Harry's Blog #91
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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.
2018-01-19 , vapetrotter.com
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Friday, August 16, 2019
A panel appointed by the federal Department of Health and Human Services says that its proposed guidelines are meant to combat high rates of substance abuse in the country, in light of the country’s opioid epidemic. It cites a 2017 federal survey which found that 1 in 10 Americans over the age of 18 said they were using illicit drugs [...] “Many Americans experience problems related to illicit drug use, defined in this recommendation statement as the use of illegal drugs and the non-medical use of prescription psychoactive medications [...] ” the draft statement states.
Friday, August 16, 2019
Modulation of neuroreceptors can stop the growth of lung carcinoma (cancer) cells, according to a recent study conducted by a group of researchers from the Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry of the Russian Academy of Sciences (IBCh RAS) and the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT) Treatment with a water-soluble variant of Lynx1, a protein involved in the regulation of nicotinic acetylcholine receptors, stops the division of lung cancer cells in vitro and induces their death. [...]
Friday, August 16, 2019
On the Mayo Clinic Radio podcast, Dr. Jon Ebbert, associate director of the Mayo Clinic Nicotine Dependence Center, talks about smoking cessation, nicotine addiction and electronic cigarettes.
Friday, August 16, 2019
As called for in the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, Governments must comprehensively enforce bans on tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship (Article 13) at international expos and conferences, in order to ensure their events and programmes are tobacco free and that their activities and participants are not sponsored by tobacco companies. The world must unite to halt the tobacco industry’s aggressive marketing of its products, that cause addiction, suffering and millions of deaths each year.
Friday, August 16, 2019
Warning labels on cigarette packages could soon be more graphic, warning that "Smoking reduces blood flow to the limbs, which can require amputation," and "Smoking causes bladder cancer, which can lead to bloody urine." The US Food and Drug Administration on Thursday issued a proposed rule that requires tobacco companies to place new graphic health warnings on cigarette packages and in advertisements. The proposed warnings feature color images and describe the health risks of smoking.
Friday, August 16, 2019
The global cigarette market was valued at $888 billion in 2018 with an estimated 28.7% of adults surveyed in Europe claiming to smoke and 21% in the United States. In Europe, the adolescent population has continued to smoke at alarming rates despite clear evidence in the dangers of smoking. In fact, the problem is so alarming that the World Health Assembly approved nine voluntary global targets to help decrease tobacco prevalence by 30% among people older than 15 by 2025. [...]
Thursday, August 15, 2019
MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Finance (DOF) will make a last-minute appeal to the House of Representatives to approve the proposed increase in excise taxes of alcopops and electronic cigarette products in the plenary level, according to a top official. Last Monday, the House ways and means committee approved and endorsed to the plenary the House Bill 1026, which seeks to raise excise taxes on alcohol products.
Thursday, August 15, 2019
Claire Alcindor’s fourth pregnancy last year was the hardest. The only way she could keep food down was by smoking marijuana, which also helped with her depression. [...] As more communities legalize or decriminalize marijuana use across the country, federal regulators and many doctors, however, say pot is not a risk worth taking while pregnant. "I would say we are really rolling the dice with our kids if we expose them to it." said Dr. Neeraj Gandotra, chief medical officer [...] "We have a preponderance of evidence marijuana does affect brain development."
Monday, 29 July

If you want a clear and sensible exposition on the critical issues surrounding the vaping/smoking controversy, stop everything and spend a quarter of an hour watching this

Tuesday, 16 July

The first statement of the Hippocratic Oath to which all doctors are supposed to adhere to is ‘do no harm’. But to the best of my knowledge, no such undertaking is required of scientists whose

Monday, 24 June

I am just winding down from the whirlwind of activity that is the Global Forum on Nicotine (GFN) conference held in Warsaw earlier this month. It is a gathering of people from all occupations and

Tuesday, 04 June

 Author, journalist and outspoken socialist Upton Sinclair, noted for his exposure of corruption in government and business, wrote that "It is difficult to get a man to understand something

Monday, 20 May

Last week, I was invited to speak at an informal seminar in Portugal under the banner ‘Portugal without smoke’ with a seminar title: Tobacco control and risk reduction: what are the

Saturday, 30 March

Debunking common myths and misconceptions about teens and vaping - separating the facts from the scare stories

Put yourselves in the shoes of a parent (if you're not already one). You read in the papers about a teenage vaping epidemic. There's a good chance you're one of the many people in the UK who think vaping is just as bad as smoking, and you've already been told that electronic cigarettes are a gateway to smoking cigarettes.

The natural reaction is panic, and for

Monday, 05 November

As I see it, currently the Tobacco Harm Reduction (THR) and e-cigarette policy scene continues

Wednesday, 14 March

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

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