Harry's Blog #87
A Bridge Over Troubled Waters

Last week, I was invited to speak at an informal seminar in Portugal under the banner ‘Portugal without smoke’ with a seminar title: Tobacco control and risk reduction: what are the options? The venue and attendees signalled, I thought, a very important step forward in acknowledging the link between tobacco and drug harm reduction. 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 24, 2019
E-cigarette use is climbing among cancer patients and cancer survivors, according to a new study by a UT Southwestern Medical Center oncologist. "The gradual but steady increase is quite striking," said Dr. Sanford an Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology [...] "The high prevalence of e-cigarette use among younger cancer patients and survivors is concerning." Dr. Sanford's analysis was based on data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Health Interview Survey, which included more than 13,000 cancer patients from 2014 to 2017. [...]
Friday, May 24, 2019
The National Association of Secondary School Principals is backing a bipartisan push led by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to raise the tobacco purchasing age to 21 as a way to curb the use of e-cigarettes, known as vaping, in schools. Students increasingly are using the devices, sometimes in bathrooms and even in class. NASSP Executive Director JoAnn Bartoletti praised the introduction of the “Tobacco-Free Youth Act” on Monday as a way to address “one of the greatest public health issues our schools are facing.”
Friday, May 24, 2019
The market share of heat-not-burn (HNB) electronic cigarettes has risen more than five times over the past two years on tobacco makers’ aggressive marketing, data showed Friday. Sales of HNB e-cigarettes stood at 92 million packs in the first quarter of this year, up a whopping 34 percent from a year earlier, according to the government data. One pack contains 20 e-cigarettes. The market share of those cigarettes, including Phillip Morris’ iQOS and South Korean leading cigarette maker KT&G Corp.’s lil, soared to 11.8 percent [...]
Friday, May 24, 2019
Docs have found that vapers are 95 per cent more likely to ditch the cancer-causing habit than those who don't use gadgets. Smokers who are prescribed nicotine replacement therapy (NRT), such as gums and patches, are only 34 per cent more likely to quit than those who just go cold turkey. The study by University College London medics looked at almost 20,000 smokers to see what impact vaping had on quitting success rates.
Friday, May 24, 2019
Despite the last 30 plus years of intense smoking cessation education, tobacco use still kills more people every year than any other preventable cause. Making matters worse, for years before the general public knew the dangers of smoking, Big Tobacco companies worked tirelessly to suppress the truth. Luckily things have finally begun to head in the right direction, especially since the advent of modern vaping. These harm reduction and smoking cessation tools first hit the scene around ten years ago, and have since become an integral part of life for many former smokers.
Thursday, May 23, 2019
One would think that in a country with 100 million adult smokers, health officials would do anything to prevent the consumption of cigarettes. Yet, India is pushing for bans and regulations of products like e-cigarettes that are not only much safer than traditional cigarettes, but are also the preferred method for smoking cessation in many countries. As much as 13% of the 720,000 annual premature deaths in India are tobacco-related. [...]
Thursday, May 23, 2019
Nicorette wants to make quitting smoking a little less awful. The brand is launching its first major new product in 10 years, a coated ice mint lozenge. The coating helps deliver a punch of minty flavor with a smoother texture than other nicotine lozenges that can sometimes be chalky. Scientists at GSK spent seven years developing, studying and submitting the new lozenge for FDA review. Masking the bitter taste of nicotine is a major concern for consumers, said John Sienkiewicz, alliance director of GSK Consumer Healthcare’s Nicorette and NicoDerm brands.
Thursday, May 23, 2019
A Superior Court judge invalidates key provisions of Quebec’s Tobacco Control Act, which promulgated harsh new regulations and fines, seemingly intended to eviscerate the vaping industry. The ruling comes after a three-year legal challenge spearheaded by the Canadian Vaping Association, which argued the vaping restrictions infringe on the “right to security of the person” and “freedom of expression” under both the Canadian and Quebec charters of rights and freedoms.
Monday, 20 May

Last week, I was invited to speak at an informal seminar in Portugal under the banner ‘Portugal without smoke’ with a seminar title: Tobacco control and risk reduction: what are the options? The venue and attendees signalled, I thought, a very important step forward in acknowledging the link between tobacco and drug harm reduction.

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

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

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