Alex Norcia

Alex is Filter’s news editor. He previously worked as a reporter and copy editor at VICE, and has been published in The New York Times MagazineThe Columbia Journalism Review, The Los Angeles Times and The New Republic, among other outlets. He was also previously a freelance editorial consultant for the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World; The Influence Foundation, which operates Filter, has received grants from the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World. He is currently based in Los Angeles.

Global Forum on Nicotine Seeks to Accelerate Harm Reduction for All

At a hotel in central Warsaw, hundreds of public health experts, consumer advocates for safer nicotine alternatives, industry representatives and…

June 24, 2022

Juul Ordered Off the US Vape Market by the FDA

On June 23, the FDA denied the marketing applications for Juul, which would pull one of the most popular e-cigarettes…

June 22, 2022

The Nationwide Reach of Harmful Drug “Paraphernalia” Laws

A new report published by the Cato Institute, a libertarian think tank, examines how federal and state drug “paraphernalia” laws…

June 8, 2022

Los Angeles Becomes Largest US City to Ban Flavored Vapes

On June 1, the Los Angeles City Council voted to ban flavored vapes and tobacco products in a 12-0 decision.…

June 2, 2022

Documents Shed New Light on the FDA’s Vape Authorization Plans

Documents obtained by Filter provide insight into the Food and Drug Administration’s early planning of its much maligned premarket tobacco…

May 26, 2022

Massachusetts Moves Toward a Fairer Marijuana Legalization Model

On May 18, the Massachusetts House finally answered the calls of cannabis advocates, passing a number of sweeping marijuana reforms…

May 24, 2022

Criticism as Brian King Named Director of FDA Center for Tobacco Products

Brian King, currently a higher-up at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, will become the new…

May 20, 2022

FDA Accused of Spreading Misinformation at E-Cigarette Summit

The annual E-Cigarette Summit in Washington, DC, is perhaps the most eclectic conference in tobacco control. Consumer advocates, vape shop…

May 19, 2022

Colorado Flavored Vape Ban Voted Down in Big Loss for Prohibitionists

On May 10, a Colorado Senate committee voted against a bill that would have banned flavored e-cigarettes as well as…

May 13, 2022

Marcos Jr.’s Election Gives Little Hope of End to Philippines Drug War

By May 10, the Philippines almost certainly knew who its next president would be: Ferdinand Marcos Jr., the 64-year-old former…

May 10, 2022