Papers & Letters: 2019

Article for Filter magazine

December 2019: United States & Global
A Lifesaving Disruptive Technology and the Effort to Destroy It. I take a hard look at arguments used by anti-vaping activists, particularly from the United States.

Submission to New York Senate hearings: Testimony for hearing on vaping and e-cigarette safety – November 4, 2019

November 2019: United States / New York
What happens in New York is always of global significance in tobacco policy and, with that in mind, we would like to contribute testimony to the upcoming hearing on vaping and e-cigarette safety.

Submission to Philippines House of Representatives Joint Committee hearings on e-cigarettes 

November 2019: Philippines
See submission: Comments for the Joint Committee hearing on electronic cigarettes 2 December 2019. Starts with a short Q&A and provides more information.

Letter to the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) – vaping crisis 2020

October 2019: United States
Letter from Attorney General of Iowa, Tom Miller, me and Lindsay Lewis of the Progressive Policy Institute to the group that supervises good regulatory practice by the federal government in the United States:

Report: A Surge Strategy for Smokefree Aotearoa 2025: The role and regulation of vaping and other low-risk smokefree nicotine products 

October 2019: New Zealand
ASH (New Zealand) – Action for Smokefree 2025 – report on how vaping and other low-risk technologies could get New Zealand back on track to meet its high profile target to have less than 5% smoking by 2025. A Surge Strategy for Smokefree Aotearoa 2025

I contributed a chapter to the book: Potentiale der E-Zigarette für Rauchentwöhnung und Public Health (ed. Heino Stöver)

October 2019: Germany / EU / UK
Buy the book (€22): Fachhochschuleverlag / My chapter: Tobacco harm reduction in England – England’s Tobacco Control Plan (In English)

Interviews with Kazakhstan media

Oct-Dec 2019: Kazakhstan
It is scientifically wrong to compare ordinary cigarettes and electronic cigarettes, (Aikyn) Kazakh.

Response to the Indian Council of Medical Research position statement on ENDS

August 2019: India
Consultation Response
The ICMR published a White Paper on Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS) with many false and misleading talking points gathered in one paper.

Letter to Health Minister and officials

August 2019: India
India is planning to ban e-cigarettes despite having 100m smokers. Carrie Wade and I write to the Health Minister, Dr Harsh Vardan, and other ministers with the reasons not to do that.

Lancet Commentary

August 2019: Global / WHO
Nicotine without smoke: fighting the tobacco epidemic with harm reduction (PDF) by Robert Beaglehole, Ruth Bonita, Ben Youdan and me.  Related blog.

Letter and briefing from Iowa Attorney general, Tom Miller, to US Health and Human Services Secretary., Alex Azar II

July 2019: United States
We are concerned that excessively expensive, time-consuming, and burdensome regulation is about to kill off or severely degrade one of the most important new technologies for U.S. public health

Letter to South China Morning Post

April 2019: Hong Kong
How Hong Kong vaping ban could hurt tobacco smokers who want to quit with Carrie Wade.

Letter to Dutch politicians on hostile policies to e-cigarettes

March 2019: Netherlands
I signed on to a letter organised by Dr Lynne Dawkins to Mrs Helma Lodders, Committee Chair, Committee for Health, Welfare and Sports, House of Representatives (Netherlands).

Submission on youth vaping data – and the importance of not over-reacting

March 2019: Canada
Consultation Response
Conclusion. Headline increases in youth vaping prevalence demand a nuanced analysis that makes meaningful distinctions between experimental use and regular or daily use, and drills down into the smoking behaviours of the regular users. 

Briefing note: harmful unintended consequences of excessive regulation

February 2019: Global
My checklist of possible adverse consequences of regulation:  Plausible unintended consequences of excessive regulation of low-risk nicotine products.

Letter to Hong Kong Chief Executive on the HK proposed ban on harm reduction products

February 2019: Hong Kong
Letter from Carrie Wade and Clive Bates to The Hon Carrie Lam, GBM, GBS, Chief Executive, Hong Kong.

Response to consultation on Healthy People 2030 objectives.

January 2019: United States
Consultation Response
National Tobacco Reform Initiative (US) provides comment on the 20 draft tobacco-use objectives proposed for the public health framework Healthy People 2030
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