Harry's Blog #85
The truth deficit

When I was in Australia, my very good friend Dr Alex Wodak took me to one side and, in his typically low key, gentle manner, berated me for my attack on public health prompted by Ron Dworkin’s article on how public health messaging has taken on the mantle of moral crusading (see Blog 83). Alex pointed out all the good that public health has done (...) 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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Friday, April 19, 2019
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he wants Congress to raise the minimum age for tobacco products, including vaping devices, to 21 from 18 nationwide, seeking to curb teenage use the U.S. Surgeon General described as an “epidemic.” Speaking at event Thursday in his home state of Kentucky, the second biggest tobacco producer after North Carolina, the Republican leader said he plans to introduce legislation in May and expects it will get bipartisan support in the Senate.
Friday, April 19, 2019
Every year, 6 trillion cigarettes are disposed of, and plastic butts are filled with toxic chemicals, like arsenic. a single cigarette butt can pollute up to one thousand liters of water. Even if you switch to E-Cigarettes, are you really helping the environment?
Friday, April 19, 2019
Smokers who use two forms of nicotine replacement therapy (NRT), including a patch and nicotine gum, lozenges or other short-acting delivery treatments, are more likely to successfully quit smoking than those who rely on a single NRT, according to Cochrane reviewers. In a report examining the efficacy and safety of different forms, deliveries, and doses of NRT for smoking cessation, Nicola Lindson, [...] concluded that there is now "high quality evidence" supporting the use of dual therapy, based on their review of 63 trials involving around 41,500 participants.
Friday, April 19, 2019
In a huge blow to smokers who are trying to switch to safer nicotine products, Rite Aid, one of the largest pharmacy chains in the US, has announced that it will stop selling vaping products. Rite Aid caved because of the relentless fear-mongering around teen vaping that is being whipped up by the FDA, the CDC, and tobacco harm reduction-hating organizations like the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids.
Friday, April 19, 2019
Philip Morris International, the company that sells Marlboro, Chesterfield, Parliaments and other brands internationally, thinks smoke-free products may be the solution to the company's longstanding cigarette problem. The company's cigarette shipment volumes have faltered as more smokers ditch the habit. But shipments of the company's heated tobacco devices, called IQOS, are soaring. To bolster the trend, Philip Morris (PM) is leaning heavily into its "anti-smoking" effors. [...]
Friday, April 19, 2019
When delivered through cigarettes, nicotine is considered to be one of the most addictive substances on Earth, so it may seem odd to suggest that people should use more, rather than less, to quit smoking. A recent review of the research, however, has found just that. Nicotine replacement therapy, known as NRT, has been used to help people safely quit smoking for more than 20 years. It can be prescribed by a doctor but, in many countries, is also available to buy from grocery stores and pharmacies. [...]
Thursday, April 18, 2019
Chimwemwe Ngoma is a social scientist and a tobacco harm reduction advocate, he is implementing an information dissemination project on tobacco harm reduction and nicotine science in Malawi. He leads a group of 24 tobacco harm reduction volunteer ambassadors in Malawi and Zimbabwe. [...]
Thursday, April 18, 2019
Big Tobacco is increasingly using social media to find new ways to hook young people on smoking, circumventing decades of laws restricting the marketing of traditional cigarettes to minors. In major cities around the world such as Rio de Janeiro, Cairo, Jakarta and Milan, tobacco companies have been holding extravagant events with names like “K_Player” and “RedMoveNow” that were designed to connect with young people.
Thursday, 04 April

When I was in Australia, my very good friend Dr Alex Wodak took me to one side and, in his typically low key, gentle manner, berated me for my attack on public health prompted by Ron Dworkin’s article on how public health messaging has taken on the mantle of moral crusading (see Blog 83). Alex pointed out all the good that public health has done in improving health in many different areas, not least in tobacco control.

Tuesday, 05 March

I, along with other colleagues from Knowledge-Action-Change, have just returned from Australia on a trip to showcase the Global State of Tobacco Harm Reduction report and to support our

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Tuesday, 05 March

This blog unashamedly takes its title from a very interesting article by Ronald Dworkin who is an American anaesthesiologist, teaches political philosophy at George Washington University and is a

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Thursday, 21 February

I am a big fan of The Guardian; its editorial positioning lines up with my left-liberal views and I have been a regular reader of its articles for many years. Recently it has taken up

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Friday, 01 February

The celebrity chef and healthy food activist Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall interviewed a director who

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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

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Monday, 05 November

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

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Wednesday, 14 March

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

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Monday, 12 March

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

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Monday, 02 October

Significant progress has been made in reducing smoking prevalence

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