Smoking combustible cigarettes causes nearly 1 in 5 deaths in the United States. Decades of abstinence-only smoking interventions have reduced smoking rates, but decreases have begun to stagnate and have left many populations behind. Tobacco harm reduction provides a framework for smokers who are unable or unwilling to quit.
R Sheet on Tobacco Harm Reduction
- 1) Although controversial, reduced-risk tobacco products like e-cigarettes, heat-not-burn products and snus help adult smokers minimize the risk of negative health outcomes from tobacco use.
- 2) All proposed regulatory actions should consider the impact on adult smokers, in addition to other populations.
- 3) Risk-proportionate tobacco taxes should be implemented at the state and local levels.
- 4) The FDA should enforce existing minimum- age-of-purchase regulations with fines and inspections.
- 5) Public health agencies should present accurate, unbiased information about the relative risk of e-cigarette use.