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Statement from specialists in nicotine science and public health policy

This is copy of the letter sent by several renowned researchers and public health experts to WHO chief, Margaret Chan, ahead of the WHO summit in October that may decide fate of e-cigarettes. These researchers make complete sense and we are completely in sync with their statement, and given we deal with hundreds of customers every day, for who they speak.

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A defence molecule occurring in the flower of tobacco plant has key to fighting cancer

A team of scientists at Melbourne (Australia) based La Trobe University have just completed a research that shows that tobacco plant’s natural defense mechanisms could be harnessed to kill cancer cells in the human body. The team lead by Dr Mark Hulett identified that the NaD1 molecule occurring in the flower of the plant that fights off fungi and bacteria also has the ability to identify and destroy cancer.

Dr Mark Hulett and Dr Marc Kvansakul LaTrobe University

Dr Mark Hulett and Dr Marc Kvansakul LaTrobe University. @Herald Sun.

It is important to note that this specific molecule is primarily found in species of ornamental tobacco plant. An ornamental tobacco plant, scientifically called nicotiana, bears long trumpet shaped flowers attractive to hummingbirds and butterflies. Some varieties have a sweet, strong scent that fills the night air.

The team will now undertake pre-clinical studies to determine what role NaD1 might be able to play in treating cancer. This discovery may solve a major problem cancer researchers have been facing with current cancer therapies. Current therapies attack both the cancer cells and the healthy cells, which poses major problems in advancing cancer therapies. In contrast, the NaD1 can target cancerous cells specifically and has little or no effect on those that are healthy. If clinical trials prove effective and everything goes well, a new cancer treatment could be available on shelves in 10 years. While thats a long time, its a much welcome addition.

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Ornamental tobacco plant

The team discovered the workings of NaD1 molecules that form the first line of defence process used against microbial invasion in the ornamental tobacco plants. This defense mechanism could also potentially be harnessed for the development of cancer treatments and other therapeutic applications, including antibiotic treatment for microbial infections.

Tobacco was certainly not meant to be burned and smoked. Any plant matter should not be burned and inhaled. Its just ridiculous and so very harmful. Tobacco plant should only be used for its medicinal value for fighting cancer! Its most well known for its infamous and taboo Nicotine extract, which has many medicinal usage, but is said to be addictive.

The La Trobe Institute for Molecular Science (LIMS) is an international research leader in the fields of molecular science and biotechnology. The discovery is the result of a multidisciplinary collaboration between scientists from Dr Hulett’s laboratory in cancer biology and Dr Marc Kvansakul’s laboratory in structural biology at La Trobe University. The research utilised equipment at the Melbourne-based Australian Synchrotron and was supported by Hexima Ltd, Balmoral Pty Ltd and the Australian Research Council.

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Canadian Heart Surgeon vs Fear Mongering Respirologist – CTV National news

Dr. Gopal Bhatnagar’s argument is very logical, and I completely support his stance. That’s why we are in this business. Dr. Matthew Stanbrook’s arguments lack logic, and sounds like the fear mongering we hear from many educated people who spreading mis-information based on bias, and not reason. Most “experts” don’t even understand difference between smoke and nicotine themselves. The value proposition from e-cigarette and its family, such as e-cigars and e-hookah, cannot be ignored, however like Dr. Gopal, I agree a constructive framework is required that ensures safety and quality standards by all manufacturers and brands. There are dozens of items in a common household that can also poison kids. Why are they still allowed in households?? Safety of children and all e-cigarette customers always comes first. I will sit down with anyone who is willing to have a constructive discussion and present logical arguments and work towards solutions, but I do not support fear mongering being spread by misinformed people like Dr. Matthew Stanbrook.

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Electronic Cigarette in “House of Cards” Season-2 Netflix

It was great to see Claire Underwood remove Francis‘ cigarettes in Season-2 of Netflix’s popular House of Cards show. Francis (“Frank”) is using the e-cigarettes in one scene as an alternative to tobacco cigarettes. I applaud Netflix, and the writers of House of Cards for showing this on big TV to the masses. I realize, that it is not an endorsement in anyway or form, but I applaud them because they are showcasing whats out there, and that they are worth a serious consideration. They cannot be ignored as many regulatory bodies have done, suggesting waiting for definitive proof is far more important than reducing harm for the masses right away. Continue reading

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180 Smoke – 2013 Year in Review

Update: We have removed all stats from our surveys with clients on what impact we have made, including how many cigarettes we may have helped clients not smoke, and how many trees we have helped save, etc, in light of letter from Health Canada and to avoid making any claims. If youa re interested in these statistics, please reach out to me.

I want to start by thanking the 1,263 people who helped us through summer-fall of 2012 in selecting the flavors, product lines, product features, our name, and our logo. It is not too often that this many people come together to help develop a brand bottom up. After putting together our core team in early 2012, we developed the first round of our brand, product lines and flavors, and then went to the 1,263 respondents through social media, friends, in-person 1-on-1 meetings, and targeted ads to get their input on very specific questions. We used techniques like A/B testing to get us the best possible data without overwhelming those surveyed with the information or products we provided.  The process was successful, and 180 Smoke was born in fall of 2012, through a 3-phase iterative development process with 100s of people participating in each phase.

While executing our plan of action through end of 2012, and all of 2013, we felt a huge responsibility, and of course also very motivated, that we had such a wealth of valuable and focused information right from our potential customers. I wanted to update you on our progress, and measure them against our key goals. We at 180 Smoke are very proud of what we have achieved through 2013, and we have so many people to thank for this. We are very grateful for having an amazing customer base, who have referred thousands of their families and friends to us.  Moreover, we call many of our customers now team members, spread across Canada, United States, The Netherlands, India and Pakistan. I also want to thank Canada Post, MasterCard, Visa, TD Bank, Square Register, Shop.ca, TeamBuy, DealFind, Shopify, Volusion and Opencart for their services that have enabled us to serve our customers.

We stay true to our core principle to only promote e-cigarettes as an alternative to current adult smokers. As former smokers and practicing surgeons, we would never hope for anyone to start smoking or start with nicotine addiction. We got into this business for personal reasons and though 2013, we never promoted our products to youth or to non smokers. Our marketing team has strict guidelines to only purchase ads from companies that allow us to target smokers. We will continue to do so for all years to come.

Our manufacturing plants follow and develop domain specific GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices) for device and e juice manufacturing. While there is a lot more improvement to be made in this area, given its a relatively new industry, we believe that we are leading the pack by working with each manufacturer to make improvements via our iterative improvement process. We collect structured data from our customers about their product experience, and diagnose all faulty products to provide constructive improvements  to suppliers.

Through 2013, we continuously involved customers and non-customers in improving our products, flavors and customer service processes. We continued building a very multi-disciplinary and solution-oriented team who are doers and experts in their fields. They share our passion, and work countless number of hours. 180 Smoke saw expansion to The Netherlands, India and Pakistan through q3-q4 of 2013, and more concrete results will come of this through 2014.

We continue to offer product lines to provide alternatives for cigarette, cigar, hookah smokers. Tell Us Your Story

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