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Global and local perspectives on tobacco harm reduction: What are the issues and where do we go from here?

In recent years, a number of novel nicotine products have been developed which have the potential to reduce the harms of tobacco smoking. These include electronic cigarettes and devices that heat rather than burn tobacco in addition to the traditional Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) medications and smokeless tobacco. Collectively these represent a movement towards tobacco harm reduction approaches which have the potential to contribute to reducing smoking related disease. However, although some countries have embraced the concept, tobacco harm reduction has not been, and is not, widely accepted or implemented, with heavy sanctions on reduced risk nicotine containing products in some countries. 

This thematic series of Harm Reduction Journal seeks to examine the philosophy, policy culture, effectiveness, implementation, underlying mechanisms and possible unintended consequences of tobacco harm reduction initiatives as a public health intervention from both global and local perspectives.

Edited by Sharon Cox, PhD (London South Bank University, UK) and Lynne Dawkins, PhD (London South Bank University, UK).

  1. Understanding the role that flavors play in the population’s use of e-cigarettes and the impact that flavored e-cigarette products have on the population’s use of more harmful tobacco products, like convention...

    Authors: Christopher Russell, Neil McKeganey, Tiffany Dickson and Mitchell Nides
    Citation: Harm Reduction Journal 2018 15:33
  2. We have little understanding of how vapers use e-cigarettes beyond cessation. E-cigarettes may have a role to play in reducing the health-related harms of tobacco smoking, through not only assisting smoking ce...

    Authors: Caitlin Notley, Emma Ward, Lynne Dawkins and Richard Holland
    Citation: Harm Reduction Journal 2018 15:31
  3. Before the 1980s in the USA, smokeless tobacco carried no health warnings, was not judged to cause disease, and was a declining practice. In 1986, the federal government passed legislation requiring rotating w...

    Authors: Lynn T. Kozlowski
    Citation: Harm Reduction Journal 2018 15:21