Nicotine Science and Policy

By Harry Shapiro May 29, 2024

Harry’s blog 123: It was twenty years ago today/Hon Lik showed a brand-new way

New report to map the journey of tobacco harm reduction

Yes, it has been a while since the last blog, but the main reason is the need to push on with the next Global State of Tobacco Harm Reduction report due out in November. This report will be a status report, analysing just how far we have come trying to embed tobacco harm reduction in the international health discourse alongside drug and HIV harm reduction. We maintain that access to safer nicotine products (SNP) to protect health is a basic human right derived from the original WHO declaration on the universal right to health. And from a standing start in 2004, progress along the THR journey has been encouraging.

Recent GFN-TV Interviews

July 25, 2024 by ft.lk

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From Smoke to Smokeless: The Globe Discusses Harm Reduction

Last month’s Global Forum on Nicotine in Warsaw unearthed a wealth of new findings and experiences that will have policymakers around the world revisiting their approach to tobacco control and modern tobacco and nicotine-based harm reduction products. Some of the key observations shared by tobacco control specialists is how excessive regulation has driven people underground and fuelled the growth of substantial illicit drugs.


13.00% of the adult population are current smokers. There are approximately 2.6 million current smokers in Australia 15.20% of men are current smokers but only 10.90% of women.
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July 25, 2024 by colinmendelsohn.com.au

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10 Reasons Why the New Pharmacy Vape Model Will Fail

From 1 October 2024, vapes and e-liquids (with or without nicotine) will be classified as schedule 3 medicines and will be legally available without a prescription only from pharmacies. Here are 10 reasons why the pharmacy model will inevitably fail, probably not (...)


13.00% of the adult population are current smokers. There are approximately 2.6 million current smokers in Australia 15.20% of men are current smokers but only 10.90% of women.
SOURCE: GSTHR

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July 25, 2024 by planetofthevapes.co.uk

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Adults Vaping for Longer

New research published in the British Medical Journal has found a substantial rise in the number of adults vaping for longer than six months in England.



July 25, 2024 by medpagetoday.com

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Surgeon General: Vaping May Be an 'Attractive' Smoking Cessation Tool for Adults

In video interview, MedPage Today's editor-in-chief Jeremy Faust, MD, sits down with U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, MD, MBA, to discuss several health issues: e-cigarettes for smoking cessation, medical misinformation, and masking.



July 25, 2024 by aier.org

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Will SCOTUS Break Big Tobacco’s Grip on Nicotine?

The Supreme Court recently announced it will review a case where the FDA denied marketing approval for two e-cigarette makers selling flavored products. The FDA is looking to appeal a 5th Circuit Court of Appeals decision, ruling that the rejections were “arbitrary and capricious” and “unannounced requirements for certain types of studies.”





July 24, 2024 by waateanews.com

Where There’s Smokeless There’s Fire

A Māori Public Health Researcher Says Communications from Associate Health Minister Casey Costello Over Tobacco Policy Are at Odds with Advice from Her Ministry.


10.90% of the adult population are current smokers. There are approximately 420,745 current smokers in New Zealand.
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July 24, 2024 by arqam.news

Study: Heated Tobacco Products Increase Smoking Cessation Chances; 99.4% of Users Switched from Traditional Cigarettes

A recent research study conducted by experts at the Korea Institute for Industrial Economics and Trade revealed that the majority of heated tobacco product users were previously smokers of traditional cigarettes before switching to newer products that heat tobacco instead of burning it.


20.10% of the adult population are current smokers. There are approximately 8.9 million current smokers in South Korea 34.70% of men are current smokers but only 5.50% of women.
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July 24, 2024 by clearingtheair.eu

Majority of U.S. Swing-State Voters Wrongly Believe Vaping Is "As Bad As Or Worse” Than Smoking

Three quarters of voters across three swing states in the U.S. believe that vaping is “as bad or worse” for your health than smoking, a new poll has found.


18.30% of the adult population are current smokers. There are approximately 48.7 million current smokers in United States 21.60% of men are current smokers but only 15.20% of women.
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July 24, 2024 by vape1024.com

Poland Sets New Rules For Nicotine-Free E-Cigarettes Starting 2025

The Polish Ministry of Health plans to submit the bill to parliament in September 2024. The bill aims to regulate nicotine-free e-cigarettes and is expected to come into effect on January 1, 2025. Health Minister Izabela Leszczyna has expressed confidence in the bill’s passage and timely enactment.


27.00% of the adult population are current smokers. There are approximately 8.5 million current smokers in Poland 28.80% of men are current smokers but only 19.00% of women.
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July 24, 2024 by planetofthevapes.co.uk

CAPHRA Call to Asia Pacific Governments

The Coalition of Asia Pacific Tobacco Harm Reduction Advocates (CAPHRA) is urging governments across the Asia Pacific region to follow New Zealand's lead and allow the sale of oral nicotine products as part of a comprehensive tobacco harm reduction strategy.


10.90% of the adult population are current smokers. There are approximately 420,745 current smokers in New Zealand.
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Blogs

Harry’s blog 123: It was twenty years ago today/Hon Lik showed a brand-new way

New report to map the journey of tobacco harm reduction

Yes, it has been a while since the last blog, but the main reason is the need to push on with the next Global State of Tobacco Harm Reduction report due out in November. This report will be a status report, analysing just how far we have come trying to embed tobacco harm reduction in the international health discourse alongside drug and HIV harm reduction. We maintain that access to safer nicotine products (SNP) to protect health is a basic human right derived from the original WHO declaration on the universal right to health. And from a standing start in 2004, progress along the THR journey has been encouraging.

Harry’s blog 122: Tobacco harm reduction is a human rights issue

A guiding principle of the World Health Organization (WHO) established in 1948, was the universal right to health. Although not expressed in these terms, the implication is that nobody gets left behind even if behaviours which potentially threaten health like illegal drug use and unprotected sex meet with societal disapproval.

Harry’s blog 121: International tobacco control and the search for intelligent life

KAC has published an updated version of our Briefing Paper on the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control’s Conference of the Parties (FCTC COP) meeting due to take place in Panama in November. While a billion people still smoke, the WHO and allies deflect attention away from the failure of traditional tobacco control policies to put a significant dent in death and disease from smoking by instead attacking tobacco harm reduction.