Harry Shapiro had worked in the UK drugs field since 1979 involved in communications, information, writing, editing, public speaking and lecturing. From 2000-2015, he was Director of Communications for DrugScope and was their main media spokesperson. He is now Director of DrugWise, an online drug information service. He entered the world of tobacco harm reduction in 2016 as rapporteur for the GFN conference, began a weekly blog for Nicotine Science and Policy Digest in January 2017 and is the lead author and editor of the first Global State of Tobacco Harm Reduction report due to be published in October.