Harry's Blog #74
A charter for tobacco harm reduction?

No, I’m not proposing one, but referring to the outcome of the recent WHO Global Conference on Primary Health Care in Astana, Kazakhstan which produced the Astana Declaration. Of itself it isn’t a charter for tobacco harm reduction (THR), but if the WHO is seriously committed to delivering on its vision and not just cherry-picking the areas of health care that suit the organisation and its funders, then it is certainly a template for THR. 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.
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Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Researchers have found that nicotine in cigarettes cancels out the sleepiness caused by alcohol, basically allowing people to keep drinking … and smoking . The two vices feed off of each other. It takes time for your brain to stop associating the two activities. So when you decide to quit smoking, it will help to take a break from drinking , too, at least during the first few weeks. If not, your brain will send out a signal prompting you to reach for a cigarette every time you have a drink. Try chewing gum or having a sugar-free candy instead.
Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Pregnant women are more likely to smoke if they live in areas with lots of shops selling cigarettes, a study has suggested. Edinburgh University researchers looked at maternity records in tandem with information on all Scottish tobacco outlets. They said their study is the first to reveal the links between tobacco availability and smoking in pregnancy. Previous research suggested tobacco was more available in deprived areas. The research team said "restricting the supply of tobacco could help tackle health inequalities".
Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Uttarakhand high court (HC) on Monday directed the central government to “consider within a period of six months whether a part of Section 7 of The Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products [...] should be brought into force or not.” Section 7 (5) of the Act stipulates that “no person shall directly or indirectly, produce, supply or distribute cigarettes or any other tobacco products unless every package of cigarettes produced, supplied or distributed by him indicates on its label, [...]
Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Vaping, i.e smoking nicotine-infused e-cigarettes that come in a variety of flavours, has exploded in popularity in America in recent years, most noticeably among millennials. This is partly due to the fact that, despite it still being highly addictive, scientists agree vaping is technically better for you than smoking regular cigarettes. My recently converted friends explain it’s also fun being able to choose your own vape adventure – mango, strawberry, mint, peanut butter, crème brule, cucumber, you name it!
Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Smoking could be banned in town and city centres if Mark Drakeford succeeds in becoming the next first minister. The Welsh Labour leadership candidate has included the plan in his manifesto for the contest. Mr Drakeford also wants to ban smoking in outdoor areas of cafes and restaurants. Currently smoking is banned in indoor public places. It is also banned in cars where children are present. The ban is set to be extended to the grounds of schools and hospitals next summer.
Tuesday, November 13, 2018
British American Tobacco and Imperial Brands have had £8.6bn wiped off their stock market value as US regulators prepare to crack down on the sale of flavoured e-cigarettes and menthol cigarettes. Shares in BAT, the sixth-biggest company in the FTSE 100 and maker of brands including Lucky Strike, Dunhill, Rothmans and Benson & Hedges, fell by 10.6%, sending its market value plummeting from £76bn at close on Friday to £68bn at the end of trading on Monday.
Monday, November 12, 2018
Maneesh Kasera was a smoker for 28 years. Two years ago, he made the first attempt to quit smoking. He tried nicotine gums — a kind of chewing gum that delivers nicotine to the body — for a day or two but nothing could wean him away from cigarettes. Finally, he tried e-cigarettes. [...] Like Kasera, many Indians are vaping — the term for using e-cigarettes. But the recent advisory from the Indian government to ban e-cigarettes has thrown vapers or e-cigarette smokers into a tizzy.
Sunday, 11 November
No, I’m not proposing one, but referring to the outcome of the recent WHO Global Conference on Primary Health Care in Astana, Kazakhstan which produced the Astana Declaration. Of itself it isn’t a charter for tobacco harm reduction (THR), but if the WHO is seriously committed to delivering on its vision and not just cherry-picking the areas of health care that suit the organisation and its funders, then it is certainly a template for THR.
Sunday, 28 October
A Freedom of Information request was sent recently to the UK Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) asking for data on reports of adverse effects of nicotine. The MHRA has an...
Thursday, 18 October
OK I am not surprised that the report I wrote with a team of honest and dedicated people gets summarily dismissed by the Bloomberg shills at the FCTC and all their cronies as simply a product of...
Monday, 08 October
Tuesday 2 nd October saw the launch of the inaugural edition of No Fire, No Smoke: the Global State of Tobacco Harm Reduction report. The launch took place in Geneva close to the Conference of the...
Tuesday, 25 September
It is a central tenet of those opposed to tobacco harm reduction as it applies to safer nicotine products that the whole thing is a massive con trick by Big Tobacco to both entice kids to move onto...
Monday, 05 November

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

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Wednesday, 14 March

Keeping up to date with the proceedings of the World Conference on Tobacco or Health, in Cape

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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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