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 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. Alex is currently based in Los Angeles.

Are We Seeing Early Signs of Common Ground in US Tobacco Control?

On January 27, a group of tobacco control experts published a letter in the American Journal of Public Health (AJPH),…

January 28, 2022

Insurers Illegally Denying Mental Health, Substance Use Disorder Benefits

The US Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services and the Treasury released a report on January 25 that suggests…

January 25, 2022

English Councils Improve Smoking Cessation Work Despite Funding Cuts

A survey published by Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) and Cancer Research UK on January 24 revealed how local…

January 25, 2022

Signs of Anxiety in the Anti-Vaping Camp as Big Decisions Brew

Amid a months-long wait for clarity on the future of vaping in the United States, people on all sides of…

January 21, 2022

New Jersey Governor Signs Bills to Expand Harm Reduction

On January 18, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed harm reduction legislation that will expand syringe service programs (SSP) in…

January 18, 2022

New Jersey Legislation to Remove Key Barriers for Syringe Programs

On January 10, the New Jersey legislature passed two bills that will enable the expansion of syringe service programs (SSP),…

January 12, 2022

When Smokers With No Plans to Quit Try Vaping, They Often Quit Anyway

Smokers who did not intend to stop but nonetheless began vaping drastically increased their likelihood of quitting cigarettes, according to…

January 11, 2022

New York Prisons Punished 1,600 People for False Drug Test Results

On January 5, New York State Inspector General Lucy Lang released a report that showed more than 1,600 incarcerated people…

January 6, 2022

Popular Advocate Forced to Close Her Small-Town Vape Shop

For the past couple of years, Skip Murray has updated a Twitter thread every time a vape shop shuts down.…

January 5, 2022

Will Biden’s FDA Commissioner Pick Continue the War on Vaping?

On December 14, Dr. Robert Califf, President Joe Biden’s pick to be the commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration…

January 4, 2022