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1 UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND SCHOOL OF LAW The Basis of a Comprehensive Regulatory Policy for Reduced Harm Tobacco Products David Sweanor, Adjunct Professor of Law and Medicine, University of Ottawa, Canada

2 The WHO estimates that cigarette smoking will result in a billion deaths this century. The WHO estimates that cigarette smoking will result in a billion deaths this century. Smokers smoke for the nicotine but they die from the smoke. Smokers smoke for the nicotine but they die from the smoke.

3 It is possible to provide massively less toxic alternative products, yet existing approaches to tobacco control focus almost exclusively on complete nicotine cessation. It is possible to provide massively less toxic alternative products, yet existing approaches to tobacco control focus almost exclusively on complete nicotine cessation. This is inconsistent with what science tells us about addiction and self- medication This is inconsistent with what science tells us about addiction and self- medication

4 Reducing risks for continuing users of tobacco/nicotine needs to be integrated into public health campaigns. Reducing risks for continuing users of tobacco/nicotine needs to be integrated into public health campaigns. There are four strategies for reducing death, injury & disease Reducing risks without requiring abstinence is one of them

5 THE WAY FORWARD

6 A regulated marketplace for nicotine delivering products that is based on a pragmatic risk reduction strategy. A regulated marketplace for nicotine delivering products that is based on a pragmatic risk reduction strategy. Combine prevention, cessation and protection with risk reduction

7 The successes and failures of tobacco control efforts to date. Some resounding successes & Canada is one of the best examples Some resounding successes & Canada is one of the best examples But some glaring failures: Psychiatric co-morbidities Psychiatric co-morbidities Undermining the potential of medicinal nicotine Undermining the potential of medicinal nicotine

8 Look at the history of efforts to deal with other causes of death, injury and disease. Nothing comes ‘regulated’ Nothing comes ‘regulated’ Industries morph Industries morph

9 The range and relative risk of alternatives to contemporary cigarettes. The key difference: Combustible vs. Non-combustible The key difference: Combustible vs. Non-combustible But also a big range of risks between different smokefree products But also a big range of risks between different smokefree products

10 The evolving global regulatory environment for tobacco and nicotine products. The evolving global regulatory environment for tobacco and nicotine products. The market is going through changes we’ve seen with other goods and services The market is going through changes we’ve seen with other goods and services

11 The basis of product regulation: Bans Bans Standardization Standardization Political favour Political favour Reducing harm Reducing harm

12 Replacing the abstinence-only paradigm with a pragmatic science- based public health approach that includes risk reduction strategies for continuing users can achieve a great advance for global health. Replacing the abstinence-only paradigm with a pragmatic science- based public health approach that includes risk reduction strategies for continuing users can achieve a great advance for global health.


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