Helen Redmond Helen Redmond

    Helen is the senior editor of Filter. She has written about nicotine, mental health and drug policy for publications including Al Jazeera, AlterNet, Harper’s and The Influence. As an LCSW, she works with drug users in medical and community mental health settings. An expert on tobacco harm reduction, she provides training and consultation on mental health, nicotine use and THR, and in 2016 organized the first Tobacco Harm Reduction Conference in the US. Helen is also a documentary filmmaker.

    The LEAD Program Faces a Reckoning for Centering Police

    The murder of George Floyd and the explosion of protests against police terror led ...

    New York Times Breonna Taylor Piece Embraces Drug-War Narratives

    Remarkably, a recent 6,000-word New York Times investigative article about Breonna Taylor doesn’t mention ...

    California Ramps Up the War on Vaping With Flavor Ban

    They never stop. Tobacco control organizations in California convinced the California Assembly to pass ...

    Anti-Vaping Forces Again Leverage COVID to Seek Prohibition

    California’s tobacco research mob, obsessed with youth vaping and hell-bent on enacting total vaping ...

    Scrutinizing the Foster System’s Relationship With the War on Drugs

    So many aspects of the racist War on Drugs—stop-and-frisk, mandatory minimum sentencing for crack ...

    Don’t “Defund” the War on Drugs⁠—Cut It Off

    It took the caught-on-camera murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin—and ...

    Hong Kong’s Rejection of Vapes Ban Could Have Welcome Influence

    The Coalition of Asia Pacific Tobacco Harm Reduction Advocates (CAPHRA) has won an important ...

    How India Introduced Methadone Take-Homes in the Pandemic

    “Dear Helen, You will be pleased to know that during the COVID-19 pandemic and ...