Statistically, smokeless users have about the same risk of dying from mouth cancer as automobile users have of dying in a car wreck.
In fact, switching from cigarettes to smokeless provides almost all of the health benefits of complete tobacco abstinence.
Substituting satisfying and vastly safer sources of nicotine for cigarettes is called "tobacco harm reduction." Tobacco harm reduction has worked in Sweden, where men have smoked less and used more smokeless tobacco over the past century than in any other Western country. The result: Swedish men have the lowest rates of lung cancer -- indeed, of all tobacco-related deaths -- in the developed world.
A colleague and I recently published research, based on an analysis of the federal government's National Health Interview Survey, documenting that tobacco harm reduction has also worked for American smokers.
The Royal College characterized harm reduction as "a fundamental component of many aspects of medicine and, indeed, everyday life, yet for some reason effective harm reduction principles have not been applied to tobacco smoking." It concluded, "If nicotine could be provided in a form that is acceptable and effective as a cigarette substitute, millions of lives could be saved."
Senator, your genuine desire to quit tobacco altogether is commendable.
But if you find this goal unachievable, like millions of inveterate
smokers, I urge you t
|SOURCE Dr. Brad Rodu|
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