Tobacco free asia
Why take about tobacco free ?
Do people you have the right the make any decision them self?
Are we living in a world where everything that could cause any problem just could be banned?
Food with a high level of fat like Fast food is killing more people then smoking.
Is it not more important to talk about harm reduction?
Tobacco harm reduction
Cigarettes kill, but it's not the nicotine or the tobacco. It's the smoke!
Most everyone knows that smoking is unhealthy, but a lot of people still smoke to get nicotine from tobacco. Few people realize that it is the smoke, not the nicotine or the tobacco that is so unhealthy. The dominant message to smokers is that they must quit or die – there are no other options. But this is simply not true. There are other options for people who cannot or will not stop using nicotine.
Reduce the harm from nicotine use: Go for Snus
Using modern smokeless tobacco products can reduce the risks of tobacco use by about 99% compared to smoking. These products include moist snuff (which is sometimes called by its Swedish name, snus) and chewing tobacco. And you do not have to chew and spit – many modern products require no spitting and are as easy to use as a breath mint. Using pharmaceutical nicotine products would probably provide a similar reduction, but unfortunately the available nicotine patches and gums are not designed to be good long-term alternatives to tobacco.
Of course, this does not mean that someone who does not use nicotine should start using smokeless tobacco. It is easier, cheaper, and a bit healthier to not use nicotine at all. But if you do use it, the worst possible method is smoking. Switching from cigarettes to smokeless tobacco is almost as good as quitting entirely, and is certainly much better than trying to quit and failing.
My point of view: Public health is all about harm reduction