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Delusional Denialists

WARNING! This article may contain traces of irony and sarcasm. If you are perceptionally or ideologically challenged this might be about you. I usually aspire in this blog to be scientifically objective. This article is an exception. It is my

Posted in Nicotine, Psychology, Rant, Vaping

Titration Theories

The existence of self-titration of nicotine when smoking is pretty well established scientifically. It’s easy enough to get reliable figures by measuring the nicotine level in the blood. But often the established level differs from that measured when the smoker

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Posted in Concept, Dependency, Nicotine, Psychology, Studies & Surveys, Vaping

Particulate Peril

One dire warning against vaping that pops up again and again is particulate matter measured in the vapor. And that particulate matter is known to be dangerous. But what is really behind that scientific sounding scarecrow? Both statements are individually

Posted in Concept, Details, Psychology, Vaping

Haptic Habit

It’s the hand-to-mouth habit! This is the simple formula often used to explain the psychological part of the multifactorial tobacco dependence and why vaping works where NRTs often fail. There sure is a lot of truth to it. But its

Posted in Cessation, Dependency, Details, Nicotine, Psychology, Vaping

Specious Similarities

Vaping looks so much like smoking. Putting something to your mouth, inhaling, and exhaling a cloud. This leads many people to jump to the erroneous conclusion that the physical processes involved might be similar, too. Even scientists trying to measure

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Fancy Flavors

An important part of vaping are the flavors. There are more aspects than just the propaganda to ban them. There’s also biology, psychology, and chemistry. And there are some discussions about natural vs artificial flavors.   Propaganda All those fancy

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Working Paper: Phillips-Nissen-Rodu, Understanding the evidence about the comparative success of smoking cessation methods: choice, second-order preferences, tobacco harm reduction, and other neglected considerations

This paper definitely needs reading and sharing. Smoking is no disease, so vaping (and other forms of nicotine) is not a cure. Working Paper: Phillips-Nissen-Rodu, Understanding the evidence about the comparative success of smoking cessation methods: choice, second-order preferences, tobacco

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Gate? No Way!

There are a lot of people promoting the fear that–especially for The Children™— “Vaping might be a Gateway to Smoking”. A lot of scientists have already examined existing survey data and shown conclusively that there isn’t even a hint of that

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

Freaking Formaldehyde

Public Review http://ntr.oxfordjournals.org/content/16/10/1319.long “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: http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMc1413069 “Hidden Formaldehyde

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Diminishing Dependency

As Professor Karl Fagerström 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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