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.

    Arizona Finally Decriminalizes Syringe Service Programs

    On May 24, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey signed a bill decriminalizing syringe service programs ...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    “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 ...

    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 ...

    Could Brexit End Up Boosting UK Tobacco Harm Reduction?

    In June 2016, months before Donald Trump would win the presidential election in the ...

    FDA Announces Menthol Cigarette Ban

    On April 29, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a national ban on ...

    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 ...