Harry's Blog #90
The truth is out there – but not for you

The first statement of the Hippocratic Oath to which all doctors are supposed to adhere to is ‘do no harm’. But to the best of my knowledge, no such undertaking is required of scientists whose findings are often translated into public policy and legislation which in turn affects millions of lives. This is wrong; scientists should be held to... 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, July 19, 2019
Marijuana legalization is not a new idea. For the past two decades, states have been chiseling away at pot reform in the United States, first passing voter initiatives to legalize for medicinal use and then finally, just about five years ago, pulling the trigger on the recreational front. Now, well over half the country has legalized the leaf in some form or fashion. Sure, some of these laws are as good as a three-legged horse and in desperate need of being put down. [...]
Friday, July 19, 2019
CNBC's Carl Quintanilla gives a preview of his in-depth report on the trend of teenagers taking to vaping and e-cigarette use.
Friday, July 19, 2019
Two prominent vaping researchers are facing off over claims that electronic cigarettes double the risk of heart attacks in adults, muddying the science over how best to stop smoking. Brad Rodu, a University of Louisville professor, asked the Journal of the American Heart Association to retract a study out last month by University of California, San Francisco professor Stanton Glantz. The study, co-authored by Dharma Bhatta, claimed adult vaping was "associated with" a doubled risk of heart attack, but Glantz went farther in a blog post, [...]
Friday, July 19, 2019
A man in France has lodged a complaint after claiming an image of his amputated leg was used as a health warning on tobacco packets across the EU without his permission. The 60-year-old man, who lives in Metz, eastern France, claims a picture displayed on a packet of rolling tobacco alongside the message “smoking clogs your arteries” is of his leg. The European commission, which is responsible for the graphic images of smoking-induced disease on cigarette packets, rejected the claim, saying any similarity was purely coincidental.
Friday, July 19, 2019
Developed by a team of tobacco treatment experts, computer scientists, chemists, and physicians the IntelliQuit app leverages an FDA cleared, CLIA waived technology, allowing any tobacco user with their physician or other health care provider to measure all nicotine consumed from any source. Whether the nicotine is from combustible cigarettes, vaping, e-cigarettes, cigars, pipes, ENDS, heat not burn products, smokeless tobacco and/ or nicotine replacement medications the IntelliQuit mobile app measures all.
Friday, July 19, 2019
Even if you never touch cigarettes, you probably know someone who does (or did) smoke. Nearly half of Americans smoked in the mid-1960s, compared with just 14% today. Still, cigarette smoking is responsible for nearly one in five deaths in the United States, and about one-third of those are due to heart disease. What about electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes), the latest smoking trend? These battery-operated devices heat up a liquid, creating a vapor that users inhale and exhale, a practice known as "vaping." [...]
Thursday, July 18, 2019
While cigarette use for high school students is at an all-time low (8%), 21% of students in the United States report using e-cigarettes in the past month, which is the highest level to date. The use of e-cigarettes--electronic cigarettes often called vaping--has increased tremendously for young people in the past few years, making health care professionals and parents question its potential harm on health.
Thursday, July 18, 2019
Vape retailers are popping up all over Southland and the responses from customers have been nothing but positive, owners say. Vaping has made its way across Southland over the past few years as more people switch from smoking. While there has been much scepticism since it was introduced to New Zealand, some Southlanders have capitalised on the new craze. Vape Box owner Craig Dawson, who opened the first dedicated vape shop in Invercargill in 2016, said initially people were cautious but ''mostly just curious''.
Tuesday, 16 July

The first statement of the Hippocratic Oath to which all doctors are supposed to adhere to is ‘do no harm’. But to the best of my knowledge, no such undertaking is required of scientists whose findings are often translated into public policy and legislation which in turn affects millions of lives. This is wrong; scientists should be held to account more than just by having peer-reviewed papers argued over which, as the name suggests, only peers are likely to see.

Monday, 24 June

I am just winding down from the whirlwind of activity that is the Global Forum on Nicotine (GFN) conference held in Warsaw earlier this month. It is a gathering of people from all occupations and

Tuesday, 04 June

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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

Tuesday, 23 April

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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

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Monday, 12 March

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Monday, 02 October

Significant progress has been made in reducing smoking prevalence