Clearing The Smoke: Assessing The Science Base For Tobacco Harm Reduction
Keywords: tobacco, harm, reduction, base, science, smoke, assessing, clearing
Despite overwhelming evidence of tobacco's harmful effects and pressure from anti-smoking advocates, current surveys show that about one-quarter of all adults in the United States are smokers.This audience is the target for a wave of tobacco products and pharmaceuticals that claim to preserve tobacco pleasure while reducing its toxic effects. Clearing the Smoke addresses the problems in evaluating whether such products actually do reduce the health risks of tobacco use. Within the context of regulating such products, the committee explores key questions:
- Does the use of such products decrease exposure to harmful substances intobacco?
- Is decreased exposure associated with decreased harm to health?
- Are there surrogate indicators of harm that could be measured quickly enough for regulation of these products?
- What are the public health implications?
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