Opening Address: Harm reduction in Asia – challenges and the way forward
09:00 - 09:15
Evidence, Policy and Research
Six out of the ten countries with the highest rate for smoking related deaths are in Asia and yet the climate for tobacco harm reduction is predominantly hostile. Progress towards acceptance of tobacco harm reduction consequently lags behind that seen in other countries. This session will explore the main challenges and barriers facing this diverse region which are related to political, economic, scientific, regulatory, cultural and social factors. The session will also address how these challenges might be overcome in the future through international solidarity, goodwill and collaboration. While there are unique challenges facing developing countries in Asia, some common challenges with other countries exist and collectively addressing them would benefit greatly from the sharing of experiences in other, mostly developed countries.
- Prof Tikki Pangestu Visiting Professor - Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore
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