Samrat Chowdhery

Samrat is a journalist and consumer advocate based in Mumbai, India.

Will New Bloomberg Funds Spread Vape Bans in Low-Income Countries?

In February, billionaire Michael Bloomberg’s charitable organization Bloomberg Philanthropies announced an additional tobacco control commitment of $420 million. A significant…

March 30, 2023

Taiwan Is About to Ban the Use of Nicotine Vapes

Taiwan looks set to become the next country in Asia to ban nicotine vaping products. On January 12, amendments to…

January 24, 2023

Pakistan Nicotine-Pouch Surge Brings Harm Reduction Hope in South Asia

Globally, almost a third of tobacco consumers use oral products. Smokeless tobacco (SLT) is generally safer than combustibles. But traditional…

December 16, 2022

Philippines Vaping Policy Could Be a Model for the Rest of Asia

Amid intensifying debate over the regulation of novel nicotine products, the Philippines—despite being known for the murderous drug war waged…

November 8, 2022

Can Tobacco Harm Reduction Work for India’s Poor?

Tobacco use is a poor person’s problem. People with low incomes consume and grow it the most and suffer the…

April 30, 2021

Why India Is Tobacco Harm Reduction’s Most Important Frontier

Tobacco is India’s Trojan horse. It was brought to our shores five centuries ago on Portuguese ships. Indians readily took…

September 25, 2018