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From Simon

Although all the Success Stories I receive mean very much to me, every now and then there’s one that deserves to be posted here as well.

Simon, I can’t tell you how appreciative I am to you for sharing your story with all of us.

I’m wishing you continued success and many MANY more smoke free years in you future.

And to Simon’s daughter… GOOD JOB!!!

 

Hi Phil,

Firstly, a bit about myself. My name is Simon. I live in England and I’m now 48 years old. I never used to watch vaping videos on youtube because the vast majority of them just didn’t appeal to me. The first ones I did start watching were Daniel’s (DJLSB) because I found those were informative, Daniel mentioned you in one of his videos so I decided to check out this ‘Phil Busardo’ bloke. That was a very important day for me, as someone who’s always mouth to lung vaped at low wattage (even lower than you usually!) I was instantly captivated by your videos, all the reviews of fancy European tanks I knew nothing about and TC vaping, the ‘mini’ mod series etc etc. It felt like I had finally found someone who I felt was talking to me and people like me.

My vaping journey started on the 11th of March 2016, that date was my daughters 16th birthday and that is not a coincidence. A month or so earlier I had asked her what she would like for her birthday and she turned around and looked straight and me and said “I just want you to stop smoking Dad, I don’t want you to die”

As you can imagine, that was hard to hear, if you have kids you’ll understand how I felt that day. For years I had been really suffering because of my smoking habit, I’d been smoking since I was 14 and a regular smoker since I left school at 16 and started earning a wage,  So 30 odd years. I was smoking about 30 or 40 roll ups a day the week before I stopped and for about 10 years I was having breathing difficulties, coughing like crazy in the mornings, and without wanting to exaggerate too much basically almost dying every winter from a common cold, it would take me months to recover from a cold, getting chest infections almost every year. I was in a pretty bad way. If I had continued to smoke I don’t think I would be in the place I am right now.

I had tried all manner of things to stop, last time I got a bad chest infection I tried to quit cold turkey and I spend 2 days curled up in a foetal position literally crying from the mental torture I was going through. In the end I caved in because I just couldn’t bare the withdrawal and continue to function as I needed to, I had already taken a week off work.

So where was I? Right, so after my Daughter had said that to me, I knew I needed to do something. I talked to a friend who had recently started vaping, I knew he had a device but at that time I didn’t know much (anything) about it and I didn’t realise that he had not had a smoke since he had got it (I thought he was just using it for times when he couldn’t smoke or whatever) I couldn’t believe it when he told me, I asked him “really? it works?”

That was the moment I decided I needed to try this for myself, I prepared myself mentally over the next few weeks and I told myself that on my Daughter’s birthday I would go to my nearest vape shop and invest in a set up, if my mate could do it I could too right?

On the 11th of March 2016 I stubbed out my cigarette and walked into the shop and told the young man behind the counter “I need to stop smoking today, right now” it’s funny, I could almost cry now retelling this, as this day was one of the most amazing days of my life and I will never forget it.  Thankfully the guy in the shop was really helpful and I owe a lot to him. First thing he said to me was “No worries mate, I have a customer who’s 75 and he’s stopped now, he was smoking for 60 years” He let me try out several tanks, the one I picked was the Kangertech subtank nano with a 1.5ohm coil and I got an eleaf 20w to go with it. He also gave me 3 small bottles of 12mg liquid, coffee, menthol and something else I can’t remember. He filled the tank up with the menthol (as yeah, I had one of my ‘colds’ as usual) and I walked out of that shop an ex-smoker. I can’t say it was easy but it was easier than I imagined it would be going on past experiences of giving up smoking.

For the first few days I vaped that thing hard, but I kept telling myself that if I could do a day, I could do two days and if I could do two days I could do 3. On the 4th day I couldn’t stop saying to my family “I can’t believe it, 3 whole days, I can’t believe it” and after a week I knew that I was never going to smoke again, before I started vaping I couldn’t have gone more than a couple of hours without a cigarette.

Not long after than I joined an online vaping forum, I found support, knowledge and friends but most importantly I found many many people with stories similar to mine. I joined that forum thinking that what I had done was rare, I soon realised that the fact was that this ‘vaping’ thing had helped many many others in exactly the same way. I discovered liquids that I enjoy way more than I ever enjoyed cigarettes, I discovered re-buildable tanks, I started going on long walks with my family without needing to stop for ‘rests’ and I stopped getting colds and chest infections all the time. I saved almost £1,500 in the first year. I also found the guy on youtube (you!) who would keep me entertained, amused and informed and I would learn to trust his opinion and his judgement as I would trust any of my friends when they told me something.

So I’m just about to hit 2 years of being a non-smoker on my Daughters 18th Birthday and that feels amazing, no it IS amazing and what you do for people like me and smokers who still have yet to make the decision that I did, is also amazing.

I just wanted you to know that you are doing the right thing and in the right way and it means a lot to people like me and will mean a lot to many more people in the future.

Thanks for everything and thanks for listening.

regards

Simon

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CONGRATULATIONS TO JARRETT TURNER! THE WINNER OF THE 2017 STOCKING (AND SACK) “NOT A” CONTEST!!

Jarrett can be seen here with his amazing winnings and what he said to me made me feel really good inside…

Excited is too weak of a word to use that explains how I feel when I received it today!  Thanks so much and “Keep on keeping on”!  I also sent Justin and JJVapes an appreciative message thanking him for the Apple items.  Now, time to go convert some smokers this week!

Just awesome Jarrett!  Enjoy your winnings, thank you for your email, and good luck converting as many smokers as you can!!

Thank you to ALL the supplying vendors and manufactures with a special thanks to Justin of JJ Vapes!!

Can’t wait to do this again this year!

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THE VTA PUBLISHES “MARKETING STANDARDS” FOR ITS MEMBERS

You can find them in this communication from the VTA:

VTA MARKETING STANDARDS FOR MEMBERSHIP
January 2018

The Vapor Technology Association (“VTA”) recognizes the importance of addressing critical issues affecting our industry.  We are fortunate to have member companies that share this commitment and understand the importance of following proper marketing practices in the marketplace.

Recently, we have observed a rise in concern, and even anger, directed at companies engaged in questionable marketing practices.  To address this critical industry issue, VTA’s Board of Directors has developed and adopted the following VTA Marketing Standards for Membership to ensure vapor products are appropriately marketed to adult smokers.  These Standards are a significant step toward ensuring that we, as an industry, do everything in our power to eliminate access to vapor products by youth.

The power of clear and responsible action along these lines cannot be overstated.  Thank you in advance for continuing to set an example for the rest of the vapor industry.

Please let us know if you have any questions.

Download VTA Marketing Standards for Membership


Tony Abboud
Executive Director
Vapor Technology Association

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THE SMOKER’S SHOW QUESTION/SUGGESTION EMAIL

Have a topic you would like see covered on the Smoker’s Show?
Perhaps a question you’d like answered?

You can submit show ideas and questions to this email address: [email protected].


*NOTE: Any use of these videos in part or in their entirety without Phil Busardo’s and Dimitris Agrafiotis’s expressed written consent is strictly prohibited.

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A BATTERY MOOCH POST: Avatar Controls 30A 4000mAh 21700…overrated, seems same as Basen and CoilArt

This cell is identical in appearance to the CoilArt 40A 4000mAh and Basen 30A 4000mAh cells. It performs the same as the Basens I tested but better than the two CoilArt cells I tested.

This Avatar reached the boiling point of water when discharged at its 30A claimed rating. I am giving it an estimated current rating of 20A, the same as the Basen and CoilArt cells.

It delivered 3963mAh and 3997mAh of capacity at 0.5A. Since the capacity rating should be lower than what any cell deliver in testing I am giving it a rating of 3900mAh.

Two cells were donated for the purposes of testing by Anthony Vapes (https://www.reddit.com/user/Anthony_Vapes). Thank you!

Ratings graphic: https://imgur.com/a/7rGxP

Test results: https://www.e-cigarette-forum.com/threads/bench-test-results-avatar-controls-30a-4000mah-21700-overrated-seems-same-as-basen-and-coilart.847223/

These tests only note the estimated ratings for these batteries at the time I tested them. Any battery that is not a genuine Samsung, Sony, LG, Panasonic, or Sanyo can change at any time! This is one of the hazards of using “rewrapped” batteries or batteries from other manufacturers so carefully research any battery you are considering using before purchasing.

Misusing or mishandling lithium-ion batteries can pose a SERIOUS RISK of personal injury or property damage. They are not meant to be used outside of a protected battery pack. Never exceed the battery’s continuous current rating and keep the plastic wrap and top insulating ring in perfect condition.

Any rating in the tables can change at any time as different grade cells appear on the market or we get swamped with fakes. Please, never assume that the ratings in the table are permanent and will never change! Always download the latest version before considering any cell purchase.

To see how other cells have tested check out this link: https://www.e-cigarette-forum.com/forum/blog-entry/list-of-battery-tests.7436/

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THE SMOKER’S SHOW – EPISODE #1

Dimitris and I would like to sincerely thank all those who tuned in to the very first “Smoker’s Show” and we encourage you to invite those in your life who still smoke to watch this and future episodes.

Thank you to Innokin for sponsoring the first show!

The Smoker’s Show is a vape show not for vapers, but rather for smokers.
A show to get information about vaping, to debunk vaping myths, to discuss vaping terminology, and to look at and review starter kits for the transitioning smoker.

Here is our first episode with more to come. The slides found in the first show will be posted here soon.

Thank you all for your support and let’s convert more smokers!


*NOTE: Any use of these videos in part or in their entirety without Phil Busardo’s and Dimitris Agrafiotis’s expressed written consent is strictly prohibited.

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THE VAPORESSO SWITCHER & NEW “NOT A” CONTEST!

A PBusardo Review – The Voo Poo Too

Let’s get back to work with my first video from the new location!

In this video we do a “Full Busardo” on the new Vaporesso Switcher and give some away!

The Links:

VapeNutt Stands
Vaporesso
VaporDNA
VapeBromance
Naples Vapor Facebook

The Video:

*NOTE: Any use of these videos in part or in their entirety without Phil Busardo’s expressed written consent is strictly prohibited.

The Photos:

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A BATTERY MOOCH POST: Vapcell Purple 24A 3750mA 21700…conservatively rated, seems same as Golisi S35

This cell runs a bit cooler at its 24A rating than other 21700’s at their ratings and appears to be the same China-manufactured cell as the “40A” 3750mAh S35 from Golisi that I rated at 30A. Seems that Vapcell has decided to rate this cell conservatively. I applaud this decision and wish that more companies were willing to do this instead of exaggerating ratings to increase sales.

Our relentless desire for higher current ratings has caused the huge glut of batteries with exaggerated ratings being released as those companies try to tap into our desires. Rating a battery more conservatively not only gives us more realistic expectations for the capabilities of our batteries but increases safety and the overall life of the battery. The battery also operates more efficiently and this wastes less power inside the battery as heat. All good things.

The Vapcells tested out to a lower capacity than the Golisi cells I tested earlier but there isn’t much of a difference down to 3.2V, about the lowest we go. The differences only became really noticeable as the discharge approached my 2.5V testing cutoff voltage.

China-manufactured cells do have more variation in capacity than the ones from Samsung, Sony, LG, and Panasonic/Sanyo so this difference between the Vapcells and Golisi might not be present in all of their cells.

I am rating this cell at 24A and 3500mAh. I won’t recommend using a battery at above the manufacturer’s/wrapper’s rating but this Vapcell runs cooler at its rating than the Golisi does at its 30A rating and they appear to be the same cell.

Two cells were donated for the purposes of testing by Vapcell (www.vapcelltech.com). Thank you!

Ratings graphic: https://imgur.com/a/HA02V

Test results: https://www.e-cigarette-forum.com/threads/bench-test-results-vapcell-purple-24a-3750ma-21700-conservatively-rated-seems-same-as-golisi-s35.847073/

These tests only note the estimated ratings for these batteries at the time I tested them. Any battery that is not a genuine Samsung, Sony, LG, Panasonic, or Sanyo can change at any time! This is one of the hazards of using “rewrapped” batteries or batteries from other manufacturers so carefully research any battery you are considering using before purchasing.

Misusing or mishandling lithium-ion batteries can pose a SERIOUS RISK of personal injury or property damage. They are not meant to be used outside of a protected battery pack. Never exceed the battery’s continuous current rating and keep the plastic wrap and top insulating ring in perfect condition.

Any rating in the tables can change at any time as different grade cells appear on the market or we get swamped with fakes. Please, never assume that the ratings in the table are permanent and will never change! Always download the latest version before considering any cell purchase.

To see how other cells have tested check out this link: https://www.e-cigarette-forum.com/forum/blog-entry/list-of-battery-tests.7436/

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THE SMOKER’S SHOW PREMIERES TOMORROW NIGHT!

The Smoker’s Show premieres tomorrow night, Tuesday 1/16 at 9PM EST.

What is the “Smoker’s Show”?

A web show designed to assist people in making the transition from smoking to vaping hosted by myself, Phil Busardo, and Dimitris Agrafiotis.

We’re going to go over the basics, answer questions, talk about myths, offer assistance, take a look at starter kits, have special guest, and MORE! Not to mention have some fun along the way!

If you have friends, family members, or other loved ones who are still smoking and interested in vaping, please direct them here!

Click either banner to be taken to the show!

(since this is our first show, I’m sure technical hilarity will ensue. 🙂 )

Our first sponsor:

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A BATTERY MOOCH POST: Samsung 30Q 3000mAh 18650…a great 15A/20 battery!

This is a retest of the popular Samsung 30Q. The four cells I tested, two from IMRBatteries and two from Illumn, showed the expected great consistency in performance.

The Samsung 30Q datasheet (Section 7.9) mentions operation at 20A. Operation at that level can be done as long as we don’t let the battery get above 75°C, its maximum rated operating temperature.

But this is not a high performance “power” cell, designed for high current. It is a high capacity “energy” cell designed for low to moderate power levels and long running time. At higher current levels the voltage sag and power loss in the cell are huge. Do not exceed 20A.

I am giving this cell a continuous current rating of 15A (about 45W using 3.7V) and a temperature-limited rating of 20A (about 60W if using 3.7V) as long as the cell is never allowed to reach 75°C.

This is not a “pulse rating”! There is no pulse length, time between pulses, or criteria used for setting such a rating being defined. The 20A rating is any type of discharge as long as the 75°C limit is not reached.

The 18650 rating table has been updated with the 15A/20A rating for this cell.

A “shootout” of the HG2, 30Q, and VTC6, directly comparing their performance, will be posted in a few days.

Four cells were purchased for the purposes of testing by me.

Ratings graphic: https://imgur.com/a/Iasun

Test results: https://www.e-cigarette-forum.com/threads/bench-retest-results-samsung-30q-3000mah-18650…a-great-15a-20-battery.846955/

These tests only note the estimated ratings for these batteries at the time I tested them. Any battery that is not a genuine Samsung, Sony, LG, Panasonic, or Sanyo can change at any time! This is one of the hazards of using “rewrapped” batteries or batteries from other manufacturers so carefully research any battery you are considering using before purchasing.

Misusing or mishandling lithium-ion batteries can pose a SERIOUS RISK of personal injury or property damage. They are not meant to be used outside of a protected battery pack. Never exceed the battery’s continuous current rating and keep the plastic wrap and top insulating ring in perfect condition.

Any rating in the tables can change at any time as different grade cells appear on the market or we get swamped with fakes. Please, never assume that the ratings in the table are permanent and will never change! Always download the latest version before considering any cell purchase.

To see how other cells have tested check out this link: https://www.e-cigarette-forum.com/forum/blog-entry/list-of-battery-tests.7436/

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A BATTERY MOOCH POST: Conditionally extending the Samsung 30Q’s rating to 20A

To make the 18650 ratings table more consistent and prevent some of the confusion I was seeing I recently changed my continuous current rating for the Samsung 30Q from 20A down to the manufacturer’s rating of 15A.

This has its own problems as the rating in my table no long reflected this cell’s great performance. After reviewing the datasheet I have decided to extend the 30Q’s rating back up to 20A…conditionally.

The Samsung 30Q datasheet (Section 7.9) mentions operation at 20A. Operation at that level can be done as long as we don’t let the battery get above 75°C, its maximum rated operating temperature.

https://imgur.com/a/VOxh5

This keeps the ratings to what the manufacturer sets but allows operation at up to 20A, which was what my rating previously did. This is not a perfect solution but it’s the one I have now. Sorry for the confusion all this has caused. The tables will always be works-in-progress and I will continue to try to keep them useful tools for vapers.

The 18650 ratings table has been updated to reflect the 15A/20A rating this cell now has, along with the Sony VTC6. The LG is still rated at 20A continuous.

I will be posting a “shootout”, directly comparing the performance of these three cells, within a few days.

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A BATTERY MOOCH POST: Sony VTC6 15A 3000mAh 18650…a fantastic 15A/20A battery!

This is a retest of the great performing VTC6. Rating this battery, and the Samsung 30Q, for these retests has been tough.

Sony gives this cell a continuous current rating of 15A but allows for temperature-limited operation at a level above that. You can run it at above 15A but only until you reach a certain temperature, 80°C, and then the discharge must stop.

But this is not a high performance “power” cell, designed for high current. It is a high capacity “energy” cell designed for low to moderate power levels and long running time. At higher current levels the voltage sag and power loss in the cell are huge. Do not exceed 20A.

The four cells I tested, two from Illumn and two from Liion Wholesale, showed the expected great cell-to-cell consistency in performance.

I am giving this cell a continuous current rating of 15A (about 45W using 3.7V) and a temperature-limited rating of 20A (about 60W if using 3.7V) as long as the cell is never allowed to reach 80°C.

This is not a “pulse rating”! There is no pulse length, time between pulses, or criteria used for setting such a rating being defined. The 20A rating is any type of discharge as long as the 80°C limit is not reached. The Samsung 30Q’s rating will be addressed again in a post soon.

The 18650 rating table has been updated with the 15A/20A rating for this cell.

A “shootout” of the HG2, 30Q, and VTC6, directly comparing their performance, will be posted in a few days.

Four cells were purchased for the purposes of testing by me.

Ratings graphic: https://imgur.com/a/2bfgj

Test results: https://www.e-cigarette-forum.com/threads/bench-retest-results-sony-vtc6-15a-3000mah-18650…a-fantastic-15a-20a-battery.846895/

These tests only note the estimated ratings for these batteries at the time I tested them. Any battery that is not a genuine Samsung, Sony, LG, Panasonic, or Sanyo can change at any time! This is one of the hazards of using “rewrapped” batteries or batteries from other manufacturers so carefully research any battery you are considering using before purchasing.

Misusing or mishandling lithium-ion batteries can pose a SERIOUS RISK of personal injury or property damage. They are not meant to be used outside of a protected battery pack. Never exceed the battery’s continuous current rating and keep the plastic wrap and top insulating ring in perfect condition.

Any rating in the tables can change at any time as different grade cells appear on the market or we get swamped with fakes. Please, never assume that the ratings in the table are permanent and will never change! Always download the latest version before considering any cell purchase.

To see how other cells have tested check out this link: https://www.e-cigarette-forum.com/forum/blog-entry/list-of-battery-tests.7436/

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A BATTERY MOOCH POST: Bench Test Results: Vapcell 32A 4200mAh 26650…same as good performing Aspire/Golisi/iJoy

I am delighted to see the ratings on this cell. It looks and performs the same as the good cell wrapped by Aspire, Golisi, and iJoy for their 4200mAh-4300mAh rated 26650’s (when I tested them) but this Vapcell has its 32A continuous current rating clearly marked on the wrap and no “pulse” or “max” rating. This is fantastic and I hope more companies start doing this.

I estimate this cell’s ratings to be 30A-32A and about 4200mAh. As with many cells that are manufactured in China there is greater cell-cell variation than from Samsung, Sony, LG, and Panasonic/Sanyo. That makes it difficult to pick a single number for the ratings.

Two cells were donated for the purposes of testing by Vapcell (http://www.vapcelltech.com). Thank you!

Ratings graphic: https://imgur.com/a/N6nJG

Test results: https://www.e-cigarette-forum.com/threads/bench-test-results-vapcell-32a-4200mah-26650…same-as-good-performing-aspire-golisi-ijoy.846691/

These tests only note the estimated ratings for these batteries at the time I tested them. Any battery that is not a genuine Samsung, Sony, LG, Panasonic, or Sanyo can change at any time! This is one of the hazards of using “rewrapped” batteries or batteries from other manufacturers so carefully research any battery you are considering using before purchasing.

Misusing or mishandling lithium-ion batteries can pose a SERIOUS RISK of personal injury or property damage. They are not meant to be used outside of a protected battery pack. Never exceed the battery’s continuous current rating and keep the plastic wrap and top insulating ring in perfect condition.

Any rating in the tables can change at any time as different grade cells appear on the market or we get swamped with fakes. Please, never assume that the ratings in the table are permanent and will never change! Always download the latest version before considering any cell purchase.

To see how other cells have tested check out this link: https://www.e-cigarette-forum.com/forum/blog-entry/list-of-battery-tests.7436/

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NEW FROM REGULATOR WATCH – It’s All About the Regs | Not So Holiday Special

Here’s the latest from Brent Stafford at Regulator Watch:

We’re back with our first RegWatch episode of 2018. It’s a bit of a special episode as we embark on a trip we don’t take often enough, a visit to a local vape store.

Incredibly, in over 100 episodes on vaping we’ve only shot at a vape shop a small handle full of times. As our viewers know we focus on the big regulatory issues around vaping.

So, right before Christmas we set out to Lucky 8 Vapes, a popular retailer in the heart of Richmond B.C. We intended to capture the sights and sounds of the holiday bustle, but quickly the topics turned serious and perhaps inevitably it became all about the regs.

Produced by: Brent Stafford
Released January 11, 2018.

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Aaron Biebert’s (A Billion Lives) New Project…

13 Countries + 14 Mini-Films
Filming in Jerusalem this week

Here we go!

I met Dr. Derek Yach when filming some of the interviews for A Billion Lives at GFN in 2015. Having an interview with a former Executive Director at the World Health Organization was a critical moment in making our film credible with the public.

Not only am I grateful to GFN for helping make the introduction, but I am sincerely grateful to Derek for taking time to meet with us before his big keynote speech. He was an amazing part of the movie.

We remained in touch and I continued to be amazed by his passion for helping the actual smokers, not judging, belittling, or treating them like children. When he asked me to make a mini launch film for the new foundation he was starting to help smokers, I was all in.

If you missed it, here’s the link.

Now Derek and the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World are beginning their work and the first step was to listen and understand the situation. They commissioned a poll of 13 countries around the world and the results are nearly finished.

I’ve gotten a chance to peek at some of the results and it’s truly amazing how different the situation is in each country.

Derek has asking me to direct a series of 13 mini films to go with each country. In addition, we’ll also be creating a global short film to tie it all together. He plans on using them in launch events throughout the year in a comprehensive plan to start a dialogue about the current situation.

I am beyond excited!
As I announced earlier this week, I’ll be leading the new harm reduction film festival at the Global Forum on Nicotine.The core creative team from A Billion Lives (Jimi, Jenni, and myself) are back together for this, and I plan on submitting these films to the festival.

Filming an interview in Greece

I just got done hanging out with Dr. Farsalinos in Greece (we’re here filming one of the 13), and this promises to be quite the adventure.

If you’d like to follow our progress or help us out along the way, here are some ways we’ll be communicating:

Official Updates:
A Billion Lives Facebook
A Billion Lives Instagram
A Billion Lives Twitter

Behind the Scenes (with our team):
Attention Era Facebook

Personal Notes:
My Facebook
We started in Israel (had an interview with the Israel Cancer Society & Zvi Herzog) and we’re now in Greece. I’m excited for this and look forward to sharing more updates.
Talk soon,
Aaron
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