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.

Teens Who Vape Would Be Smoking If Vapes Weren’t Invented, Study Suggests

A new study suggests that teens who vape would probably be smoking cigarettes instead if vapes had never become available.…

May 18, 2021

Why Japan’s Huge Drop in Smoking Is a Story Prohibitionists Ignore

Nowhere on Earth has cigarette consumption dropped as rapidly as it has in Japan over the past few years. Just…

May 13, 2021

“END ENDS” Bill Would Cap Nicotine Levels in Vapes, Encourage Smoking

On May 7, Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi of Illinois reintroduced his END ENDS Act—a federal bill that would cap e-cigarette nicotine…

May 10, 2021

New Evidence Links “EVALI” Vaping Misinformation With Increased Cigarette Smoking

As kids went back to school in the fall of 2019, parents, educators, public health experts and lawmakers were growing…

May 7, 2021

Groundbreaking PTSD Trial Moves MDMA Closer to Medical Approval

On May 3, MDMA—the psychedelic drug colloquially known as Molly or ecstasy—moved one step closer to receiving medical approval for…

May 6, 2021

Could Brexit End Up Boosting UK Tobacco Harm Reduction?

In June 2016, months before Donald Trump would win the presidential election in the United States, the United Kingdom narrowly…

May 4, 2021

FDA Announces Menthol Cigarette Ban

On April 29, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a national ban on menthol cigarettes. The agency also called…

April 29, 2021

Federal Bill Aims to Tax Vapes as Much as Cigarettes

On April 22, high-ranking Democratic legislators introduced a bicameral bill that would create the country’s first federal vaping tax. Senate…

April 27, 2021

Higher-Nicotine Vapes Seem Better at Helping Smokers Quit Cigarettes

A new study published in The Lancet, one of the world’s oldest and most highly regarded peer-reviewed medical journals, suggests…

April 22, 2021

A 4/20 Call for Feds to Pursue Equitable Cannabis Legalization

On 4/20, the Federal Cannabis Regulations Working Group—consisting of cannabis regulators, public health experts and criminal justice reform advocates convened…

April 20, 2021