Harry's Blog 62
GFN 2018 – Run Your Own Race

As Tina Turner said, “Simply the best” – an excellent conference that keeps on delivering. And my big take home message from the whole event was “Run Your Own Race”. This was the concluding slide of Dr Joe Kosterich’s excellent Michael Russell oration... read more...

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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
37,191 vape stores in 106 countries
Friday, June 22, 2018
A group of tobacco control experts published an open letter this week in the New Zealand Medical Journal calling for bold new actions from the New Zealand Government to achieve the Smokefree 2025 goal. The group, which included health and tobacco experts from the Cancer Society and the University of Otago, Wellington, is calling for the vision of the 2010 Māori Affairs Select Committee Inquiry on the tobacco industry to be revived. That vision included a reduction of tobacco retail outlets, [...]
Friday, June 22, 2018
Organic compounds known as ‘aldehydes’ are primary source of damage to DNA and also suppress its ability to repair that damage. When it comes to cancer caused by cigarette smoke, experts may have misplaced the bulk of the blame. According to a new study, scientists at NYU School of Medicine and Rutgers University have found that chemicals called aldehydes — present in tobacco smoke in high quantities — are the primary cause of damage to DNA and suppress its ability to repair damage. [...]
Friday, June 22, 2018
My colleagues relentlessly mock me for having a vape with Adam Smith’s head displayed on its control screen. But since their emergence onto the market, e-cigarettes have become a key part of smoking cessation efforts in the UK and beyond. Unlike many other countries, successive governments here have adopted a broadly liberal harm reduction approach when it comes to vaping. [...]
Friday, June 22, 2018
A self-confessed “nanny state” senator has urged the government to develop a policy on e-cigarettes to reduce the number of smokers in Ireland. The Department of Health has said it does not have enough evidence to recommend vaping as part of the Tobacco Free Ireland programme. The initiative aims to reduce smoking from the current rate of 22 per cent to under 5 per cent by 2025.
Thursday, June 21, 2018
Earlier this month, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb blamed e-cigarette companies for teen vaping when addressing the American Society of Clinical Oncology. “They better step up and step up soon – to address these trends along with us. So far, I must say, I’ve mostly been disappointed by the tepid response from companies that know that a meaningful portion of their sales are being derived from kids. The e-cig companies have a chance to do something about it. [...]
Thursday, June 21, 2018
COUNCIL tenants face a ban on smoking in their own homes under plans being considered by SNP ministers. In a push for a "tobacco-free generation", the Scottish Government said it is looking to crackdown across the social housing sector. This would see local authorities and housing associations introduce "tobacco-free clauses in tenancy agreements". Residents could also be offered "smoke-free housing alternatives" in a move segregating those who light-up.
Thursday, June 21, 2018
The researchers note that children and adolescents are highly susceptible to nicotine addiction, which affects brain development. The risk of becoming lifelong tobacco consumers is increased for young people who become addicted to nicotine. Among youth, there has been an increase in the use of nicotine-delivering electronic cigarettes worldwide. In addition to physical dependence, youth are susceptible to the social and environmental influences to use electronic cigarettes.
Friday, 22 June
As Tina Turner said, “Simply the best” – an excellent conference that keeps on delivering. And my big take home message from the whole event was “Run Your Own Race”. This was the concluding slide of Dr Joe Kosterich’s excellent Michael Russell oration – and what it means to me is that the THR community, however defined, needs to move onto the front foot and take the message to the people who don’t sit inside the bubble. And this message, in various ways, ran right through the conference.
Monday, 04 June
Harry’s blog 61: The shiny blue moon of Kentucky Because of the dominance of the tobacco economy in the state, Kentucky has not exactly covered itself in glory regarding tobacco control. You can...
Monday, 21 May
Galileo said, “By denying scientific principles, one may maintain any paradox”. That certainly seems to pertain to official responses to harm reduction. And there are a few paradoxes to highlight...
Friday, 04 May
From reading the esteemed work of Professors Wayne Hall and Lynn Kozlowski, I have been led into the world of moral psychology as it applies to harm reduction and the attempt to explain the root of...
Thursday, 26 April
I recall hearing Martin Dockrell from Public Health England remark that he put ‘popcorn’ into Google and ‘popcorn lung’ came up before err…popcorn in the search bar. ‘Popcorn lung’ is so nice and...
Wednesday, 14 March

Keeping up to date with the proceedings of the World Conference on Tobacco or Health, in Cape Town recently, I was reminded of the wonderful film, directed by Richard Attenborough - ‘Oh what a Lovely War!’ - which summarises and comments on the events of the First World War using popular songs of the time, many of which were parodies of older popular songs, and using allegorical settings such as Brighton's West Pier to criticise the manner in which the eventual victory was won.

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

Tuesday, 29 August

Scientists appeal for conducting India centric research before deciding on any hasty