Are you in favor of the concept of Tobacco Harm Reduction?
Harm Reduction is a public health practice that recognizes that while it is impossible to completely eliminate behaviors that are risky, some harmful effects can be mitigated. An applied example is providing seatbelts. We can’t stop everyone from the risky business of riding in cars, but seatbelts can reduce the injuries and deaths from car crashes. Tobacco Harm Reduction seeks to reduce the harmful effects of inhaling smoke by providing acceptable substitute sources of nicotine. These substitutes include modern smoke-free tobacco products that have most of the cancer-causing chemicals removed such as snus and the new dissolvable tobacco products, vaporized nicotine from electronic cigarettes, and long-term use of “medicinal” nicotine products such as the patch, gum, and lozenges. Public health experts estimate that up to 99% of the “tobacco-related” diseases can be eliminated if smokers switch to one or more of these alternative products.
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