Washington: Replacing smoking products with e-cigarettes or modern, spit-free smokeless tobacco can greatly reduce risk of disease and death in smokers, say scientists.These products provide a much safer alternative for those smokers who are unable or unwilling to quit smoking because they continue to deliver nicotine without the harmful effect of smoking.That is the message of Brad Rodu, D.D.S., professor of medicine at the University of Louisville (UofL) School of Medicine and the Endowed Chair in Tobacco Harm Reduction at UofL’s James Graham Brown Cancer Center at an annual science meet.“Quit or die: That’s been the brutal message delivered to 45 million American smokers, and it has helped contribute to 443,000 deaths per year, according to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,” Rodu said.“The truth, however, is that total nicotine and tobacco abstinence is unattainable and unnecessary for many smokers. “Nicotine is addictive, but it is not the cause of any smoking-related disease. Like caffeine, nicotine can be used safely by consumers,” he stated.Rodu’s findings were based on his almost 20 years of research. While no tobacco product is completely safe, smokeless products have been shown to be 98 percent safer than cigarettes.
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