What Is Tobacco Harm Reduction?



Tobacco harm reduction describes actions taken to lower the health risks associated with using tobacco or nicotine. Tobacco smoking remains one of the most important health concerns in our society, making harm reduction a very important strategy to consider. With proven links to serious chronic diseases, it is the leading cause of death and disability in the world. As of May 2013, approximately 1 billion people smoke tobacco worldwide. About 20% of Canadians (6 million people) smoke, as well as 19% of Americans (43.8 million people). Numbers are similar or higher in other developed countries.

Consumption of tobacco products is increasing globally, although it is decreasing in some high-income and upper-middle-income countries. Tobacco addiction has been proven to be one of the hardest to quit, with a failure rate over 70% worldwide. The world needs better alternatives that can help with tobacco harm reduction and for us vaping serves that purpose.

These facts make tobacco harm reduction an important strategy for society to adopt.

Some technologies and strategies encompassing Tobacco Harm Reduction:

  • Nicotine & Non-Nicotine Vaping and E-Cigarettes

  • Heat Not Burn Technology

  • Self Will & Guided Videos / Books

  • Family & Support Groups

  • Nicotine Replacement Therapy (like, Gums, patches, sprays, etc)

  • Pharmaceutical Drugs