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

The primary concern of tobacco control should be to tackle the extent of the current adult smoking epidemic. This means tackling the projected toll from death and disease which will worsen as populations grow in those lower and middle income countries (LMIC) which already have the highest numbers of smokers. [Read More]

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    Friday, 24 July

    1. Keep faith in a strategy that is failing millions

    The primary concern of tobacco control should be to tackle the extent of the current adult smoking epidemic. This means tackling the projected toll from death and disease which will worsen as populations grow in those lower and middle income countries (LMIC) which already have the highest numbers of smokers.

    But by the WHO’s own admission, overall, the impact of its MPOWER tobacco control strategy in actually getting smoking under control has been limited. Simply having laws in place is not enough.

    Wednesday, 03 June

    There exists a bunch of pirates, ostensibly independent NGOs and medical and public health organisations who, flying under a flag of convenience called ‘tobacco control’ are sinking the evidence

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    Tuesday, 19 May

    I had in mind to do a reflective piece when I reached blog 100, not imagining that by the time I arrived here, millions of people across the world would have more time for reflection than they

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    Monday, 06 April

    Just when you thought that the ‘public health’ authorities could not sink any lower in their attempt to undermine tobacco harm reduction, they take advantage of one virus to spread a contagion of

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    Thursday, 05 March

    At the start of the year, the storm clouds of anti-tobacco harm reduction (THR) were darkening, threatening as ever the lives of smokers looking to switch or stop. But in the bleak mid-winter,

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    Tuesday, 26 May

    Covid-19 has surely been challenging for all, and though we have now hopefully crossed the peak, we will be seeing its implications for many months or even years to come. We are already seeing the negative impact of the lockdown and economic uncertainty on society’s mental health. Stress and boredom are known triggers for increased smoking and this is likely to predispose people to more addictive behaviours such as smoking and drinking alcohol. In these unprecedented times, we need to

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    Friday, 20 September

    Over half a billion smokers live in Asia, and Asian countries have some of the highest per

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    Monday, 02 September

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

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    Saturday, 30 March

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

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    Monday, 05 November

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

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