Smoking cessation is a core responsibility of medical practice, however traditional treatments have low long-term success rates. Tobacco harm reduction with safer nicotine products such as vaping nicotine is an additional, evidence-based tool for helping smokers quit and often works where other treatments have failed. However, doctors have been slow to embrace vaping and many… Read more »
An exclusive interview between investigative reporter Marc Gunther and Dr Colin Mendelsohn, discussing the story and message behind Dr Mendelsohn’s new book “Stop Smoking, Start Vaping – The Healthy Truth about Vaping”. This new book aims to dispel the myths about vaping and outlines the evidence in an easy-to-read and authoritative manner with over 400… Read more »
Why has THR been such a polarised area of science and policy – what could improve it?
At various points since early 2020 it has become apparent that there are similarities between some of the challenges faced in tobacco harm reduction research and policy and those we’ve encountered during the Covid-19 pandemic. Both involve using complex and often conflicting sources of data and evidence to inform public health interventions. Both have particular… Read more »
The UK has both a strong history of embracing drug harm reduction approaches and regulatory tobacco control. This environment has created opportunities to help people who smoke who are facing severe and multiple disadvantage, through clinical or research initiatives. It has also provided a scientific environment in which researchers can explore the potential of harm… Read more »
The COVID-19 pandemic led to strict lockdowns in the UK throughout 2020 and 2021, which impacted both access to tobacco-related services (e.g., Stop Smoking Services) as well as retail outlets (e.g., Vape Shops). Further, it is likely that the presence of a potentially deadly respiratory virus will have influenced smokers and vapers views on their… Read more »
This presentation will discuss the potential for parents to be the untapped link between smoking cessation and prevention of youth use of e-cigarettes and other tobacco products. Although there is substantial evidence for the association of parental smoking and youth smoking, less is known about ripple effects of parental smoking cessation on youth tobacco and… Read more »
The US Food and Drug Administration’s recent authorization of certain e-cigarettes and other non combustible tobacco products under its premarket tobacco products application process confirmed the agency’s understanding that e-cigarettes and other alternative nicotine-containing consumer products are significantly less harmful than tobacco products that are burned. The FDA determined that these products can be good… Read more »