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Title: Tobacco harm reduction: the devil is in the deployment
Author(s): Hastings, Gerard
De, Andrade Marisa
Moodie, Crawford
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Issue Date: 17-Dec-2012
Citation: Hastings G, De Andrade M & Moodie C (2012) Tobacco harm reduction: the devil is in the deployment, BMJ, 345 (7889), p. e8412.
Abstract: First paragraph: The idea of tobacco harm reduction -- that smokers who cannot wean themselves off nicotine should be encouraged to adopt less harmful ways of consuming it -- has much to recommend it. It avoids the trap of making the excellent (complete cessation) the enemy of the good (reduced harm) and provides a way forward where otherwise there is only a cruel impasse. It also provides a clear focus on disease and premature death -- rather than tobacco addiction or corporate power -- and this enemy, like so many medical problems before it, will be defeated with rigorous evidence, effective medicines, and skilled treatment.
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