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Health advocates urge policymakers to replicate Smoke-Free Sweden

Experts push WHO to adopt Swedish tobacco harm reduction model after COP10. Smoke-Free Sweden leads the charge for global health change.

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COP 10 Concludes with Historic Decision on Environmental Protection and Tobacco Control

COP10 concludes with significant decisions, extending the Global Strategy, improving reporting systems, and addressing environmental impacts of tobacco. Expert groups established for Article 2.1 and 19.

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Delon Human's FCTC COP10 Insights

COP10 ends with a missed opportunity for harm reduction. Despite calls, no workgroup was established. Emphasis on Article 18's environmental impact. Advocates stress inclusion and science-based policies for COP11.

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Highlights of COP 10 Day 4: Progress, Awards, and Public Health Interventions

COP10 Day 4 witnesses ongoing deliberations on Articles 9 & 10, with Committee A's unresolved discussions transferred to Committee B. Awards recognise constructive contributions and criticism. Public health concerns arise over tobacco industry influence.

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Navigating Tensions: Pragmatism vs. Ideology at COP10's Midpoint

COP10 sees a clash between extreme control and harm reduction views. Key points include COP10 debates, committee decisions, and the need for multi-stakeholder solutions in tobacco control.

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Shifting Policy Goals: Challenges in Tobacco Control at COP10 Sessions

Conference of the Parties resumes WHO FCTC discussions, focusing on implementation progress and control policies amid youth activism and industry regulation demands.

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COP10 Innovation or Stagnation? Former WHO Leaders Debate Tobacco Policy

Former WHO leaders, Beaglehole and Bonita, urge support for tobacco harm reduction in The Lancet. They criticize WHO's stance on novel nicotine products ahead of COP10

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COP10 Week - Clive Bates' Survival Guide

COP10 in Panama gathers experts to discuss tobacco control strategies. Clive Bates offers a survival guide for delegates. Stay informed with daily updates and resources on tobacco harm reduction.

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COP10 Opens in Panama: Urgent Action on Tobacco Control

COP10 to WHO FCTC convenes in Panama with focus on tobacco's environmental impact, emerging products, and industry marketing tactics.

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Measuring Progress in Achieving the FCTC Objectives.

Explore the COP10 Scorecard, assessing Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) progress. Hold WHO and Parties accountable for commitments to eradicate smoking and toxic tobacco use.

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Scorecard exposes WHO's big fail in curbing tobacco use

Delegates gather for WHO's COP10 on tobacco, but progress falters. A critical report card reveals failures, especially in embracing innovation and tobacco harm reduction. Urgent reconsideration needed for global health.

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Measuring Progress in Achieving the FCTC Objectives

Global leaders discuss COP10 Scorecard, urging WHO and Member States to prioritize tobacco control. Insights on measurement, recommendations, and next steps for impact will be explored.

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Beyond Smoke: What is the role of flavours in e-cigarette usage?

Beyond mimicking smoking, e-cigarette flavors play a vital role in acceptance and cessation. Dr. Farsalinos highlights safety and positive impact.

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Health Advocates call on countries to make smoke-free New Year's Resolution for 2024

Smoke Free Sweden's 2024 campaign urges global leaders to adopt its tobacco harm reduction model, aiming for a smoke-free future and potentially saving millions of lives worldwide during COP10.

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New Year's Resolution – Quit Smoking in 2024!

Explore the worldwide movement to aid 780 million smokers in quitting tobacco in 2024. Learn about evidence-based methods, dispel misconceptions, and access crucial cessation support for a healthier, smoke-free life.

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CAPHRA supports NZ Government's decision to repeal elements of the Smokefree Environments Act

CAPHRA endorses NZ's harm reduction stance, praising Smokefree Act repeal. Emphasis on adult choices, vaping regulation. Coordinator Nancy Loucas aligns with economist Eric Crampton.

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Engage and Influence: Make Your Voice Heard in UK Government Surveys

Contribute to the UK government's vital survey on smoke-free alternatives. Your insights shape policies, ensuring accurate risk communication. Be a part of informed decision-making for a smoke-free generation. Your voice matters!

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Press Release: Experts recommend to seize the COP 10 delay as a catalyst for tobacco control innovation

Seize COP10 delay for tobacco control innovation. Learn from Sweden and the UK, exemplary in harm reduction.

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Lives Saved Report Launch

Explore our report on tobacco control in LMICs, highlighting gender disparities & unique challenges. Discover how harm reduction can save lives.

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Sweden has experienced a miracle - everyone should want to share in it

Sweden's snus-led tobacco harm reduction offers a model for a smoke-free future, emphasizing consumer choice and evidence-based policies.

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Learnings from Smoke-Free Sweden: A Global Consultation

Smoke-Free Sweden's global tour reveals that Sweden's success in reducing smoking lies in accessible, acceptable, and affordable smokeless alternatives, challenging traditional tobacco control methods. Learn more in their report.

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COP10 Must Include Science and Evidence-Based Policy To Reduce Tobacco Use

The 10th COP to the WHO FCTC is crucial for discussing tobacco harm reduction, exploring evidence-based strategies for global health.

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More than 2.5 million lives could be saved in four LMICs countries by adopting Sweden’s smoke-free strategy – major new report

This groundbreaking study showcases the potential to save 2.6 million lives by adopting harm reduction strategies in four developing nations, offering hope in the fight against tobacco-related deaths.

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Why an EU-wide Nicotine Pouch Ban Could Undermine Public Health

Smoke Free Sweden opposes the EU's nicotine pouch ban, fearing higher smoking rates. MEP Weimers exposed the risks, and we urge evidence-based solutions.

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Vaping and ‘Popcorn Lung’ Misconceptions

Explore vaping vs. smoking, debunk the Popcorn Lung myth with the latest evidence, and find FAQs for comprehensive information on e-cigarettes.

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Saving lives like Sweden

Sweden stands out as the closest to achieving the global goal of a smoke-free world by 2040, with a smoking rate of 5.6%.

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Revolutionizing Tobacco Control: Biomarkers Pave the Way for Safer Alternatives

Discover how biomarkers are challenging conventional wisdom in tobacco control. Researchers Derek Yach and Gerhard Scherer introduce a groundbreaking approach to evaluating the harm reduction potential of tobacco alternatives like e-cigarettes.

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UPDATED - THE CASE FOR FLAVOURS IN TOBACCO HARM REDUCTION, TO SAVE LIVES BY DR KONSTANTINOS FARSALINOS

Discover how flavors aid tobacco harm reduction. The latest 2023 research by Dr. K. Farsalinos highlights flavors' role in smoking cessation.

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South Africa's New Tobacco Bill – A Balancing Act Is Needed

South Africa's bill lumps vaping with smoking, curbing harm reduction. The Health Minister's unchecked powers and harmful taxes fuel the illicit market. Learn from the UK and NZ. Act now for vaping's future.

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Global Experts Convene in Warsaw For The Global Forum on Nicotine

The 10th edition of GFN celebrated a decade of progress in tobacco harm reduction. Experts discussed challenges, opportunities, and evidence-based approaches to nicotine use

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Leading harm reduction experts dispute claim that vaping is a gateway to smoking.

Leading harm reduction experts debunk the notion that vaping is a gateway to smoking, advocating for evidence-based harm reduction strategies

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PREVENTABLE DISEASES: TOBACCO HARM REDUCTION SEMINAR IN BRAZIL

Discover key insights from the South American Seminar on Tobacco Harm Reduction in Brazil, emphasizing the potential for saving lives through empathetic approaches, accessible alternatives, and sound policy development.

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Can Tobacco Harm Reduction Save Lives in South Africa?

Discover how harm reduction can prevent tobacco-related deaths in South Africa through alternative approaches.

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International Public Health Experts Advocate 'Smoke-Free Sweden' Model to Save Lives: A Roadmap for a Smoke-Free Society

Experts urge South Africa to adopt Sweden's innovative tobacco harm minimization strategy using smoke-free alternatives.

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Are Big Pharma payments driving anti-vape campaigns?

Disclosure of payments and gifts from Big Pharma to New Zealand health professionals raises concerns about the influence of anti-vape campaigns.

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A WIN FOR PUBLIC HEALTH: GREENS PLAN TO LEGALISE NICOTINE VAPES

The NSW Greens announce a plan to legalise nicotine vapes for adults with sensible regulations, supporting harm reduction and public health.

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Media need to play fair COP on anti-tobacco work

Nancy Loucas of CAPHRA criticized the media's attacks on tobacco harm reduction advocates, urging a focus on Australia's failed tobacco control measures and consumer representation at COP10.

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SWEDEN’S STUNNING SMOKE FREE SUCCESS PROVIDES A ROAD MAP THAT COULD SAVE LIVES OF MILLIONS - MAJOR NEW REPORT

Sweden approaches historic milestone of being Europe’s first ‘smoke-free’ country, says new report.

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Saving lives: The case for flavours in tobacco harm reduction

Flavours play a crucial role in tobacco harm reduction by encouraging smokers to switch to vaping and preventing relapse to cigarettes.

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AUSTRALIA'S PRESCRIPTION-ONLY MODEL FOR VAPING HAS BEEN AN EMBARRASSING FAILURE

Restrictions create black market for unregulated, mislabelled nicotine vaping products

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Time to support Filipino vape law, not relitigate it

Implementing the Philippine nicotine products Regulation Act will save lives, says harm reduction advocates

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NEW VIDEO: THE LIVES THAT COULD BE SAVED IN AUSTRALIA IF VAPING RESTRICTIONS WERE RELAXED

Lifting restrictions on nicotine products in Australia could save up to 104,200 lives by 2080.

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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

In this interview, Dr. Marewa Glover, a prominent Māori behavioral scientist, discusses her advocacy for tobacco harm reduction and Indigenous sovereignty.

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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

Global health experts highlight Sweden's smoking reduction success, discuss snus regulation, and propose life-saving measures.

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Latest #WomenInTHR webinar with Michelle Minton now on YouTube

In a special episode for World Mental Health Day, Michelle Minton explores the connections between addiction, mental health, and tobacco control in a series of enlightening discussions. Dive into the video clips for valuable insights.

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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.

A study by the National Library of Medicine examines the influence of e-cigarette flavors on smoking cessation outcomes. Learn more and access related resources.

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

Smoking rates among those with mental health issues are high, but quitting can improve both physical and mental health. Accessible cessation aids and harm reduction measures are essential to reduce this gap in life expectancy.

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

A new study in Addiction highlights significant harm reduction by switching from smoking to vaping or dual use, based on a secondary analysis of 1,299 participants across multiple countries.

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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.

Discover Spain's smoking statistics and the debate on tobacco harm reduction in Clive Bates' latest blog post and video.

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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

Discover how reducing tobacco use swiftly mitigates non-communicable diseases. Joseph Magero's insights, presented on World Heart Day, offer a path to healthier global communities.

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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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Relaxed controls on vaping products could prevent Aussie deaths

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

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

Explore dental perspectives on Tobacco Harm Reduction (THR) with Prof. Mihaela Răescu. Learn about oral health advancements and the positive impacts of switching to heated tobacco products. Discover her research aspirations in THR.

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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?

On International Youth Day, the UNODC urges youth to prioritize their health. Harm reduction acknowledges substance use, focusing on minimizing harm.

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

Clive Bates questions why low-risk nicotine products are stigmatized and discusses their potential benefits, calling for a reconsideration of their use.

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

Uncover tobacco's unknown benefits, challenge vaping myths with Michelle Minton.

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

Dive into tobacco harm reduction with Amanda Wheeler, addressing misinformation, Juul's influence, and the role of flavors.

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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).

Global health leaders urge Bangladesh to reject smoke-free alternatives ban, advocating evidence-based policies for 164.7 million citizens. The letter calls for government support in transitioning smokers.

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

Malaysian webinar reveals misconceptions about THR products and the need for proper regulation to promote harm reduction.

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Tobacco Harm Reduction RESET: Save Lives Through Sound Regulation

Discover the challenges and opportunities in tobacco harm reduction, with insights from expert panelists and the RESET framework.

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Global Experts Call For Increased Access To Safer Nicotine Products

The 9th Global Forum on Nicotine in Warsaw promotes tobacco harm reduction through safer alternatives, with a study by Dr. Lars Ramström supporting this approach.

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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 in Taiwan explores vaping trends, indicating harm reduction potential but underscoring the need for balanced regulations.

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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)

Discover why Health Canada's proposed vaping flavor regulations are crucial for balancing youth protection and adult harm reduction in Canada. Have your say!

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

Join the EU Commission in shaping future tobacco control regulations. Share your views by June 17th. Evaluate the framework for a tobacco-free generation by 2040.

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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%).

Kantar's 2021 survey in Malaysia reveals insights on vaping, flavor preferences, and strong public support for e-cigarette regulations.

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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 navigates smokers through vaping's safety while addressing societal opposition, exposing hidden motives. Dive into Part 3 for an analysis of ideological battles shaping the vaping debate.

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SIX DIFFERENCES BETWEEN HARM REDUCTION AND PROHIBITION

This article explores the divide between harm reduction and prohibition in tobacco control, highlighting six key distinctions.

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Challenging Tobacco Control Norms: Dr. Colin Mendelsohn's Revolutionary Approach to Nicotine

Revolutionizing Tobacco Control: Dr. Colin Mendelsohn's Vision for Nicotine Harm Reduction in an Era of Information Overload

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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.

Seize the Chance: Speak Out Against Restrictive Vaping Policies in Australia by March 24, 2022. Advocate for Harm Reduction and a Safer Future!

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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

Recent scare over e-cigarettes and stroke risk debunked! The withdrawn study faced scrutiny, revealing methodological flaws. Explore expert reactions to the flawed claim.

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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

Learn how switching to less harmful nicotine vaping products could save 4.7 million life years and prevent 300,000 deaths in Germany by 2060.

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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

Prof David Levy reveals at No Smoke Summit that regular vape use significantly boosts smoking cessation, potentially saving 1.8 million lives by 2060.

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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

Experts challenge outdated FCTC stance on tobacco harm reduction, urging WHO to reconsider before COP9 summit for evidence-based change.

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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

Global health experts caution Canada on e-cigarette flavor limits, emphasizing vaping's vital role in harm reduction and saving lives. Urgent reconsideration urged.

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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"

Misconceptions about vaping safety persist due to the misnomer 'EVALI.' Evidence shows it's linked to illicit THC products, not nicotine #ecigs. Public awareness is crucial for informed choices.

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

The 8th WHO report on tobacco and new products faces scrutiny from a sector expert for alleged flaws and links to Bloomberg Philanthropies' policy influence.

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World Health Day 2022

THR: A Historic Opportunity for Our Health & Our Planet

World Health Day is celebrated annually on 7 March, which was the founding date of the World Health Organisation (WHO) in 1948. Each year focuses on a specific health topic of concern …