Harry's Blog 66
Not really a JUUL in the crown

JUUL e-cigarettes have taken the American e-cigarette market by storm, capturing over 70% of the US market in extremely short time. Because of the huge publicity generated and much media hand-wringing in editorials, features and op-eds (often quoting diehard anti-tobacco harm reduction activists about the alleged risk to young people), this has no doubt fuelled interest in these devices by the same cohort. 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
A GLOBAL RESOURCE FOR VAPE STORE LOCATIONS AND TRAVEL INFORMATION
37,191 vape stores in 106 countries
Tuesday, August 14, 2018
JUUL is the vape giant that went from zero to $16 billion in three years. Truth Initiative is the largest anti-smoking organization in the United States. Both the company and the non-profit claim to have the same goal: helping smokers quit tobacco cigarettes. But Robin Koval, CEO and president of Truth Initiative, hasn't been shy about slamming JUUL.
Tuesday, August 14, 2018
E-cigarette vapour boosts the production of inflammatory chemicals and disables key protective cells in the lung that keep the air spaces clear of potentially harmful particles, reveals a small experimental study, published online in the journal Thorax . The vapour impairs the activity of alveolar macrophages, which engulf and remove dust particles, bacteria, and allergens that have evaded the other mechanical defences of the respiratory tract.
Tuesday, August 14, 2018
[...] Marketing aside, the lawsuits raise the question: how bad is nicotine, really? Law professor Kathleen Hoke, who specializes in public health law at the University of Maryland, says that in adults, nicotine’s health consequences “don’t kill you, don’t make you have an oxygen tank, don’t cause cancer.” Hoke adds that staking the lawsuits on nicotine’s health impacts — like in a traditional cigarette suit — may be a long shot.
Tuesday, August 14, 2018
According to a European study published on Friday, air pollution is so high in major European cities that spending a long weekend there could have the same health impacts as smoking between one and four cigarettes. The European Association of Transport and Environment compared the fine particle contamination of Europe’s 10 most visited cities this summer by converting it to the number of cigarettes smoked.
Friday, August 10, 2018
More than 42,100 South African are killed by tobacco-related diseases each year, equivalent to about 10.1% of the nation’s deaths, according to The Tobacco Atlas. It found more than 55,000 children between the ages of 10 and 14 years of age smoke, and that 6.3-million people aged 15 and older smoked on a daily basis. The agriculture industry association AgriSA, the Food and Allied Workers Union (Fawu) and the South African Spaza and Tuckshop Association (Sasta) said on Tuesday that the bill would "devastate SA’s agriculture and township businesses".
Friday, August 10, 2018
Use of e-cigarettes and other electronic nicotine delivery systems, or ENDS, is increasing dramatically, especially among the young. Even with the Smoke-Free Air Act updated in 2013 to ban the use of ENDS in all places where conventional smoking was prohibited, usage continues to rise. Their use by youth in New York state nearly doubled between 2014-2016, with 43.8% of high school students having tried them.
Friday, August 10, 2018
Revenue from Malawi's major export crop tobacco has risen 35 percent compared to last year and could exceed $300 million by the end of the season later this month, industry data showed on Friday. The industry regulator Tobacco Control Commission (TCC) said the increase stemmed in part from an influx of leaf imports from neighbouring Zambia and Mozambique, which Malawi sold on. The TCC forecast production at 147 million kilograms against market demand of 170 million kilograms.
Tuesday, 14 August
JUUL e-cigarettes have taken the American e-cigarette market by storm, capturing over 70% of the US market in extremely short time. Because of the huge publicity generated and much media hand-wringing in editorials, features and op-eds (often quoting diehard anti-tobacco harm reduction activists about the alleged risk to young people), this has no doubt fuelled interest in these devices by the same cohort. Much the same happened in the UK regarding LSD in the 1960s and glue sniffing in the USA during the 1970s; moral panic followed by accelerated interest. In the litigious-hungry environment of the USA, there have been legal threats made to JUUL, and they seem to have responded by claiming that they have a way of restricting access by young people through using a Bluetooth-enabled age-verification system. This might sound like a ‘good thing’, but is it?
Thursday, 02 August
I wonder if there is now a new ‘moral panic’ about fake news. UK MP’s among others seem to think that fake news is undermining democracy. I’m not sure I’dgo that far (yet). I get most of my news...
Monday, 23 July
Over the years, the major companies have faced endless law suits on the basis that they both lied about the dangers of their products while also withholding information they knew would prove the...
Tuesday, 10 July
As the first global state of tobacco harm reduction report is now in the tender care of the copy editors, time to cast an eye once again on the wacky world of THR.
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...
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.

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Monday, 12 March

In the Orwell classic Animal Farm there was a binary notion that the animals lived by

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Monday, 02 October

Significant progress has been made in reducing smoking prevalence

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Friday, 29 September

We already know the benefits to a smoker when they leave smoking

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Tuesday, 29 August

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

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