Tobacco harm reduction: Past history, current controversies and a proposed approach for the future

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Abstract

Tobacco harm reduction remains a controversial topic in tobacco control. Tobacco harm reduction involves providing tobacco users who are unwilling or unable to quit using nicotine products with less harmful nicotine-containing products for continued use. The skepticism towards harm reduction is based in part on the experience with low-yield tar/nicotine cigarettes, which were presumed to be associated with lower health risks than higher yield cigarettes and marketed as such by cigarette manufacturers. Only later did the field learn that these cigarettes were a deceptive way for cigarette manufacturers to allay the health concerns over cigarette smoking. Since this experience, there has been a proliferation of tobacco products that might potentially serve as a means to reduce tobacco harm. Some members of the tobacco control community believe that these products have great potential to reduce mortality and morbidity among smokers who completely switch to them. Others believe that we will be addicting another generation to tobacco products. This paper reviews the past history, the current tobacco landscape and controversies, and an approach that might rapidly reduce the yearly half-million deaths associated with cigarette smoking in the U.S.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number106099
JournalPreventive medicine
Volume140
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2020

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
DKH and DMC efforts have been supported by National Institutes of Health grants P01CA217806 and U54DA031659. The contents of this article are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health or the Food and Drug Administration.

Funding Information:
DKH and DMC efforts have been supported by National Institutes of Health grants P01CA217806 and U54DA031659 . The contents of this article are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health or the Food and Drug Administration.

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© 2020

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Copyright 2020 Elsevier B.V., All rights reserved.

Keywords

  • Electronic cigarettes
  • Modified risk tobacco products
  • Reduced nicotine cigarettes
  • Snus
  • Tobacco harm reduction

PubMed: MeSH publication types

  • Journal Article
  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

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