Harry's Blog 63
Time to deliver on tobacco harm reduction

As the first global state of tobacco harm reduction report is now in the tender care of the copy editors, time to cast an eye once again on the wacky world of THR.... read more...

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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
37,191 vape stores in 106 countries
Wednesday, July 18, 2018
One of the main factors contributing to Indonesia having some of the highest smoking rates in the world is the relatively low cost of cigarettes, which keep them within the reach of even the country’s poorest citizens. The government has shown little political will to raise cigarette excise prices to decrease demand, but the results of a new survey indicates that it’s something that the vast majority of Indonesians actually want.
Wednesday, July 18, 2018
Philip Morris International (NYSE:PM) is set to release its second quarter earnings on July 19, wherein revenue and EPS growth of 9.4% and 8.8% are expected, as compared to the corresponding quarter of the previous year. Revenue growth is set to be driven by increased sales of its reduced risk products (RRPs), iQOS in particular, as well as price increases, while a reduction in the tax rate is expected to be the primary driver in the earnings improvement.
Wednesday, July 18, 2018
While many consumers and companies are excited that marijuana sales will be legal in October, it may not all be good news. With legalization paving the way for more people consuming pot, it could create big problems both in Canada and south of the border. [...] Bill Ritter, former governor of Colorado, noted many downsides that have come with being the first U.S. state to legalize pot, one of which was that the state became a destination for those looking to smoke and grow pot. [...]
Wednesday, July 18, 2018
The Diet on Wednesday passed an amendment that will ban smoking in public facilities for the first time as the nation — long deemed a haven for smokers — scrambles to combat secondhand smoke in the lead-up to the 2020 Tokyo Games. The ban will be implemented in stages, coming into full force by April 2020. The revision to the Health Promotion Law, however, has been significantly watered down from the health ministry’s original proposal, falling short of a comprehensive smoking ban in restaurants and bars.
Wednesday, July 18, 2018
FDA this week will release an action plan to spur development of generic versions of biologic drugs, Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said Tuesday at the POLITICO Pro Summit. There are currently 11 so-called biosimilars, or versions of complex and high-priced biologic medicines, approved in the United States, including two that won approval this year. Several others are the object of legal battles between generic and name-brand drug manufacturers.
Tuesday, July 17, 2018
A new study has again illustrated the dangers of using e-cigarettes. The study was published in the European Respiratory Journal, and found that e-cigarette vapor may increase the risk of pneumonia infections. This is in addition to the other dangers found in previous studies, including risks associated with the other chemicals in vaping solutions. Studies have already shown that smoking regular tobacco cigarettes increases the risk for pneumonia and for lung infections. [...]
Tuesday, July 17, 2018
E-cigarettes have quickly become one of the most popular forms of recreational vaping in our society and they aren’t showing and signs of slowing down. However, e-cigs are nothing without the wide variety of flavourful e-liquids that people choose to experiment with. If you’re looking to buy e-liquid in Australia then you would naturally want to find a flavour that suits your preferences and you won’t get sick of easily. [...]
Tuesday, 10 July
As the first global state of tobacco harm reduction report is now in the tender care of the copy editors, time to cast an eye once again on the wacky world of THR.
Friday, 22 June
As Tina Turner said, “Simply the best” – an excellent conference that keeps on delivering. And my big take home message from the whole event was “Run Your Own Race”. This was the concluding slide of...
Monday, 04 June
Harry’s blog 61: The shiny blue moon of Kentucky Because of the dominance of the tobacco economy in the state, Kentucky has not exactly covered itself in glory regarding tobacco control. You can...
Monday, 21 May
Galileo said, “By denying scientific principles, one may maintain any paradox”. That certainly seems to pertain to official responses to harm reduction. And there are a few paradoxes to highlight...
Friday, 04 May
From reading the esteemed work of Professors Wayne Hall and Lynn Kozlowski, I have been led into the world of moral psychology as it applies to harm reduction and the attempt to explain the root of...
Wednesday, 14 March

Keeping up to date with the proceedings of the World Conference on Tobacco or Health, in Cape Town recently, I was reminded of the wonderful film, directed by Richard Attenborough - ‘Oh what a Lovely War!’ - which summarises and comments on the events of the First World War using popular songs of the time, many of which were parodies of older popular songs, and using allegorical settings such as Brighton's West Pier to criticise the manner in which the eventual victory was won.

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

Friday, 29 September

We already know the benefits to a smoker when they leave smoking

Tuesday, 29 August

Scientists appeal for conducting India centric research before deciding on any hasty