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Today is the Day: No Smoking Day, 9th March 2022

This toolkit supports local campaign activity for No Smoking Day 2022. This year’s theme is: “Don’t give up on giving up. Every time you try to stop smoking, you’re a step closer to success.” We are using the voice of health care professionals to communicate this message in the assets we have created | NHS, UK

LGA: Review VAT on e-cigarette sales to help stop smoking efforts

To mark No Smoking Day today (Wednesday), the LGA, which represents councils in England and Wales, is calling for VAT on e-cigarette sales to be reduced from 20 to 5 per cent to bring it in line with sales on nicotine gum and patches | LGA, UK

Alcohol management in Deep End practices

A new study shows the effectiveness of specialist addictions nurses in general practices in the most disadvantaged areas of Glasgow in treating alcohol problems. The study was conducted by researchers at the University of Dundee and University of Stirling and explored healthcare professionals’ and patients’ experiences and perceptions of the management of alcohol problems in Deep End general practices in Scotland | SHAAP, UK

ATOMIC: Addiction to medication: improving care - app

ATOMIC is a free, evidence-based, mobile-learning application aimed at clinicians and other practitioners who want to improve their knowledge of the acute and chronic clinical harms of non-medical prescription drug use | Dr Dima Abdulrahim and Prof Owen Bowden-Jones, UK

Webinar: ASH webinar smokefree mental health settings - video

This ASH webinar focuses on the role that smokefree mental health settings can play in supporting the implementation of NHS Long Term Plan tobacco dependence treatment pathway in mental health settings | ASH, UK

About Exchange Supplies - video

A short film about the values and people that lie behind our mission to make the world a better place reducing drug related harm | Exchange Supplies, UK

Alcoholic Drinks: Young People

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will bring forward guidance on consumption of alcohol by young people to tackle alcohol consumption rates among young people | They work for you, UK

Offenders: Alcoholic Drinks

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many offenders have been tagged with sobriety tags in England since their launch in March 2021 | They work for you, UK

Forward Enterprise Club - Women in Enterprise

Thu, 31 March 2022, 16:00 – 17:30 BST. Forward's Enterprise Club is a peer networking event with opportunities to promote the services of your enterprise and support each other with the challenges and successes of starting and running a successful business | Forward Trust, UK

Researching recreational drug taking in the home

Thu, 10 March 2022, 14:00 – 15:00 GMT. Researching recreational drug taking in the home using visual and object interview methods | NWSSDTP, UK


International news

Expert advice for prescribing cannabis medicines for patients with epilepsy—drawn from the Australian clinical experience

[Open access] There is international interest for consensus advice for prescribers working in the field of drug resistant epilepsy intending to trial potential therapies that are nonregistered or off-label. Cannabinoids are one such therapy | BJCP, UK

How the Global HIV Response can Transform Drug Policy (and vice versa)

14 March, 2022; 12:15 CEST. In the 2021 Political Declaration on HIV and AIDS and the Global AIDS Strategy 2022-2026 member states committed to fulfil new bold targets on ‘social enablers’, which along with being essential for eliminating HIV/AIDS by 2030, have significant implications for Member States concerning drug policy reform, harm reduction, and addressing stigma and discrimination against people who use drugs | INPUD, UK

Upset over call to label wine nutritionally ‘unhealthy’ in France

The creators of France’s Nutri-Score, which gives supermarket products a ranking from A-E depending on their health benefits, want to give alcohol a score of F | Connexion, France

EMCDDA webinar: Women and drugs in Europe — why gender matters?

30 MAR 2022. Online. This webinar will explore recent patterns and trends in drug use among women in Europe and the role played by gender in influencing women’s consumption behaviours across settings and the life course | EMCDDA, Portugal

Reservists, especially those with combat exposure, are at risk for alcohol misuse after military deployment

Using alcohol to cope with negative emotions after military deployment is known to be common among active-duty servicemembers. But a new study in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs suggests that reservists who return home after deployment may face similar risks—possibly with less support | Medical Xpress, USA

The Loophole That’s Fueling a Return to Teenage Vaping

[Limited number of free articles] Sales are rising of flavored e-cigarettes using synthetic nicotine that evades regulatory oversight, a gap that lawmakers are now trying to close | NYTimes, USA

FDA Poised to Gain Regulatory Power Over Synthetic Nicotine

Lawmakers have inserted language into a federal spending bill that would give the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulatory authority over synthetic nicotine, clamping down on a legal gray area for vapes | Filter Magazine, USA

Parents Stopping Smoking Delivers Lowered Smoking Rates For Generations To Come

Educating people about the health risks of smoking causes large and ongoing reductions in population smoking rates a new modelling study suggests | SCOOP, New Zealand


Blogs, comment and opinion

Misuse of Drugs Act 1971: Counting the Costs

The Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 is 50 years old but has never been subject to a formal government evaluation or review. More than three million criminal records have been issued under the Misuse of Drugs Act, with people sentenced to more than 680,000 years in prison since 1986. Drug use has risen dramatically, while drugs have become cheaper, more potent and more available | Transform blog, UK

Hope is for everyone

In our latest guest blog series Susan Laurie shares her experience of addiction, getting support, repairing relationships and the challenge of asking for help as a women experiencing addiction –it is a celebration of her recovery and shows that this is possible for anyone | Action on Addiction blog, UK

Bengt Wiberg: one inventor’s fight to legalise snus in the EU

In the first instalment of Snusforumet’s Harm Reduction Heroes series, Snusforumet catches up with Bengt Wiberg, a Swedish entrepreneur whose passion for snus has spawned a global movement to legalise snus in the EU – as well as patents to help make the Swedish smokeless tobacco product more palatable and accessible to adult smokers and other nicotine users | Snusforumet, Sweden

Doctors didn’t think Brent Slone would survive his gruesome 2011 car crash. His car flipped after he swerved to avoid a stalled vehicle. His spinal cord was compressed. He broke several ribs, a shoulder and a knee. One lung collapsed. A shattered pelvic bone ruptured his bladder and seriously damaged his spleen, kidney and colon | NYTimes opinion, USA

Points Interview: Dr Laura Robson-Mainwaring

Laura recently authored ‘“OWN NAME,” “NO NAME,” AND “THE PLAGUE OF FANCY NAMES”: Trademarks within the British Pharmaceutical Market, c. 1875-1920‘ within the first issue of History of Pharmacy and Pharmaceuticals. Find out more about Laura’s background, article and future research plans in this interview | Points blog, USA

Adolescent psychosocial alcohol-related harms increase risk of later alcohol use disorder

Alcohol-related harms are a broad range of negative consequences that can result from drinking alcohol. These can range from things that only affect your body, such as feeling sick or having a hangover, to things that affect you psychologically and socially, such as having problems with friends or getting into fights | NDARC blog, Australia

It’s time to decriminalise personal drug use. Here’s why

The global “War on Drugs” is one of the single-most catastrophic public policy failures in historyNow one Victorian MP has put forward a bill to decriminalise the personal possession and use of prohibited drugs | Monash University, Australia