Category: Harm reduction

Grants-offer spurned

Grants-offer spurned

| January 26, 2018

It was always going to be the case that some researchers would refuse to apply for grants from the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World, however well-intentioned its aims.

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Nicotine forum on film

Nicotine forum on film

| January 25, 2018

In an adventurous move, the organizers of an annual nicotine forum are including in their 2018 event a festival of films aimed at helping to reverse ‘propaganda and fear tactics’.

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Vaper group formed in Italy

Vaper group formed in Italy

| January 25, 2018

Vapers living in the generally-hostile vaping environment that is Italy now have their own association to promote their particular interests.

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New approach suggested

New approach suggested

| January 23, 2018

Canada’s National Non-Smoking Week has provided Imperial Tobacco with an opportunity again to urge the government to embrace the principles of harm reduction.

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E-cig message a struggle

E-cig message a struggle

| January 23, 2018

Even in a country where the authorities generally embrace harm reduction, it can be difficult to convince much of the population about the benefits of switching from smoking to vaping.

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E-cig, HNB excise opposed

E-cig, HNB excise opposed

| January 22, 2018

The EU Commission has done the right thing in opposing for now the imposition of excise tax on electronic cigarettes and HNB devices, both of which seem to offer health benefits.

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Snus challenge imminent

Snus challenge imminent

| January 18, 2018

EU policy allows the sale of cigarettes in member states but bans – except in Sweden – the sale of a less-risky, alternative product, snus. Next week that ban is due to be challenged in court.

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Russians hit by health bug

Russians hit by health bug

| January 17, 2018

During the past five years, Russians have reduced significantly their drinking and tobacco smoking, and they have increased their interest in sports.

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HNB products less risky

HNB products less risky

| January 17, 2018

It is difficult not to agree with Action on Smoking and Health that the relative risks of traditional cigarettes, heat-not-burn products and electronic cigarettes should be investigated.

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Qatar has high smoking rate

Qatar has high smoking rate

| January 16, 2018

About 37 percent of Qatar’s population above the age of 15 is said to smoke tobacco; so the inauguration of a new tobacco-control center marks a significant development.

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Stier joins consumer body

Stier joins consumer body

| January 9, 2018

Tobacco harm reduction and consumer-product regulation are two of the issues that Jeff Stier will cover in his new role with the US’ Consumer Choice Center.

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PM’s New Year resolution

PM’s New Year resolution

| January 3, 2018

Philip Morris’ New Year resolutions on quitting smoking comprise a much-needed and practical attempt to stimulate debate and offer helpful guidance.

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Singapore out on a limb

Singapore out on a limb

| January 2, 2018

Singapore considers e-cigarettes to comprise a gateway product to smoking, but in banning them it seems to be providing a gateway back into smoking for some people.

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Thailand faces vapor issues

Thailand faces vapor issues

| December 27, 2017

If the makers of heat-not-burn devices want to promote their products while distinguishing them from combustible and electronic cigarettes, they need to come up with a better category name.

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Regulatory board closing

Regulatory board closing

| December 27, 2017

Turkey, which in recent years has turned against tobacco, is closing the board responsible for tobacco regulation and is handing these duties to ministries.

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Quit aids failing smokers

Quit aids failing smokers

| December 27, 2017

Pharmaceutical interventions are not the quit-smoking panacea they are sometimes made out to be. Little wonder if the people administering them are telling smokers quitting is really hard.

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Medicinal cigarettes

Medicinal cigarettes

| December 22, 2017

Cigarettes containing traditional Chinese medicine have long been the butt of jokes, but could they, while damaging health overall, relieve the systems of certain minor ailments?

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Science exposed

Science exposed

| December 21, 2017

Given the huge opposition that has been mounted against electronic cigarettes, which contain no tobacco, heat-not burn devices seem to have been given a smooth ride. Until now perhaps.

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Voting with their butts

Voting with their butts

| December 20, 2017

‘Ballot bins’ are being trialed in a borough in Northern Ireland in another attempt to mitigate the ‘scourge of cigarette butts littering pavements’.

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Japan’s vaping dilemma

Japan’s vaping dilemma

| December 19, 2017

To say that something should be subjected to restrictions unless it can be proved to be ‘harmless’ surely means that everything must be subjected to restrictions.

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