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 friends in that country battling against monolithic political intransigence fuelled by smears and whispers from ‘public health’ flat earth activists over tobacco harm reduction. I was honoured to speak at two sessions in both the parliaments of Victoria and New South Wales and engaged anybody and everybody prepared to listen. Read More
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.
Considering the ceaseless media coverage and the constant threat of retribution by regulators and anti-vaping non-profit health groups, one would think there exists a large body of scientific evidence to back up the claim that youth vaping has become a public health crisis; but apparently, there is not. Or, if the evidence exists, it’s not been made available to the public, the industry or to other researchers who specialize in tobacco harm reduction. Why not? Find out in this extended RegWatch interview with Dr. Brad Rodu [...]
The e-cigarette industry has taken the community by storm as an alternative for smokers trying to quit the habit. But manufacturers and vendors are up in arms over strict laws they say are costing local businesses and are pushing for nicotine vaping. Jay Karanouh owns the Sydney store House of Vape and says for every year they don’t sell nicotine in their vape liquid, they and other businesses lose hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista on Wednesday approved an ordinance regulating the use of e-cigarettes in public spaces, including public conveyances, advertisements and promotions of e-cigarettes. City Ordinance 2737-2018 aims to fully protect the health and welfare of the residents of Quezon City and at the same time safeguard the interests of all stakeholders, including smokers who have the right to choose less harmful alternatives to cigarettes.
Taxpayers will pay more than $2 million for nicotine substitutes for South Australian prisoners over the next four years, as the state moves to make its jails smoke-free. The nicotine patches and lozenges form part of the $6.2 million cost to taxpayers of keeping cigarettes out of the state's prisons in the years to 2022, with additional funding set aside for health and security measures, staff costs and quit support.
San Francisco officials on Tuesday proposed legislation that would ban the sale of e-cigarettes from companies such as Juul until a review by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, as part of the city’s efforts to tackle underage vaping. District Supervisor Shamann Walton will also introduce legislation at a meeting of the city’s board of supervisors to prohibit the manufacture and distribution of all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, on city property.
In the just over ten years that vaping has been a significant part of society, it’s become an incredibly important part of many people’s lives. According to millions of smokers, they’ve been able to end their dependence on smoking once and for all thanks to e-cigarettes. Not only that but with more and more research published about the extreme harm reduction value they provide they’ve only continued to grow in popularity. Unfortunately, vaping has become the victim of increased tariffs over the last year, [...]
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a group of inflammatory lung diseases that causes diminished lung function and results in difficulty breathing. There is no cure; the progression of the disease can only be slowed and the symptoms improved. In developed countries, the primary cause of COPD is smoking and patients are therefore advised to quit in order to slow the disease process. COPD significantly decreases life span and quality of life, which taken together, account for 30.2 million years lost due to early death or disability worldwide.
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 friends in that country battling against monolithic political intransigence fuelled by smears and whispers from ‘public health’ flat earth activists over tobacco harm reduction. I was honoured to speak at two sessions in both the parliaments of Victoria and New South Wales and engaged anybody and everybody prepared to listen, enjoying very welcome support from Melbourne MP Fiona Patten who chaired that session.
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