Harry's Blog #81
Supping with the Devil

The celebrity chef and healthy food activist Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall interviewed a director who was making a TV campaign to encourage kids to eat more vegetables. The director said that when he told people he was doing this their first response was ‘OK. What’s the twist? 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, February 19, 2019
I am writing in response to Alice Wu’s commentary on the government’s recent e-cigarette ban, “E-cigarette ban is clueless, elitist government at its worst (February 17)”. [...] Ms Wu’s interpretation of the research paper she cites is misguided. The observed effect of e-cigarettes on smoking cessation is due to regulation of the amount of use and close monitoring of the subjects by clinical professionals. [...]
Tuesday, February 19, 2019
Doctors are calling for a crackdown on vaping devices as the number of kids and teens using the products skyrockets. More kids than ever before are using these electronic cigarettes which can contain nicotine or marijuana and the I-Team found parents and schools are having a hard time keeping up. Parents were surprised when they saw the seemingly every day-looking items are actually electronic cigarettes, some hold up to 50 doses or more of nicotine.
Tuesday, February 19, 2019
Student smokers no longer exude the potent smell of marijuana in its original state, which alarms both College advisors and law enforcement. Smoking methods that require the original flower form of marijuana such as joints, blunts or bongs that emit the alerting smell are seemingly obsolete. This common routine for students has become a concerning phenomenon to Janice Vermeychuk, the nurse practitioner director at Student Health Services.
Tuesday, February 19, 2019
Robert Chan lit his first cigarette aged 18. He quickly became hooked, smoking 15 a day for more than a decade. [...] Two years ago, on his 30th birthday, Chan started using a device that heats tobacco -- instead of burning it -- to release a nicotine-laced vapor. Chan is one of the 35 million people around the world believed to be using e-cigarettes or heat-not-burn products, according to Euromonitor. "I wanted to stop smoking but I wasn't quite ready to quit nicotine yet," he says. [...]
Tuesday, February 19, 2019
Absolute safety does not exist, it is always relative to some reference, to an exposure dose or to a delivery path. No substance or product or medication is 100% safe independently of all these factors: [...] Whenever you hear the phrase “…there is no safe level of exposure to …X”, you can be certain that it is scare mongering about X, not toxicological science. Rather than asking “is it safe?”, the right question should be “is it safer than X?”, where X is an appropriate standard. Your question should be “when will we know if e-cigarettes are “safer than ..X?”.
Tuesday, February 19, 2019
Buried deep within the article is the rather startling, but most critically relevant finding of the entire study: The investigators were unable to report a single youth out of the 12,000 in the sample who was a cigarette naive, regular vaper at baseline who progressed to become a smoker at follow-up. Why? Because the number of these youth was so small that it was impossible to accurately quantify this number.
Monday, February 18, 2019
Philip Morris International (PMI), the world’s largest tobacco company, mulls the introduction in the Philippines of its heated-not-burned cigarette technology that it hopes could be categorized differently from the conventional tobacco saying its portfolio of smoke-free products significantly reduces the harmful effects caused by tobacco smoking. James Arnold, PMI director [...] told [...] that its portfolio of smoke-free products presents less risk of harm to smokers than the traditional cigarette.
Monday, February 18, 2019
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is the U.S. government’s preeminent agency governing electronic communications, telephonic infrastructure, the internet, television, and radio. This agency’s regulatory purview also covers digital and electronic advertisements for tobacco products. Citing this justification, Obama-era FCC commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel has voiced her concerns over e-cigarette advertisement and the so-called risks to youth who consume digital media.
Friday, 01 February

The celebrity chef and healthy food activist Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall interviewed a director who was making a TV campaign to encourage kids to eat more vegetables. The director said that when he told people he was doing this their first response was ‘OK. What’s the twist? What evil company is behind this?’. And that is a perfectly understandable response when major food and drinks companies promote breakfast cereals, fizzy drinks and snacks loaded with sugar directly to children, and every type of store from supermarkets to garden centres have sweets and chocolates deliberately sited near the check-out to put pressure on parents.

Monday, 07 January

Happy New Year to you all as Britain prepares to go one better than the US by building a wall round the country and shutting it down all at the same time.

The blog title is a quote from

Thursday, 20 December

This will be my last blog of 2018. In 2019, I enter year 40 of working in the drugs field, currently as Director of DrugWise, an online drug information service, and as a member of the UK

Thursday, 06 December

Been dazed and confused for so long it's not true
Wanted a Marlboro, never bargained for you
Lots of people talking and few of them know
Soul of an e-cig was created

Tuesday, 27 November

So here is how you con smokers, the public, the media and the politicians into believing that safer nicotine products are no safer than cigarettes. The basic framework is pulled from the

Monday, 05 November

As I see it, currently the Tobacco Harm Reduction (THR) and e-cigarette policy scene continues to evolve in a direction that will result in substantially more tobacco-related addiction, illness and death, than what would likely occur with the skilled addition of a THR component to tobacco control programming. A THR component could highlight e-cigarettes and related vapor devices as harm reduction modalities, recognizing the evidence to date as to their efficacy for smoking cessation and for

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

Friday, 29 September

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