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.

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July 17, 2024 by iwf.org

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Vaping Continues To Decline Among Kentucky Middle and High School Students, Tobacco Use Remains Low

The Kentucky Department of Education's 2023 Youth Risk Behavior Survey shows a decline in traditional tobacco use among middle and high school students, with vaping rates also dropping significantly. Combustible cigarette use decreased by 39.4% and current use by 48.8% from 2019 to 2023. Vaping rates among students also saw reductions, with ever-use down by 26.1% and current use by 38.7% over the same period. While policymakers are encouraged by the findings, they must remain cautious not to inadvertently increase the use of other harmful tobacco products among youth. Expert Lindsey Stroud emphasizes the importance of vigilance in tobacco control efforts.


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 16, 2024 by manilastandard.net

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Millions switch from cigarettes as consumers ignore anti-vaping slogans

Millions of consumers are turning to safer nicotine products amid anti-vaping campaigns, as discussed at a recent forum. The $350 billion global market for alternatives like e-cigarettes and heated tobacco has attracted over 120 million users. These products, supported by growing scientific evidence, offer less harmful options that could prevent numerous smoking-related deaths. Advocates criticize groups denying harm reduction potential and emphasize consumer-driven progress. Regulations should recognize innovation and risks. Critics are accused of prioritizing slogans over evidence, potentially endangering both adult smokers and youth.



July 16, 2024 by nbcnews.com

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Zyn-maker Philip Morris announces $600 million facility to produce the popular pouches in Colorado

Philip Morris International is investing $600 million in a new production facility in Colorado to meet the high demand for Zyn nicotine pouches in the U.S. The move aims to shift smokers to healthier alternatives and create 500 jobs with an annual economic impact of $550 million. Despite questions about Zyn's safety, PMI asserts it as a better option than traditional cigarettes. The FDA warns about nicotine addiction and prohibits sales to those under 21.


July 16, 2024 by bloomberg.com

Philip Morris to Open New Zyn Plant in US as Sales Boom

Philip Morris International Inc. is investing $600 million in a new manufacturing facility in Auror…


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 16, 2024 by planetofthevapes.co.uk

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Secondhand Vape Risk “Is Negligible”

A study by researchers at University College London and the SPECTRUM Consortium found that secondhand nicotine absorption risk from e-cigarette vapor in children is minimal compared to tobacco smoke. The study, funded by Cancer Research UK and published in JAMA Network Open, showed that exposure to harmful substances from e-cigarettes is much lower than from smoking. The research, based on data from 1,777 children in the US, indicated that indoor vaping around children should still be avoided due to exposure to some harmful substances. The findings suggest that concerns about secondhand vaping may be overstated, but caution is advised.



July 16, 2024 by nnalliance.org

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NNA writes to Labour Health Secretary

The New Nicotine Alliance represents current and future consumers of low-risk alternatives to cigarettes, such as vaping products, nicotine pouches, and smokeless and heated tobacco. We have no relevant conflicts of interest. As representatives of the stakeholders with the most at stake, we wish to offer some advice on approaching the issue of tobacco and vaping.


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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July 16, 2024 by youtube.com

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Dr James Martin - Victorian Parliamentry Hearing 2024

On behalf of the parliament the committee is conducting this inquiry into vaping and tobacco controls [...]



July 16, 2024 by filtermag.org

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In Sweden, Where Tobacco Deaths Fell Dramatically, Nicotine Isn’t the Enemy

Approximately 25% of Swedes use nicotine products like snus, resulting in 44% fewer tobacco-related deaths per capita compared to the rest of Europe. Nicotine, not the primary cause of cancer, is misunderstood by healthcare professionals and the public. Co-author Karl Fagerström emphasizes the harm reduction benefits of embracing snus and nicotine pouches. These smoke-free alternatives lower health risks, with Sweden on track to become the first "smoke-free" country. Tax changes in Sweden support the use of snus over cigarettes, highlighting the government's recognition of the products' role in reducing smoking-related harms. The global shift towards harm reduction could save lives by promoting safer nicotine consumption practices.


15.30% of the adult population are current smokers. There are approximately 1.3 million current smokers in Sweden.
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July 15, 2024 by yahoo.com

Government's new $244 million vaping plan 'certain to fail' with calls for 'more education'

Dr. Colin Mendelsohn advocates for legalizing and regulating vaping to reduce smoking's health and economic impact, pointing out the success in New Zealand. He criticizes Australia's anti-vaping laws, suggesting they are doomed to fail and hinder smoking cessation efforts. Despite concerns about litter and environmental impact, Mendelsohn believes vapes are a safer alternative to cigarettes. He emphasizes the need for better education on vaping and disposal practices. Smoking-related healthcare costs in Australia are a significant burden on the economy. The expert warns that stringent vaping regulations may not curb smoking and could fuel a thriving black market.


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 15, 2024 by tobaccoreporter.com

Italy Again Labels CBD as Narcotic, Defies EU Law

In defiance of a regional court ruling and European Union law, the Italian government has classified CBD as a narcotic drug. This contradicts a prior court ruling based on EU law. The Ministry of Health cites Italian drug legislation, while previously banning CBD, only to retract the order. The government also tried to classify hemp as solely medicinal, but the decree was annulled for breaching EU law by the Regional Administrative Tribunal of Lazio following lawsuits by cannabis associations.


21.20% of the adult population are current smokers. There are approximately 11.0 million current smokers in Italy 25.30% of men are current smokers but only 17.30% of women.
SOURCE: GSTHR

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July 15, 2024 by abc.net.au

Anti-smoking group says illegal tobacco seizures a sign more needs to be done to crack WA's black market

An anti-smoking advocate says the seizure of tens of thousands of dollars worth of illegal tobacco across regional Western Australia shows more needs to be done to combat the state's black market trade. Police seized thousands of cigarettes and vapes in raids across Bunbury, Manjimup and Geraldton last week. The raids, by detectives from the organised crime squad, netted more than 200,000 cigarettes, 16,000 vapes, 162 kilograms of illegal tobacco and $55,950 in cash. Police say the investigation into the seizures is ongoing.


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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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.