Scott Balin

Is it time for the WHO to Upgrade and Redefine its MPOWER Program?

Oct. 27, 2015

Earlier this year, the World Health Organization (WHO) issued a new paper on the use of taxation as part of its MPOWER global strategies for reducing disease and death caused by the use of tobacco...

Reliving History: How the Tobacco Wars Became the Vapor Wars

June 2, 2015

The 'tobacco wars' go back to the 1970's and early 80’s. The tobacco industry, dominated by cigarette manufacturers was a powerful lobby and we in the public health community were n...

Multi-stakeholder meetings to develop more rational and workable approaches to regulating tobacco, nicotine, and harm reduction products – the Morven dialogues

Dec. 28, 2013

This relatively new approach has as its primary goal the promotion of public health and would regulate products based on their risks, relative risks and intended uses – on a continuum of risk from...