Professor Dr. Mihaela Răescu, Romania
Switching from combustible cigarettes to heated tobacco products (HTP) can boost the oral health of smokers and even increase the success of dental implants. These are the findings of two scientific studies completed by Professor Dr. Mihaela Răescu as part of the Tobacco Harm Reduction Scholarship Programme (THRSP).
The potential for safer nicotine products to help India’s smokers and smokeless tobacco users has been demonstrated in a pair of studies carried out by Samrat Chowdhery as part of the Tobacco Harm Reduction Scholarship Programme (THRSP). As well as showing vaping offers a viable alternative for the country’s 100 million bidi smokers, Samrat’s work also proved that snus could encourage India’s 200 million smokeless tobacco users to switch from harmful traditional products that are linked to 350,000 deaths annually.
Yusuff Adebayo Adebisi
A drive to reduce the harm caused by smoking in Africa has led to international recognition for one of the Tobacco Harm Reduction Scholarship Programme’s graduates. A young pharmacist with a passion for improving global public health, Yusuff Adebayo Adebisi won a Diana Award for his work to raise awareness about the benefits of safer nicotine products (SNP) in his home country of Nigeria. The Diana Award is a prestigious accolade for young people working in social action or humanitarian work established in memory of Diana, Princess of Wales. Now an Enhanced Scholar, Yusuff plans to continue his work by establishing a Tobacco Harm Reduction research hub in Nigeria.
Sahan was working as a Business Consultant advising tobacco farmers about the potential of moving to alternative crops when he discovered the Programme through THR Scholarship Manager, Chimwemwe Ngoma. For his first project he teamed up with fellow Scholar, Blandina Nkhata (see below), to create a short documentary on smoking and tobacco harm reduction in Malawi.
After helping THR Scholarship Manager, Chimwemwe Ngoma, organise events in Malawi, Blandina became very interested in the potential for safer nicotine products to help the country’s 1.1 million smokers. She successfully applied to the Programme with a proposal to create a film exploring attitudes on smoking and tobacco harm reduction in one of the world’s poorest countries. With similar aims to fellow Scholar, Sahan Lungu, the pair joined forces and they created a compelling documentary that posed questions about what affordable SNP might look like in low and middle-income countries.
A filmmaker from Chile, Elisa produced a highquality short documentary on the impacts of the smoking and vaping ban in New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) properties for her Scholarship. Elisa was introduced to the Programme by tobacco harm reduction expert, Helen Redmond, when the pair were working for Community Access, a non-profit organisation helping people living with mental health concerns.
John de Miranda
Smoking prevalence is extremely high among people in recovery or seeking treatment for dependency on alcohol or other drugs, with US studies suggesting anywhere from 49% to 98% smoke. Yet, as John de Miranda revealed in his first Scholarship, treatment programmes often look the other way on smoking, despite its high health risk. John teaches alcohol and drug counsellors in his role at the University of California, San Diego. He saw an opportunity to change things, and developed the Smoking and Recovery Toolkit during his Enhanced Scholarship. It aims to give individuals and service providers the resources they need to address smoking rates using a tobacco harm reduction approach.