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Artistic Help needed

I could use some help. I may have a few talents, but creating grafics certainly isn’t one of them. It took me hours just to “warhol” the selfie for the avatar I use everywhere. It’s ok for identification, but it’s

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Freaking Formaldehyde

Public Review “Carbonyl Compounds in Electronic Cigarette Vapors: Effects of Nicotine Solvent and Battery Output Voltage” doi: 10.1093/ntr/ntu078 Update: Since this faulty study was obviously the inspiration for latest scaremongering bit, all this also applies to: “Hidden Formaldehyde

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Public Preview

We do Public Review¬†to point out flaws and misconceptions that the original authors and peer review missed. But still, there often is a lot of time, energy, and money wasted. Wouldn’t it be better to avoid that in the first

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Diminishing Dependency

As Professor Karl Fagerstr√∂m explains in Dependence on tobacco and nicotine, it isn’t as simple as a single substance addiction. It’s rather complex with lots of individual differences. Here is something I noticed: When I was a smoker (2 packs

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Posted in Cessation, Dependency, Nicotine, Studies & Surveys, Vaping

Crippling Control

Randomized Controlled Trials (RCT) often provide rather reliable and reproducible results. Thus they are considered the Gold standard. They are very useful when you want to evaluate a few clearly defined distinct options. Like the efficacy of medical therapies. The

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Don’t Dismiss Differences

Many people without first mouth experience still think that all ecigs are basically the same. That the differences are only cosmetic and marginal. Right: The basic operating principle is the same. Wrong: There are huge differences not only in quantity,

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Vaping vs. NRT

A lot of people–including scientists, politicians, jounalists, and even vapers–consider ecigs to be just a new form of NRT. This assumption is the source of many problems. That assumption was what initally prompted me to dismiss ecigs. And it still

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Beneficial Bias

With internet surveys the authors usually caution that the results are not representative for the population. Not even for all vapers. That certainly is true. But does this limit the validity and applicability of the collected data? Only if you

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Pleasure Principle

A hypothesis why ecigs can be permanently successful with smoking cessation, where all other methods usually fail eventually. Let’s face it: Ingesting small amounts of nicotine is rather similar to caffeine. Stimulating and relaxing. As a smoker (or vaper) you

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Definition of “Cessation”

This is one point that I often find very confusing. When I say “I stopped smoking” I mean literally: “I stopped inhaling burned tobacco smoke”. And the answer often is: “No you didn’t, you are still inhaling nicotine”. And it

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