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Rendez-vous with Paddy Costall

My name is Paddy Costall and I am one of three Directors of Knowledge Action Change. Along with my colleagues Gerry Stimson and Grzegorz Krol, we organise the Global Forum on Nicotine  and also manage the Nicotine Science and Policy website and daily alerts service.  All our activities are aimed at raising awareness of tobacco harm reduction and the science that supports it. My own background includes working for 40 years in the fields of drugs, alcohol and criminal justice, [...]

Experts: Nicotine Should be Used to Help Smokers Quit

“Nicotine is not the problem. It is a very big part of the solution,” said Andy Morrison, a former smoker and trustee for the New Nicotine Alliance (NNA), a non-profit organization which is at the forefront of the fight for the use of safer alternatives in order to combat smoking. Nicotine is a natural plant alkaloid, with a lot of interesting and useful properties. Some studies have indicated that Nicotine can prevent brain shrinkage, and also (..)

Another successful GFN and ACS makes some movement, but bad news in Asia

The fifth Global Forum on Nicotine took place in Warsaw this weekend, attracting an array of consumer advocates, harm reduction experts and public health activists from around the world. The American Cancer Society picked last week to make some small moves towards accepting tobacco harm reduction, but failed to put forward any actual policies to remedy the damage caused by its previous stance. Meanwhile Asian vapers face a double whammy, as Hong Kong looks at tough new restrictions on e-cig sales [...]