Tobacco Harm Reduction 2010
a yearbook of recent research and analysis

Carl V. Phillips and Paul L. Bergen, editors

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THR2010 is an anthology of important writings about tobacco harm reduction, primarily from 2009 and early 2010. The period covered has seen important developments in both the scientific research and politics of THR, particularly the explosion of interest in electronic cigarettes and efforts by tobacco companies to promote low-risk alternatives to smoking. Anyone interested in tobacco use or harm reduction should find something of interest, from general overviews to political analyses. While some chapters report on more technical scientific research or philosophy, even those should be accessible to most interested readers. In spite of the technical subject matter, many of the chapters are genuinely entertaining as well as being educational.

For more information, please see the list of contents below, or just download a free digital copy and read the introduction. Bound versions of this collection of over 300 pages will be available soon.

  1. Introduction
    Carl V. Phillips & Paul L. Bergen

  2. Tobacco – the greatest untapped potential for harm reduction
    Carl V. Phillips, Karyn K. Heavner & Paul L. Bergen

  3. Still fiddling whilst cigarettes burn?
    Adrian Payne

  4. Switching to smokeless tobacco as a smoking cessation method:
    Evidence from the 2000 National Health Interview
    Brad Rodu & Carl V. Phillips

  5. Why do anti-smoking groups oppose tobacco harm reduction? A historical perspective
    Christopher Snowdon

  6. A tobacco-free society or tobacco harm reduction:
    Which objective is best for the remaining smokers in Scandinavia? (excerpts)
    Karl Erik Lund

  7. The implicit ethical claims made in anti-tobacco harm reduction rhetoric
    – a brief overview
    Catherine M. Nissen, Carl V. Phillips & Courtney E. Heffernan

  8. Debunking the claim that abstinence is usually healthier for smokers
    than switching to a low-risk alternative, and other observations about
    anti-tobacco-harm-reduction arguments
    Carl V. Phillips

  9. Systematic review of the relation between smokeless tobacco and cancer
    in Europe and North America (abstract)
    The relation between smokeless tobacco and cancer in Northern Europe
    and North America. A commentary on differences between the conclusions
    reached by two recent reviews
    Peter N. Lee & Jan Hamling

  10. University student smokers’ perceptions of risks and barriers to harm reduction
    Karen Geertsema, Carl V. Phillips & Karyn K. Heavner

  11. Comment to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration summarizing the rationale for tobacco harm reduction
    Brad Rodu

  12. Public comment regarding tobacco harm reduction to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration from
    Carl V. Phillips. Paul L. Bergen, Karyn K. Heavner & Catherine M. Nissen

  13. Submission to the UK Department of Health:
    The role for harm reduction within tobacco control
    David O’Reilly

  14. Comment to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration from Phillip Morris USA
    and US Smokeless Tobacco Company regarding harm reduction
    James E. Dillard

  15. An analog visual comparison of best, current and worst case scenarios
    in (tobacco) harm reduction; numeracy-aiding tools to get the message across
    Paul L. Bergen & Courtney E. Heffernan

  16. The fluid concept of smoking addiction
    Stanton Peele

  17. Electronic cigarettes are the tobacco harm reduction phenomenon of the year
    - but will they survive?
    Paul L. Bergen & Courtney E. Heffernan

  18. Vapefest 2010: A report from a conference of electronic cigarette supporters
    Bill Godshall

  19. Electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) as potential tobacco harm reduction products:
    Results of an online survey of e-cigarette users
    Karyn K. Heavner, James Dunworth, Paul L. Bergen, Catherine M. Nissen & Carl V. Phillips

  20. Two petitions from the American Association of Public Health Physicians
    Joel L. Nitzkin

Thanks again to the authors and everyone else who contributed to making this book possible.

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Topics covered in this book include:
  • epidemiology of tobacco harm reduction

  • health benefits of tobacco harm reduction

  • politics of tobacco harm reduction

  • communication about tobacco harm reduction

  • smokeless tobacco / snus

  • electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes)

  • tobacco harm reduction in the United States, Sweden, and Norway

  • comments to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (U.S. FDA)

  • harm reduction ethics

  • presentations at the 2010 International Harm Reduction Association meetings (Liverpool)

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