Harry's Blog #81
Supping with the Devil

The celebrity chef and healthy food activist Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall interviewed a director who was making a TV campaign to encourage kids to eat more vegetables. The director said that when he told people he was doing this their first response was ‘OK. What’s the twist? 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
37,191 vape stores in 106 countries

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Wednesday, February 20, 2019
By now, we are all aware that the use of flavored e-cigarettes and vaping products is running rampant in this country. A recent survey of one particular age group of electronic cigarette users (vapers) revealed that 85 percent prefer flavored e-cigarettes, including 74 percent who use fruit flavors and 66 percent who use dessert or pastry flavors. Nearly half (49 percent) of these vapers regularly used candy, chocolate or other sweet-flavored e-liquids. If you think we’re talking about teenagers, think again. [...]
Wednesday, February 20, 2019
Health experts and anti-smoking groups are hoping the federal government to do more to keep young people from taking up a dangerous habit. Teen vaping is on the rise in Canada, and Quebec is no exception. “The product is attractive. It's very easy to use. You've got a very high dose of nicotine. And they taste good. This is the cocktail you need to make the product attractive and popular among youth,” said Flory Doucas of the Quebec Coalition for Tobacco Control.
Wednesday, February 20, 2019
For the first time ever, when the Territory Parliament regroups this week it is expected to discuss how it will regulate the sale and use of e-cigarettes. Despite the fact that Australia has some of the toughest vaping laws across the globe, many locals have turned to the devices in order to quit smoking. In Australia the devices are legal, but the use of nicotine-containing refills is not. [...]
Wednesday, February 20, 2019
Recently in this column (Chronicle, February 6 ), I called for greater responsibility of both government and individual citizens for getting the facts on important potential dangers in order to avert paralysing fear and thus, make reason based action possible. While the greater focus was global warming, I used as example the rather casual way that so-called vaping has been normalised in New Zealand with minimal to no regulation.
Wednesday, February 20, 2019
Lawmakers in Utah have introduced legislation that would apply an 86.5 percent tax on e-cigarettes and vaping products. The legislation’s author intends to put “the price point up” to make it difficult for youth to purchase e-cigarettes. While addressing youth e-cigarette use is commendable, the draconian tax that would be placed on tobacco harm reduction (THR) products would threaten the public health gains e-cigarettes provide and hurt small businesses.
Wednesday, February 20, 2019
Over 3 billion cigarettes were sold in Luxembourg in 2018, a 5.86% increase from the year prior. [...] According to the figures provided in Gramegna’s reply, the price for a packet of 20 smokes is €4.20 and did not change from 2017 to 2018, although it has increased from €3.20 in 2010. Nevertheless, there is a steep price differential between Luxembourg and its neighbouring countries, specifically France.
Tuesday, February 19, 2019
I am writing in response to Alice Wu’s commentary on the government’s recent e-cigarette ban, “E-cigarette ban is clueless, elitist government at its worst (February 17)”. [...] Ms Wu’s interpretation of the research paper she cites is misguided. The observed effect of e-cigarettes on smoking cessation is due to regulation of the amount of use and close monitoring of the subjects by clinical professionals. [...]
Tuesday, February 19, 2019
Doctors are calling for a crackdown on vaping devices as the number of kids and teens using the products skyrockets. More kids than ever before are using these electronic cigarettes which can contain nicotine or marijuana and the I-Team found parents and schools are having a hard time keeping up. Parents were surprised when they saw the seemingly every day-looking items are actually electronic cigarettes, some hold up to 50 doses or more of nicotine.
Friday, 01 February

The celebrity chef and healthy food activist Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall interviewed a director who was making a TV campaign to encourage kids to eat more vegetables. The director said that when he told people he was doing this their first response was ‘OK. What’s the twist? What evil company is behind this?’. And that is a perfectly understandable response when major food and drinks companies promote breakfast cereals, fizzy drinks and snacks loaded with sugar directly to children, and every type of store from supermarkets to garden centres have sweets and chocolates deliberately sited near the check-out to put pressure on parents.

Monday, 07 January

Happy New Year to you all as Britain prepares to go one better than the US by building a wall round the country and shutting it down all at the same time.

The blog title is a quote from

Thursday, 20 December

This will be my last blog of 2018. In 2019, I enter year 40 of working in the drugs field, currently as Director of DrugWise, an online drug information service, and as a member of the UK

Thursday, 06 December

Been dazed and confused for so long it's not true
Wanted a Marlboro, never bargained for you
Lots of people talking and few of them know
Soul of an e-cig was created

Tuesday, 27 November

So here is how you con smokers, the public, the media and the politicians into believing that safer nicotine products are no safer than cigarettes. The basic framework is pulled from the

Monday, 05 November

As I see it, currently the Tobacco Harm Reduction (THR) and e-cigarette policy scene continues to evolve in a direction that will result in substantially more tobacco-related addiction, illness and death, than what would likely occur with the skilled addition of a THR component to tobacco control programming. A THR component could highlight e-cigarettes and related vapor devices as harm reduction modalities, recognizing the evidence to date as to their efficacy for smoking cessation and for

Wednesday, 14 March

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

Monday, 12 March

In the Orwell classic Animal Farm there was a binary notion that the animals lived by

Monday, 02 October

Significant progress has been made in reducing smoking prevalence

Friday, 29 September

We already know the benefits to a smoker when they leave smoking