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t’s an interesting question, buoyed by the fact that over the last seven years - in the UK at least - the smoking prevalence rate has steadily declined, and is now at a record low (15.8% based on the Office of National Statistics Annual Population Survey, and the Opinions and Lifestyle Survey data). This puts the UK in third place within Europe, bested by Finland and Swevden. Sweden, of course, is home to Snus; a smokeless tobacco product. A product that is also substantially less harmful than lit tobacco, and is widely regarded (thanks to the extremely low rates of tobacco-related diseases in Sweden) as a “safe” product, as well as a viable alternative to cigarettes. Unfortunately, Snus has been banned throughout the EU since 1992 with one of the reasons being “a fear that it could become a gateway to

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smoking for young people.” (Where have we heard that before?) To date, Sweden still has the lowest smoking prevalence in Europe and the lowest tobacco mortality rates. Both cigarettes and snus are widely available, as are e-cigarettes - for now. It might have taken the UK longer to get its smoking prevalence down without Snus, but it is getting there, and a lot of that can be attributed (directly or indirectly) to e-cigarettes. Which brings me onto the next point. Dr Derek Yach, former WHO cabinet director and executive director for noncommunicable diseases and mental health, and one of the key people involved with the development of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control treaty is the founder and president-designate for a new initiative - the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World.

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