Tobacco harm reduction, a tobacco control strategy that encourages smokers who cannot quit smoking to switch to harm reduced alternatives, is gaining momentum worldwide.
According to a professor at Imperial College London, up to 98 million consumers worldwide have already made the switch to harm reduced alternatives such as vape and snus.
In England, health authorities support smokers to switch to vaping to quit smoking and vape is now the most popular quit aid. According to a June 2021 report by Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) in the UK, nearly two thirds of current vapers in Great Britain are ex-smokers (64.6%), and this proportion continues to grow.
At the recent virtual US E-Cigarette Summit, Professor Ann McNeill, who specialises in Tobacco Addiction at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London, shared UK’s success in its tobacco control efforts.
In her presentation, she highlighted that the UK topped the Tobacco Control Scale 2019 chart, a report that describes tobacco control activities in 36 European countries. She further added that England has a very balanced approach to vaping, taking into account both compassionate and dispassionate stances.
The Sun Daily – 2021-07-06.