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Tobacco Harm Reduction: Evidence Update

“Concerns that aim to protect non-users are often more influential in driving policy changes than evidence that points to a benefit for smokers. And, this will only result in policies that aim to restrict the availability of e-cigarettes, even as it places many current smokers at the considerable risk of continued smoking. It is therefore of the utmost importance that the most recent and robust research and evidence is considered when proposing actions that may have potential to act as a harm reduction tool for both current and future smokers.”

08 August, 2019

FilterAfrican Experts Explain Their Challenges in Reducing Tobacco Harms

“Going into it, you should be aware beforehand that risk-reduced nicotine products such as e-cigs or heat-not-burn products are an expensive option for most of the smoking population in countries like Malawi, and currently we do not have a powerful force of demand that can scale up supply large enough to affect the price or affordability of purchase, running and maintenance of such products,” Lungu told Filter. “Such an intervention would be more effective among the more affluent members of society.”

“For the underprivileged smokers,” he continued, “your safest bet would be something along the lines of snus. The advantage with Malawi, in this case, is that it already grows a lot of tobacco, which is the main ingredient in making snus.” Click to read more….

29 July, 2019

ATI logoNew Fellowship and Scholarship Fund for Students in Malawi Now Accepting Applications

Institute of International Education to Oversee Fellowship and Scholarship Fund to Send Malawian Students to the United States or South Africa for Graduate Study or Postdoctoral Research

July 22, 2019 (NEW YORK, NY) – The Agricultural Transformation Initiative (ATI) has awarded a grant to the Institute of International Education, Inc. (IIE) for the launch of the pilot Fellowship and Scholarship Fund (FSF). This new initiative is designed to strengthen capacity in research areas related to agricultural transformation in Malawi. The FSF will be designed, implemented, and administered by IIE in coordination with the Lilongwe University of Agriculture & Natural Resources (LUANAR). The fund will support more than 20 fellowships and scholarships for graduate study and postdoctoral research in the United States or South Africa. Click here to Read more…

24 July, 2019

Panel Of Experts Encourage Physicians To Utilize Vaping To Prevent Smoking

Vaping has already changed the lives of countless smokers across the world. This is all the more impressive given the relatively short time modern vaping has existed. However, despite the millions of former smokers who can attest to the incredible power of e-cigarettes, a large portion of the population remains skeptical about their value. That said, the vaping community has come a long way in the last ten years. These claims are now also backed with a growing pile of peer-reviewed evidence to the harm reduction and smoking cessation value of vaping. […]

16 July, 2019.

You Don’t Know Nicotine – Official Documentary Teaser

An unbelievable documentary about nicotine & the teen vaping epidemic. Coming to theaters spring 2020. In this movie, we go behind the headlines to get the real stories of teens who are vaping nicotine and those trying to help them.

09 July, 2019

Smoking ‘damages eyes as well as lungs’

Millions of people in the UK are putting their sight at risk by continuing to smoke, warn specialists. Despite the clear connection, only one in five people recognise that smoking can lead to blindness, a poll for the Association of Optometrists (AOP) finds. Smokers are twice as likely to lose their sight compared with non-smokers, says the RNIB. That is because tobacco smoke can cause and worsen a number of eye conditions.

6 July, 2019

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On May 31, Israel will mark the World Health Organization’s (WHO) World No Tobacco Day. This year, WHO is emphasizing the connection between smoking and lung health, including chronic respiratory infections and cancer, either as a result of passive or active smoking. Around the world, a total of 165,000 children under age five die each year due to lower respiratory infections caused by passive smoking. Those who survive continue to suffer the effects of childhood exposure as adults and are at increased risk of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) in adulthood.

30 May, 2019.

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Ahead of World No Tobacco Day (31 May), the World Health Organization is highlighting the damage tobacco causes to lung health: over 40% of all tobacco-related deaths are from lung diseases like cancer, chronic respiratory diseases and tuberculosis. WHO is calling on countries and partners to increase action to protect people from exposure to tobacco. “Every year, tobacco kills at least 8 million people. Millions more live with lung cancer, tuberculosis, asthma or chronic lung disease caused by tobacco,” said WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. […]

29 May, 2019.

Rethinking tobacco and nicotine – a Twitter chat

by Clive Bates

I’ve just taken part in a Twitter chat on tobacco harm reduction with an Africa focus. The chat was organised by the Campaign for Safer Alternatives (@GoingSmokefree) with hashtag #SaferAlternatives. I thought it would be good to preserve it in one place and invite more comments and questions. You can access the tweets from here. Read more of this post…

16 May, 2019

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is 46f90781-91d4-496d-9f64-e2878c5d6282.jpgChimwemwe Ngoma interview for GFN 2019

Chimwemwe Ngoma is a social scientist and a tobacco harm reduction advocate, he is implementing an information dissemination project on tobacco harm reduction and nicotine science in Malawi. He leads a group of 24 tobacco harm reduction volunteer ambassadors in Malawi and Zimbabwe. […]

18 April, 2019

The Maravi PostOpportunity International launches crop diversification pilot program in Malawi

By Patience Abeck

LILONGWE-(MaraviPost)-While Malawian farmers have long leaned on tobacco crops as their primary source of income, a comprehensive plan is needed to prepare them for an era of significantly reduced demand for tobacco.

In partnership with Agricultural Transformation Initiative (ATI), the organisation which aims to diversify tobacco-dependent economies, a new pilot program is underway in the Mchinji and Lilongwe districts to provide technology-enhanced finance and training extensions for tobacco farmers.

The program addresses capital and resource barriers, access and training for alternative value chains, development of business plans, and gender challenges for women smallholder farmers.

To stimulate supply and demand for farmers working with alternative crops, the initiative will offer access to capital for farmers to expand their businesses, along with the technology and training required to increase production and profits. Click here to learn more…

05 April, 2019.

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is prn_cision_logo_desktop.pngAs Worldwide Smoking Rates Fall, Africa’s Shoot Up — With Deadly Consequences

Public health experts visit Malawi and Kenya, arguing that Africans must have access to lower-risk alternatives to smoking

LONDONMarch 18, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Smoking tobacco results in the world’s deadliest preventable diseases, ending the lives of half of all smokers prematurely. By the end of the century, the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that one billion people will have died from a smoking-related disease.

Globally, smoking rates are decreasing, but in many lower and middle income countries, African nations among them, rates are increasing. WHO data show a steep rise in smoking in many African countries, with many 5-year projected increases at 5% and more. Read more… 

28 March, 2019.

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is image.pngMalawi launches Global State of Tobacco Harm Reduction Report

Written by  Doreen Sonani


Malawi government has committed itself to promoting the implementation of policies, regulations and programs aimed at reducing health risks associated with tobacco smoking. Chief of Health Service in the Ministry of Health Dr. Charles Mwansambo made the remarks at the launch of the Global State of Tobacco Harm reduction – Africa Launch in the capital Lilongwe. Read more

15 March, 2019.