Harry's Blog #80
Not flavour of the month

JUUL is planning a TV campaign over the summer aimed at trying to persuade smokers to ‘make the switch’. Unfortunately, it might not be enough to rehabilitate the image of the company which should never have needed rehabilitating in the first place. 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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Wednesday, January 23, 2019
In a new White Paper, “Public Health—Much Harder than Rocket Science,” Philip Morris International (PMI) looks at the dynamics between consumers, corporations and authorities across a range of global public health issues. [...] Consumers all over the world want their governments to do better at solving major public health issues, according to the IPSOS survey of 31,000 respondents across 31 countries commissioned by PMI. In the survey, respondents were asked how important they believed it is for governments to dedicate time and resources to nine global health issues [...]
Wednesday, January 23, 2019
Researchers say the popularity of vaping among young Australian women is a growing public health concern, with new data revealing how many are taking up the habit. A study has shown that more than one in 10 Aussie women aged 19-26 have tried vaping, but that more than a quarter of users have never smoked cigarettes. Researcher Alemu Melka, [...] said that figure might seem positive, but it was actually concerning because some research indicated that e-cigarette users were more likely to go on to smoke cigarettes.
Tuesday, January 22, 2019
The head of Philip Morris International has said the cannabis market remains too risky for it to follow rival cigarette maker Altria by making a significant investment in the nascent sector. André Calantzopoulos, chief executive, stressed that there was a paucity of scientific data on the long-term impact of cannabis. Because international regulators were adopting different approaches to the drug, there could be logistical and reputational risks, he said.
Tuesday, January 22, 2019
With Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo continuing to push legal recreational marijuana use and retail sales for the state of New York, Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello said he would be interested in the county opting out of legal retail sales of the drug. Cuomo said that future legislation would allow county and city governments to choose whether to allow retail sales within their boundaries. He mentioned in his recent State of the State address that statewide legalization would raise an estimated $300 million per year from taxes.
Tuesday, January 22, 2019
People, particularly young people, don't understand the risks of vaping, says the P.E.I. Tobacco Reduction Alliance, and it has launched an education campaign to change that. Julia Hartley, co-ordinator of the P.E.I. Lung Association, a member of the alliance, said vaping dangers include toxic chemicals such as metals and flavourings, as well as ultra-fine particles. "Ultra-fine particles can really harm your lungs over time," said Hartley.
Tuesday, January 22, 2019
A number of health organizations are calling on the Saskatchewan government to update provincial tobacco laws to deal with high smoking rates in the province. The latest data from the 2017 Canadian Tobacco Alcohol and Drug survey released in October 2018 found 21.9 per cent of youth aged 15 to 19 in the province currently smoke. That number jumps to 23.4 per cent of those aged 20 to 24.
Tuesday, January 22, 2019
It might surprise you to know the global finance industry still works hand in glove with the tobacco industry. Big insurers insure it, big banks lend to it, and many superannuation funds invest their members' money in it. Melbourne oncologist Dr Bronwyn King is on a mission to change all that.
Sunday, 20 January

JUUL is planning a TV campaign over the summer aimed at trying to persuade smokers to ‘make the switch’. Unfortunately, it might not be enough to rehabilitate the image of the company which should never have needed rehabilitating in the first place.

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