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.

Michigan Drops Its Vape Flavor Ban, But Advocates Wary of What’s Next

Marc Slis wanted to live a quiet life. As a geophysicist, he had spent decades exploring for oil all over…

October 14, 2021

FDA’s First-Ever Vaping Product Authorization Brings Mixed Feelings

On October 12, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized the first-ever vaping product to legally be sold in the…

October 13, 2021

New California Vape Taxes Will Put the Squeeze on Synthetic Nicotine

On October 4, Governor Gavin Newsom approved a 12.5 percent excise tax on vaping products in California. The bill, authored…

October 6, 2021

Lawsuit Keeps Atlantic City’s Syringe Program Running, for Now

Atlantic City’s syringe service program (SSP) was due to shut down on October 12. That was the date Carol Harney,…

October 5, 2021

Youth Vaping Rates Decline Steeply in the United States

On September 30, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released new,…

September 30, 2021

Buying Nicotine in Australia Is About to Get Even Harder

Australian vapers will soon have an even harder time getting nicotine. On October 1, the government will ramp up a…

September 30, 2021

Vape Advocates and Prohibitionists Temporarily Unite to Slam the FDA

On September 28, a string of mainstream public health organizations including the American Lung Association and the American Heart Association,…

September 29, 2021

The Media Needs to Get Vaping Right on the First Try

In mid-September, two articles in prominent news outlets caused an uproar over how the media continues to misunderstand and misrepresent vaping.…

September 23, 2021

Truth Initiative Creates Fake Vape Company to Promote Fake “Depression Stick”

A man named Craig walks into a convenience store. He serves as a vape company’s VP of marketing, and he…

September 22, 2021

Major Disposable Vape Maker Disputes FDA’s Marketing Denial Order

On September 14, Bidi Vapor, one of the largest disposable vape producers in the United States, announced that the Food…

September 16, 2021