Thursday, November 1, 2012

CAADE endorses tobacco harm reduction

Fr. Jack Kearney, Professor of Human Services and Addiction Studies,Cypress College, Loyola Marymount University, announced in an email last week that the California Association for Alcohol and Drug Educators (CAADE) has formally endorsed tobacco harm reduction (THR) and the use of electronic cigarettes:

To my knowledge this is the first major organization in the addiction treatment world to take such a stand, and I will send this on to other similar groups and ask them for similar support. 
I believe it is a small but important step as this represents support from experts in the addiction profession rather than amateur opinions from groups who take money from the pharmaceutical industry and who seem to be more interested in fighting smoking than helping smokers. 
The specific policy statement and description of CAADE is below.  
(My original motion used the word "smoking" rather than "tobacco", but to get it passed I had to accept a bit of a compromise.) 
The California Association for Alcohol & Drug Educators (CAADE) supports efforts by the addiction treatment community to utilize its treatment expertise in developing tobacco cessation tools that include both abstinence-based and harm-reduction models including the use of electronic cigarettes. 
CAADE accredits addiction studies programs in over 40 colleges and universities in California, Arizona and Nevada. It also issues the highest level of addiction counselor certification in California, and currently represents more than 6000 counselors, college faculty members and students.
CASAA President Elaine Keller had the opportunity to speak with Dr. Lori Phelps, Executive Director of CAADE, during a Wednesday night interview on the VPLive Vape Team show. The interview starts at 00:30:00:

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