Kevin Garcia

Kevin is Filter‘s tobacco harm reduction fellow. He began working in harm reduction as a health educator, providing street-based syringe access services for people who inject drugs. He was later a bilingual medical case manager, providing case management for people living with HIV/AIDS. He has also been a chapter leader and member of the board of directors at Students for Sensible Drug Policy.

Kevin’s tobacco harm reduction fellowship is supported by an independently administered tobacco harm reduction scholarship from Knowledge-Action-Change—an organization that has separately provided restricted grants and donations to support Filter.

Evidence Mounts That Cigarette Sales Surge After Vape Bans

State-level vaping bans are associated with increases in cigarette sales, according to new research. The study, published in the scientific…

April 7, 2022

A Study Was Claimed to Link Vapes to Cigarette “Relapse”—Let’s take a Look

In October, Journal of the American Medical Association published a study that claimed e-cigs were not an aid to help…

December 10, 2021

Denver Passes Ban on Sales of Flavored Vaping Products

[Update, December 12: A few days after the publication of this report, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock used his power of…

December 7, 2021

Heated Denver Council Hearing Debates Vape Flavors Ban

On October 6, Denver City Council (specifically the Safety, Housing, Education and Homelessness Committee) held a public hearing to discuss…

October 15, 2021

How Can We Integrate Nicotine Into Harm Reduction Programs?

Vaping and forms of smokeless tobacco have gained popularity as harm reduction options for millions of ex-smokers around the world.…

October 5, 2021

Vapes Outperform NRT for Smokers Who Have Tried Past Quitting Aids

For people who want to stop or reduce their smoking and have previously been unable to do so using conventional…

August 26, 2021

Vaping Does Not Cause Heart Attacks, Study Finds, Refuting Previous Claims

E-cigarettes are not associated with increased heart attack incidence among people without a history of smoking combustible cigarettes, according to…

August 23, 2021

“Alarmingly High” Number of US Doctors Think Nicotine Causes Cancer

More than 75 percent of US physicians wrongly believe that nicotine directly contributes to the development of cancer and cardiovascular…

August 3, 2021

How Can a Syringe Program Reject Harm Reduction for Smoking?

One day last year, when I was working as a medical case manager at the Colorado Health Network, which operates…

July 28, 2021

A Hugely Promising Study of Psilocybin Treatment for Depression

The first-ever randomized clinical trial of psilocybin-assisted therapy for people with a diagnosis of major depressive disorder was published in…

November 23, 2020