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A Directory of Tobacco Harm Reduction Experts for Inquiring Media

Posted Oct 23 2013 3:59pm

Mass media are in complete denial of the voluminous scientific literature supporting e-cigarettes as harm-reduction products.  A recent report on National Public Radio ( here ) is representative.  The host set up the story in classic fashion, pitting “expert” harm reduction naysayers against lay e-cigarette users, store owners and marketers.  The argument was settled before it began.

Are the media unable to find tobacco research and policy experts who support e-cigarettes and tobacco harm reduction?  Although we are relatively few, we are widely published and highly visible – testifying, editorializing, providing interviews when invited.  Independent and articulate authorities on tobacco harm reduction in the U.S. include:

Carl Phillips from Consumer Advocates for Smoke Free Alternatives ( here )

Michael Siegel at Boston University ( here )

Joel Nitzkin at R Street ( here )

Gil Ross at the American Council on Science and Health ( here )

Jeff Stier at the National Center for Public Policy Research ( here ). 

International experts include:

David Sweanor ( here ) in Canada

Clive Bates ( here ) and Christopher Snowdon ( here ) in the United Kingdom

Karl Fagerström ( here ) and Lars Ramstöm ( here ) in Sweden

Karl Erik Lund ( here ) in Norway

Riccardo Polosa (interviewed here ) and Pasquale Caponnetto in Italy

Tobacco harm reduction is a worldwide phenomenon, and it deserves balanced and judicious media coverage.  Journalists, start with this list. 

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