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.

NZ Hospital Leads the Way by Giving Vapes to Patients Who Smoke

The Whanganui District Health Board (DHB) has announced that its hospital on New Zealand’s North Island will go smoke-free on…

June 23, 2022

“Gone With the Smoke”—San Francisco Harm Reductionist Talks Vapes

Jason Norelli is a harm reduction navigation manager at Glide in San Francisco. I interviewed him for the video above at…

June 15, 2022

Vaping Works Better Than Nicotine Patches for Pregnant Smokers

A new study published in Nature Medicine found that pregnant smokers were more likely to quit when using e-cigarettes than…

May 25, 2022

The Methadone Clinic System Needs Abolition, Not a Tepid Reform Bill

Peter Vanderkloot’s groundbreaking article—Methadone: Medicine, Harm Reduction or Social Control—hit me hard. As a social worker, I helped people who…

May 23, 2022

Vapes and Methadone: An All-Round Harm Reduction Story

Danielle Russell is a third-year PhD student at Arizona State University, and a co-investigator on a current study examining access…

April 28, 2022

Taliban Announces Cruel Poppy Ban During Afghan Harvest Season

What’s that time-worn saying about doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results? Drug prohibition is the…

April 8, 2022

Researchers Expose the Pitiful Quality of Highly Cited Vaping Studies

Research on the safety and efficacy of vaping has been hotly contested for over a decade. The two sides are…

March 31, 2022

The Tenderloin Suffers Under Another Inhumane Crackdown

“The Tenderloin is a beautifully complicated area. It’s rich in all sorts of intersecting narratives. Sadly, some people fear it,…

March 30, 2022

There Has to Be a Better Way to Free Methadone

I had a gut feeling there would be gaslighting, but I didn’t think it would start the minute Dr. Alan…

March 9, 2022

Watch: Adults Love Flavors, Says World-Renowned Vaping Researcher

Fruit- and other sweet-flavored e-liquids and cartridges are at the heart of a vaping policy schism. Lined up on one…

February 28, 2022