Harry's Blog #74
A charter for tobacco harm reduction?

No, I’m not proposing one, but referring to the outcome of the recent WHO Global Conference on Primary Health Care in Astana, Kazakhstan which produced the Astana Declaration. Of itself it isn’t a charter for tobacco harm reduction (THR), but if the WHO is seriously committed to delivering on its vision and not just cherry-picking the areas of health care that suit the organisation and its funders, then it is certainly a template for THR. 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.
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Friday, November 16, 2018
The Delhi high court has held that the Centre’s advisory to ban sale of e-cigarettes is not binding on states and Union Territories. “The advisory is not binding and it would be open to the respective states and union territories to take an informed decision in this regard,” Justice Vibhu Bakhru said on Wednesday. HT accessed a copy of the order on Thursday.
Friday, November 16, 2018
Twenty years ago this month, I joined 45 other state attorneys general to enter into the landmark settlement with the tobacco industry. Since then, the U.S. cigarette smoking rate fell from 24 percent of adults to 14 percent last year — the lowest ever. We have the opportunity to go much lower. But we’re also at risk of reversing these gains if we fail to give smokers safe alternatives to cigarettes. E-cigarettes are prompting a great deal of discussion and debate, especially regarding their use by children. [...]
Friday, November 16, 2018
As vaping grows more popular, especially among teens, here are answers to some basic questions about its health effects. [...] E-cigarettes contain far fewer dangerous chemicals than those released in burning tobacco. Tobacco cigarettes typically contain 7,000 chemicals, including nearly 70 known to be carcinogenic. E-cigarettes also don’t release tar, the tobacco residue that damages lungs but also contributes to the flavor of tobacco products.
Friday, November 16, 2018
[...] the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new findings from the National Youth Tobacco Survey (NYTS) showing that more than 3.6 million middle and high school students were current (past 30 day) e-cigarette users in 2018, a dramatic increase of more than 1.5 million students since last year. According to the results [....] youth who use e-cigarettes also are using them more frequently and using flavored products more often than last year.
Friday, November 16, 2018
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday announced sweeping new restrictions on flavored tobacco products, including electronic cigarettes popular among teenagers in an effort to prevent a new generation of nicotine addicts. The much-anticipated announcement will mean that only tobacco, mint and menthol e-cigarette flavors can be sold at most traditional retail outlets such as convenience stores. [...]
Thursday, November 15, 2018
Vaping giant Juul Labs Inc. is stopping its sales of some e-cigarette flavours in U.S. stores to deter use by kids and teens, but is not doing the same in Canada. In a statement posted on the company website, CEO Kevin Burns said it had "stopped accepting retai l orders for our Mango, Fruit, Creme and Cucumber JUUL pods to the over 90,000 retail stores that sell our product." But the company is not taking the same actions in Canadian stores, where mango, fruit and cucumber flavours continue to be available, said spokesperson Victoria Davis [...]
Thursday, November 15, 2018
Vaping products that have been pulled from sale in the US over fears about underage buyers remain on shelves at Sainsbury's in the UK. The US e-cigarette giant Juul, which struck a deal with the British supermarket earlier this month, has banned the sale of several of its flavoured cartridges after an outcry in the US. [...] However, two of the flavours it has removed from sale in the US remain on sale at Sainsbury's [...]
Sunday, 11 November
No, I’m not proposing one, but referring to the outcome of the recent WHO Global Conference on Primary Health Care in Astana, Kazakhstan which produced the Astana Declaration. Of itself it isn’t a charter for tobacco harm reduction (THR), but if the WHO is seriously committed to delivering on its vision and not just cherry-picking the areas of health care that suit the organisation and its funders, then it is certainly a template for THR.
Sunday, 28 October
A Freedom of Information request was sent recently to the UK Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) asking for data on reports of adverse effects of nicotine. The MHRA has an...
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...
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...
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

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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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Friday, 29 September

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

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