Africa Must Prioritise Harm Reduction

On October 26, 2023

Experts have tasked African countries to accord priority to tobacco harm reduction by ensuring that regulation of tobacco use on the continent are guided by science not emotions.

Currently, Africa has a smoking prevalence of 8.4% with projection that the continent may likely have a higher percentage of total number of global smokers in the near future.

Wth rising concern over the continuous use of combustible cigarette which is largely responsible for most of the smoking related deaths, there has been calls on smokers who cannot quit to use alternative products which have less harm.

These products like e-cigarettes, vaping, sinus and heated tobacco products are scientifically proven to pose less harm. There are copious researches to show that the harm in them is far lower.