Harry's Blog #97
What if the angels are wrong?

I am indebted to my good friend Roberto Sussman for the title of this blog. Roberto lives in Mexico and is an unlikely combination of astrophysicist and ardent, eloquent tobacco harm reduction activist. Read More

Resource highlights
Global State of Tobacco Harm Reduction 2018
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
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Monday, February 17, 2020
This is the latest study from a Keck School of Medicine of USC research team to show e-cigarette users develop cancer-related molecular changes similar to smokers. Biologically important changes in DNA seen in smokers are also being found in people who vape, according to a new study published in the journal Epigenetics. A team of scientists at the Keck School of Medicine of USC have found people who vape (...)
Monday, February 17, 2020
Local vaping groups criticized the World Health Organization for publishing “an atrociously erroneous” question and answer page on electronic cigarettes. “The Q&A has nine questions and every answer the WHO provides is filled with false, misleading or simplistic information,” said Peter Paul Dator, president of The Vapers Philippines. “Stubbornly clinging to their myopic belief that the only way to reduce smoking is for smokers to ‘quit or die,’ the WHO conveniently ignores the science supporting e-cigarettes as a less harmful alternative to conventional cigarettes and shamelessly stoops to the level of falsity, propaganda, and fear mongering,” Dator said.
Monday, February 17, 2020
China United States
Vapers in the USA – and potentially around the world – are facing the threat of shortages as the coronavirus epidemic continues to paralyse swathes of the Chinese economy. Meanwhile a new study of US sales data shows that high taxes on vapour products are pushing ex-smokers back to harmful tobacco – just as harm reduction advocates have warned for years. This doesn’t seem to matter to lawmakers, though, as they continue to push for taxes and bans using ever more dishonest methods.
Monday, February 17, 2020
As Australians have weaned themselves off tobacco, one part of the country has become more addicted to cigarettes and smoking. The federal budget. So addicted is the budget to the revenues gleaned from smokers that if this year the government delivers a surplus, it will be solely due to the nation's smokers. Two specific measures, announced in the 2016-17 and 2018-19 budgets, are pivotal to the government's surplus pledge. And both measures depend on smokers and their habits. In the 2016-17 budget, handed down by then treasurer Scott Morrison, the government unveiled its plan to sharply lift the excise on tobacco. Every September for the next four years (...)
Monday, February 17, 2020
The primary public health policy goal should be the reduction of disease: trying to stop people dying in agony of cancer, collapsing with heart attacks and living in misery with COPD. In practice, this means concentrating on the goal of smoking cessation, especially among middle-aged adults – the population most at risk. Article (..) consists of about 60 questions and builds on a brief Q&A that I submitted to a consultation, a critique of an absurd anti-vaping Q&A by the WHO and my critique of numerous false and misleading claims made by Professor Stanton Glantz. It mostly focusses on nicotine vaping as an alternative to smoking, but most of the argument also applies to heated tobacco products, modern smokeless tobacco and new oral nicotine products.
Monday, February 17, 2020
Vapers, vape shop owners, and harm reduction advocates in British Columbia attended two rallies on Saturday—one in Victoria and the other in Vancouver—to call on the B.C. provincial government to protect the rights of vapers and adult smokers to choose a less harmful alternative to smoking. RegWatch caught the Vancouver rally and grabbed great interviews with Dr. Mark Tyndall, Saadiq Daya, and more. Here’s our report hot off the presses.
Friday, February 14, 2020
United Kingdom
The cost of smoking in the UK has risen since the advent of 'plain packs' for cigarettes in 2017, countering claims made by the tobacco industry at the time that the public health measure would lead to discount pricing. Authors of the new study from the University of Bath's Tobacco Control Research Group (TCRG), argue their findings provide important evidence to policymakers in the UK and around the world of the effectiveness of standardised packaging. The new paper, published in the journal PLOS One (...) highlights the impact of standardised packaging, comparing prices (...)
Friday, February 14, 2020
United States
A federal judge has decided for the FDA and against several small vape businesses in three consolidated lawsuits challening the agency’s Deeming Rule. The actions were filed in 2018 with legal help and funding from the Pacific Legal Foundation. The cases were originally filed in U.S. District Courts in Minnesota, Texas, and Washington D.C., but were eventually consolidated to the D.C. district. Judge Christopher Cooper handed down his ruling Tuesday in three separate but identical memorandum opinions. The vaping industry plaintiffs had challenged the Deeming Rule on two separate grounds. First, they claimed that regulations (...)
Thursday, 30 January

I am indebted to my good friend Roberto Sussman for the title of this blog. Roberto lives in Mexico and is an unlikely combination of astrophysicist and ardent, eloquent tobacco harm reduction activist. He gave a speech in London on 23rd January 2020 at the launch of the Tobacco Harm Reduction – the Right to Health briefing published by Knowledge•Action•Change and available here: https://gsthr.org/report/2020-briefing-paper

Tuesday, 21 January

On 10th  December 2017, the Director General of the WHO Tedros Ghebreyesus released this statement on Human Rights Day. It was headed “Health is a fundamental human right”. He

Wednesday, 13 November

Anti-tobacco harm reduction campaigners backed by US Federal and state authorities, supportive media and large wodges of Bloomberg cash are about to deliver the worst possible news for millions

Monday, 14 October

There is a new tobacco harm reduction (THR) activist group that has started up called ETHRA – European Tobacco Harm Reduction Advocates, currently with fifteen partners - ...

Monday, 23 September

Not sure if this riff goes anywhere, but with the Amazon on fire, huge storms battering the Caribbean, a memorial service in Switzerland for melting glaciers, animal species lost forever as

Friday, 20 September

Over half a billion smokers live in Asia, and Asian countries have some of the highest per capita smoking rates – and some of the highest numbers of smoking-related deaths – in the world.

Given the staggering damage to its citizens’ health that smoking is responsible for you’d think that regional governments would be eagerly embracing any less harmful alternatives such as vapes and heat-not-burn (HNB) devices to encourage people to wean themselves off conventional tobacco

Monday, 02 September

Last week was hot in Seoul. Not just with the outdoor temperatures exceeding 30oC,

Saturday, 30 March

Debunking common myths and misconceptions about teens and vaping - separating the facts from

Monday, 05 November

As I see it, currently the Tobacco Harm Reduction (THR) and e-cigarette policy scene continues

Wednesday, 14 March

Keeping up to date with the proceedings of the World Conference on Tobacco or Health, in Cape