Harry's Blog 112
Tobacco control and the wrath of God

In a previous blog, I described a particularly absurd situation regarding tobacco control paranoia about the industry. An anti-smoking NGO operating in Southeast Asia announced an anti-smoking poster competition for young people. Buried in the terms and conditions of entry was the stipulation that entrants could not have any connection with the industry to the ‘fourth level of consanguinity’. In other words, teenagers were barred if their great-great grandfathers had any industry connections. [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.
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Monday, January 24, 2022
MANILA — Doctors from various fields on Monday urged President Rodrigo Duterte to veto a controversial bill that they claim would ultimately "deregulate" the sale and consumption of vaporized nicotine and non-nicotine products or vapes. In a press conference organized by the Philippine College of Physicians (PCP), at least 5 doctors representing their medical societies voiced their opposition to the proposed Vaporized Nicotine and Non-Nicotine Regulation Act, recently approved by the bicameral conference committee.
Monday, January 24, 2022
Thailand
Asa Salikupt, from the End Cigarette Smoke Thailand (ECST) network, said the network supports DES Minister Chaiwut Thanakamanusorn’s plan to legalise e-cigarettes and hopes the working group will be transparent, listen to public opinions and allow e-cigarette users to provide information. "We believe the legalisation of e-cigarettes will help Thailand achieve the goal of reducing cigarette smokers and protecting non-smokers from the danger of second-hand smoke,” he said. He also pointed out that the Excise Department can introduce an e-cigarette tax once it’s legalised.
Monday, January 24, 2022
Canada
It’s National Non-Smoking Week in Canada, which falls on the third week of January and is dedicated to raising awareness of the dangers of smoking cigarettes. January 2022 is also the month that Health Canada had hoped it would be able to implement a ban on flavoured vaping products — a proposal that will discourage smokers from switching to less-harmful products. But perhaps that’s exactly the point. Nobody should be surprised that money and taxes has played a huge role in shaping the public health crusade to end smoking in Canada. [...]
Monday, January 24, 2022
United States
The US Food and Drug Administration recently announced its intention to pursue a federal ban on menthol cigarettes. This qualitative study assessed reactions to a potential menthol cigarette ban among people who smoke menthol cigarettes. Many participants thought menthol cigarettes carried more health risks than non-menthol cigarettes. Some participants said regulators wanted to ban menthol cigarettes because they appeal to youth. Others thought a ban would be good for public health because fewer people, particularly youth, would smoke. Several voiced skepticism about banning only menthol cigarettes rather than all cigarettes. [...]
Monday, January 24, 2022
United States
Amid a months-long wait for clarity on the future of vaping in the United States, people on all sides of the tobacco harm reduction debate are growing anxious. On January 14, a collection of public health nonprofits and tobacco control groups [...] sent a letter to Mitch Zeller, the director of the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Tobacco Products (CTP). The groups—many of which are funded by billionaire Michael Bloomberg and all of which want to clamp down on vaping—urged the agency to “expedite” its decisions on products that remain on the market without authorization.
Wednesday, 17 November

In a previous blog, I described a particularly absurd situation regarding tobacco control paranoia about the industry. An anti-smoking NGO operating in Southeast Asia announced an anti-smoking poster competition for young people. Buried in the terms and conditions of entry was the stipulation that entrants could not have any connection with the industry to the ‘fourth level of consanguinity’. In other words, teenagers were barred if their great-great grandfathers had any industry connections.

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Monday, 18 January

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Tuesday, 15 December

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Thursday, 25 November

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Wednesday, 25 August

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