Senator Leno has been well educated by his Big Pharma contributors and their ilk, he hasn’t taken the time to read the science, the studies most of us vapers are familiar with.

What Senator Leno either doesn’t realize, or simply doesn’t care about, is that if the small businesses that make up the vaping “industry” are adversely affected, many of us could very well lose access to the products that prevent us from smoking combustible cigarettes. Senator Mark Leno, if you succeed, YOU will be the reason hundreds of thousands of family members and friends die from “e-cigarette” use. The research is out there, we’ve proven our argument. Special interests claiming that our research, peer reviewed studies, either don’t exist or aren’t valid because it wasn’t conducted by their in-house researchers doesn’t actually invalidate this research.

It’s as if I try to claim all kittens are born in shades of pink and blue and capable of flight, or cephalopods are capable of being leash-trained, and then walked about as if they were terrestrial household pets. Claiming something is fact, or simply wanting it to be, doesn’t make it so.

Just a cursory glance at Senator Mark Leno’s contributors include:

  • AstraZeneca; Manufacturers of Eolas Orexin-1: a receptor antagonist that will be marketed as a smoking cessation therapy.
  • GlaxoSmithKline/Johnson & Johnson: Manufacturer and distributor of Nicorette.
  • Kaiser Permanente: Currently campaigning against vaping products while suggesting NRT therapies and Wellbutrin, (an anti-depressant which is known to cause seizures, allergic skin reactions with blistering and peeling, confusion, trouble concentrating, hallucinations and unusual thoughts or behavior) are more effective as cessation aids. (When even The American Heart Association states otherwise.)
  • Serono: The bio-pharmaceutical division of Merck/Pfizer, the latter of which is the manufacturer of Chantix (the side effects of which include loss of interest or pleasure, mood swings, hallucinations, feelings of panic, suicidal ideation, suicide, and pretty much everything horribly wrong you can imagine), which Merck suggests you utilize for smoking cessation.

It’s easy to see where Senator Leno gets his (mis)information. The question is will you let him hurt our “industry” of small and local businesses? Senator Leno is WRONG. We need to stop these blatant lies from spreading.

We urge you to call your CA State representatives and let them know your concerns. If some of them aren’t in the pockets of Big Pharma or Big Tobacco yet, they may really listen to us. Alternatively if you have time and the means to join us on July 8th, 2015 in Sacramento, come out! This might be our last chance.

For more information, please visit the NorCal SFATA SB140 Quick Review. Please visit the NorCal SFATA SB140 Call To Action to see ways you can help.

British Prime Minister Endorses Vaping

David Cameron, the British Prime Minister; has become the first world leader to publicly endorse the usage of electronic cigarettes.

Prime Minister Cameron went on the record, after being asked about his view on e-cigarette regulation. Revealing that he believed e-cigarettes are a legitimate aid use by people to help break the habit of smoking after discussing his own struggle to quit smoking. Stating “certainly as somebody who has been through this battle a number of times, eventually relatively successfully, lots of people find different ways of doing it, and certainly for some people e-cigarettes are successful.

In 2015, England moved to the forefront of a relatively fair and sound approach to vaping. Becoming a leading example of how a major world government could preserve the rights and freedoms of its citizens to adopt vaping, while at the same time maintaining their commitment to the greater public’s health and safety.

Their own ministry of health conducted one of the first government funded studies on vaping, and concluded the now often cited findings that vapor is 95% less harmful than tobacco smoking. The landmark study also helped make strides in exposing the blatant bias and propaganda of US researches, falsifying data and using junk science.

Cameron also said “I think we do need to be guided by the experts. We should look at the report from Public Health England but its promising to see that overall, one million people are estimated to have used e-cigarettes to help them quit”.

The UK`s vape community is growing, as is the number of citizens using vapor devices, the estimated number now totals 2.6 million people.

The Prime Minister further added “I think we should be making clear that this is a very legitimate path for many people to improve their health and the health of the nation”.

At such a volatile time for the vape industry, it’s a relief to see some world leaders actually approaching vaping logically. While many U.S. Politicians are driven by ulterior motives and maintain an alarmist attitude, leaders in the UK are at least putting the health of their citizens ahead of special interest groups.

Vape Propaganda; Teens Hospitalized From Vaping?

On Monday night, Three teenagers were rushed to the ICU in Tahlequah, Oklahoma.

911 was called late Monday evening, when a young male teen was found unconscious at a local church after vomiting numerous times. Two other teens were admitted to the ICU at a nearby hospital, who had been seen with the young male earlier.

All three boys reported similar symptoms, including seizure like reactions and vomiting. The teens admitted to having vaped from an e-cig device earlier that evening, before they began showing signs of illness.

The police confiscated the device, and upon testing found no traces of nicotine or flavored e-liquid. Instead, authorities believe the liquid substance inside was “K-2” a known form of synthetic marijuana, and sent the device to a lab for further analysis.

Fortunately the three teens have since recovered, and the Tahlequah Police department believe they know the identity of the man who gave them the device.

Why this matters:

The real story here is not a group of foolish teenagers vaping on synthetic marijuana. Its unfortunate they became ill and had to be hospitalized, but the real story is how the story itself is presented.

The headline is not “Teens hospitalized after consumption of synthetic marijuana”. No it completely leaves that out, only mentioning it in the body of the story itself.

Synthetic marijuana is a growing epidemic, especially amongst underage teenagers. It has a long list of dangerous side effects. Most alarming of all, they`re technically legal and sold as “incense”. Furthermore lawmakers can`t regulate them because as soon as they outlaw one formula, manufacturers tweak the ingredients.

But no, the article would have you believe that vaping is the culprit. They would have you believe that once again vaping is harming our children. Run for the hills, protect your children before your son or daughter ends up in the ICU.

So rather than focus on the problem which is the rise of synthetic marijuana, they instead want to point the finger at us. An issue the vape industry has nothing to do with. its like blaming syringe makers for a heroin overdose. 

Vapers are looking to quit smoking, and enjoy the taste and experience of vaping not get high off incense.

We’ve documented how government organizations blatantly lie and mislead with faulty facts. But the bigger threat is subliminal propaganda such as this by the media, that further perpetuates the public’s perception that vaping is harmful.


Three Things the CDC Hid in Teenage Vaping Data

The CDC’s anti vaping propaganda reached critical mass this past week, as new data was released claiming e-cig use among adolescents has tripled in the last year.

We reported last month, the cdc would target vaping in its newest anti-smoking campaign. Last week they released their youth tobacco survey and sparked a massive flood of media attention.

The first thing they don’t want you to know

The CDC’s youth tobacco survey found e-cig use has tripled in teens. Yet very few media outlets even mentioned that although e-cig use among American high school students has risen from 1.5 percent to 13.4 between 2011 to 2014. Cigarette smoking has dropped from 15.8 percent to 9.8 in the same time period.

Vapers can’t claim vaping is completely risk free, but unlike the CDC we’re not going to fabricate our facts. We can provide data to show that the vapor itself is safe. Even the most common arguments, such as the exaggerated risk of formaldehyde are easily disproven. The formaldehyde argument holds little water when you study the data and find that the temperatures used were ridiculously high. Nobody vapes at 4.8 volts on a clearomizer, it would burn far too hot, and would taste awful.

The second thing they don`t want you to know             

What they fail to mention is the survey only measured the number of teens who have tried e-cigs, not the actual number of adolescents who use them regularly. There is a very big gap between trying and becoming a regular user.

Looking at the survey findings, there is no mention about prolonged use or frequency of use. The data may be correct, but the alarmist claims of nicotine addiction is anecdotal at best. The fact that they fail to clarify this shows a blatant lack of responsibility by the CDC.

The third thing they don`t want you to know

There is no data on whether or not the e-liquids these teenagers used had any nicotine.

Another fact the media conveniently forgets to mention is that there is nicotine free e-liquid.

There is also no evidence to correlate how addictive e-liquid nicotine is, especially in minors.

The CDC’s claims are all based on studies conducted on cigarettes. Cigarettes contain over 4000 chemicals. These include additives designed to help nicotine absorption. Currently the CDC has no data to prove if vaping is addictive.

The CDC continues to make bold claims with little to no evidence to back it up. They take research and spin it to the media with few concrete facts. All minors should be discouraged from vaping, no exceptions. Yet judging by the outrage and propaganda, its almost as if they would prefer teens were still smoking cigarettes.

The American Cancer Society Asked; Vapers Responding

Yesterday the American Cancer Society took to Facebook and other social media outlets asking the public a simple question.

How Did You Quit Smoking?

Vapers have been responding! Over 95% of the almost 3,000 comments posted so far are from vapers sharing their personal stories about how vaping was what got them to quit cigarettes for good.  To share your own story, visit the American Cancer Society Official Facebook Page.

“In about a week, I will be one year smoke-free. I quit through vaping when nothing else worked”, said Randy W., whose comment has received over 580 Facebook likes in less than 24 hours.

It can be an emotional tale for some to tell. Take for instance Wendy B.  Wendy responded with, “Had cancer, didn’t stop me, have emphysema, 35 years of 1.5 packs a day, I never wanted to give up nicotine. I’ve switched to vaping, three months now without a cigarette. My primary and cancer doc support it as a safer nicotine alternative.”

The American Cancer Society has promised to feature select stories on their official website by saying in their Facebook post, “Quitting smoking is no easy feat! If you’ve successfully quit, share your story in the comments. You could be featured on our website and give hope to others trying to get healthy.”

So will they do it?

Given the American Cancer Society’s stance on vaping in the past, we’re very interested to see their official website in the next few weeks. The American Cancer Society in May of 2011 said in an article titled Electronic Cigarettes – Boon, Bane, Blessing, or Boondoggle? “E-cigarettes are a grave danger to the public health”. In 2014 the ACS updated there outlook with an article titled “E-cigarettes – It’s Complicated” stating that “more independent, objective data is needed.”

With the outpouring of stories from vapers across the United States, it’s hard to ignore the truth that vaping truly does work when it comes to quitting cigarettes and it’s saving countless lives in the process! #VapeOn