Harry's Blog #104
Baptists and Bootleggers

The term was coined by an economist to explain why those with seemingly opposing interests can sometimes find themselves in accord with one another. His example was how those campaigning for Prohibition found unwitting common cause with bootleggers whose fortunes were made with the passing of the Volstead Act. Regarding the battle over vaping, it’s more to do with the Baptists aiding the bootleggers to preserve their existing mega bucks. [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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Wednesday, September 30, 2020
The Maharashtra government has banned the sale of loose cigarettes and beedis, in a bid to reduce the consumption of tobacco and to comply with the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act (COTPA) 2003. Before this, Chhattisgarh had banned the sale of loose cigarettes earlier this year, while Karnataka banned the sale of loose cigarettes, beedis and chewing tobacco in 2017. As per the Tobacco Free Union, over 1 million people die from tobacco-related diseases in India every year.
Wednesday, September 30, 2020
GLOBAL
In a webinar co-hosted by the Campaign for Safer Alternatives (CASA) and the Africa Tobacco Harm Reduction Forum (ATHRF), tobacco harm reduction experts urged Uganda to endorse the use of oral nicotine products in the fight against smoking. During a webinar shown on August 4th, economists and leading international Tobacco Harm Reduction experts, referred to the success achieved by Sweden by endorsing the use of snus for smoking cessation. The Scandinavian country is boasting some of the lowest lung cancer rates in Europe, and a smoke-free status since 2017.
Wednesday, September 30, 2020
United States
The Pittsburgh Public Schools will join dozens of school districts across the country in filing a federal lawsuit against the manufacturer and marketers of Juul vaping products. The school board gave approval last week for the district to enter into a contract with the Frantz Law Group of San Diego, which is filing the lawsuits in U.S. District Court in the Northern District of California, where Juul Inc. is located. “It’s very similar in concept to the tobacco litigation of some 20 years ago except this is not a class action,” district solicitor Ira Weiss said during a school board meeting Wednesday.
Wednesday, September 30, 2020
Australia
E-cigarettes have been touted as a safer alternative to regular cigarettes... But research out today suggests rather than being a deterrent, they actually triple the chance of a non-smoker taking up conventional cigarettes. The study, a partnership between the Australian National University and the University of Melbourne also found there is "insufficient" evidence that they can help existing smokers quit. The findings follow a recommendation this week by the Therapeutic Goods Administration to reclassify nicotine as a prescription-only drug.
Wednesday, September 30, 2020
United States
Researchers from the University of California, Irvine, have warned that e-cigarettes with heating elements can cause ‘significant’ damage to the lungs. [...] While conducting experiments, the researchers found that people who used e-cigarettes with nickel-chromium alloy heating elements experienced lung injury. Dr Robert Kloner, senior author of the study, said: “The results were so impactful, we felt it imperative to release the initial findings early so that electronic cigarette users could be cautioned sooner, especially considering E-cigarette users are at increased risk of COVID-19.”
Monday, 07 September

The term was coined by an economist to explain why those with seemingly opposing interests can sometimes find themselves in accord with one another. His example was how those campaigning for Prohibition found unwitting common cause with bootleggers whose fortunes were made with the passing of the Volstead Act. Regarding the battle over vaping, it’s more to do with the Baptists aiding the bootleggers to preserve their existing mega bucks.

The narrative constructed by those who oppose tobacco harm reduction (THR) through the use of safer nicotine products (SNP) is that the whole business is a Big Tobacco ploy to hook kids on nicotine through the promotion of cool products in order to compensate for falling cigarette sales. Campaigners, the medical establishment and politicians have convinced themselves that prohibition of SNP will be a notable victory against Big Tobacco machinations.

Wednesday, 19 August

Imagine the shock waves reverberating around the world if the WHO announced that every man, woman and child in Brazil, Bangladesh, Nigeria, the

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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

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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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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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