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 Mystery Lung Disease Caused by “Vaping” Was a Textbook Drug Panic

    The opportunity that tobacco harm reduction haters have been waiting for finally arrived. On ...

    Watch: “Not One More!” Harlem Residents on Overdose Deaths

    To mark International Overdose Awareness Day, I went out on the streets of Harlem ...

    Man Who Died of OD Was Allegedly “Kicked Out of Treatment for Smoking”

    I can’t lose everything,” Paul Reithlinghshoefer told his mother when he relapsed back to ...

    El Chapo’s Trial Was a Drug-War Propaganda Circus

    Extraditing drug dealers from around the world to stand trial in the States is ...

    Nicotine Testing for High Schoolers Is a Drug War-Style Disaster

    As the so-called epidemic of teen vaping continues to garner sensational headlines—“Why vaping is ...

    Filter Video: Inside Portugal’s First Mobile Safe Consumption Site

    In April of this year, Portugal, a country well known for having decriminalized all ...

    US Arrival of Heat-Not-Burn Is Another Option for Smokers to Switch

    Last week the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved IQOS, a device that delivers ...

    Cops Morphing Into Social Workers Is Not a Solution

    All across the US, law enforcement asserts its power through its sheer visibility in ...