Tobacco Harm Reduction Forum Provides Insight on Health-Related Issues of Both Cigarettes and Smokeless Tobacco Products

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An October 9, 2007 article by Becky Bell on the website of Southern Arkansas University describes a visit by ACSH's Jeff Stier to participate in a panel on smokeless tobacco as a means of harm reduction:

Smoking can kill, but nicotine addicts might have a healthier outcome if they choose a smokeless form of tobacco according to Jeff Stier, Esq., Associate Director of the American Council on Science and Health.

"If you don't use tobacco, you shouldn't start because none of it is good for you on any level," Stier of New York City said. "But there are in fact different forms of tobacco that will affect you differently."

Statistics from the American Council of Science and Health show that more than 400,000 smokers die each year from smoking-related diseases.

Stier was one of six panelists of the Tobacco Harm Reduction Forum who met Monday night in the Grand Hall of the Donald W. Reynolds Campus and Community Center to debate tobacco and the controversies that linger about what health impact smokeless tobacco has compared to smoking cigarettes. While Stier was adamant that smokeless tobacco would not cause devastating diseases such as emphysema, lung cancer and heart disease, all other members of the panel stood their ground that tobacco in any form should be avoided under all circumstances.

See also: booklet, and brochure on smokeless tobacco as harm reduction.

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