Daily Archives: July 4, 2011

Opinions on labels vary among local smokers, doctors

When you pick up your favorite cigarette pack next year, you could find a photo of a diseased lung staring you down and challenging your decision to smoke.

Can Cigarette Alternatives Deliver a Safer Fix?

Tobacco harm reduction—encouraging the use of cigarette alternatives as a way to reduce the public health impact of smoking—is the subject of fierce debate in the public health community.1 Some believe such alternatives perpetuate nicotine addiction in smokers and may even be manufactured and marketed specifically to keep smokers smoking.3 “The goal should be relief from addiction to nicotine, not long-term maintenance,” says Norman Edelman, chief medical officer for the American Lung Association.