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  • Harry’s blog 40: Recovering from the addiction disease model

    The wires this week were not so much humming as soaring in full operatic splendour over the vexed subject of whether addiction is a brain disease (hereafter BDMA or Brain Disease Model of Addiction).  It was sparked by a very interesting development in the addictions field, akin to the split among academics, clinicians and public health officials over safer nicotine products.

    A fissure has opened between those who subscribe to the BDMA and those who believe that the phenomenon of addiction is far more complex than such a reductionist conclusion allows.  While the American psychologist Stanton Peele has been challenging the BDMA for years, he has often been a lone figure in an addictions landscape where the BDMA has become the orthodoxy, promoted vigorously by the multi-million-dollar US addictions industry and by such august bodies as the US National Institute on Drug Abuse, a federal agency which funds more addiction research than any other institution on the planet.

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Blog Highlights

  • Remembering the Oft Forgotten

    Significant progress has been made in reducing smoking prevalence within the United Kingdom but the benefits have not fallen fairly across all groups. Smoking rates amongst those with personal incomes under £10,000 per annum is more than double of those with incomes over £40,000. However, there are other groups with rates higher still, for example people experiencing mental ill health have a smoking prevalence rate double the population average. Amongst those who are homeless or rough sleeping we see even higher rates, in many instances services report that all their clients smoke.

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  • In fields across Switzerland the harvest time for cannabis is coming to an end, and workers are distributing the crop to shops in France and Switzerland. Soon, the plants could be available across much of Europe. The man behind the operation is 31-year-old Jonas Duclos, a former banker, and what he is doing is legal. [...]
    2017-11-24 | theguardian.com

    • Cannabis
  • The biggest tobacco companies in the United States will start running prime-time television commercials and full-page ads in national newspapers on Sunday — but the campaign is unlikely to spur enthusiasm for their products. “More people,” one ad says, “die every year from smoking than murder, AIDS, [...] Another reads: “Cigarette companies intentionally designed cigarettes with enough nicotine to create and sustain addiction.”
    2017-11-24 | nytimes.com

    • Advertising
    • Tobacco
  • NSW Labor has introduced legislation into State Parliament to ban the use of e-cigarettes in public smoking-free areas - removing a loophole. [...] NSW Shadow Health Minister Walt Secord introduced the Smoke-free Environment Amendment (E-cigarettes) Bill 2017 [...] The move followed calls by almost 25 professional bodies and health organisations, [...] to ban the use of e-cigarettes in smoke-free areas.
    2017-11-24 | northernstar.com.au

    • Ban
    • E Cigarettes
  • As he prepares to take the reins as CEO of Japan Tobacco Inc., Masamichi Terabatake said this week that the world’s fourth-largest tobacco seller had become too inward-looking and pledged to take more risks. That’s a good call. But it’s hard to believe the kind of reckoning this century-old giant needs will spring from the 51-year-old, who has worked at Japan Tobacco for 28 years and still smokes a pack a day [...]
    2017-11-24 | washingtonpost.com

    • Industry
    • Tobacco
  • A British government agency has accused a trio of top Australian public health advocates, including prominent anti-smoking campaigner Simon Chapman, of putting a “series of factual errors” to a parliamentary inquiry into vaping and the use of e-cigarettes, which are effectively illegal in Australia. Public Health England, an arm of the British Health Department, has written to a Senate inquiry into electronic cigarettes [...]
    2017-11-24 | theaustralian.com.au

    • E Cigarettes
    • Smoking
  • A professor of public health has claimed that smoking rates would be dramatically reduced if misinformation wasn't being spread about e-cigarettes. Massey University associate professor of public health Marewa Glover says that smokeless products like vapes are the key to reducing smoking rates, following a mere 0.6 per cent decrease in smokers over the past year.
    2017-11-24 | nzherald.co.nz

    • E Cigarettes
    • Smoking
  • Vaping in the workplace and many other indoor places is now banned. The state Health Department announced Wednesday that a law signed by Gov. Cuomo in October placing new restrictions on the indoor use of e-cigarettes is now in effect. "Although e-cigarette use is promoted as a healthier alternative to tobacco use by the vaping industry, research has shown that they may carry long-term health risks for users [...]
    2017-11-23 | nydailynews.com

    • Ban
    • E Cigarettes
  • [...] Jeff Sessions plans to enforce federal laws against marijuana, former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales says it is a #Waste Of Time. Gonzales stated that the limited powers of the Justice Department should be put to better uses. But as the Trump administration seeks out ways to roll back any progress made in the Obama era, Sessions seems prepared to go to war with states that think they are above federal law.
    2017-11-23 | us.blastingnews.com

    • Marijuana
  • he French Socialist senator Nadine Grelet-Certenais has fired up a heated debate in France over the depiction of smoking in the movies. She wants it stubbed out, for good, on the basis that Gallic heroes puffing away on the silver screen makes the filthy habit seem cool and provides the evil tobacco industry with free advertising. Ban it, and everything will be made miraculously better – c’est simple. [...]
    2017-11-23 | theguardian.com

    • Smoking
    • Tobacco
  • Increasing the cost of tobacco or setting a minimum price could be used as part of a campaign to drive down the number of smokers in Scotland. Public health experts also say reducing the availability of tobacco and incentivising retailers not to sell it may help tackle health inequalities. The proposals come after the Scottish government announced it will introduce minimum alcohol pricing next May.
    2017-11-23 | bbc.com

    • Smoking
    • Tobacco
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