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Public Health Implications of Smokeless Tobacco Use as a Harm Reduction Strategy

Citation

Savitz, David A; .; Meyer, Roger E.; Tanzer, Jason M.; Mirvish, Sidney S.; & Lewin, Freddi (2006). Public Health Implications of Smokeless Tobacco Use as a Harm Reduction Strategy. American Journal of Public Health, 96(11), 1934-1939. PMCID: PMC1751814

Abstract

Harm reduction strategies involve promoting a product that has adverse health consequences as a substitute for one that has more severe adverse health consequences. Smokeless tobacco low in nitrosamine content offers potential benefits in reducing smoking prevalence rates. Possible harm arises from the potential for such products to serve as a gateway to more harmful tobacco products, public misinterpretation of "less harmful" as "safe," distraction from the public health goal of tobacco elimination, and ethical issues involved in advising those marketing these harmful products. We offer a research agenda to provide a stronger basis for evaluating the risks and benefits of smokeless tobacco as a means of reducing the adverse health effects of tobacco.

URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.2105/AJPH.2005.075499

Reference Type

Journal Article

Year Published

2006

Journal Title

American Journal of Public Health

Series Title

Am J Public Health. 2007 Feb;97(2):202

Author(s)

Savitz, David A
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Meyer, Roger E.
Tanzer, Jason M.
Mirvish, Sidney S.
Lewin, Freddi

PMCID

PMC1751814