Briefing from Clive Bates, Director of Counterfactual:
Public Health (Tobacco and Nicotine Inhaling Products) Bill
Dear Health Committee members,
I write as former Director of Action on Smoking and Health in the UK and currently as an advocate for harm reduction as a critical tobacco control strategy. I have no conflicts of interest concerning the tobacco, vaping or pharmaceutical industries. In this context, harm reduction means supporting smokers or would-be smokers to switch to low-risk smoke-free alternatives to cigarette smoking such as vaping, nicotine pouches or heated tobacco products.
Read the full letter HERE.
About Clive Bates
Clive Bates has had a diverse career in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. He started with the IT company IBM, then switched career to work in the environment movement. From 1997-2003 he was Director of Action on Smoking and Health (UK), campaigning to reduce the harms caused by tobacco. In 2003 he joined Prime Minister Blair’s Strategy Unit as a civil servant and worked in senior roles in the public sector and the United Nations in Sudan. He is now Director of Counterfactual, a consulting and advocacy practice focussed on a pragmatic approach to sustainability and public health.