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.

International Experts Slam World Health Organization’s Deceptive Vaping Release

The World Health Organization (WHO) published an astonishingly bad Q&A on electronic cigarettes on January 20, full of lies of…

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The Futile Cruelty of the US-Led Drug War in Afghanistan⁠—What Now?

A report published last month by the Washington Post—The Afghanistan Papers: A secret history of the war⁠—confirmed what many of…

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U-Haul’s Hateful Policy of Barring Nicotine Users From Employment

U-Haul? More like U-Hate. The ubiquitous moving-and-storage company has made clear that it hates workers who use nicotine—even on their…

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Fab 5 Freddy Speaks Out Against the “Vaping Scare Campaign”

Fab 5 Freddy, also known as Fred Brathwaite, is a man of prodigious talents. An original “influencer” and hip-hop pioneer,…

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Marijuana and Nicotine Are Trading Places as Prohibitionists’ Target

I don’t much like Los Angeles. The obnoxious car culture, the clogged freeways, the lame public transportation system, expensive smoothie…

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Massachusetts, Planning Asset Forfeiture, Leads the War on Vaping

One of the states to succumb to the national vaping panic—which rages on despite Trump’s recent indication that he may…

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Grappling With the “Promise and Perils” of Public Health

Speakers on a November 7 panel at the Drug Policy Alliance’s Reform conference in St. Louis eloquently examined the complex…

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Eric Garner’s Mother Speaks Out Against Proposed NYC Menthols Ban

Gwendolyn Carr, the mother of  Eric Garner—who was killed by NYPD police officer Daniel Pantaleo with a chokehold while being…

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New York’s Vape Flavor Ban Has Been Blocked—For Now

In a victory for vapers and vape shop owners, a state appellate court imposed a temporary restraining order on New…

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New York Vapers Say Flavor Ban Will Drive Them Back to Cigarettes

New York has joined a wave of bans on sales of flavored vape products that's spreading across US cities and…

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