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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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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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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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