Harry's Blog 63
Time to deliver on tobacco harm reduction

As the first global state of tobacco harm reduction report is now in the tender care of the copy editors, time to cast an eye once again on the wacky world of THR.... read more...

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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
Tuesday, July 17, 2018
A new study has again illustrated the dangers of using e-cigarettes. The study was published in the European Respiratory Journal, and found that e-cigarette vapor may increase the risk of pneumonia infections. This is in addition to the other dangers found in previous studies, including risks associated with the other chemicals in vaping solutions. Studies have already shown that smoking regular tobacco cigarettes increases the risk for pneumonia and for lung infections. [...]
Tuesday, July 17, 2018
E-cigarettes have quickly become one of the most popular forms of recreational vaping in our society and they aren’t showing and signs of slowing down. However, e-cigs are nothing without the wide variety of flavourful e-liquids that people choose to experiment with. If you’re looking to buy e-liquid in Australia then you would naturally want to find a flavour that suits your preferences and you won’t get sick of easily. [...]
Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Scott Gotlieb, a medical doctor and cancer survivor, has had a long-term interest in tackling tobacco-related diseases. But unfortunately he’s on a path that will, perversely, be a disaster for the very people he wants to help. Specifically, he has his agency considering a proposal to ban all flavored tobacco, including flavors for less harmful e-cigarette devices [...]
Tuesday, July 17, 2018
The World Trade Organization’s (WTO) recent ruling in favor of Australia’s plain cigarette packaging law has brought to the global spotlight Indonesia’s notorious policy that puts citizens’ health after business gains. Indonesia, along with three other main tobacco producers, the Dominican Republic, Honduras and Cuba, argued that Australia’s rule was a barrier to free trade, an infringement of trademarks and a violation of intellectual property rights. [...]
Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Silicon Valley e-cigarette start-up Juul Labs is bringing its small flash drive-sized vaping device to the United Kingdom this week, aiming to reproduce its break-neck U.S. growth overseas. Since launching in 2015 Juul has transformed the market in the United States, where it now accounts for nearly 70 percent of tracked e-cigarette sales. Juul says it targets adult smokers, but it has faced scrutiny over the popularity of its products with teenagers. [...]
Monday, July 16, 2018
Joe Lo, 37, has been using an electronic cigarette alternative known as IQOS instead of traditional cigarettes for a year. It heats tobacco and gives off vapor, but only a little smoke. The insurance salesman in Hong Kong, who smoked for 14 years, no longer worries about his four-year-old son [...] But there is one problem: He depends on a friend who travels frequently on business to Japan to get tobacco sticks for his IQOS, because they are not available in Hong Kong.
Monday, July 16, 2018
Thousands of smokers are being left without the support they need to quit after prescriptions of products to help them stop plummeted by 75% over the last decade, according to a report. GPs are the most common first port of call for smokers who want to beat their addiction in England – 38% of smokers choose this route. However, primary care prescriptions of nicotine replacement patches and gum and the smoking-cessation drugs bupropion and varenicline fell by three-quarters in England [...]
Tuesday, 10 July
As the first global state of tobacco harm reduction report is now in the tender care of the copy editors, time to cast an eye once again on the wacky world of THR.
Friday, 22 June
As Tina Turner said, “Simply the best” – an excellent conference that keeps on delivering. And my big take home message from the whole event was “Run Your Own Race”. This was the concluding slide of...
Monday, 04 June
Harry’s blog 61: The shiny blue moon of Kentucky Because of the dominance of the tobacco economy in the state, Kentucky has not exactly covered itself in glory regarding tobacco control. You can...
Monday, 21 May
Galileo said, “By denying scientific principles, one may maintain any paradox”. That certainly seems to pertain to official responses to harm reduction. And there are a few paradoxes to highlight...
Friday, 04 May
From reading the esteemed work of Professors Wayne Hall and Lynn Kozlowski, I have been led into the world of moral psychology as it applies to harm reduction and the attempt to explain the root of...
Wednesday, 14 March

Keeping up to date with the proceedings of the World Conference on Tobacco or Health, in Cape Town recently, I was reminded of the wonderful film, directed by Richard Attenborough - ‘Oh what a Lovely War!’ - which summarises and comments on the events of the First World War using popular songs of the time, many of which were parodies of older popular songs, and using allegorical settings such as Brighton's West Pier to criticise the manner in which the eventual victory was won.

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

Tuesday, 29 August

Scientists appeal for conducting India centric research before deciding on any hasty