Harry's Blog #91
Fifteen minutes of sane

If you want a clear and sensible exposition on the critical issues surrounding the vaping/smoking controversy, stop everything and spend a quarter of an hour watching this... Read More

Resource highlights
Global State of Tobacco Harm Reduction 2018
2018-12-31 , Submission deadline
IJERPH is now accepting submissions for a special issue on Tobacco Harm Reduction, on research that advances our understanding of the potential place of tobacco harm reduction strategies within a comprehensive approach to reducing the burden of smoking related disease, and that will assist policy makers to determine what level of regulation is most appropriate for potential reduced risk products.
2018-01-19 , vapetrotter.com
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Tuesday, August 20, 2019
To strengthen enforcement of the ban on production and sale of electronic cigarettes, the State government has amended the Karnataka Poisons (Possession and Sale) Rules 2015, notifying nictoine as Class A poison under the rules. Highly toxic chemicals, which even in very small quantities as gas or vapour in the air are dangerous to life (such as cyanogen, hydrocyanic acid, nitrogen peroxide, and phosgene), are notified under Class A. A gazette notification was published last month and the new rules are now called the Karnataka Poisons (Possession and Sale) Rules 2019.
Tuesday, August 20, 2019
Jacek Olczak, chief operating officer at Philip Morris International, discusses e-cigarettes, the risks for the products, regulations and their “unsmoked” campaign. [...]
Tuesday, August 20, 2019
I can’t lose everything,” Paul Reithlinghshoefer told his mother when he relapsed back to using heroin in early 2017. Feeling suicidal, Paul was admitted to the psychiatric inpatient unit at Adventist Behavioral Health Hospital in Rockville, Maryland. The company website states: “If you or a loved one need close attention for a mental health condition, inpatient care at Adventist can help. Find specialized treatment in safe, healing environments … This level of care away from the stress of daily life can help you recover more quickly.”
Tuesday, August 20, 2019
Almost daily, educators across the country tell me that at least half of their students use electronic cigarettes, mainly the Juul brand. Many of these young people show clear signs of addiction. They are agitated, emotional, and unable to sit through an entire class period. They often need to leave class to “take a puff.” National data about the pervasiveness of e-cigarettes show that it increased nearly 80% among high school students from 2017 to 2018. One in 5 report currently vaping.
Tuesday, August 20, 2019
Health says the recent hospitalization of about two dozen people in the Midwest who had breathing problems after vaping shows "why e-cigarettes are so dangerous." Since we don't know what these patients were vaping or whether it was actually the cause of their symptoms, that conclusion is quite a leap. The assumption that vaping caused the breathing problems seems to be based on little more than supposition. "We are continuing to interview patients so we can identify a possible cause," Andrea Palm, secretary-designee of the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, said [...]
Tuesday, August 20, 2019
Investors have plunked another $325 million into controversial e-cigarette maker Juul Labs as the company seeks to expand its global reach, according to a regulatory filing Monday. Although the investors are undisclosed, the funding is a show of confidence in the growth prospects for Juul, roughly a third of which is owned by Marlboro maker Altria Group. The injection of capital comes at a time the vaping company faces increasing government scrutiny and business restrictions [...]
Monday, August 19, 2019
BANGKOK, Thailand -- Unwilling to allow the public to get zonked or profit from recreational marijuana, Thailand has instead produced its first pharmaceutical THC and CBD oils, tablets, oral sprays, chocolate wafers and traditional potions after recently legalizing medical cannabis. This first line of weed-based products puts Thailand on the cutting edge of Southeast Asia's legal marijuana industry, a lucrative advantage if allowed to flourish.
Monday, August 19, 2019
In this episode of RegWatch hear how an alliance of vaping associations from north and south of the border are working to establish a unified set of standards for Good Manufacturing Practices, ready-made, for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Health Canada to embrace.
Monday, 29 July

If you want a clear and sensible exposition on the critical issues surrounding the vaping/smoking controversy, stop everything and spend a quarter of an hour watching this

Tuesday, 16 July

The first statement of the Hippocratic Oath to which all doctors are supposed to adhere to is ‘do no harm’. But to the best of my knowledge, no such undertaking is required of scientists whose

Monday, 24 June

I am just winding down from the whirlwind of activity that is the Global Forum on Nicotine (GFN) conference held in Warsaw earlier this month. It is a gathering of people from all occupations and

Tuesday, 04 June

 Author, journalist and outspoken socialist Upton Sinclair, noted for his exposure of corruption in government and business, wrote that "It is difficult to get a man to understand something

Monday, 20 May

Last week, I was invited to speak at an informal seminar in Portugal under the banner ‘Portugal without smoke’ with a seminar title: Tobacco control and risk reduction: what are the

Saturday, 30 March

Debunking common myths and misconceptions about teens and vaping - separating the facts from the scare stories

Put yourselves in the shoes of a parent (if you're not already one). You read in the papers about a teenage vaping epidemic. There's a good chance you're one of the many people in the UK who think vaping is just as bad as smoking, and you've already been told that electronic cigarettes are a gateway to smoking cigarettes.

The natural reaction is panic, and for

Monday, 05 November

As I see it, currently the Tobacco Harm Reduction (THR) and e-cigarette policy scene continues

Wednesday, 14 March

Keeping up to date with the proceedings of the World Conference on Tobacco or Health, in Cape

Monday, 12 March

In the Orwell classic Animal Farm there was a binary notion that the animals lived by

Monday, 02 October

Significant progress has been made in reducing smoking prevalence