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KAC Calls for Tobacco Harm Reduction Action in Sub-Saharan Africa.

2022-09-23

More than 200,000 people in sub-Saharan Africa die each year from tobacco use, and the region urgently needs to embrace tobacco harm reduction actions, according to a new brief released by the Knowledge Action for Change (KAC) website on Sept. 16 local time.

 

KAC argues that tobacco harm reduction can yield significant public health benefits for sub-Saharan African countries, which is particularly critical at a time when the number of tobacco users across the continent is set to increase to 62 million by 2025.


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"Many people can't or don't want to quit using nicotine, but smoking is deadly." KAC wrote in a press note, "Tobacco Harm Reduction offers smokers the option of switching from combustible cigarettes to safer, less health-risky nicotine products, including e-atomizers, smokeless nicotine pouches and heated tobacco products."

 

Tobacco Harm Reduction in Sub-Saharan Africa, authored by THR Malawi founder Chimwemwe Ngoma, investigates the current status of tobacco harm reduction in 48 countries in sub-Saharan Africa.

 

Chimwemwe said, "To become tobacco-free, sub-Saharan Africa needs safer nicotine products that are locally viable, affordable, appropriate, available and culturally acceptable, supported by reasonable product regulation. To achieve this, African governments should strive to remain independent, conduct their own socio-economic impact assessments, and develop science-based policies that actively pursue tobacco harm reduction."

 

Information source: tabaccoreporter

 

 

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