Tobacco Harm Reduction

What is Tobacco Harm Reduction?

Tobacco Harm Reduction is a complimentary approach seeking to prevent or reduce the overall harm caused by smoking tobacco products. We base our approach on the recognition that many people throughout the state continue to smoke tobacco despite the strongest efforts by our health agencies to prevent the continued use smoked tobacco products. Tobacco Harm Reduction takes a unique approach at educating the public and users of smoked tobacco on ‘Switch and Quit’ methods of using reduced harm tobacco products. Keeping people who use smoked tobacco healthy and alive while preventing irreparable damage caused by smoking is regarded as our most urgent priority.

Why Tobacco Harm Reduction?

Abstinence is nearly impossible to achieve using traditional methods and fails 8 out of 10 times, therefore access to reduced harm tobacco products is critically important to smokers who may be unable or are unwilling to quit. There is a dire need in Utah to provide our residents who smoke effective and real options to help minimize risks from continued use of smoked tobacco products. It is therefore essential that our government and public health agencies embrace reduced harm tobacco products and provide education, services and other intervention options to help keep our Utah public healthy and safe. Allowing our residents to suffer or die from preventable causes is no longer an option. Only by embracing all aspects of THR will we see a dramatically improved quality of life for all Utah smokers, their families and friends.

Principles of THR

Our approach to Tobacco Harm Reduction is based on a strong commitment to public health and basic human rights. Tobacco Harm Reduction refers to policies and practices that target the reduction of adverse health and social consequences of the legal use of tobacco. Tobacco Harm Reduction benefits all current users of tobacco products including their families, friends and the wider Utah community.

Dignity and Rights

The Utah Smoke Free Association is nonjudgmental and fight for the rights of all Utah residents wishing to reduce the harms resulting from smoked tobacco usage. Users of smoked tobacco are someones mother, father, son or daughter, brother or sister, friend or coworker. These users do not give up their basic human rights simply because they have chosen to smoke. All Utah residents have a right to the highest standards of health, rights to be employed, to live a sustainable life and to the benefits of scientific and technological advancement regardless of tobacco usage. Ignoring science and technology due to opposing morals and beliefs is reprehensible and deliberately inflicts harm on people who smoke tobacco products. This approach creates and exacerbates risk and harm for the users.

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