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The KAC Global Tobacco Harm Reduction Scholarship Programme 2019

 Knowledge•Action•Change has launched their 2nd Global Scholarship programme on Tobacco Harm Reduction. It is aimed at enhancing research and communication capacity in the field and will prioritiseapplications from Low and Middle Income countries.Details and an online application process can be found at

Breaking the smoking-drinking connection

Re-post from the nicotine science and policy    Researchers have found that nicotine in cigarettes cancels out the sleepiness caused by alcohol, basically allowing people to keep drinking … and smoking. The two vices feed off of each other. It takes time for your brain to stop associating the two activities. So when you decide to quit smoking, it will help to take a break from drinking, too, at least during the first few weeks. If not, your brain will send out a signal prompting you to reach for a cigarette every time you have a drink. Try chewing gum or having a sugar-free candy instead.

14 November, 2018

Have You Built a Quit Plan?

One of the keys to a successful quit is preparation. A great way to prepare to quit smoking is to create a quit plan. Quit plans:

  • Combine quit smoking strategies to keep you focused, confident, and motivated to quit
  • Help you identify challenges you will face as you quit and ways to overcome them
  • Can improve your chances of quitting smoking for good

The following steps will help you to create your own customized quit plan. As you move through the steps, keep a record of your plan and have it readily available during your quit. Read more…

11 November, 2018

Forms of tobacco that give you cancer

Re-post from the nicotine science and policy

Most research points to cigarette smoke, not nicotine, as being the primary contributor to cancer among smokers. However, although most experts agree that nicotine does not directly cause cancer, some research suggests that nicotine may lead to a type of DNA damage that increases the risk of cancer. Research from 2015 reported in the Indian Journal of Medical and Paediatric Oncology suggests that nicotine may increase the risk of cancer because it might damage DNA, initiate cancer and cause it to progress faster, and interact with cancer-causing chemicals.

2 November, 2018

E-cigarette policy should consider environmental effects, expert says

Re-post from the nicotine science and policy                 Health policy debates around electronic cigarettes should consider the health of the environment, too, according to an editorial in the American Journal of Public Health. Each stage of the e-cigarette product lifecycle, including mining, manufacturing, using and disposing, could pose a potential environmental harm, wrote Yogi Hale Hendlin […] “E-waste is a huge problem globally. Anytime we make something that is disposable, we’re essentially stealing from the future,” said Hendlin.

30 October, 2018

Unleashing Students to Change the World

There are historically two fundamental ways to think: inside the box and outside of the box. At the Conrad Challenge we don’t believe in this philosophy, we encourage students to enjoy the freedom of thinking like there is no box. Because when it comes to innovation, who needs a box?

The Conrad Challenge is an annual, multi-phase innovation and entrepreneurial competition that encourages young adults to leave their mark on the world. Each year, teams of 2-5 students, ages 13-18, from around the globe create products and/or services that address some of the most pressing global challenges. Students take direct control of their learning – it extends well beyond the bounds of the school day and becomes an all-encompassing, passionate mission. They leave the title of ‘student’ and become entrepreneurial problem-solvers, addressing challenging social, scientific and societal issues through creativity and critical-thinking.  Read more here…

18 October, 2018