The concept of harm reduction as part of an anti-smoking strategy

Scientific studies show that certain tobacco products, such as e-cigarettes and devices that heat tobacco, are far less harmful than classic cigarettes.

Doctors should be informed about this and pass that information on to patients, especially those who do not stop smoking. In that way, health workers would make an additional contribution in terms of reducing the damage from tobacco smoke, the panel concluded on the topic of reducing the damage from the consequences of smoking (Tobacco Harm Reduction).

"People have a hard time making decisions that will contribute to their better quality of life - patients continue and after the heart attack, as before, despite promises. They are aware of the damage that cigarettes have to them, but they do not stop," said Dr. Ruven Zimlichman, director of the Bruner Institute for Cardiovascular examinations by Sakler University School of Medicine in Tel Aviv.

"They need a different approach, in order to help them live a healthier life," Zimlichman said.

He reminded of the data of the World Health Organization that there are currently about a billion smokers in the world and that it is estimated that this number will increase in the next five years and pointed out the need to apply the concept of harm reduction and support smokers to switch from classic cigarettes to smokeless tobacco alternatives, such as e-cigarettes and IQOS, to mitigate the many negative effects on their health.

Gisele Baker, an epidemiologist and director of scientific engagement at the company Philip Morris, also claims that the transition from classic cigarettes to IQOS contributes to the improvement of smokers' health. smoke causes.

Baker pointed out that in adult smokers who switched from classic cigarettes to IQOS, reduced exposure and reduced risk of toxins that we know are present in tobacco smoke were recorded, which was confirmed by numerous clinical studies.