Harry's Blog #69
No Fire, No Smoke: the Global State of Tobacco Harm Reduction 2018 (GSTHR)

Yes, it’s nearly here folks, now safely in the hands of the printer is the very first global report covering all aspects of tobacco harm reduction. GSTHR will be launched in Geneva on 2nd October to coincide with the start of the Conference of the Parties to the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). It will be downloadable from a new website where you will also find executive summaries in several languages. The website is being engineered to be interactive and regularly updated with information about legislation, what’s happening with tobacco harm reduction in every country, and much more. 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
Friday, September 21, 2018
Vapes and e-cigarettes may be a solid way for smokers to kick their habit, but many Canadians are worried that their prevalence could also be putting more people onto nicotine. A study from the Angus Reid Institute found that, of the 1,500 Canadians they surveyed online between August 15 to 20, respondents saw vaping as doing more harm than good. The study also found that people were more likely to be in on the side of vapes and e-cigarettes if they were smokers themselves.
Friday, September 21, 2018
In Kiev presented the new alternative means of delivery of nicotine, designed to reduce the harm done to smokers ‘ bodies – a device glo from British American Tobacco. Earlier, in 2016, the first alternative to combustible cigarettes was introduced to the Ukrainian market the company Phillip Morris International. Device called IQOS and it managed to gain popularity among heavy smokers who are not ready to refuse from the consumption of the nicotine, but wanting to reduce the harm caused by traditional Smoking.
Friday, September 21, 2018
In July 2018, New Jersey approved a measure imposing a tax on “liquid nicotine at a rate of $0.10 per fluid milliliter.” The measure included a one-time floor tax on current inventory of liquid nicotine that is due by October 1, 2018. In September, Assemblyman John Burzichelli (D-Gloucester) introduced legislation that would replace the e-liquid tax with a “3.5 percent tax on the sale of all products containing nicotine” and repeal the floor tax. If enacted, Burzichelli’s proposal would promote public health [...]
Friday, September 21, 2018
Teen use of e-cigarettes has soared this year, according to new research conducted in 2018 that suggest fast-changing youth habits will pose a challenge for public-health officials, schools and parents. The number of high-school students who used e-cigarettes in the past 30 days has risen roughly 75% since last year, according to a person who has seen new preliminary federal data.
Friday, September 21, 2018
Smokers looking to quit as part of the annual Stoptober campaign are being warned not to go "cold turkey". Government health officials have said smokers stand a much greater chance of succeeding giving up by using official NHS support or turning to e-cigarettes. Research has shown only 4% of those who go "cold turkey" remain smoke-free after a year.
Thursday, September 20, 2018
Unlike other countries, Hong Kong is still indecisive about its approach to alternative tobacco products such as e-cigarettes and heat-not-burn-products. The government is still mulling over either a comprehensive ban or specific regulations on these products. Hong Kong-based consumer advocate factasia.org is urging the government to regulate and allow the sale of alternative tobacco products, claiming consumers have the right to choose what they buy and use.
Thursday, September 20, 2018
Chicago will be on the leading edge of efforts to reduce e-cigarette usage if a mayoral proposal to toughen the city’s laws passes. A City Council committee will consider a proposal Thursday that would roughly double the tax on e-cigarettes and require the devices and related products be sold from behind store counters . The policy, introduced by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, is designed to reduce the use of e-cigarettes among young people.
Tuesday, 11 September
Yes, it’s nearly here folks, now safely in the hands of the printer is the very first global report covering all aspects of tobacco harm reduction. GSTHR will be launched in Geneva on 2nd October to coincide with the start of the Conference of the Parties to the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). It will be downloadable from a new website where you will also find executive summaries in several languages. The website is being engineered to be interactive and regularly updated with information about legislation, what’s happening with tobacco harm reduction in every country, and much more. The ambition is for the report to be updated every two years, while we are looking to build the website into the global go-to resource for current, evidence-based and non-judgemental information about tobacco harm reduction.
Friday, 24 August
Between 2001 and 2003, US lawyer Greg Jacob was a member of the US delegation charged with negotiating the terms of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). I know I do have readers...
Thursday, 23 August
What? Patience dear reader and bear with me. This week the MPs on the House of Commons Select Committee on Science and Technology released their favourable report on e-cigarettes. UK Channel 4 News...
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...
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...
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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