Prohibitionists at work: how the WHO damages public health through hostility to tobacco harm reduction
This post examines how WHO and related institutions aggressively promote the prohibition of much safer alternatives to cigarettes, such as vaping and heated tobacco products. The effect, if not the intent, is to protect the cigarette trade from competition, to promote black markets, to stimulate harmful workarounds, to nurture criminal networks, to harm young people, and to prolong the epidemic of avoidable smoking-related disease. Read more…
Electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, hit the United States market in 2007. Since then, millions of people have taken up the tobacco alternative. But there has been little time to research the long-term health effects of the devices, and their widespread use among teens has been called an epidemic that threatens to hook a new generation on nicotine. To read more, click here.
Lots of people are greeting the new year with plans to quit smoking. The good news is, there is more evidence than ever on the best ways to boost your chances of success. Below we cover the different methods that science suggests are worth a shot.
6 January, 2021
A leading public health expert and anti-smoking advocate calls the San Francisco vote to ban smoking and vaping in residential apartments “the opposite of what we should be doing” to improve health outcomes. The San Francisco board of supervisors voted 10-to-1 to prohibit smoking of traditional cigarettes as well as vaping, but they exempted cannabis which, Dr. Michael Seigel says, undermines the stated goals of risk reduction. “If the principle here is that nobody in an apartment should be exposed to harmful combusted products from an adjacent apartment, then there’s no justification for saying, ‘we’re banning tobacco, but not cannabis.’”
The figures sound impressive: Globally, 98 million people have switched to safer nicotine products (SNP), according to the report Burning Issues: The Global State of Tobacco Harm Reduction (GSTHR) 2020 […] “The two years since the last edition of this report have been a very difficult time for tobacco harm reduction [THR],” said lead author Harry Shapiro. “The estimated 1.1 billion smokers around the world deserve a better deal and better options. We need to hasten the demise of combustibles and encourage the use of safer noncombustible ways of using nicotine. […]
02 December, 2020
Smoking is a bad habit, and quitting this habit is next to impossible. Many people want to stop the smoking habit but fail to do so. With the help of an e-cigarette, a person can skip smoking tobacco cigarettes. Whenever a person wants to do smoking at that time, they should either drink vape juice or e-cigarette. Some people think that quitting smoking is not easy, but let me tell you, vaping will help you to get out of this bad habit. It is one of the hardest addictions to leave, but everything is possible with the help of substitutes. […]
15 September, 2020
A new report from the Royal Society for Public Health has found one myth about the dangers of smoking has endured for decades.
The research suggests nine out of 10 people falsely believe nicotine is very harmful to their heath, when in fact it is no more dangerous than the caffeine in a cup of coffee.
27 August, 2020.
San Francisco cares about your health – so much so that they outright banned the sale of e-cigarettes in 2020. As usual for SF, the ultra-progressive city sought to be a leader in the fight against electronic cigarettes, issuing one of the most stringent measures taken in the U.S. However, a recent study shows that the measure was probably a costly mistake. After all, the very bans enforced by the city may well have ended up doing more harm than good.
20 August, 2020.
Contrary to what happens in the U.S., Britain encourages smokers to switch to vaping.the mortally misbegotten campaign against electronic cigarettes. The attacks are factually false. Contrary to the antivaping narrative, e-cigarettes are the best, least harmful way for smokers to give up tobacco. By discouraging smokers from switching to e-cigarettes, antivapers are consigning hundreds of thousands—if not millions—of people to painful, premature death. While a growing number of teenagers vape, they are not moving on to cigarettes. In fact, cigarette smoking among teens has plummeted.
20 August, 2020.
Millions of e-cigarette users, or vapers, across the globe are celebrating World Vape Day on May 30, 2020, a day before World No Tobacco Day. World Vape Day aims to raise awareness on e-cigarettes or vapes and encourage smokers who are unable to quit on their own or with currently available smoking cessation tools to switch to safer nicotine products. “Safer nicotine products, such as e-cigarettes and heated tobacco products, are the most disruptive influence on smoking in decades.These are the innovations that have the potential to save millions of lives [..]
25 May, 2020.
We all know that smoking brings with it some huge health risks. Regardless, whether you’re a social smoker or a regular smoker, kicking the habit can be tougher than most of us would like to admit. Smoking especially, isn’t just a physical addiction, it can also be a habitual addiction too. The nicotine within the cigarettes themselves is highly addictive thanks to the temporary high it gives your body. By attempting to eliminate this ‘fix’, you can begin to experience withdrawal symptoms and cravings which can often become the stumbling block for most. […]
21 March, 2020
The WHO has been overtly against vaping products. Infact last September, two leaked papers from the WHO’s Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office (EMRO), had suggested that the organization was striving to have vaping products regulated in the same way their combustible counterparts. Meanwhile, WHO representative Dr. Ranti Fayokun, a scientist in the National Capacity-Tobacco Control Prevention of Noncommunicable Diseases, has acknowledged the relative safety of the products, during a hearing on vaping regulation conducted by the House of Representatives in the Philippines.
11 March, 2020.
American Heart Association Journal Finally Retracts Study Implying That E-Cigarettes Cause Heart Attacks Before People Use Them
Eight months after the Journal of the American Heart Association published a study implying that e-cigarettes magically cause heart attacks before people even try them, it has retracted the article. (…) Notwithstanding the evidence that vaping is much less hazardous than smoking, Glantz and Bhatta, an epidemiologist at the center, concluded that “e‐cigarettes should not be promoted or prescribed as a less risky alternative to combustible cigarettes and should not be recommended for smoking cessation among people with or at risk of myocardial infarction.” But as University of Louisville tobacco researcher Brad Rodu pointed out last July, the analysis that Bhatta and Glantz ran included former smokers who had heart attacks before they started vaping. Once those subjects were excluded, Rodu and University of Louisville economist Nantaporn Plurphanswat found, the association described by (…)
19 February, 2020
The theme for the 7th Global Forum on Nicotine, which will take place in Warsaw on 11-13 June this year, is ‘Nicotine: science, ethics and human rights’, reflecting advances in the science of nicotine, alongside the need to address the often complex ethical and moral arguments that are expounded, as well as considering the human rights issues that are a significant concern for consumers and those who advocate for rights to health. #GFN20 invites abstract submissions from any relevant field […] Closing date for abstracts for oral presentations is Sunday 9th February 2020.
27 January, 2020.
This paper turned up in my weekly search of PubMed. Invalidity of an Oft-Cited Estimate of the Relative Harms of Electronic Cigarettes. Eissenberg T, Bhatnagar A, Chapman S, Jordt SE, Shihadeh A, Soule EK. Am J Public Health. 2020 Feb;110(2):161-162. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2019.305424. The commentary claims to show the “invalidity” of the statements made by Public […] Read more of this post
17 January, 2020.
Worldwide, the number of men using traditional tobacco products has finally started to decline, health officials said recently. Four out of five tobacco users globally are men, so declines among males “mark a turning point in the fight against tobacco,” Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, head of the World Health Organization, said in a statement. The agency’s new report covers an array of tobacco use, including cigarettes, cigars and chewing tobacco. But the WHO did not count electronic cigarettes as tobacco products, […]
7 January, 2020.
Most Canadians don’t smoke. Yet Canada has chosen to implement a nationwide smoking-cessation strategy to make nicotine vaping devices as accessible as possible. It was an unusual public health decision for regulators to deliberately craft a law to encourage the sale of an addictive product. The federal government’s goal was “to strike a balance between protecting youth from inducement to nicotine and tobacco use, while allowing adult smokers to legally access vaping products,” Health Minister Jane Philpott told a Senate committee on April 12, 2017, […]
2 December, 2019
Over the summer, US media reported that two National Health Service hospitals in England were allowing Ecigwizard, a vape retailer, to open stores inside their facilities. What some critics quoted in these reports missed was that these stores were established in order to encourage patients who struggle to quit smoking to switch to vaping. The stores had a secondary purpose of enabling hospital employees to benefit from store associates’ vaping knowledge.
28 September, 2019
In a major blow to the vaping industry, the American Medical Association has called for a ban on e-cigarettes and vaping products that the FDA doesn’t deem tobacco cessation devices. As a tobacco researcher and former smoker, I don’t care much about the health of the vaping and e-cigarette industry. But I do care about the health of smokers, and I wonder whether policy makers may now be reacting too strongly to e-cigarettes. Although e-cigarettes in the U.S. are not regulated or approved by the FDA as smoking cessation devices, they may have helped thousands quit cigarettes.
26 September, 2019