Entheogenesis Australis presents
'Garden States Microdose' Webcast series
An encounter with a selection of Australian Ethnobotanical and Psychedelic Minds.
Upcoming webcast September 29th 2021 – 8 pm AEDT (Melbourne)
Puff Piece - John Safran takes on big tobacco and vaping
John Safran's new book, Puff Piece, is a hilarious but thought-provoking probe into big tobacco, their relationship with the vaping industry, and when words literally become a matter of life and death.
Tobacco giants Philip Morris are slowly dying as cigarettes lose favour with everyone from world governments and investors to, increasingly, smokers - so, what’s their plan? Philip Morris have announced they’ll shut down as a cigarette company and relaunch as a health enterprise, dedicated to convincing the one billion smokers of the world to quit. WHAT?!
In Puff Piece, the ever-curious John Safran attempts to get the real story out of Philip Morris. While digging, John discovers a company up to brand new shenanigans, wangling their way into unexpected places. They’re also upending language itself, changing the meaning of words. Will they slip past bans by convincing governments they don’t sell ‘cigarettes’ but rather ‘HeatSticks’, that don’t emit ‘smoke’ but ‘aerosol’?
Nick Wallis spoke to John in the research stages of Puff Piece while also hosting him on 3CR's Enpsychedelia. Nick previously worked on the adult industry's lobbying efforts for nicotine vaping devices and viewed the battle in a similar lens to other drug law reform and harm reduction initiatives. Puff Piece focuses on the murkiness of vape lobbying and the efforts of Big Tobacco's Philip Morris to push for a different kind of device, a 'heat not burn' leaf-tobacco device. There is a far more nuanced battle behind the vape clouds and smoke screens of modern tobacco regulation which we will blow away on this latest installation of EGA's Microdose webcast.
John will also take questions about his book and past entheogenic related projects such as John Safran VS GOD.
Subscribers will have the chance to win a copy of John's new book.
Bio - John Safran
John Safran is a writer and filmmaker who always gets in too deep for his own good. His debut book, Murder in Mississippi, won the Ned Kelly Award for best true crime. His follow up, Depends What You Mean by Extremist, found him lost among radicals and was shortlisted for the Australian Book Industry Awards. His wild and hilarious documentaries, such as ‘John Safran vs God’ and ‘Jedis & Juggalos’, play fire on the outer edges of religion and have received accolades from the Australian Film Institute and Rose d’Or Festival. Puff Piece: How Philip Morris set vaping alight (And burned down the English language) is his latest book.
We invite the Australian ethnobotanical and psychedelic community to ongoing Garden States Microdose webcast series taking generally taking place on the last Wednesday night of each month at 8:00 pm AEDT (Melbourne) until our next major conference can return. Registration for Microdose Webcasts is free, but donations are encouraged where possible to support EGA's important work (booking fees may apply).
The webcasts will cover a variety of topics from the field of Ethnobotany and Psychedelic and sustainability. The webcast will be produced and hosted by a variety of folks active in the community including but not limited to Nick Wallis (Enpsychedelia), Miss Guidance (From EGA), Jonathan Carmichael (President of EGA) and Elen Jones of The Nimbin Herbs Experience. The content will be made up of panels, guest lectures, interviews, short film segment etc. and go for around 1 to 1.5 hours.
Each webcast will stream any new videos from the Seedlings Video Project as part of the monthly show. The Seedlings Project is ongoing, so please consider making a video submission any time. You can also subscribe to our YouTube channel via the following link: Entheo TV.
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