Harry Shapiro

Harry's Blog #102: How to Make a Public Health Disaster Worse: a 5-Point Guide

July 24, 2020

Moreover, a BMJ article suggested that the 2005 Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) has done little to accelerate declines in smoking in those countries which had been seeing declines w...

Harry's Blog #101: The New Colonials

June 3, 2020

These agencies are sweeping broader public health issues overboard in pursuit of a rabid obsession with Big Tobacco interference in the domestic tobacco policies of mainly lower-and-middle income ...

Harry's Blog #100: The virus of propaganda

May 19, 2020

Professor Alex Stevens from Kent University has written an article on the proposition that it is naïve to imagine the scientific and medical advice, given to politicians about COVID-19, is simply ...

Harry's Blog #99: Fear, loathing and COVID-19

April 6, 2020

 Already in recent years much damage has been done by doctors, public health officials and the lapdogs slavering after Bloomberg cash in order to increase uncertainty and confusion among smokers a...

Harry's blog 98: Science and Sense beat Smears and Propaganda 5-0 (after lots of extra time)

March 5, 2020

In his book Velvet Glove, Iron Fist: A History of Anti-smoking (referring back to the time when life was so much easier for anti-tobacco activists – Goodies vs Baddies), Chris Snowdon quoted arch ...

Harry’s Blog 97: What if the angels are wrong?

Jan. 30, 2020

  Roberto was making the point that in many western countries, people tend to believe messages from public health because since the late 19th century, public health has delivered in terms of impro...

Harry’s Blog 96: The WHO reneges on universal health rights for all

Jan. 21, 2020

  “The enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health is one of the fundamental rights of every human being without distinction of race, religion, political belief, economic or social con...

Harry’s blog 95: Flavour bans are fruitless

Nov. 13, 2019

On 11th September that bastion of common sense – the Trump administration - announced a projected ban on all e-liquid flavours except tobacco (and possibly mint, menthol and wombat). Worth noting ...

Harry’s blog 94: Extinguish Rebellion

Oct. 14, 2019

They campaign, make representations to politicians, run websites, social media, exchange and provide information and are support networks for people wanting to make the switch away from smoking. A...

Harry’s blog 93: The acid rain of vaping lies

Sept. 23, 2019

Like the planet, the war against nicotine is hotting up; predictably, the outbreak of vaping related deaths presented a golden opportunity for some reefer-madness type publicity from allegedly rep...