Nicotine Science and Policy

By Harry Shapiro Nov. 2, 2023

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.

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March 01, 2024 by colinmendelsohn.com.au

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Youth vaping. Is it time to panic?

Youth vaping in Australia is decreasing smoking rates, not increasing them. Most young non-smokers who vape do so infrequently. Only frequent vaping over time poses potential harm, and serious effects are rare. Nicotine dependence among youth is low, with only a small percentage likely to be nicotine-dependent. Retail sales bans on vapes are misleading, as most youth obtain them from friends or online. Public messaging about vaping should be accurate, highlighting its role in reducing smoking. Vaping is shown to be less addictive than smoking. Stringent measures like licensing vape shops can help curb youth access.


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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March 01, 2024 by tobaccoreporter.com

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Tobacco Control’s Nervous Breakdown

Clayton Christensen's theory of disruptive innovation reshaped markets by addressing unmet needs through novel technologies and business models, as seen in the tobacco industry with the rise of vaping and now oral nicotine pouches. Regulatory challenges hindered the disruption's full impact on tobacco companies, while regulators' missteps led to unintended consequences like increased smoking and illicit trade. The confident consumer benefits from safer products, but the tobacco control complex faces an existential threat as harm reduction challenges its purpose. Overall, disruptive innovation continues to transform the nicotine market, impacting incumbents, regulators, and consumer behavior.



March 01, 2024 by forbes.com

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E-Cigarettes Can Help Smokers Quit

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 28 million Americans smoke tobacco (11% of US adults). 68% of smokers want to quit, and 55% of smokers have tried at least once. However, fewer than one in ten (7.5%) have been even temporarily successful. One of my smoking friends used to regularly joke, "Quitting is easy; I've done it dozens of times." [...] Dr. Nancy Rigotti concludes, "The evidence now supports a strong conclusion that e-cigarettes are tools that clinicians can use to help adults stop smoking, especially those who are unable to quit with current evidence-based treatments."



March 01, 2024 by theconversation.com

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Could messages from social media influencers stop young people vaping? A look at the government’s new campaign

Vaping is increasing among young Australians, with e-cigarette use rising significantly among teenagers and young adults. Concerns arise as many use e-cigarettes recreationally without prior nicotine exposure. The federal government aims to curb this trend through new reforms and an influencer-led social media campaign targeting youth vaping. Leveraging social media influencers for health messaging is a promising strategy, although risks like content control exist.


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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March 01, 2024 by polskieradio.pl

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Poland plans to ban e-cigarettes

At a recent conference on "Smoking and Vaping Among Schoolchildren," Dariusz Poznański, director of the Polish Health Ministry's Department of Public Health, disclosed plans for a law targeting disposable electronic cigarettes, alongside efforts to implement the EU's June 29, 2022 directive aimed at novel tobacco products. The upcoming legislation seeks to eliminate characteristic flavors in novel heated tobacco products, adhering strictly to EU guidelines.


February 12, 2024 by polskieradio.pl

What's Up: Concern over growing e-cigarette sales in Poland

In 2023 Poland saw an alarming surge in sales of disposable e-cigarettes reaching nearly 100 millio…


23.70% of the adult population are current smokers. There are approximately 7.5 million current smokers in Poland 28.80% of men are current smokers but only 19.00% of women.
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February 29, 2024 by floridapolitics.com

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Bill banning all but 23 Big Tobacco-owned vape products heads to Senate floor

Florida's SB 1006 bill restricts the sale of vaping products to FDA-approved ones, mostly owned by major tobacco companies. The aim is to protect children from flavored vapes marketed to them. The bill requires manufacturers to register with the Department of Business and Professional Regulation. Retailers must comply, facing fines and prison sentences for violations. Critics argue limiting choices could lead to a harmful black market and impact medical marijuana users. Despite opposition, Senator Perry maintains the bill will benefit public health by deterring underage vaping.


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.
SOURCE: GSTHR


February 29, 2024 by sbs.com.au

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Risky alcohol levels, illicit drug use among young women: Australia's drug use in charts

Smoking rates in Australia are decreasing, while e-cigarette use has tripled, particularly in affluent areas. The National Drug Strategy Household Survey also highlights a rise in risky alcohol consumption but a decrease in overall smoking. Illicit drug usage among young women has increased, with females aged 18-24 now as likely as men to use drugs. Daily e-cigarette use is highest in advantaged regions, while daily smoking is prevalent in lower socioeconomic areas. The survey shows stable illicit drug use trends, except for increases in hallucinogens and ketamine. Overall, e-cigarette use is rising, especially among young adults.


February 29, 2024 by smh.com.au

Wealthiest Australians drive surge in illicit drug taking

The wealthiest Australians have driven a surge in the country’s illicit drug consumption over the p…


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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February 29, 2024 by independent.co.uk

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Misconceptions around vaping could stop millions of smokers quitting

Smokers' misconceptions about vapes being more harmful than cigarettes may deter quit attempts, as a UK survey shows a significant increase in this belief since 2014. Despite evidence showing e-cigarettes can aid quitting, many now view them as equally harmful. Concerns have risen following vaping-related lung disease cases. Experts emphasize the importance of correcting these misperceptions to enable informed decisions on nicotine products. Lack of awareness about smoking's dangers among youth is also highlighted. Efforts to educate the public on the relative risks of vaping versus smoking are crucial for public health.


February 29, 2024 by bbc.com

Smokers increasingly overestimate vaping risk - study

Fewer smokers in England now see vaping as less harmful than cigarettes, despite evidence tobacco i…

February 29, 2024 by euronews.com

Most adults in England wrongly think vaping is worse or as bad as smoking - study

Vaping, while not without risks, is deemed less harmful than smoking by the UK's NHS. However,…

February 29, 2024 by miragenews.com

Smokers Misjudge Vaping as Harmful as Smoking, UCL Finds

A study by UCL researchers reveals many English smokers mistakenly view vaping as harmful as smokin…

February 29, 2024 by standard.co.uk

Majority of smokers think vaping is more harmful than cigarettes

More than half of smokers in England wrongly believe that vaping is more or as harmful as smoking, …


12.90% of the adult population are current smokers. There are approximately 7.2 million current smokers in United Kingdom 14.60% of men are current smokers but only 11.20% of women.
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February 29, 2024 by thesaturdaypaper.com.au

Parliament to vote on vape sales ban

Australia will ban vape sales starting July 1. Health Minister Mark Butler announced plans for legislation to outlaw vaping without a prescription, completing the government's crackdown. The opposition's support is sought, with a social media campaign launched to discourage vaping, backed by a $250,000 budget.


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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February 29, 2024 by bnnbreaking.com

India Bans E-Cigarettes: Mothers Against Vaping Applauds, Urges Global Action

India's PECA 2019 legislation bans e-cigarettes comprehensively, addressing addiction and health risks, setting a standard for global action. 'Mothers Against Vaping' supports the ban, emphasizing public health and demand reduction. The law aims to eliminate e-cigarettes from the supply chain to protect citizens. While some advocate for vaping in smoking cessation, the group highlights risks to youth and calls for a balanced approach. India's ban exemplifies prioritizing public health over immediate gains, offering a model for other nations.


8.10% of the adult population are current smokers. There are approximately 80.5 million current smokers in India 14.40% of men are current smokers but only 1.40% of women.
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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.

Harry’s blog 120: Bent as a boomerang: vaping politics in Australia.

Dr Colin Mendelsohn is a well-respected tobacco harm reduction expert who wrote an article for the Australian website Education HQ advising schools on strategies to deal with vaping among students. The article was posted then withdrawn. Dr Mendelsohn received an email from the editor saying: “Unfortunately my managing editor has decided we need to unpublish your article for now, I'm terribly sorry. He is working through a concern that's been raised around your relationship with the vape and tobacco industry.”