We are on the cusp of a radical transformation in the way our society uses tobacco. Cigarette consumption is in substantial, protracted decline as tobacco consumers switch to smoke-free products like smokeless tobacco and e-cigarettes.
This isn't America's first large-scale change in tobacco habits; in the early 1900s, cigarettes replaced chewing tobacco. This is,
The evidence has been mounting for a long time. I published my first scientific studies on vastly safer smoke-free cigarette substitutes almost 20 years ago. Britain's Royal College of Physicians, one of the world's oldest and most prestigious medical societies, reported in 2002: "As a way of using nicotine, the consumption of non-combustible [smokeless] tobacco is on the order of 10-1,000 times less hazardous than smoking, depending on the product." The report continued with an even bolder statement, acknowledging that some smokeless manufacturers may want to market their products "as a 'harm reduction' option for nicotine users,
In 2007, the Royal College challenged governments to consider "...that smokers smoke predominantly for nicotine, that nicotine itself is not especially hazardous,Signamax
Big tobacco companies are already adapting to the demand for smoke-free tobacco. Altria, the largest American cigarette manufacturer, will sell e-cigarettes throughout Indiana in August. Number two Reynolds American believes that "governments,USB Flash Drive Savory Food. Carry these cool "food" USB Flash Drive with you, and you'll have no trouble in some situations.
Lorillard, the nation's third largest cigarette maker, is taking an aggressive smoke-free posture in the public policy arena as it promotes its Blu e-cigarette brand.Different
Sadly, the potential of tobacco harm reduction is threatened by opposition from many major medical organizations and government agencies. Obsessed with a myopic vision of a tobacco-free society, they have transformed a legitimate war on smoking into a moral crusade against tobacco, a mistake that was tragically made with alcohol almost 100 years ago.
Congress has prohibited tobacco marketers from any communication with smokers regarding safer alternatives without the express approval of the FDA. So far, the agency has taken a hard line, claiming, falsely, that, "To date, no tobacco products have been scientifically proven to reduce risk of tobacco-related disease, improve safety or cause less harm than other tobacco products." The agency is defying a key element of its stated mission - "to provide the American public with factual and accurate information about tobacco products."
In an effort to kill the nascent smoke-free market, the FDA is slow-walking development of necessary regulations. In March 2012, it signaled the extraordinary lengths that companies will have to go to in order to have a product accepted as "modified [i.e., reduced] risk. In essence, the agency will require dozens of new studies on minute product details and human effects, which will likely take a decade or more.