Harm Reduction

In the last 15 years, we’ve witnessed many harm reducing technologies emerge in the field of nicotine consumption: electronic cigarettes, heat-not-burn devices, and the success of snus. While millions of smokers found a less harmful way of consuming nicotine and world-leading research institutions such as the Royal College of Physicians came to the conclusion that these technologies are up to 95% less harmful than the traditional cigarette, many national regulators, parts of the public health community, and the WHO and its FCTC keep condemning nicotine as a whole and refuse to support harm reduction.

The Consumer Choice Center supports the idea of tobacco harm reduction (THR) by allowing innovation in the marketplace and let consumers choose alternative technologies that allow a less harmful way of consuming nicotine. We promote the ideas of legalizing advertisements, marketing, and consumer choice for harm reducing innovations such as electronic cigarettes, heat not burn products, and snus.

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Consumer Choice Centre warns against hasty vaping ban

A group that advocates on behalf of consumers in Canada and the U.S. is warning legislators not to be too hasty banning vaping. The Consumer Choice Center is responding to the growing list of illnesses, including a case in London where a teen suffered a severe respiratory disease that health officials...

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Politicians are scapegoating e-cigs for harm they haven’t done

When there’s an outbreak of deaths or illnesses from injected street drugs, do public health authorities demand diabetics and doctors stop using syringes? Of course not. Yet a host of public officials — from President Trump to Gov. Andrew Cuomo to members of the Squad — are taking just...

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Trump’s proposed ban on vape flavors may not stop teens from vaping, experts warn

“Are we not to learn anything from the current THC hash oil acute lung illness situation?”  asked Jeff Stier, a senior fellow and tobacco harm reduction advocate at the free market Consumer Choice Center. “We don’t want consumers adding stuff to their e-cigs. And we don’t want more sophisticated black-market...

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Federal e-cigarette removal proposal brings cautious celebration, warnings of overreach

Some free-market advocates say they believe Trump is overreacting to the vaping and lung illness connection. “Trump needs to know the fact that adult smokers are switching en masse to these new reduced-risk products and they’ve been proven to be 95% less harmful than traditional cigarettes,” said Yaël Ossowski,...

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Trump Administration Takes Aim at E-Cigarettes

Yaël Ossowski, deputy director of the Consumer Choice Center, said the Trump administration needs to follow the facts. “The fact is that the technological revolution that is happening today with vaping is giving people a less harmful alternative to consume nicotine, the stimulant alkaloid that smokers are actually addicted to....

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Before President Trump acts on vaping, someone please give him the facts

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: CONTACT:Yaël OssowskiDeputy DirectorConsumer Choice [email protected] Before Trump acts on vaping, someone please give him the facts Washington, D.C. – According to U.S. health secretary Alex Azar, President Trump convened a policy meeting today to discuss the future of regulations on vaping and e-cigarettes. Yaël Ossowski, Deputy Director of the Consumer Choice...

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The EU’s war on harm reduction is in full swing

In 2020, the Netherlands will host the ninth conference of parties of the so-called WHO-FCTC treaty. During this conference, world leaders and public health advocates discuss the ways in which smoking prevalence can be curbed. However, these same advocates haven’t just made their policies about actual tobacco, but also...

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