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 12, 2024 by planetofthevapes.co.uk

The Impact of the New Jersey Flavour Ban

New Jersey's 2020 ban on flavored e-cigarettes led to a decline in sales of flavored vapes, while menthol e-cigarette sales increased pre-ban. Following the ban, sales dropped rapidly, then slowed. Flavored cigar sales rose initially but later declined, and cigarette sales increased post-ban. Research conducted by Hrywna, Teotia, Miller Lo, Giovenco, and Delnevo analyzed sales data from before and after the ban, showing various trends in e-cigarette, cigar, and cigarette sales in New Jersey. The study suggests a connection between flavor bans and changes in smoking rates. Readers can contact MPs to advocate for the importance of flavors in smoking cessation.





July 12, 2024 by travelandleisureasia.com

Hong Kong To Implement Total Ban On Smoking E-Cigarettes In Stricter Tobacco Laws

Hong Kong is planning to propose stricter tobacco laws and implement control measures to reduce smoking. The Health Bureau intends to impose 10 short-term control measures to create a “tobacco-free Hong Kong.” This includes the total ban on “alternative smoking products,” the government’s term for e-cigarettes or vapes. In recent years, new laws have prohibited the sale of e-cigarettes “for commercial purposes” and smoking products to minors. The Health Bureau’s suggested control measures will further extend these existing laws and propose new ones. Keep reading to find out the full control measures.


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July 12, 2024 by medicalxpress.com

Few US adults use nicotine pouches, nationally representative study finds

A study analyzed the low prevalence of nicotine pouch use in U.S. adults despite a 641% increase in sales. Nicotine pouches, a new tobacco product, have raised concerns about attracting youth users. Some adults use them as an alternative to quit smoking, but data on adult use is limited. Research found 2.9% of adults in a sample ever used pouches, with 0.4% current users. Majority of pouch users also smoke cigarettes. Regulators are reviewing pouches for potential risks, like increased nicotine dependence among youth. The study suggests adults may not be using pouches to quit smoking effectively. Researchers are investigating adolescent pouch use and its relation to other nicotine products.


July 12, 2024 by news-medical.net

Prevalence of nicotine pouch use found to be low among U.S. adults

A recent study reveals low nicotine pouch usage among U.S. adults despite booming sales. While some…


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


July 12, 2024 by filtermag.org

How Iron Law of Prohibition Works in Prisons, Where Everything’s Prohibited

Upon arriving at Washington State Penitentiary in 1995, tobacco was prevalent in prisons, but a smoking ban was looming. By 2004, tobacco became contraband, leading to increased enforcement and penalties. Smuggled tobacco triggered investigations and solitary confinement. The ban shifted the market to synthetic cannabinoids like Spice, as they mimicked smoking cigarettes. Possessing tobacco resulted in punishments, but smuggling could lead to criminal prosecution. Tobacco prohibition in prisons changed the market, highlighting the Iron Law of Prohibition. As tobacco use declined, Spice emerged due to its similarity to cigarette smoking. The next part of the story will be released soon.


July 11, 2024 by filtermag.org

How Prison Smoking Bans Created a Health Crisis

When I first entered Washington State Department of Corrections custody in 1995, the currency was s…



July 12, 2024 by jamanetwork.com

Secondhand Nicotine Absorption From E-Cigarette Vapor vs Tobacco Smoke in Children

A study on 1777 US children aged 3-11 compared nicotine absorption from secondhand smoke and e-cigarette vapor. Results showed 83.6% lower absorption for vapor vs smoke, and 96.7% lower for those with no exposure. The study emphasized the importance of reducing children's exposure to nicotine by switching from smoking to vaping indoors. The research used data from the US NHANES survey, highlighting the need to understand children's exposure to secondhand vapor. The findings suggest vaping indoors significantly reduces exposure, while exposure to smoke remains more harmful. Limitations include potential bias and changing vaping trends. The study aims to raise awareness of the risks and impact of secondhand exposure on children.



July 12, 2024 by scoop.co.nz

Governments Must Hold WHO And FCTC Accountable

The Coalition of Asia Pacific Tobacco Harm Reduction Advocates urges governments to demand accountability from the WHO and the FCTC for excluding consumer perspectives in tobacco control discussions. This exclusion undermines public health efforts and neglects the experiences of former smokers using safer nicotine products. The WHO and FCTC need to embrace harm reduction strategies, including e-cigarettes and snus, and involve consumers in policy decisions. Governments should prioritize standardized tracking methods, comprehensive data reviews, and consumer input to ensure effective tobacco control policies.



July 11, 2024 by dcjournal.com

Declaring Independence From Smoking Should be a Policy Priority

Nearly 250 years ago, the Continental Congress declared America independent from Britain and birthed a new nation. Now, to millions of Americans, life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness are still threatened by the leading cause of preventable death: smoking. However, thanks to innovative science and research, we now have smoke-free options that offer current smokers a much better alternative to continued smoking.


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


July 11, 2024 by planetofthevapes.co.uk

1400 Voices Demand Flavour Ban

ASH urges the Labour government to prioritize reintroducing the Tobacco and Vapes Bill to reduce smoking's impact on health inequality and productivity. Over 1400 health experts support the initiative to end smoking, highlighting the economic and health benefits. The Bill aims to restrict tobacco sales to those born after 2009, limit vape access to children, and close regulatory gaps for nicotine products, promoting a smoke-free UK. Experts emphasize the urgency of implementing regulations against marketing vapes to minors while supporting adult smokers. The initiative aligns with Labour's commitment to public health and could lead the UK in reducing smoking-related harm globally.


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.
SOURCE: GSTHR

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July 11, 2024 by cbc.ca

Where to put the pouch: Prof says nicotine pouches shouldn’t be in corner stores

Nicotine pouches are sold in convenience stores in Newfoundland and Labrador — but proposed federal regulations could put a stop to that. Other provinces like B.C. and Quebec have moved the product behind pharmacy counters, and the federal health minister has signaled he wants the rest of the country to follow suit. Dr. Leslie Phillips thinks it’s a good idea, but a retail group representing convenience stores across the country disagrees.


12.50% of the adult population are current smokers. There are approximately 3.9 million current smokers in Canada 14.80% of men are current smokers but only 10.20% of women.
SOURCE: GSTHR

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July 11, 2024 by tobaccoreporter.com

The Way Forward

Prioritizing evidence-based harm reduction strategies for smoking can enhance healthcare by reducing health risks and offering safer alternatives. These strategies, proven effective in addressing drug use and HIV, can also benefit tobacco users. With over a billion smokers worldwide, South Africa faces significant health and economic consequences due to smoking. Harm reduction tools like nicotine-replacement products and noncombustible alternatives show promise in saving lives. While encouraging smoking cessation is ideal, harm reduction strategies cater to those who struggle to quit. Despite opposition, focusing on harm reduction in public health education and healthcare delivery is crucial for promoting healthier behaviors like smoking cessation.


20.20% of the adult population are current smokers. There are approximately 8.3 million current smokers in South Africa 34.60% of men are current smokers but only 6.50% of women.
SOURCE: GSTHR

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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.