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  He plans to start an MSW/MPH program in fall of 2021.

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.

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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

Celebrate the Drug Policy Wins, But Don’t Accept Drug Exceptionalism

Election day brought an unprecedented wave of victories for drug policy reform ballot measures in the United States. Oregon passed…

November 10, 2020

The New Federal Minimum Vaping Age Won’t Protect Young People

President Donald Trump signed legislation in December 2019 to amend the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act by raising the…

January 29, 2020