60 per cent of the world’s smokers live in Asia and the Far East and nearly half the global deaths from smoking are among people living in this region. If the many millions of smokers living in Asia and the Far East quit smoking and switched to safer nicotine products, countless lives could be saved.
Yet in many Asian nations, tobacco harm reduction efforts are facing significant obstacles, including product bans, the spread of misinformation and disinformation, and international political interference. Public health is also negatively impacted by a concentration of powerful state-owned tobacco companies in the region - which only stand to benefit from a pushback to tobacco harm reduction. Tobacco harm reduction - a burning issue for Asia and the Far East asks what’s going on - and what can be done about it?
The Global State of Tobacco Harm Reduction is a project of Knowledge Action Change (KAC), a private sector public health agency promoting health through harm reduction. The KAC team has over forty years of experience of harm reduction work in drug use, HIV, smoking, sexual health, and prisons. For the launch of Tobacco harm reduction - a burning issue for Asia and the Far East, KAC is partnering with Association of Vapers India, an nonprofit advocacy group that champions the use of vapour products to help smokers quit.