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Former smoker/current #vaper & #TobaccoHarmReduction advocate. #THR is a #HumanRight. #Nicotine should be legal in #Australia! #IVapeIVote #VapingSavesLives
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Apr 3 58 tweets 27 min read
I watched the @7NewsSydney Vape Debate moderated by @AmeliaBrace between (then) premier @Dom_Perrottet and (current) premier @ChrisMinnsMP with interest.

Buckle up. It's a 🧵 [Amelia] In New South Wales they're technically only available by prescription, but there's a booming Black Market trade out there.
Dec 12, 2022 46 tweets 16 min read
@TGAgovau ran an inquiry into #nicotine #vaping. One of the questions was:
"In your opinion, will a requirement for a prescription help reduce uptake of nicotine delivery products such as nicotine e-cigarettes among youth?"
The phrase 'black market' ..… .. was mentioned in 194 of those submissions.

Herein is a thread of some of those submissions warning of a #BlackMarket willing to sell to anyone.
No age checks there!
Jul 1, 2022 13 tweets 4 min read
Sigh.. Got caught up investigating and debunking the lies in this @truthinitiative ('Truth' 🙄) misinfographic.

A 🧵 The infographic provides the 'sciencese' of providing references to fool the unwary. Their case falls apart though, if those references are actually examined.

Starting with the first three:
Feb 22, 2022 8 tweets 5 min read
The @ato_gov_au is hailing another big victory over #BlackMarket #tobacco in #Australia, via its mouthpiece @ABCaustralia.

Let's take a closer look..
🧵… That represents about 2 days and three hours (51 hours) of the annual supply of #BlackMarket #tobacco, a lot of which is imported rather than locally grown.
Jan 22, 2022 15 tweets 9 min read
Researchers at the University of South Carolina have been looking at Twitter again and decided harm reduction advocates are Big Tobacco shills or automated bots.
By @_Dave_Cross_ via @PVapes
Att: @UofSC
1/ (a thread ⬇️)… The abstract of this paper reports that "Nearly 42% of tweets showed a bot score greater than .43" and does so immediately following a sentence referring to 'pro-MRTP'(1) tweets.
1) Modified Risk Tobacco Product

Jun 28, 2021 16 tweets 7 min read
Now 4 Sale! Vape themed mugs brought to you by Iconica Designs. Faster than a bullet train.
More focused than a laser.
Can leap mountains of bullsh*t in a single bound.

It's Super Nic!
Jun 28, 2021 16 tweets 7 min read
Now 4 Sale! Vape themed Classic/Comfort & Men's Staple tees brought to you by Iconica Designs. Faster than a bullet train.
More focused than a laser.
Can leap mountains of bullsh*t in a single bound.

It's Super Nic!…
Jun 26, 2021 5 tweets 3 min read
The Asia Pacific Conference on Tobacco or Health is excluding people who spoke at either @GFNicotine or @gtnf.
Well that counts me out! I presented a poster at #GFN19 and was a panel member at #GTNF20.
Huh, it /is/ specifically about ending smoking though. A focused goal on the most harmful nicotine delivery mechanism, tobacco smoking..
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Jun 22, 2021 19 tweets 17 min read
@GregHuntMP / @TGAgovau pls note:
Reports are coming in that some batches of #varenicline (marketed as Champix or Chantix) have been recalled due to contamination with #nitrosamines.
[At low levels of - much lower than #cigarettes.]
1/… #Israel has issued a recall on those batches of #varenicline as has #Greece, while #SouthKorea is conducting an ongoing investigation..
Hopefully our TGA in #Australia is aware of the problem and is investigating as well.
Jun 15, 2021 5 tweets 3 min read
@LeemingLachie / @AngiraB_ / @dailytelegraph! In UR June 11th article 'Vape Craze, A Real Drag', @MauriceGSwanson is quoted as saying: "If you buy vaping pods, they say they don't contain nicotine but they do. I can bet you next week's salary that they have nicotine in them." 1/4 Well if by 'vaping pods' he means the sealed disposable vapes, I'll take him up on that bet.
One week of my income against one week of his salary. I could use the money! 2/4
Jun 6, 2021 11 tweets 5 min read
People in #TobaccoControl often chant a mantra to the effect "#ThinkOfTheChildren!" Of course, children should be considered, & protected, but why not focus on the harm facing adult smokers? If they can #QuitSmoking by 40 years old (some say 35), they can avoid any serious health implications.
Jun 5, 2021 16 tweets 9 min read
Senescent, sour, Sydney moonhowler @SimonChapman6 has been 'shaking his cane' at #tobacco shops for selling #vapes. Thing is, they are a 'highly addictive' **0%** #nicotine strength.

Hey .. one is even sour, so may be right up his alley.

How ya' like /them/ apples, Simon? 😏 As such.. it is not 'highly addictive', 'highly habituating', or even 'mildly habituating'.

I picked those two up in Sydney the other day at a tobacconist - who was proud to tell me they had no nicotine at all.
Apr 13, 2021 15 tweets 4 min read
A thread to prove I'm not ONLY about advocating for Tobacco Harm Reduction for nicotine consumers.

I also get into photography & videos (mostly time-lapses), electronics & 3D printing.

For the first two, see my YouTube channel.… For the latter two, here is a project I'm working on at the moment. It is a 3D printed box for electronics.

The thing is, I /could/ use a Jiffy Box (below), as U might buy from @JaycarAU.
But the problem is, they are a 'one size (OK 3) fits all' approach.…
Nov 18, 2020 203 tweets >60 min read
#AusTHRInquiry2020 #PH2 begins.. @SimonChapman6criticizes #vape advocate for mentioning success, not failure. What's the failure rate of #ColdTurkey, Simon? Not heard you mention that..
#AusTHRInquiry2020 #PH2
Nov 15, 2020 13 tweets 4 min read
A number of people submitting to the #AusTHRInquiy2020 have expressed concern that their submissions have not yet appeared. This tweet thread is an analysis of the order and logic with which the submissions are appearing. My best advice is:
Don't Worry. Yours will appear soon. 1/ The image in the first tweet shows the list of submissions so far, which provide a date on the document. I am assuming the date on the document is on or close to, the date lodged. It is sorted by date, and the first column (#) shows that they do not appear in order. 2/
Nov 14, 2020 4 tweets 2 min read
Putting together a spreadsheet of details about the submissions to the #AusTHRInquiry2020.
1st graph I've been able to create from the 195 submissions so far listed in the spreadsheet..

103 personal subs where age was stated or inferred / known(1).
Counts by decade..
1/3 1) Age could be inferred for some subs: e.g. "started smoking at 15, smoked for 30 years, switched to vaping 3 years ago" = 48 years old.
For one (my own), I did not list an age, as my submission was mostly for the 2.9 million ppl in #Australia who still #smoke #cigarettes.
Nov 12, 2020 137 tweets 93 min read
What Skerrit is saying in regard to not bringing #tobacco under the prescription model is complete rubbish. The @TGAgovau site explicitly mentions novel #nicotine products - #SLT & #HTP. Huh.. @hollieahughes just said they're due to report by /18th/ December. I'd thought it was the 1st of December.
Aug 1, 2020 14 tweets 11 min read
Fascinating (but not surprising) that MOST #ANTZ call out from their ECHO (Echo echo) chambers claiming to know what ALL #vape 'fans' think. So here's a tweet thread from a persons who #vapes and is a fan of #TobaccoHarmReduction, to clarify what ONE person in that group thinks.. Image I'm completely in favor of 'phasing out' combustible #cigarettes. #THR products like #vape, #snus & #HTP could do that in a decade or so if the moron #ANTZ (like Ruth) had not demonized #nicotine & currently .. 'fight' against alternative nicotine products.
Jun 11, 2020 21 tweets 10 min read
Taking a break to list some of my #TopFave music videos. (1)

I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. 😊… Del Shannon - Runaway
#TopFave 1/18
Feb 27, 2020 11 tweets 9 min read
"A rational approach to #eCigarettes - challenging ERS policy on #TobaccoHarmReduction."
John Britton, Jacob George, .@LindaBauld, .@LeicesterLungs / Sanjay Agrawal, John Moxham, .@DeborahArnott, Ann McNeill, Nicholas Hopkinson
#EuropenRespiratoryJournal… Key messages for a rational approach to vaping and e-cigarettes 1) People #smoke #tobacco because of #nicotine addiction, but the major harms come not from the nicotine but from toxic substances in the smoke.
Feb 5, 2020 34 tweets 21 min read
Many countries regulate #eCigarettes. #SouthAfrica should too. By .@LauraRossouw… Following a long line of articles from #TobaccoControl types who completely fail to 'get' #TobaccoHarmReduction, @LauraRossouw chimes in to prove she can misunderstand it up with the 'best'.
So let's look at a brief overview of the article..