Small Acts of Kindness Can go a Long Way

People will forget what you said, they will forget what you did, but they will never forget how you made them feel— Maya Angelou

It seems Dr. Smita Pakhalé, a doctor, research scientist and respirologist with the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute in Canada, fully understands the sentiment behind Maya Angelou’s words as she sets to launch a clinical trial to determine whether giving e-cigarettes to homeless people can help them quit smoking.

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Can You Really Teach an Old Dog New Tricks?

Seems the old saying holds some truth as many older smokers are turning to vaping in an effort to kick their long habit of smoking.

According to an article in the New York Times, a recent study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that rather than gum, lozenges, or prescription medication; more smokers are now employing the use of e-cigarettes in their pursuit to curb their smoking habit.

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Is The War on Vaping Working?

Is the war on vaping working? It sure seems to be in many regions around the world. The UK, especially.

For all those stuck in a world of misinterpretation, the word ‘alternative’ is defined as one of two or more available possibilities.

The vaping community has never claimed that e-cigarettes were the panacea to the worlds’ troubles. Because quite frankly, they are not. That’s not what e-cigarettes were designed to be. E-cigarettes were created to afford a smoker a better way to ingest their nicotine without having to burn their tobacco which, as we all know, produces a complex mixture of harmful carcinogens. Yet, with that said, those in positions of power see vaping as a threat, rather than what it is: an alternative to cigarettes.

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Look Thru My Eyes

“From Cali back to New York with it.”

 The above is a line from the song, ‘Look Thru My Eyes’, one of nineteen songs on the album, It’s Dark and Hell is Hot.

For those of you who never heard of Earl Simmons, aka Dark Man X, aka DMX— then the title and subtitle of this blog will most likely make zero sense to you. And it’s okay. No need to continue staring at the screen with your brows furrowed in deep confusion. DMX was a hip-hop icon in the late 90’s and early 2000’s, but troubles with drugs, alcohol, and run-ins with the law relegated the hip-hop legend to a corner of society that few of us pay attention to.

But I digress. Today’s read has nothing to do with DMX or hip-hop, but rather similar measures that are being passed in places like California and New York, hence the title.

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The Hounding of a California Congressman

According to Roll Call magazine— a daily and weekly news publication about Congress and politics— a legal advocacy group has called for the Office of Congressional Ethics to investigate California Republican Congressman Duncan Hunter’s embrace of a healthier alternative to smoking, also known as “vaping.”

Cue sound effect: “DUN-DUN-DUUUUN!!!”

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“That’s Good Smoke”

The American television and radio host Larry King found himself in a coughing fit after trying a cucumber-flavored vape juice.

Standing at a valet stand outside a West Hollywood restaurant, Larry King was fielding the typical nonsensical questions from TMZ reporters when a female puffing on a vaping device caught his attention.

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Oh, so Now They Wanna “HEAT-Not-BURN”

There was a time not long ago, (perhaps even still), when Philip Morris, the world’s second-largest tobacco company (80.1 billion USD 2014) was paying brand ambassadors or “freelancers” 50 British Pounds, the equivalent of about 67 US Dollars to persuade users to quit their habit of using traditional tobacco cigarettes.

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