Tobacco Harm Reduction

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Tobacco cigarette smoke contains approximately 250 different chemicals known to be harmful to human health. The health impacts associated with smoking and second hand smoke are well documented to include cancer and chronic lung disease among others. Tobacco harm reduction is a concept to minimize the impacts of tobacco on the individual and on society at large.
Earlier key component of this strategy was nicotine replacement therapy as a substitute to tobacco cigarettes. This paper elaborates further on available information associated with electronic cigarettes and their usage as alternatives to nicotine replacement therapy in respective to tobacco harm reduction.

Introduction

Tobacco cigarette smoke contain approximately 7,000 different chemicals out of which 250 are known to be harmful to human health.
1. Tobacco smoking causes cancers, heart disease, stroke, diabetes and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
2 Smoking is responsible for 9 out of every 10 lung cancer deaths and 8 out of every 10 deaths from COPD. Smokers are more than 25 times more likely to develop lung cancer than non-smokers. Cigarette smoke contains high amounts of a number of different carcinogens which cause cancers anywhere in the body, with lung cancer and head and neck cancers being common among smokers.
Tobacco cigarette smoke contains at least 69 known carcinogens, including nitrosamines, formaldehyde and several heavy metals. Smoking causes cancers of the lung, esophagus, larynx, mouth, throat, kidney, bladder, liver, pancreas, stomach, cervix, colon and rectum, as well as acute myeloid leukemia.1 In addition, smokers are more than twice as likely to have myocardial infarction as non-smokers.
3 Smoking while pregnant can lead to low birth weight in newborns, cleft lips, stillbirths and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
4 Additionally, smoking affects the health of bones, teeth and gums.
5 For the aforementioned health related issues, the development of a tobacco harm reduction strategy is important to lower the overall usage of tobacco cigarettes.

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Tobacco cigarette smoke contains approximately 250 different chemicals known to be harmful to human health. The health impacts associated with smoking and second hand smoke are well documented to include cancer and chronic lung disease among others. Tobacco harm reduction is a concept to minimize the impacts of tobacco on the individual and on society at large.
Earlier key component of this strategy was nicotine replacement therapy as a substitute to tobacco cigarettes. This paper elaborates further on available information associated with electronic cigarettes and their usage as alternatives to nicotine replacement therapy in respective to tobacco harm reduction.

Introduction

Tobacco cigarette smoke contain approximately 7,000 different chemicals out of which 250 are known to be harmful to human health.
1. Tobacco smoking causes cancers, heart disease, stroke, diabetes and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
2 Smoking is responsible for 9 out of every 10 lung cancer deaths and 8 out of every 10 deaths from COPD. Smokers are more than 25 times more likely to develop lung cancer than non-smokers. Cigarette smoke contains high amounts of a number of different carcinogens which cause cancers anywhere in the body, with lung cancer and head and neck cancers being common among smokers.
Tobacco cigarette smoke contains at least 69 known carcinogens, including nitrosamines, formaldehyde and several heavy metals. Smoking causes cancers of the lung, esophagus, larynx, mouth, throat, kidney, bladder, liver, pancreas, stomach, cervix, colon and rectum, as well as acute myeloid leukemia.1 In addition, smokers are more than twice as likely to have myocardial infarction as non-smokers.
3 Smoking while pregnant can lead to low birth weight in newborns, cleft lips, stillbirths and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
4 Additionally, smoking affects the health of bones, teeth and gums.
5 For the aforementioned health related issues, the development of a tobacco harm reduction strategy is important to lower the overall usage of tobacco cigarettes.

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