No Fire, No Smoke: the Global State of Tobacco Harm Reduction Report 2018.
Launched today in Geneva, Switzerland:
Every six seconds someone dies from a smoking-related disease and the problem is likely to worsen; the steep smoking declines in richer countries are slowing while in poorer countries smoking is set to rise. Existing forms of tobacco control are proving insufficient. There is substantial international, independent evidence that safer nicotine products could lead to a global revolution in public health. Time is way overdue that countries and international organizations support tobacco harm reduction and safer nicotine products (SNP)
The GSTHR report maps for the first time the global, regional and national availability and use of SNP, the regulatory responses to these products, the public health potential of tobacco harm reduction, and the right to access SNP.The report is published by Knowledge Action Change, the private sector agency for public health and written by Harry Shapiro.
The report is available to download at: https://gsthr.org/report/full-report
Summaries of the report in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Hindi, Japanese, Polish, Russian, Spanish and Portuguese are available to download at: https://gsthr.org/report/summary. More languages will follow.
In the next few weeks the GSTHR website will include searchable country profiles on smoking and SNP.
The GSTHR team
Pregnancy and Smoking
Smoking cessation is one of the most attainable measures in ensuring a healthy pregnancy. Still, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 13 percent of women smoke within the final three months of their pregnancies. Smoking at any point during pregnancy can result in lifelong implications for your baby.It’s important to quit smoking if you haven’t quit before becoming pregnant. With determination and support, you can be successful. Click here to read the full article.
03 August, 2018
Protect Children from Secondhand Smoke
Children who are exposed to secondhand smoke are at increased risk for sudden infant death syndrome, acute respiratory infections, middle ear disease, more severe asthma, respiratory symptoms, and slowed lung growth. Download a parent’s guide that will help you manage and protect children from secondhand smoke exposure.
23 July, 2018.
Re-thinking nicotine and its effects
SummaryMost of the physiological harm attributable to cigarette smoking derives from the toxicants in tobacco and combustion products. Preventable morbidity and mortality has overwhelmingly been related to combusted tobacco smoking, not to nicotine itself.Nicotine is not known to cause cancer. Epidemiological evidence in human populations does not support the basic science concern from laboratory studies that nicotine promotes some cancer pathway activation.Nicotine may contribute to cardiovascular disease (CVD), but its impact is much less, compared to tobacco smoke.Nicotine is not generally safe to use in pregnancy and can harm fetal development.Nicotine use causes neuroadaptive changes in the adult brain that may contribute to the risk of developing dependence, but many of these changes are largely reversible and not known to be harmful.A full report can be Accessed here.
03 August, 2018
Time Malawi quit tobacco.
Handling tobacco leaves can cause nicotine to be absorbed into skin resulting in nausea, dizziness and headaches. Nicotine poisoning particularly affects brain development in children, and the industry has a long history of relying on child labour. Click here to read the full article.
02 August, 2018.
Can Smoking Cigarettes Cause Impotence?
Erectile dysfunction (ED), also called impotence, can be caused by a range of physical and psychological factors. Among them is cigarette smoking. It’s not surprising since smoking can damage your blood vessels, and ED is often a result of poor arterial blood supply to the penis. Fortunately, if you quit smoking, your vascular and sexual health and performance are likely to improve. You can access the full article here.
30 July, 2018.