Thursday, September 12, 2019

Say NO to the Flavor Ban for E-cigarettes

I don't care what your political affiliation is today, as adults who vape, we are all on the same side.  It's imperative that you call the White House today and tell President Trump that we are against the banning of flavors in vaping products.  Call (202) 456-1111 and if you can't get through, continue trying until you can.  Adults have the right to choose their smoking cessation tool and the government has no right to deny us that right.  After you call, write the White House as well here:  we need to send a strong message to Washington that we oppose this flavor ban.

The facts so far as I know them at the moment are thus.  Black Market vendors (not legal shops that sell nicotine vaping products) were selling products containing tetrahydrocannabinol (THC, a psychoactive component of the marijuana plant).  While they are calling this vaping, the only truth in that is that people were using devices meant for vaping to do illegal (of if THC is legal in your area, legal) drugs.  That has zero to do with flavors so this ban has no merit, and for the vast majority of us that vape without using illegal (or legal in your area) drugs no merit whatsoever.  The following is from the FDA website:

  • Many of the samples tested by states or by the FDA as part of this ongoing investigation have been identified as vaping products containing THC, and further, most of those samples with THC tested also contained significant amounts of vitamin E acetate.
  • Vitamin E acetate is a substance present in topical consumer products or dietary supplements, but data are limited about its effects after inhalation.
  • While the FDA does not have enough data presently to conclude that vitamin E acetate is the cause of the lung illness in these cases, the agency believes it is prudent to avoid inhaling this substance.
I have vaped exclusively since 2015 after a COPD diagnosis, and have only had positive results since I stopped smoking.  I find this a GROSS OVERREACH of power and will fight until my dying breath to make sure this ban doesn't happen.

Intermission - Lisa Suzanne

Title: Intermission
Series: Love Triangle Duet #2
Author: Lisa Suzanne
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: September 12, 2019


I’m in love with two men.

I’m torn and need to choose which man from my past I want as a permanent part of my future. My heart leads me one way as my brain pushes me toward the other.

I want them both, but each of them holds a secret that will change everything. Can I overcome the betrayal with a simple intermission, or am I better off alone?  

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Lisa Suzanne is a romance author who resides in Arizona with her husband and two kids. She’s a former high school English teacher and college composition instructor. When she's not chasing her toddler or cuddling her newborn, she can be found working on her latest book or watching reruns of Friends.

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Grace Goodwin - Hunted

Title: Hunted
Series: Interstellar Brides #17
Author: Grace Goodwin
Genre: Sci-Fi Romance
Release Date: September 12, 2019


Trapped. Tortured. Only she can save him from the Hive.

Vice Admiral Niobe has resisted the temptation of the Interstellar Brides Program for years, certain there is no male in the universe willing to sacrifice his vision of a perfect life to be with her. Shocked to be matched to her father's home world of Everis, she transports, expecting to find an eager mate waiting for her. Instead, she arrives within a secret Hive integration center to find him resisting a merciless enemy.

Elite Hunter Quinn might have been captured by the Hive, but he'll sacrifice anything to save the mate he never expected... never imagined would appear like an angel in the middle of hell. A warrior in her own right, Niobe's too stubborn to leave him behind. And even if they escape the Hive, their personal scars run deep. Battle and bloodshed are easy. But healing a wounded warrior's heart? That may prove impossible.

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The female jumped onto the transport pad and the Prillon captain positioned himself between her and the corridor in a protective stance, not just that of a warrior protecting a helpless female. There was too much knowledge in his eyes. Respect.
Who was she? I.C.? I didn’t know any fighters with command codes. Unless she was just the victim of an accident and a transport tech had accidentally sent her to the wrong place.
Yeah, no. She was too intelligent, too quick and keen for something as ridiculous as that. And if something that random had brought her to me, that transport tech was most likely headed for a Coalition brig.
I felt the vibrations, heard the hum.
“Everyone ready?” she asked, glancing up at the six of us on the transport pad. It had been about a minute since the prisoners arrived, and they were being sent right back out of here. They were lucky.
So fucking lucky. The Atlan who was dead weight at their feet, too.
“Fuck, yes,” I said. The others shouted and growled their agreement. They’d been defeated, but their fight was back. We were getting the fuck out of here.
I heard the pounding of feet with my Hunter senses. “Incoming,” I said.
She nodded, either she believed me or could hear them, too. It wasn’t time to wonder which.
“Five seconds,” she said. 
I moved with speed to stand beside her. I tipped up her chin so she’d look at me. Made her take one of those five seconds to focus on me.
“Who are you?” I asked. The hairs on my body stood on end from the impending transport.
Three seconds.
Two seconds. The team of Hive ran into the room. Out of the corner of my eye, I saw their weapons raised. The other warriors fired at them, but I ignored it all. I could only see her. See the female who’d saved my life. The lives of six warriors.
“I’m your mate.”
One second.
And we were gone. Transporting out of the Hive hell and to safety. With my…

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Grace Goodwin is a USA Today and international bestselling author of Sci-Fi & Paranormal romance. Grace believes all women should be treated like princesses, in the bedroom and out of it, and writes love stories where men know how to make their women feel pampered, protected and very well taken care of. Grace hates the snow, loves the mountains (yes, that's a problem) and wishes she could simply download the stories out of her head instead of being forced to type them out. Grace lives in the western US and is a full-time writer, an avid romance reader and an admitted caffeine addict.

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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

We Will Never Forget - 9/11/2001

This is how the world woke up on September 11, 2001.  I remember this vividly in my mind.  I'd just gotten home from working night shift at my hospital, and was trying to wind down before going to bed.  I saw the first report break into the morning news, and thought it was a hoax.  Nothing like this could happen in this beautiful country that I loved.  When the horror set in that this was real, my first thought was my children.  I lived in Alabama but I feared that the entire world was going to war so went to immediately get my children from school.  In changed my thoughts forever about the world I lived in.  

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Monday, September 9, 2019

The Pope Family Trilogy - Theresa Papa

Title: A Brush with Obsession
Series: The Pope Family Trilogy #1
Author: Theresa Papa
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Cover Design: Shannon, Shanoff Designs
Release Date: September 19, 2019


Sometimes the risk is worth the reward, but maybe not.
Dreams can turn quickly into nightmares.

Law student Samantha risks her own safety in her determination to uncover what happened to her missing best friend.
The risk?
She poses as an employee in a club that caters to the sexual whims of the wealthy and powerful.
The reward?
An encounter like no other.

Two gorgeous men enter Samantha’s life at the same time and rock her world.
Falling for one of them is a dream come true.
The dream?
He’s hot, sexy and caught up in an insatiable attraction with her.
The nightmare?
A stalker with a deadly obsession threatens their lives.
With which outcome will Samantha awaken? Dream or nightmare?

Title: Immoral Obsession
Series: The Pope Family Trilogy #2
Author: Theresa Papa
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Cover Design: Shannon, Shanoff Designs
Release Date: October 11, 2019


Elizabeth Pope is being hunted as a pawn in a sick online game. 

As a child, Elizabeth’s own mother didn’t even care enough to save her from abusers. Now, she’s old enough to seek revenge on the game’s creator, the criminal most responsible for her woes.
Brave and resilient, she tries to deal with the situation alone. But Tony might be her only hope. Strong, capable, reliable he's going to protect her even if it means giving up his own life. 
As Elizabeth and Tony reconnect, the game’s players hijack their destiny. Can she maneuver through the trauma of facing her past transgressor? Or will she risk it all to get her retribution on the monster that otherwise will never leave her alone?

Title: Reckless Obsession
Series: The Pope Family Trilogy #3
Author: Theresa Papa
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Cover Design: Shannon, Shanoff Designs
Release Date: October 25, 2019


Jaxson Pope is the handsome, charismatic player who has many talents in his arsenal. He’s a master at hypnosis and the head of his family’s law firm. Jax is well known as a phenomenal lover, a result of his ongoing sex addiction. The tug of war between two women brings his life into a tailspin.

Jennifer perceives Jax as her protector when he hides her from dangerous criminals who want her dead. Turns out, he supplies the danger when he fails to shield her from the insanity that is Amanda.

Amanda is Jaxson’s jealous sex partner that he’s known since childhood. Amanda’s feelings for Jax are obsessive, but he’s been her constant lifeline to her lucidity.
Amanda has a hold over Jax. Just how strong is that bond?
Is Jaxson willing to sacrifice it?

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Theresa is a self-published author of fiction. Originally, from a suburb just outside of Chicago, she now resides in Arizona living out her dream of a life from which she never needs a vacation. She and her husband of thirty-two years have two daughters who are the most important part of their world. Theresa's big Italian family extends throughout the country with a rich and flavorful history. Much of that history spurs ideas for the stories she creates. Make sure you visit the Art Imitates Life in the back of every one of her books. It’s fun to see where ideas are born.

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Sunday, September 8, 2019

Nicotine Vaping is NOT the Culprit Behind Recent Lung Issues According To CDC and the FDA

The recent scare tactic to get people to stop vaping has nothing to do with nicotine, and the FDA and CDC have both stated this, while still labeling it vaping.  You can read the article presented by the FDA here:

Vaping Illnesses: Consumers can Help Protect Themselves by Avoiding Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)-Containing Vaping Products

"...many of the samples tested by the states or by the FDA as part of this ongoing investigation have been identified as vaping products containing tetrahydrocannabinol (or THC, a psychoactive component of the marijuana plant)."

Via CASAA "To date, none of the cases of lung illness are being linked to a legal, commercially available nicotine vapor product. Moreover, according to an article in the New York Times, “Public health officials have underscored one fundamental point: that the surge in illnesses is a new phenomenon and not merely a recognition of a syndrome that may have been developing for years.” In other words, these cases of lung illness are unlikely to be a result of long-term use of vapor products–nicotine or THC."

I encourage you to read that above paragraph again and let it be known that NONE OF THE CASES ARE LINKED to legal, commercially available NICOTINE products.  That cannot be stressed enough.  I'm not here to throw the marijuana (THC) sellers under the bus either, because it appears that this was also from black-market versions being sold on the streets and not legal vendors of said products.  While I have never used a THC product, nor have the inclination to do so, it's imperative that the public has information that is truthful and concise, so I've added it here.

Governor of Michigan, Gretchen Whitmer,  overstepped her boundaries without having conclusive information or chose to ignore it to further her agenda to destroy vaping in her state.  Only she can validate the reason for her failure in protecting public health, so I'll leave those answers to her.  She can be contacted via her website at  and I do encourage you to reach out to her office and ask why she jumped the gun, making such a totalitarian decision.  Her decision to create a flavor ban without respecting the rights of her constituents as adults to choose a smoking cessation that works for them is a gross overreach and should be called out. 
She has also opened the door to other totalitarian governors to follow in her footsteps, which is something we will be watching very carefully over the next few months.  This is a huge determent to vape shop owners in Michigan and I encourage those small business owners to work together to put a lawsuit against her overreach of power and violating the rights of adult Americans in her geographic location.  

The readers that know me, understand that after a COPD diagnosis in 2015, I turned to vaping as my smoking cessation method when all pharmaceutical options had failed me.   I have not stopped vaping, nor will I, and fully support vaping as the number one success method.  I have undeniable proof that since switching completely to vaping and not smoking in 2015, my pulmonary function tests have steadily improved and scientifically that evidence gives me all the information I need to make a personal decision for myself.  

What my readers may, or may not know, is that I worked as a respiratory technician from 2001-2008, until I began a full-time writing career.  During those years, I watched many of my patients die or end up on ventilators from cigarette smoking, and even I couldn't stop the horrible addictive nature of smoking.  Vaping was the only thing that turned me away from cigarettes.  This has been a very positive experience for me, and I have not had bronchitis or pneumonia (Chronic Bronchitis was the reason for my COPD diagnosis) since I began vaping.  Those facts speak volumes to me.  The facts remain that smoking cigarettes is responsible for over 400,000 deaths in America alone.  It is my opinion that until every single pack of cigarettes are removed from the shelves, that banning vaping, either by flavor bans, or anything else, should not even be a consideration for public health.

Don't take my word for that fact in the photo above.  The FDA has compiled information stating the horrible effects of smoking on Americans and have listed facts that are as follows:

Smoking leads to disease and disability and harms nearly every organ of the body.1

  • More than 16 million Americans are living with a disease caused by smoking.
  • For every person who dies because of smoking, at least 30 people live with a serious smoking-related illness.
  • Smoking causes cancer, heart disease, stroke, lung diseases, diabetes, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis.
  • Smoking also increases risk for tuberculosis, certain eye diseases, and problems of the immune system, including rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Smoking is a known cause of erectile dysfunction in males.

Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death.

  • Worldwide, tobacco use causes more than 7 million deaths per year.2 If the pattern of smoking all over the globe doesn’t change, more than 8 million people a year will die from diseases related to tobacco use by 2030.3
  • Cigarette smoking is responsible for more than 480,000 deaths per year in the United States, including more than 41,000 deaths resulting from secondhand smoke exposure. This is about one in five deaths annually, or 1,300 deaths every day.1
  • On average, smokers die 10 years earlier than nonsmokers.4
  • If smoking continues at the current rate among U.S. youth, 5.6 million of today’s Americans younger than 18 years of age are expected to die prematurely from a smoking-related illness. This represents about one in every 13 Americans aged 17 years or younger who are alive today.1

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Michigan Governor Infringes on Rights of Adult Vapers!

Michigan governor, Gretchen Whitmer (D) declared a public health emergency this week for those who use e-cigarettes and banned flavored vaping products.  This gross overreach of power must be stopped immediately, and we are calling for all vaping advocates to stand together and fight this action.  This type of power play is an afront to adults all over the United States, making this not a Michigan only issue, but a United States Citizen issue.  Infringing on the rights of adults to choose what type of smoking cessation they find works for them and banning flavored products when it’s illegal for minors to obtain them demands recourse!

For non-vaping individuals, this concerns you as well.  Prohibition of any kind should be fought against because history has shown us exactly what happens.  It is a well-known fact that smoking combustible cigarettes kills over 400,000 people a year in the United States alone.  For those of age that remember life before vaping, non-flavored cigarettes were readily consumed, and it stands to reason that underage youth will turn back to that even if all vaping products were removed from consumer use.  Tears of Crimson does not condone underage vaping, or consumption of any product meant for adult use only. We do believe since laws already exist against underage vaping that you have no rights to ban a product due to lack of upholding existing laws for law-abiding adults.

As stated earlier, this is a gross overreach of power and Governor Whitmer must be held accountable for her actions.  We do not have a communist government and no person has the right to shut down businesses geared toward adults choosing to use flavored nicotine products as an effort to stop smoking combustible cigarettes.  Small businesses will be forced to close their doors if flavored e-liquid is banned. We at Tears of Crimson, are demanding an immediate reversal to this so-called health emergency and furthermore demand that Governor Whitmer prove in a court of law that there is a scientific reason for such an emergency to be called for.  If she cannot give that proof, we request that she cease and desist immediately and be held in contempt for violating her authority in this manner.

We would be lax to not show that Michigan receives over nine hundred million dollars a year from taxes off combustible cigarettes and if people are vaping and not smoking those tax dollars would significantly decrease.  This information can be found here State ofMichigan Revenue.   These facts might have something to do with the current ban and should be researched so that you can come to your conclusion about how this might be incorporated.

We must hold our government accountable for their actions, to not do so means that they have the right to remove freedoms from adults on any action they deem worthy.  That is not a democracy, it’s nothing more than tyranny.   It’s worthwhile to note that according to the 2017 CDC Statistics report for Michigan the leading causes of death were 1. Heart Disease 2. Cancer and 3. Chronic Lower Respiratory Disease.  All of which can be associated with combustible cigarette smoking, not vaping.  It seems reasonable to believe that if an emergency health action was to be called out it would be cigarettes and not flavored e-liquid.  We encourage you to flood Governor Whitmer’s office with calls about her recent decision. Contact information can be found below.

Contact Governor Gretchen Whitmer:  

          Governor Gretchen Whitmer
          P.O. Box 30013
          Lansing, Michigan 48909

          517-335-7858 (Constituent Services)

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