A long-term view of harm reduction

Nigel J. Gray, Jack E. Henningfield

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The concept of harm reduction is controversial, as it brings to mind the failures, public misconceptions, and undermining of prevention associated with the low-tar cigarette campaign. Modern cigarettes are, however, unnecessarily carcinogenic and toxic, a situation that could be improved by sensible and serious regulation of the contents of tobacco smoke. The risks potentially associated with reducing levels of known toxicants in cigarettes are tiny in comparison with the acceptance of the status quo, which is disastrous. Failure to act in these circumstances is negligence.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)759-764
Number of pages6
JournalNicotine & tobacco research : official journal of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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