Alex Norcia

Alex is a staff writer at Filter. He previously worked as a reporter and copy editor at VICE, and has been published in The New York Times MagazineThe Columbia Journalism ReviewThe Nation and The Daily Beast, among other outlets. He is also a freelance editorial consultant for the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World; The Influence Foundation, which operates Filter, has received both restricted and general support grants from the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World. Alex is currently based in Phoenix, Arizona.

The Rise of Synthetic Nicotine Risks Regulatory “Whack-a-Mole”

When Taylor Cage attends the Tobacco Plus Expo (TPE) in Las Vegas every year, she keeps an eye out for…

August 4, 2021

The WHO Emphasizes Its Mission to Destroy Safer Nicotine Alternatives

On July 27, the World Health Organization (WHO) released its eighth report on the global tobacco “epidemic,” highlighting the “need to…

July 27, 2021

Atlantic City Council Votes to End Syringe Program at Chaotic Meeting

Thank you, have a good evening. Atlantic City Council President George Tibbitt repeated the refrain again and again at a…

July 22, 2021

Brookline, Mass. Bans Tobacco, Vape Sales to Anyone Born in 21st Century

On July 19, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey approved a law in the town of Brookline that would prohibit the…

July 21, 2021

Hundreds of Vape Companies Plead With FedEx to Reverse Delivery Ban

On July 12, more than four hundred vape companies urged FedEx to reverse a policy that prohibits the company from…

July 14, 2021

Why Ethan Nadelmann Has Unfinished Business With Drugs

Ethan Nadelmann founded—and for decades ran—the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA), and is without question one of the most significant figures…

July 14, 2021

Advocates Mobilize Around Besieged Atlantic City Syringe Program

On July 6, New Jersey harm reduction organizations met at Firefighters Memorial, a small park between City Hall and the county…

July 7, 2021

Washington, DC Council Votes to Ban Flavored Vaping Products

On June 29, the Washington, DC Council voted to ban the sale of flavored tobacco products—a designation that includes vapes as…

June 30, 2021

UK Health Agency Reaffirms the Power of Vaping to Help Smokers Quit

On June 25, the United Kingdom’s National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) published new draft guidelines encouraging health…

June 30, 2021

Health Canada Keeps Admitting That Its Vape Policies Could Increase Smoking

On June 19, Health Canada, the agency responsible for the country’s health policy, released a proposed regulation that would ban…

June 24, 2021