Facing The Tobacco Industry – 2
Of course, many people on the public health side are not thrilled at the idea of more widespread smokeless tobacco use either (and I’m guessing that your immediate reaction to the idea is probably not warm and fuzzy). But I’d encourage you to really look into the evidence on this if you are interested (or even if you just think I’m crazy). You can see my slides and listen to audio recordings of 2 of my presentations at the UK Smoking Cessation Conference online at:
Foulds J. “Tobacco Harm Reduction.” Invited plenary presentation at the First UK National Conference on Smoking Cessation, London, UK. July 9& 10, 2005. The slides and full audio recording of this presentation are available online at:
Foulds J. “Smokeless tobacco: Problems and Opportunities” Invited plenary presentation at the second UK National Conference on Smoking Cessation, Gateshead, UK. June 26, 2006. Audio and slides available online at:
You can access my slides and presentation notes for the TMA meeting this month at..
(This is a large powerpoint file that may take a few minutes to download and is best viewed in “normal view” format to access the accompanying comments).
If you want to learn more about the form of smokeless tobacco called “Swedish snus” you can download pdfs of a couple of articles I’ve written on it from this website:
http://www.tobaccoprogram.org/staffarticles.htm(I’d recommend the ones by Foulds, Ramstrom etc in 2003, and Ramstrom & Foulds 2006).
Just to be absolutely clear, smokeless tobacco is very far from harmless. I would not recommend anyone to use it. If you are thinking of quitting smoking or quitting smokeless tobacco then that is absolutely the best thing you can do for your health. If you are looking for something to help you quit then one of the safe and effective FDA-approved smoking cessation medicines, plus some counseling from a trained professional is the way to go. But if the tobacco industry are to stay in business selling tobacco (and there's every reason to think that will continue, whether we like it or not), I'd rather it was by selling a product that can feed nicotine addiction without causing lung cancer or emphysema.