Introduction This document is adapted from a presentation I gave to a joint committee meeting of the Oklahoma House and Senate, October 3, 2012.
The first five pages present my remarks and images of my slides. The next seven pages present brief narratives relative to the most common objections raised by opponents of Tobacco Harm Reduction (THR), with selected bibliographic references.
This document is intended to impart three take home messages:
1. When dealing with tobacco-attributable illness and death, “tobacco” is not our problem. Our problem is cigarette smoke, inhaled deep into the lung.
2. Tobacco Harm Reduction, which I will refer to as “THR,” is the most promising policy option to reduce tobacco-attributable illness and death in the USA.
3. Together, we have a job to do – to put THR “on the table” for discussion and possible implementation.