Information on Tobacco Harm Reduction (THR), Nicotine, safer alternatives to smoking combustible cigarettes
We aim to provide information for Advocates, PolicyMakers, LawMakers, Interested members of the public (remember you are the 'public' in public health), Scientists and Researchers, Health Workers and Medical Doctors indeed anyone who would like reliable information. Most of the time that links directly to the original science, we aim to provide useful summaries/comment where possible as a guide, we encourage you to read the full paper if you wish.
The Latest News on THR, Vaping and Safer Nicotine
Here you will find the latest news and links to news about all nicotine products, regulations, etc.
New Nicotine Alliance Call To Action: The World Health Organization is planning a global assault on vaping
Today (19th March 2023), we are calling on our supporters, consumers of reduced risk nicotine products, and others who understand the benefits of harm reduction to act on significant threats planned by the World Health Organization (WHO) later this year.
- A ban on all open system vaping products
- A ban of all flavours except tobacco
- A ban on nicotine salts in vaping products
- Regulating products so that they are all exactly the same and restrict delivery of nicotine
- Demanding that countries around the world treat vaping and heated tobacco products the same as combustible tobacco
- Taxation at the same rate as cigarettes, banning use where smoking is prohibited, large graphic health warnings, plain packaging, and a ban on all advertising, promotion and sponsorship
Please click the link above to find out what to do!
A great way for the informed consumer to share experience, and to call out the issues with tweets we see regularly. Hints, tips, and links for information, how to join on twitter, etc. Please help out if you can!
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There is also a list of FAQ Questions that may be interesting. And a lists of FAQ questions from various other organizations,
There is this list of categories Guide to Main Categories, find your local vaping organisation List of orgs
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Safe or Safer? Briefly, nothing is absolutely safe, but as the products continually evolve they become safer. Nicotine Replacement Therapy products such as patches, gums, sprays, and inhalers are substantially less than 1% as risky as smoking. Non-pharmaceutical nicotine products can also pose a fraction of the risk of smoking, e.g. Snus (approximately 1%), E-Cigarettes (less than 5%), and Heat not Burn (approximately 10%). These estimates become ever more refined as increasing numbers of research studies are published. Beyond the debate about nicotine tied to smoking and products used to quit smoking, science is also looking at potential therapeutic benefits of nicotine.
Links here for debunking myths Myth Busting provides links to info on anti nicotine claims and how to correct them.
Quit Aid The most frequently-used method to quit smoking is 'cold turkey', i.e. unaided, but this has a greater failure rate than perhaps all others. It is very difficult to attribute a precise figure towards popular quit methods such as NRT, Varenicline (various trade names), Allen Carr, hypnotherapy, snus etc., as the usual medical standard of proof, the Randomised Controlled Trial, doesn't really cover certain options such as e-cigarettes adequately (as choices of all various combinations of flavour choice, nicotine strength, and device type are impossible to include). However, a recent RCT demonstrated that e-cigarettes were twice as effective as NRT for smoking cessation (probably an underestimate of real world results). Like who knew the Pez dispenser was a quit smoking aid?
Health Improvements Virtually everyone who used a safer nicotine product to quit smoking completely experiences profound improvement in their health, e.g. improved breathing and cardiovascular benefits. This is possibly due to totally removing the previous inhalation of carbon monoxide from the tobacco cigarette. Asthma and COPD patients have shown great recovery, see Health Improvements
Commentary from respected sources Many governments around the world recognise that Safer Nicotine Products offer benefits, along with respected organisations such as Public Health England, Royal College of Physicians, Cochrane, and NASEM (US). See Also: Commentary from experts
Cost Savings Vast savings are experienced; this is quite underappreciated by some members of the general public. It would be a gross underestimate to state that a 50% reduction in spending would be experienced by anyone who completely switches. For some users who make their own liquids and manufacture their own coils, costs can be less than 1% of what they would have incurred when smoking.
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