Alex Norcia

Alex is journalist in New York, where he covers labor and drug policy, especially tobacco harm reduction. Most recently, he was a staff reporter at Vice, and he has also been published in places like The New York Times Magazine, The Nation and The Daily Beast. He’ll be reporting from Arizona this summer and plans to soon launch a newsletter focused on the politics of nicotine vaping in the US and abroad.

The Unfolding Tragedy of India’s Vape Prohibition

Born and raised in Mumbai, Aditi Sharma now lives in Pune, a sprawling city in the western Indian state of…

October 22, 2020

Native American Reservations a Haven for New York Vape Shops

Around Thanksgiving 2019, two months after Governor Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order that banned sales of flavored vaping products…

July 27, 2020

Vape Bans Are Creating a Thriving Illicit Market

On a normal day, Nic Holden makes $150 selling liquid nicotine out of his car. For the past month, he…

July 8, 2020

How South Africa’s Coronavirus Tobacco Prohibition Backfired

For weeks, you couldn't walk your dog in South Africa. You couldn't go to the store. You couldn't jog for…

May 28, 2020