The KAC Global Tobacco Harm Reduction Scholarship Programme 2019

Recent years have seen advances in the scientific understanding of products used for tobacco harm reduction, including laboratory-based and clinical studies of their effects and safety, behavioral studies of how and why they are used in different populations and contexts, epidemiological studies into patterns of use, and the relationship between the use of these products and changes in tobacco smoking. Continue reading The KAC Global Tobacco Harm Reduction Scholarship Programme 2019

Tobacco Free Kids

More than 5,000 children within the age range of 10 to 15 smoke tobacco in Malawi- Tobacco Atlas. Continue reading Tobacco Free Kids

Protecting non-smokers from secondhand smoke

Although some research studies have established a strong relationship between smoking and alcohol consumption, it is also important to pin point that not all alcohol consumers are smokers. It is interesting to learn that some liquor outlets in Malawi, like the one in the image above, which is located at Bwandilo in Lilongwe, recognize the harmful effects of smoking and have declared their alcohol drinking spaces as smoke free zones. Other liquor outlet owners should emulate from this thoughtful and good practice.

Sweet deadly sensation

By Sahani Lungu (Tobacco Harm Reduction Advocate) 

There is compounding scientific evidence that smokers enjoy their habit because it stimulates the flow of feel good chemicals in the brain. This feel good factor becomes a blissful substitute for stress and anxiety. Smoking in a way provides smokers a sweet escape from everyday rational and emotional quagmire. This is because the chemicals in the cigarettes target the brain’s natural system of chemicals called endogenous opioid, which is responsible for relieving painful sensations and heightening positive emotions. Continue reading Sweet deadly sensation

Cigarette butts; a threat to the health of under-five children.

By Vita Mithi (THR_Malawi Volunteer Ambassador)

Imagine this; you are a tobacco farmer or you are a manager at one of cigarette manufacturing companies in one of the poorest countries, each year, profits from tobacco made cigarette keep increasing because increasing populations of adolescents are initiated into smoking.  You take a walk in a semi-urban setting you find that your child has a fresh cigarette butt in his or her hand which has been littered by a smoker.

Later on the child falls sick and is diagnosed with multi drug resistant tuberculosis and lung cancer. Click Cigarette butt; a threat to the health of under-five children to learn more….