I am indebted to my good friend Roberto Sussman for the title of this blog. Roberto lives in Mexico and is an unlikely combination of astrophysicist and ardent, eloquent tobacco harm reduction activist. Read More
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.
Vaping has exploded in popularity in the United Kingdom in recent years, as more vape shops open and growing numbers of people use e-cigarettes instead of smoking, but many questions remain about the activity, the results of a survey show. The survey, which was carried out by Google Surveys for British vaping retailer Electric Tobacconist, sought the UK public's views on using e-cigarettes as a smoking-cessation tool, and if they believe the devices have a public-health benefit. It comes at a time of intense focus on e-cigarettes in the United States, with ongoing negative news about vaping in the American media and, [...]
I like to think of myself as a healthy, calm lady-boss who aims to inspire others. [...] And so it may surprise my clients, family, and friends that I am one of the 50 million people around the globe addicted to e-cigarette juice. If you’ve ever heard the phrase “Juuling”, you probably picture a teenager who rips a Juul that’s hidden in the sleeve of their hoodie, holding in the hit so as not to get caught vaping in math class, not a middle-class woman in her early 30s who gets HydraFacials and sips turmeric tea. [...]
Over the past two decades, each of Canada’s provincial governments has filed a lawsuit against tobacco companies to recover the costs of treating diseases caused by the companies’ wrongful behaviour. Health organizations have long supported these efforts, recognizing that they can help achieve justice against corporate wrongdoing, can compensate taxpayers for health-care costs, and can expose the truth about unscrupulous industry behaviour. Most importantly, these lawsuits are seen as a way to protect future generations from the ravages of smoking by accelerating an end to this harmful trade.
Yet last week, the White House fiscal 2021 budget plan proposed an interesting move: taking the Center for Tobacco Products, CTP, out of the FDA to create a new agency within HHS to focus on tobacco regulation. [...] Even this modest transfer probably doesn’t stand a chance in Congress. No lawmaker will want to be seen as soft on vaping. Indeed, despite being far safer than cigarettes and intended for smokers only, e-cigarettes have a serious image problem.
In a bombshell new report by Michelle Minton, Senior Fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute titled “Perverse Psychology: How Anti-Vaping Campaigners Created the Youth Vaping Epidemic,” Minton argues it was not the vaping industry that “reignited youth interest in vaping—it was anti-vaping advocacy.”
The administration has requested a budget authorization to strip down the Food and Drug Administration Center for Tobacco Products. President Donald Trump, apparently, has the vision to create a new tobacco agency that isn’t an administrative monstrosity like the FDA. There’s no chance that the administration will get their request from Congress. No lawmaker in their right mind would consider breaking down the FDA. Between hiring alarmist health officials and treating vaping as a crime in some instances, Trump has no better strategy but to upend the entire public health administrative state with an off-handed idea.
Europe’s leading e-cigarette conference looking at scientific, commercial and regulatory aspects, will this year be held in Brussels on the 13th and 14th of May. Dedicated to the e-cig industry, the conference covers all topics related to scientific, commercial and regulatory matters pertaining ENDS, such as the latest regulations (including TPD) and research to testing methods, concerns and standards, product design, potential harm reduction and more. Besides delegates from the vaping industry, attending the conference there will be interested parties from other industries such as testing companies, Big Tobacco, regulatory and legislative bodies, law firms and more. This creates an opportunity and a platform for dialogue and exchange of information.
LONDON, February 18th, 2020: UK visitors to India who use e-cigarettes to improve their health on the advice of British health organisations are having their devices confiscated at airports. The New Nicotine Alliance (NNA) has become aware of five travellers who have suffered hard-line and unsanctioned action, but those affected could stretch to tens of thousands more UK citizens who have chosen vaping as a way of stopping smoking. Regular UK traveller to Goa, Fiona Hodge, reported that UK vapers are having their property confiscated both on the way in and out of India. “I had to leave £60 worth of my property behind despite possession of e-cigarettes not being an offence under the law. UK tourists are being harassed at airports, which will surely be a threat to India’s tourism industry. I certainly won’t be going back if the attitude towards vapers carries the hallmark of being designed specifically to maintain, and even increase, the number of smokers in India.”
I am indebted to my good friend Roberto Sussman for the title of this blog. Roberto lives in Mexico and is an unlikely combination of astrophysicist and ardent, eloquent tobacco harm reduction activist. He gave a speech in London on 23rd January 2020 at the launch of the Tobacco Harm Reduction – the Right to Health briefing published by Knowledge•Action•Change and available here: https://gsthr.org/report/2020-briefing-paper
Over half a billion smokers live in Asia, and Asian countries have some of the highest per capita smoking rates – and some of the highest numbers of smoking-related deaths – in the world.
Given the staggering damage to its citizens’ health that smoking is responsible for you’d think that regional governments would be eagerly embracing any less harmful alternatives such as vapes and heat-not-burn (HNB) devices to encourage people to wean themselves off conventional tobacco