Despite the reductions in smoking that have been achieved, millions of adult Americans continue to smoke. For the foreseeable future, this will remain the case. Because of this practical reality, some stakeholders in the public health community are increasingly recognizing that policies directed at end points other than the total elimination of smoking, such as reduced exposure, should be adopted. In that regard, a broader notion of tobacco harm reduction is increasingly being advocated as a potentially important goal to pursue in addressing tobacco-related public health concerns.
You can learn more at the Transforming Tobacco section of the Reynolds American Inc. website about R.J. Reynolds' approach to tobacco harm reduction.
In 2008, the American Association of Public Health Physicians published a white paper adopting migration as a tobacco harm reduction strategy.
See what some scientists and public health officials say about tobacco use and harm reduction.
– Nitzkin and Rodu, American Association of Public Health Physicians, 2008
Views on Tobacco Harm Reduction
– Sweanor et al., International Journal of Drug Policy, 2007
– Matt Myers, president, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids
– Dr. Gregory Connolly, director - tobacco contral research Harvard School of Public Health
– Royal College of Physicians, 2007
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