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Taiwan vaping ban disappointing for its many smokers

Local legislators are making it harder for citizens who smoke to switch to safer nicotine options, say tobacco harm reduction advocates.

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The Swedish harm reduction approach reduces smoking rates

Oral Nicotine Delivery Systems such as vaping, nicotine pouches, and snus represent the next generation of smokeless, tobacco-free nicotine products.

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Meet DR. MAREWA GLOVER in latest #WomeninTHR episode

Dr. Marewa Glover is an experienced behavioural scientist, prolific author, and a compassionate advocate for tobacco harm reduction.

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A compelling lie: e-cigarette flavours hook kids

Clive Bates, Director of Counterfactual Consulting, refutes the false activist proposition that kids are hooked by the flavours in e-cigarettes.

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Oral health experts highlight Swedish success with snus products

An all-star panel of global public health experts has highlighted the success that Sweden has achieved in reducing smoking rates to just 5%.

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Latest #WomenInTHR webinar with Michelle Minton now on YouTube

THR.net sat down with Michelle Minton of the Reason Foundation for the latest #WomenInTHR episode, in honour of [World Mental Health Day in October](https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/ou…

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"5% by 2040 - can we do it? - Promising smoking cessation strategies". Frankfurt University E-Cig Conference brings together global experts on tobacco harm reduction.

The Institute for Addiction Research (ISFF) organised the 5th specialist conference on October 12th, 2022.

The 5th conferenc…

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Key United States Survey: Large study shows that smokers who try e-cigarettes are more likely to try to quit smoking, or to quit smoking entirely. Those using flavoured e-cigarettes are more likely to quit smoking successfully.

This study (published by the National Library of Medicine) is amongst a few that have considered the impact of e-cigarette flavors on smoking cessation outcomes. This study examines the effects of e-cigarette use and e-…

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Mental Health Awareness Month: Smoking and Harm Reduction. New Article By Joseph Magero.

October is Mental Health Awareness Month. We take this time of year to acknowledge the widespread concerns among the general public, including mental health which is a crucial piece of the puzzle that makes up an individual's overall healt…

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New study finds that switching from smoking to vaping or dual use significantly reduces potential harm

A new study published in Addiction (by the society for the Study of Addiction) has found significant harm reduction when switching from smoking to vaping or dual use. Following a [**systematic revi…

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Published letter from Spanish THR advocates signing a declaration for a smoke-free Spain backed by 170 national and international experts. “Useful beyond Spain and a great piece of work” - says Clive Bates of Counterfactual Consulting Ltd.

Approximately 30% of adults between 15-64 are current smokers in Spain - shows the latest available data. There is a well-funded and vocal abstinence-only tobacco control establishment in Spain, and it seems to do its utmost to fight tobacco harm reduction.

Clive Bates’ latest blog post with text,…

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Vaping is substantially less harmful than smoking, Largest Review Finds!

Review written by Joseph Magero, of Campaign for Safer Alternatives / CASA

New research from the [**Institute of Psychiatry, Ps…

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World Heart Day: 29th September: The Unrelenting Health Burden of NCDs - A Pleading Call for Tobacco Harm Reduction

Authored by Joseph Magero of CASA.

Non-communicable diseases (NCDs)—including cardiovascular diseases, chronic respiratory diseases, and cancer—account for about 60% of global deaths, mostly in low and middle-income countries. Smoking an…

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New Platform Revealed: The Asia Harm Reduction Alliance

On September 28th, a new Asia Harm Reduction Alliance platform was launched, to bring together consumers, policymakers, and harm reduction experts in the health care community in the Asia Pacific and the Middle East region.

The new website, along with a [Twitter page](https://twitter.com/H…

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Australian government could prevent up to 104,200 deaths by 2080 by relaxing restrictions on vaping products, says Georgetown University (USA) study.

A [study](https://watermark.silverchair.com/ntac210.pdf?token=AQECAHi208BE49Ooan9kkhW_Ercy7Dm3ZL_9Cf3qfKAc485ysgAAAtgwggLUBgkqhkiG9w0BBwagggLFMIICwQIBADCCAroGCSqGSIb3DQEHATAeBglghkgBZQMEAS4wEQQMZQb24rSDI-xvfQsFAgEQgIICi8gWVf90ii1bYpJCsS7RjMLeewCXRVX0Ud0dEVa_I81yg1kPNbLeKhsjvwa63VxuG3k1isPVAlrM6c…

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New Webinar: Romanian Prof. Dr. Mihaela Răescu, Dental Expert and Researcher, Speaks To Thr.net

THR.net were recently joined by Romanian Dental Professor Mihaela Răescu on a webinar, in which she speaks candidly about the main issues surrounding THR in Dentistry, [improving oral health](https://www.tobaccoharmreducti…

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Dr Col’s Vape Truths: Combating misinformation in Australia

A new video campaign by the Queensland Government uses public money to highlight incorrect information about vaping. Dr Colin Mendelsohn’s series, Dr Col’s Vape Truths, is set to put a stop to this spread of incorrect information.

A series of eight misinformed videos(1) have been released o…

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International Youth Day: Could Harm Reduction Benefit The Youth?

By Joseph Magero, Campaign for Safer Alternatives.

As the world marks International Youth Day today, the **[United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime](https…

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Nicotine And The Weirdness Of Harm – New Article By Clive Bates

The availability of nicotine with minimal harm justifies a complete rethink of our approach to this legal recreational drug.”

The latest article by Clive Bates of **Counterfactual Consulting*…

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Michelle Minton, THR Advocate and Policy Analyst at The Reason Foundation, talks to THR.net

We were joined by Michelle Minton, nicotine researcher and policy analyst to discuss key topics in tobacco harm reduction. We talked about things like: the unspoken benefits of tobacco and nicotine, the truth about vaping and popcorn lung and how narrati…

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Amanda Wheeler, THR Advocate And Owner of Jvapes, Talks To THR.net On Recent Webinar

We had the privilege of sitting down with Amanda Wheeler, to discuss important issues in tobacco harm reduction, such as: how do we correct misinformation…

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Letter to Malaysian PM: A Call for Risk-Proportionate Regulation of ENDS

On 14 July 2022, a Malaysia press release reported that the draft of the proposed [Tobacco and Smoking Control Bill](https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2022/07/14/cabinet-gives-nod…

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Bangladesh Public Consultation on ENDS: Letter Submitted By Experts to Bangladesh MoH Offering Comments On The Smoking and Tobacco Products Usage (Control) Act, 2005 (Amended in 2013).

A letter from an international group of health leaders, from the EU, North and South America, Africa and Asia has been submitted to the Bangladesh Minister of Health, calling for the Ministry to consider not prohibiting the use of smoke free nicotine-based alternative…

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NEW WEBINAR - MALAYSIA: ON THE PATH TO LIFE - SAVING ALTERNATIVES. A CALL FOR REGULATION TO PROTECT CONSUMERS

On the 22nd June, a webinar hosted by thr.net took place. Moderated by Dr. Delon Human and Jessica Perkins from ****tobacc…

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Tobacco Harm Reduction RESET: Save Lives Through Sound Regulation

There are 1,1 billion smokers worldwide and combustible tobacco products continue to kill more than 8 million of its consumers per year. Although most smokers want to quit, only 4% succeed. For those adult smokers who are unwilling or unable to quit smoking, non-combustible, nicotine-based …

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Global Experts Call For Increased Access To Safer Nicotine Products

Author: Joseph Magero of Campaign for Safer Alternatives

The call was made by public health experts gathered at the ninth edition of the **[Global Forum on Nicotine](https://www.youtube.com/c/GFNconfer…

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NEW TAIWAN KANTAR STUDY REVEALS THAT AS MUCH AS 43% OF SMOKERS USE A REPLACEMENT TOBACCO HARM REDUCTION PRODUCT AS A MEANS TO CUT DOWN ON SMOKING OR STOP SMOKING ALTOGETHER.

Survey Approach and Findings

An online approach was used with respondents contacted via Kantar’s consumer panel and screening questions were used to ensure participants met agreed definitions for target groups in each country. A total of 1001 people were interviewed in Taiwan.

Su…

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Health Canada is seeking comments on their proposed ban on flavours in vaping products (e-cigarettes). Deadline: 2 September 2021(at noon EDT)

Why the consultation is important to THR:

Health Canada has identified the availability of a variety of desirable flavours in vaping products, despite the current vaping restrictions, as one of the factors contributing to the rapid rise in youth vaping in Canada. However, banning almost all fl…

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EU Call for Evidence – The Tobacco Control Framework: Make your Voice Heard

Call for evidence deadline: 17th June

Read the “Evaluation of the legislative framework for tobacco control” brief here and click [HERE to submit your views](https://ec.europa.eu/info/law/better-regulation/have-your-say/in…

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NEW MALAYSIA STUDY REVEALS THAT NEARLY HALF OF SMOKERS CHOOSE TO VAPE TO CUT DOWN ON SMOKING CIGARETTES OR TO QUIT SMOKING COMPLETELY (49%).

In late 2021, Kantar undertook a study regarding usage and attitudes towards vaping, tobacco products and cigarettes in Malaysia. In addition, Kantar worked on the survey design, analysis and reporting of results. The study was completed with those people who used e-cigarettes and/or other tobac…

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NEW E – BOOK: FEMALE LEADERSHIP IN THR. INTERVIEW WITH AISHAT ALARAN, PHARMACIST AND RESEARCHER

AHRA (Africa Harm Reduction Alliance) hosted a Twitter Chat with the prominent THR advocate Aishat Alaran (@alaranaishat) to …

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Book Review: Dr Colin Mendelsohn's 'The Healthy Truth About Vaping'

Dr Mendelsohn’s book provides a comprehensive and practical how-to guide for smokers considering vaping as a safer alternative to smoking, but it also delves into a deeper analysis into societal beliefs around vaping. In Part 3 (‘Controversies and Solutions’), Dr Mendelsohn dissects …

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SIX DIFFERENCES BETWEEN HARM REDUCTION AND PROHIBITION

This month, we mark three important events: International Harm Reduction Day on 7 May, World Vape Day on 30 May and World No Tobacco Day on 31 Ma…

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Interview with Dr Derek Yach: How innovation in THR represents the single most impactful public health opportunity

Enlightening interview with Dr Derek Yach by Taco Tuinstra from [Tobacco Reporter](https…

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Today (April 1st 2022) - Italy reduces tax on e-liquids

In a change that will favour vaping consumers today, Italy has adjusted its tax on e-liquids for the fourth time in four years.

The tax rate on e-liquids containing nicotine will decrease from €0.175 (U.S. equivalent: $0.19) per millilitre to €0.13, and the zero-nicotine e-liquid tax will fall…

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EVIDENCE: How do vaping flavours help save lives?

Check out our latest video to stay informed of the role that vaping flavours play in saving lives!

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Oral Nicotine in Africa: A Call for Product Safety Standards, says Tobacco Harm Reduction Experts

A group of world-renowned tobacco harm reduction experts spoke at the Africa Tobacco Harm Reduction Forum (ATHRF) a week ago, to discuss a potentially transformational product for the Africa market: #OralNicotine (Is it a gateway to a smoke-free Africa?).

Watch the…

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The Australian Department of Health is seeking feedback on how to reduce smoking in the draft National Tobacco Strategy 2022-2030.

This is an opportunity for vapers to be heard before the anti-vaping policy is locked in for the rest of the decade.

The draft strategy lacks urgency. It sets a very modest goal of <10% adult daily smoking by 2025. In sharp contrast, [New Zealand](https://www.health.govt.nz/system/files/doc…

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SAJID JAVID PLOTS VAPING REVOLUTION TO HELP POOR LIVE LONGER

The UK's Health Secretary, Sajid Javid MP, believes it is a “moral outrage” that England’s richest people are living for up to a decade longer on average than the poorest.

To help tackle this disparity, he is plotting a #vaping revolution, writes Caroline Wheeler in yesterday's edition …

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In Favour of Flavour - A Key Report On How Flavours in Tobacco Harm Reduction Save Lives

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Dr Konstantinos Farsalinos’ multidimensional report on vaping flavours titled “The case for flavours in tobacco harm reduction to save lives” examines the science, consumer insights, risks and regulat…

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The Welsh Government is seeking comments on the draft long term tobacco control strategy for Wales: A Smoke-free Wales and our first two year delivery plan: Towards a Smoke-Free Wales: Tobacco Control Delivery Plan 2022-2024.

The draft strategy sets out the Welsh Government’s vision for a smoke-free Wales by 2030, this means achieving a smoking prevalence rate in adults of 5% or less over the next eight years.

To support this ambition, they will be driving forward work across their three key themes of **Reducing…

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Unsubstantiated scaremongering headlines: Expert reaction to unpublished abstract claiming '15% higher risk of stroke at a younger age' for e-cig users

Unfortunately, last week scaremongering headlines circulated worldwide, based on an abstract from an unpublished study. Subsequently it has been WITHDRAWN by the American…

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Public health implications of vaping in Germany: Prof Levy’s SAVM model predicts 4.7 million life years saved, and 300,000 deaths avoided by 2060

In Germany’s population of 84 million, 1 in 4 people still smoke cigarettes. According to their ministry of health, smoking is the biggest preventable cause of death and disease in Germany. Meanwhile, there is mounting evidence that nicotine vaping products are significantly less harmful than combus…

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Public health implications of vaping in USA: Prof Levy’s SAVM model predicts 38.9 million life years saved, and 1.8 million deaths avoided by 2060

“People who regularly use vapes have much higher smoking cessation rates” explained Prof David Levy at the recent No Smoke Summit.

This is the key to the lifesaving potential of promoting nicotine vaping products to smokers who are struggling to quit cigarettes. Prof Levy’s newly published SAV…

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100 experts sign a public letter on the failure of the WHO’s current Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), urging a comprehensive rethink before COP9

The FCTC is a treaty that was adopted by the World Health Organisation in 2003, and remains in force today.

It seeks to protect present and future generations from the harms associated with tobacco consumption. However, its prohibitionist approach toward less harmful novel nicotine products - such…

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Time to Ditch Or Switch This Stoptober

With quitting smoking one of the toughest behaviours to change, the UK is leading the world with its Stoptober campaign, Dr Derek Yach, President of the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World told Great Britain News.

The month-long campaign focuses on encouraging some of the roughly 7-million sm…

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CANADA’S PROPOSED RESTRICTIONS ON FLAVOURS IN VAPING PRODUCTS COULD NEGATIVELY AFFECT MILLIONS OF ADULT SMOKERS, WARN INTERNATIONAL EXPERTS

THURSDAY 2 September 2021CANADA’s proposal to restrict flavours in e-cigarettes by amending its Tobacco and Vaping Products Act would lead to a significant net public health loss. That’s according to an international group of respected health professionals, public health specialists and ac…

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Balancing Consideration of the Risks and Benefits of E-Cigarettes

"Balancing Consideration of the Risks and Benefits of E-Cigarettes" - this must-read article demonstrates a considerable win for tobacco harm reduction. It not only accurately summarises why THR is being unfairly stymied, but also proposes sensible recommendations for vaping regulation. …

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The misnomer of 'EVALI' is "actually killing people"

Misperceptions about the safety of vaping are rife; the misnomer of 'EVALI' is a major contributor. There is no evidence that anyone developed EVALI from nicotine #ecigs. Rather, it was illicit THC products containing Vit E Acetate.

The cost of this misinformation is that only 11.2% of respondents …

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Concern over unscientific stance in WHO's 8th report on global tobacco epidemic

The World Health Organization’s recently released 8th report on the global tobacco epidemic relating to new and emerging products, is deeply flawed and unscientific according to a tobacco sector expert. This thought-provoking assessment also explains why the report is raising concern about the infl…