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.

Watch: The War on Vaping Closes a Shop in East Harlem

Spike Babaian is the Swiss Army Knife of vaping. She is a fierce advocate for tobacco harm reduction, a vape…

January 10, 2022

SAMHSA Weighs Permanent Methadone Take-Homes, Decades Too Late

In March 2020, to reduce the risk of COVID-19 infections among patients and staff, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health…

December 15, 2021

National Drug-User Union Emphasizes Tobacco Harm Reduction

Cigarette smoking among people who use illicit drugs doesn’t receive much attention, despite the fact that this population has some…

December 3, 2021

Philly’s Addiction-Treatment Smoking Ban Ends, Leaving Bitter Taste

The horribly misguided smoking and vaping ban in Philadelphia’s city-funded drug treatment programs, including outdoor spaces, has finally been lifted.…

November 19, 2021

Women’s Voices Among Those Absent at the Global Tobacco Control COP

Global tobacco control is deeply political, divisive, and reflects the prevailing gendered and other social hierarchies that influence policy and…

November 12, 2021

UK Will Send a Powerful Message by Allowing NHS to Prescribe Vapes

The UK has long been among the world’s leaders in tobacco harm reduction, and for years the country’s health authorities…

November 9, 2021

The FDA’s Vape Fiasco Will Perpetuate Smoking Deaths

What’s not to love to hate about the Food and Drug Administration’s non-decisions on nicotine vapes? We’re now almost two…

November 2, 2021

Fighting the Last War: An Excoriation of the WHO and Tobacco Control

The image on the cover of the new report, Fighting The Last War: The Who and International Tobacco Control, is…

October 28, 2021

Afghanistan’s “Forever” Drug War Has No End in Sight

“It is time to end the forever war,” declared President Joe Biden. After 20 long, bloody years came the chaotic…

October 6, 2021

New Evidence Exposes Harms of Philly’s Smoking Ban in Drug Treatment

“Huge step backwards for recovery, it sucks!” was how one participant in a new study described the smoking ban in…

September 27, 2021