Harry's Blog #72
Heat   and   Burn

OK I am not surprised that the report I wrote with a team of honest and dedicated people gets summarily dismissed by the Bloomberg shills at the FCTC and all their cronies as simply a product of ‘tobacco influence’. But that doesn’t stop me from fuming. Ordinarily I would dismiss this as so much white noise... 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
Tuesday, October 23, 2018
Nearly a quarter of users who follow the electronic cigarette brand Juul on Twitter are under 18, according to a study published recently in the Journal of Adolescent Health. The latest findings are raising concern not only because the products aren’t intended for underage use, but because many of these youth followers are retweeting the company’s messages. For the study, researchers [...] analyzed users who engaged with the 3,239 tweets sent by @JUULvapor between February 2017 and January 2018.
Tuesday, October 23, 2018
The first vaping products designed to prevent fires and explosions — and safety certified by UL — are scheduled to hit the market in a few weeks. While these redesigned electronic cigarettes will be available in Canada, they won’t be sold in the United States. The vaping industry blames the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which regulates tobacco products, for preventing Americans from buying these safety-enhanced devices.
Tuesday, October 23, 2018
Smoking outside hundreds of cafes, restaurants and bars is being snubbed out in Auckland. Auckland Council is making more than 800 restaurants, cafes and bars with outdoor dining smokefree as part of new licensing rules. The move would apply to all hospitality venues that use council-licensed areas for al fresco dining and drinking. Council's environment and community committee chairperson Penny Hulse said the change was part of a commitment to be a healthier, smokefree city by 2025.
Tuesday, October 23, 2018
A recent report by Nicotine & Tobacco Research urges lawmakers not to treat electronic cigarettes and vaping devices the same as combustible cigarettes, because the more research measures “e-cigarettes as equivalent to cigarettes, the more the likely research may err in conclusions about these unique devices.” Lead author Matthew Olonoff [...] remarked that before “making policy changes, such as controlling nicotine or flavor options in e-cigarettes, [there is a] need to better understand what role these unique characteristics have.”
Tuesday, October 23, 2018
State Health Commissioner Howard Zucker is promising a sweeping crackdown on flavored e-cigarettes that are marketed to teens, as pressure mounts for New York to ban the sweetened nicotine products. “We are concerned about this. There’s a lot of marketing to children of this and we need to tackle it,” Zucker told the Public Health Council on Oct. 11. Vaping company Juul’s products come in flavors such as mango, mint, and crème brûlée, which critics say are aimed at kids.
Monday, October 22, 2018
Smoking kills. No other habit has been so strongly tied to death. In addition to inhaling burned tobacco and tar, smokers breathe in toxic metals like cadmium and beryllium, as well as metallic elements like nickel and chromium — all of which accumulate naturally in the leaves of the tobacco plant. It's no surprise, then, that much of the available evidence suggests that vaping, which involves puffing on vaporized liquid nicotine instead of inhaling burned tobacco, is at least somewhat healthier .
Monday, October 22, 2018
One of the world's biggest tobacco firms, Philip Morris, has been accused of "staggering hypocrisy" over its new ad campaign that urges smokers to quit. The Marlboro maker said the move was "an important next step" in its aim to "ultimately stop selling cigarettes". But Cancer Research UK said the firm was just trying to promote its smoking alternatives, such as heated tobacco. "The best way Philip Morris could help people to stop smoking is to stop making cigarettes," George Butterworth, Cancer Research UK's tobacco policy manager said.
Thursday, 18 October
OK I am not surprised that the report I wrote with a team of honest and dedicated people gets summarily dismissed by the Bloomberg shills at the FCTC and all their cronies as simply a product of ‘tobacco influence’. But that doesn’t stop me from fuming. Ordinarily I would dismiss this as so much white noise, but I was asked in Geneva by a member of the Framework Convention Alliance, who was genuinely interested, what role Big Tobacco or more specifically the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World played in the production of the report. So here goes.
Monday, 08 October
Tuesday 2 nd October saw the launch of the inaugural edition of No Fire, No Smoke: the Global State of Tobacco Harm Reduction report. The launch took place in Geneva close to the Conference of the...
Tuesday, 25 September
It is a central tenet of those opposed to tobacco harm reduction as it applies to safer nicotine products that the whole thing is a massive con trick by Big Tobacco to both entice kids to move onto...
Tuesday, 11 September
Yes, it’s nearly here folks, now safely in the hands of the printer is the very first global report covering all aspects of tobacco harm reduction. GSTHR will be launched in Geneva on 2nd October to...
Friday, 24 August
Between 2001 and 2003, US lawyer Greg Jacob was a member of the US delegation charged with negotiating the terms of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). I know I do have readers...
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