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As we have seen with the Trump playbook, seeding the media with conspiracy theories is the last gasp of the desperate and deluded. This is a favoured tactic of all anti-tobacco harm reduction organisations: anybody supporting THR must, by definition, be in the pocket of Big Tobacco and/or be a part of a ‘front organisation’. [Read More]

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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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Friday, December 04, 2020
American teens' use of tobacco cigarettes and smokeless tobacco has dropped to record lows, even as their use of electronic cigarettes increased, new research shows. For the study, researchers analyzed nationwide data on tobacco product use among 8th-, 10th- and 12th-graders from 1991 to 2019. "This is an astoundingly low rate, and our goal from a public health perspective should be to keep smoking at this rate or lower," said study co-author David Levy, a professor of oncology at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.
Friday, December 04, 2020
United States
The Anchorage Assembly recently voted to classify e-cigarettes as tobacco products leading to a new 55% tax on all vapes sold in the city. The Assembly voted overwhelmingly in favor of the classification, which already exists for traditional tobacco products like cigarettes and pipe tobacco. The motion to classify e-cigarettes as tobacco products were made by two members of the Assembly, Assemblywoman Suzanne LaFrance, and Assemblyman Christopher Constant.
Friday, December 04, 2020
United States
A new law in San Francisco will ban people smoking tobacco inside apartments, but will allow residents to smoke weed. Anyone who has a neighbour who smokes the green stuff will know it’s extremely potent, probably much more so than tobacco, so it’s likely some people won’t be overly pleased with the new ruling. Despite this, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted 10 to 1 on Tuesday, December 1, to bring in the new legislation, making it the largest city to ban smoking tobacco in apartment buildings. The new ruling also bans the smoking of e-cigarettes.
Friday, December 04, 2020
Australia Malaysia
Malaysia can learn from Australia’s mistake in tackling the tobacco black market by imposing higher excise duty on tobacco products, said an international non-governmental organisation (NGO) based in Australia. Retail and Trade Brands Advocacy (RTBA) was commenting on a report by the Australian Parliamentary Joint Committee on Law Enforcement on the illicit tobacco market which said the price-based approach led to a growing number of people turning to cheaper alternatives to legal cigarettes instead.
Friday, December 04, 2020
Results from a national, cross-sectional survey showed a decrease in e-cigarette use among teens and young adults during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a study [...] Bonnie Halpern-Felsher, PhD, professor of pediatrics at Stanford University, and colleagues surveyed 4,351 participants aged 13 to 24 years from May 6 to 14 this year, including 2,167 participants who had ever used e-cigarettes. [...] “Users least likely to quit or cut back e-cigarette use were those showing higher levels of nicotine dependence and those who had used e-cigarettes a large number of times,” Halpern-Felsher told Healio.
Monday, 16 November

As we have seen with the Trump playbook, seeding the media with conspiracy theories is the last gasp of the desperate and deluded. This is a favoured tactic of all anti-tobacco harm reduction organisations: anybody supporting THR must, by definition, be in the pocket of Big Tobacco and/or be a part of a ‘front organisation’.

A front organisation is a body set up by and controlled by another organisation. Front organisations can act for the parent group without the actions being attributed to the parent group, thereby allowing them to hide from public view. The intelligence services and groups like Scientology have a long track record of setting up front organisations – these organisations appear to be independent and make no mention of the parent body, yet they are entirely controlled by the parent, often with members or former members of the funding/parent body on the board. By implication, front organisations are dark and sinister bodies, whose activities can sometimes sail close to the borders of legality.

Friday, 02 October

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Monday, 07 September

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Wednesday, 19 August

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Friday, 24 July

1. Keep faith in a strategy that is failing millions

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Wednesday, 07 October

I confess to having always enjoyed party conference season. This is an annual ritual where the main UK political parties gather at a major city with the aim being to enthuse their membership and map out a vision attractive to the voting public.  When I was a Civil Servant, they often provided a useful insight into the direction of future policy.  Away from the main platform you could, on occasion, discover events where politicians would stray from their doctrinaire trenches and engage in

Tuesday, 26 May

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Friday, 20 September

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Monday, 02 September

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Saturday, 30 March

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