Harry's Blog #86
Wormholes, black holes and dark matter

When I’m not unhealthily hunched over my laptop consuming my nth cup of nuclear coffee, I quite like to relax in front of Star Trek Discovery on Netflix. Gibberish science, cod philosophies and mawkish sentiments notwithstanding, I still find it eminently watchable. Wormholes into parallel future universes often feature, so (...) 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, May 17, 2019
Joe Biden supports decriminalizing marijuana, a Biden campaign spokesman told CNN, but the former vice president isn't going as far as calling for the drug to be legalized on the federal level. "Nobody should be in jail for smoking marijuana," Biden told voters at a Tuesday house party in Nashua, New Hampshire. Asked by CNN if the former vice president supports legalizing marijuana, Andrew Bates, a Biden campaign spokesman, said Biden believes the drug should be decriminalized and that decisions on legalization should continue on the state level.
Friday, May 17, 2019
Altria shareholders grilled CEO Howard Willard on his $12.8 billion bet on e-cigarette giant Juul at the company’s annual shareholder meeting Thursday. Analysts and investors worried Altria paid too much for its 35% stake in the company and very little say over its operations, especially with the e-cigarette giant facing regulatory scrutiny. Willard on Thursday defended the terms of the deal, saying the e-cigarette market wasn’t growing much before Juul entered it. [...]
Friday, May 17, 2019
E-cigars have been gaining popularity amongst young adults and adolescents in recent years. However, whether e-cigars pose a threat to our health remains a hot-debated subject. A quick research on the net is enough to release that there is plentiful of scientific reports either accrediting or discrediting this novel product. Starting from the “bright side” of e-cigars, UK public health authorities state that e-cigarettes are 95% less toxic that conventional cigars. [...]
Friday, May 17, 2019
City Councilor Matt O’Malley knows firsthand how hard it is to quit smoking. It’s part of the reason he’s demanding Boston officials take further action to curb the chances a new generation will pick up a nicotine addiction, he told fellow councilors Wednesday. Calling the sharp rise of e-cigarette use among teenagers “an unrecognized epidemic,” O’Malley requested a hearing to delve into the particulars of just how much a so-called “vaping” habit has harmed Boston’s young people — and what exactly can be done to stop it.
Thursday, May 16, 2019
A majority of healthcare professionals in New Zealand view Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS), such as e-cigarettes and heated tobacco products, as a viable alternative to cigarettes if they are legalised and regulated appropriately, according to new research conducted by Frost & Sullivan. New Zealand has moved to reduce smoking rates in recent decades, and currently boasts one of the lowest smoking rates in the developed world. However, almost 600,000 New Zealanders continue to smoke, [...]
Thursday, May 16, 2019
It’s been a little over ten years since modern vaporizers first started to gain traction as a harm reduction and smoking cessation tool. In that time, governments around the world have worked to agree on the correct regulatory path forward. Despite encouraging statistics, many are worried about the full impact acceptance of vaping will have on our society, particularly the youth. As you can imagine, vaping laws have been continuously subject to change as the industry grows and politicians cycle.
Thursday, May 16, 2019
North Carolina filed a lawsuit on Wednesday against e-cigarette company Juul, making it the first state to legally challenge the popular business. Attorney General Josh Stein filed the suit against Juul Labs, Inc. in state court, alleging that the company violated North Carolina’s Unfair and Deceptive Trade Practices Act by misrepresenting the dangers of nicotine in its products. Stein also alleges that Juul designed, marketed and sold its e-cigarettes in a way that attracts youth who are younger than the legal tobacco purchasing age.
Thursday, May 16, 2019
A federal judge is siding with public health groups suing the Food and Drug Administration to begin reviewing thousands of e-cigarettes on the U.S. market. The ruling handed down Wednesday in district court states that the agency shirked its legal duty when it postponed reviewing all U.S. vaping products by several years. [...] "It is now the FDA's responsibility to take immediate action to protect our kids and require manufacturers to apply to the FDA if they want to keep their products on the market," the groups said in a statement.
Tuesday, 23 April

When I’m not unhealthily hunched over my laptop consuming my nth cup of nuclear coffee, I quite like to relax in front of Star Trek Discovery on Netflix. Gibberish science, cod philosophies and mawkish sentiments notwithstanding, I still find it eminently watchable. Wormholes into parallel future universes often feature, so does dark matter, supremely enigmatic but nevertheless thought to comprise 85% of all the matter in the universe and of course, the world got its first view of a black hole into which all things get sucked but no light appears.

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

Tuesday, 12 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

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

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

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

Monday, 05 November

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

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