Misconceptions about THR abound

July 05, 2024 by observerbd.com

Misconceptions about THR abound

Tobacco Harm Reduction (THR) is crucial for aiding smokers in countries with limited cessation resources like Bangladesh. Misconceptions about nicotine and harm reduction hinder progress. Scientific evidence supports THR's effectiveness and lower risk compared to smoking. Harsh regulations, as seen in India, lead to black markets and public health risks. Integrating THR into national strategies involves education, regulatory balance, and prioritizing scientific evidence. Countries like the UK and Sweden show success with THR. Embracing THR can reduce smoking-related harm and assist smokers in quitting, emphasizing the difference between nicotine and combustion-related harms.

18.60% of the adult population are current smokers. There are approximately 21.9 million current smokers in Bangladesh 36.40% of men are current smokers but only 0.50% of women.



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