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Month: September 2014

A Further Message to Public Health Professionals

A Further Message to Public Health Professionals

Clive Bates, in his latest blog entry has spelled out in no uncertain terms what really burns our toast. I commend reading it before continuing. I’ve worked of the front lines in healthcare for the last 10 years. Before that I spent 25 years as an engineer. Science is the key to doing both well. What I have found appalling is the complete lack of curiosity and rigor that comes from those who are charged with responsibility for Public Health…

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Vaping Variables for Rebuildables

Vaping Variables for Rebuildables

In vaping there are variables.  Many of those will affect the quality and quantity of the vape.  I’m going to try to summarize the main variables that can be engineered.  The one variable that comes first is the vaper.  Individuals have different preferences and capabilities.  These parameters allow a vaper to customize their experience within equipment to get the vape quality they want. Surface area. The larger the surface area the more juice is in contact with the heating element…

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Storing E-Liquids

Storing E-Liquids

How Long Does E-Liquid Last? About a year, but like many rules of thumb the real answer is “it depends”.  Here are a few variables and some pointers to maximize storage life. 1. Propylene Glycol (PG) has a shelf-life of 2 years per Dow Chemical Co. when stored in air-tight containers at room temperature and not exposed to UV radiation (sunlight). 2. Nicotine.  This is more a function of the carrier which is typically PG. Exposure to light will cause…

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Feelings Are a ‘Gateway Drug’ to the Abuse of Science and Public Health

Feelings Are a ‘Gateway Drug’ to the Abuse of Science and Public Health

Published in TIME September 3, 2014 E-Cigarettes Are a “Gateway Drug” to Substance Abuse and Addiction Nicotine, in any form, can prime the brain for harder drugs This kind of thing really burns my toast. It amounts to journalistic malpractice compounding public health research malfeasance. It is the kind of thing that capitalizes on the fears of the public and their ignorance of how science works. All the participants should be drawn and quartered in a public square. Apparently I’m…

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Criticism of WHO FCTC COP#6 (for which I’ll either be sued or go straight to hell)

Criticism of WHO FCTC COP#6 (for which I’ll either be sued or go straight to hell)

The graphic in this article is contested by the World Health Organization (WHO). It originally appeared in a blog by Clive Bates in two articles he wrote here and here, critical of the Conference of the Parties to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, Sixth Session, Provisional Agenda 4.4.2 document. They believe they have the right to quell free speech because the graphic inappropriately subsumes the authority and integrity of the World Health Organization. Well too bad. When the…

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