Clive Bates

Wednesday, March 25 2015 at 8:00PM

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Clive Bates

What's the talk about?

With cigarettes killing 100 million in the 20th Century and as many as 1 billion in the 21st Century on current trends, why is there so much resistance to e-cigarettes and vaping, an alternative to smoking that is at least 95% less risky, and may not be harmful at all? This talk will explore why 'harm reduction' is always controversial, examine the role of academic publishing and alarmist media reporting, and probe the underlying motives and incentives of public health organisations.

About the speaker:

Clive Bates runs the 'Counterfactual' a consultancy and advocacy practice with a widely read blog on tobacco ( He is a former senior civil servant (2003-2012) and former Director of Action on Smoking and Health (1997-2003). He has no competing interests with respect to tobacco industry, pharmaceutical industry or e-cigarette industry.