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.

Mexico Supreme Court Nixes Import Ban on “Heat-Not-Burn” Harm Reduction Products

On July 16, Mexico’s Supreme Court ruled that heated tobacco products (HTP), sometimes known as "heat-not-burn" products, will be exempted…

July 22, 2021

“I Rarely Vape Until Cocktail Hour”—Patt Denning’s THR Journey

Dr. Patt Denning has been a leading harm reduction advocate for over 30 years. A co-founder of the Harm Reduction…

July 15, 2021

Why a Menthol Cigarette Ban Cannot Be the Answer

It's Been A Long Time Coming...A Long Time Coming...But I Know A Change is Gonna Come...Oh Yes It Will! The…

June 9, 2021

The Methadone Manifesto: A Powerful Blow Against the Clinic System

The Methadone Manifesto is a brilliant, badass, long-overdue gut punch to the antiquated US methadone clinic system. Written by members…

May 12, 2021

One Year Into COVID, Methadone Deliveries Show the Way Forward

Created in the spring of 2020, the New York City Methadone Delivery System (MDS) was the first program of its…

April 22, 2021

Study Shows How Much Vapes Can Help Smokers With Schizophrenia

A groundbreaking study from Italy with adults who have schizophrenia spectrum disorders found that using JUUL vapes helped some 40…

March 22, 2021

Boston’s “Methadone Mile” and the Wars on Drug Users, Unhoused People

Four gentrifying Boston neighborhoods—Roxbury, Dorchester, the South End and South Boston—collide and form the intersection of Massachusetts Ave and Melnea…

February 9, 2021

Biden Has a COVID Plan, But Won’t Learn Deeper Health Care Lessons

Donald Trump, the corrupt, narcissistic demagogue, has left the Whitehouse in the midst of a pandemic that killed 400,000 people…

January 21, 2021

Ten Photos From 2020 That Reflect 2021’s Biggest Challenges

Few years in living memory have been as dramatic and distressing as 2020, and many of us were glad to…

January 4, 2021

Burning Issues: A Call to Liberate Vapes and Vapers

“Tobacco harm reduction is good public health and health promotion, starting with the people who matter: smokers and those who…

December 1, 2020