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The Human(ity) Factor

As part of my preparation work for the next Global State of Tobacco Harm Reduction report, which is due out in November, I was reading Professor Virginia Berridge’s book Demons: Our Changing Attitudes to Alcohol, Tobacco and Drugs, published in 2013. I was surprised to read that back in the 1970s, the anti-smoking warriors objected to medical help for people who wanted to stop smoking [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.
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Friday, May 27, 2022
The legal smoking age in England could reportedly be raised from 18 to 21 after a “radical” review into plans to make the country smoke-free by 2030. An independent review commissioned by the health secretary, Sajid Javid, and led by Javed Khan, the former chief executive of the children’s charity Barnardo’s, is also expected to support new taxes on tobacco company profits, according to the Telegraph. The review is also expected to recommend the NHS increase efforts to encourage smokers, particularly among pregnant women, to switch to vaping and e-cigarettes.
Friday, May 27, 2022
The relative risks and benefits of e-cigarettes for public health are a subject of ongoing controversy. Some highlight their potential dangers, such as rapid uptake by adolescents , many of whom are nicotine naïve when they start. Others argue that they are a healthier alternative to cigarette smoking and promote quitting, the benefits outweighing the risks. Recent research in Addiction published on May 11, 2022, found that e-cigarette use may have adverse effects on several mental health measures, supporting arguments against them. So, in the end, what should we think about them, and are they good or bad? And what should we tell our patients and clients?
Friday, May 27, 2022
Nicotine is a highly addictive substance that is found in all tobacco products. People who use tobacco products are at high risk for developing nicotine dependence (formerly known as nicotine addiction), which is a lack of control over the need for nicotine. According to the 2020 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, over 23 million people aged 12 and over reported dependence on nicotine. Tobacco products contain thousands of harmful chemicals that can affect every organ in the body and lead to serious illness and death.
Friday, May 27, 2022
United States
I smoked for 41 years and then finally quit smoking with vaping more than eight ago. I’ve owned and operated a vape shop for nearly seven years, helping more than 2,000 people in my small community to quit smoking with the help of flavored vapor products. And I have a message for the Food and Drug Administration and its “Tobacco Control” allies: Your treatment of vaping is killing people. And you need to stop Tobacco Control, by which I mean the legislatures, regulatory bodies, policymakers, academia and research, the public “health” lobby groups and, of course, a complicit media. [...]
Friday, May 27, 2022
Kenya
Proposed new taxes on e-cigarettes and other alternative nicotine products have attracted significant attention since their announcement in the national Budget speech. Treasury Cabinet Secretary Ukur Yatani’s commitment to protect the health of citizens is to be commended. But there is concern among many in the public health community that his proposals to make tobacco harm reduction products less affordable will negatively affect efforts to cut Kenya’s stubbornly high smoking rates. Harm reduction is a concept that is widely accepted in the treatment of drug addiction, yet seems to receive less support in our country when applied to the treatment of smokers.
Tuesday, 29 March

As part of my preparation work for the next Global State of Tobacco Harm Reduction report, which is due out in November, I was reading Professor Virginia Berridge’s book Demons: Our Changing Attitudes to Alcohol, Tobacco and Drugs,published in 2013. I was surprised to read that back in the 1970s, the anti-smoking warriors objected to medical help for people who wanted to stop smoking.

Wednesday, 17 November

In a previous blog, I described a particularly absurd situation regarding tobacco control paranoia about the industry. An anti-smoking NGO operating in Southeast Asia announced an anti-smoking

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Friday, 28 May

Globally most smokers know or at least have a strong inkling their habit is bad idea. They may have lost family and friends to cancer or some form of lung disease. They themselves may now be

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Monday, 12 April

Traditionally, tobacco regulation has majored on controlling access to cigarettes through taxation, advertising bans and packet warnings, bans on public smoking and youth access and all the

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Monday, 18 January

We are now used to hearing experts of all disciplines, from virologists to behavioural psychologists, interviewed in the media about COVID-19. There is general agreement on personal safety

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Thursday, 25 November

E-cigarette product regulation requires accurate analyses of emissions. User behavior, including device power setting selection, should be mimicked closely when generating e-cigarette emissions in a laboratory. Excessively high power settings result in an adverse burnt off-taste, called "dry puff flavor". This should be avoided because it results in an overestimation of toxicant levels (especially certain carbonyls). This study presents a human volunteer-validated approach to detect

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Thursday, 16 September

Previous to the COVID pandemic, CAPHRA had been making plans to rent a room at a nearby hotel

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Wednesday, 25 August

Within the U.S. public health community, the American Journal of Public Health (AJPH),

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Monday, 12 April

Def. Sea change or sea-change is an English idiomatic expression which denotes a

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Wednesday, 07 October

I confess to having always enjoyed party conference season. This is an annual ritual where the

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