The Spectrum of Harm
11:20 - 11:35
Safety and Health Effects
Why do people smoke? We know that it is largely for the nicotine, and that tobacco in the form of cigarettes delivers nicotine very rapidly, together with other compounds that enhance its effects. However, different nicotine-containing products (including e-cigarettes, but also heat-not-burn and smokeless products) differ dramatically in the levels of harm associated with their use. Whether these products are likely to have a net beneficial impact on public health depends on a number of factors, including how effectively they help people switch from cigarettes, but also their relative harm compared to cigarettes.
- Professor Marcus Munafò Professor of Biological Psychology - University of Bristol, UK Centre for Tobacco and Alcohol Studies (UKTAS)
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