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.

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

COPD Patients Who Switch From Smoking to Vaping See Long-Term Benefits

Researchers at the Center of Excellence for the Acceleration of Harm Reduction (CoEHAR*) in Catania, Italy have just published a…

November 9, 2020

Māori Women Benefit From a Harm Reduction Approach to Smoking

Smoking rates among Indigenous peoples have remained stubbornly high around the world, despite stigmatizing anti-smoking campaigns and massive increases in…

October 15, 2020

The LEAD Program Faces a Reckoning for Centering Police

The murder of George Floyd and the explosion of protests against police terror led by the Black Lives Matter (BLM)…

September 17, 2020

“The Drum Beat in My Head Gets Louder”—Meet DPA’s New Leader

“Is it going to be Kassandra?” There’s a reason that question was asked over and over in harm reduction circles…

September 10, 2020

New York Times Breonna Taylor Piece Embraces Drug-War Narratives

Remarkably, a recent 6,000-word New York Times investigative article about Breonna Taylor doesn’t mention the War on Drugs. Not once.…

September 3, 2020

California Ramps Up the War on Vaping With Flavor Ban

They never stop. Tobacco control organizations in California convinced the California Assembly to pass SB 793 on August 24, after…

August 27, 2020