Speaking at the International Conference on Harm Reduction in Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs), Professor David Khayat, a French oncologist, clarified the harm-reduction approach: "As an oncologist, I encourage my patients to quit. But if they can't, I must offer them alternatives."
"We need to support patients who have failed with other methods," he said. "Even when people know that smoking is bad for their health, they continue to smoke.
[...] As oncologists, our role is not to eradicate tobacco. We want to eradicate cancer. We want our patients to live. Today's alternatives are heated tobacco and e-cigarettes. [...]