Note: This is the first in a series of blog posts featuring CASAA's public service announcement graphics.
According to the most recent CDC report, only 6.2% of smokers had successfully quit in the previous year. That means 43 million smokers kept smoking, with most believing that they had no safer alternatives. Ignoring this fact, anti-THR advocates continue to push abstinence-only policies and pharmaceutical products, leading the public to believe that those policies are the safest course for smokers. This is simply not true. Every day that someone inhales smoke, instead of using a smoke-free alternative, they are significantly increasing their health risks. Low-risk, smokeless options (such as modern, smoke-free tobacco products and electronic cigarettes) can hep reduce the health risks for those 43 million smokers who cannot or will not quit smoking this year.
CASAA believes that those who are in between quit attempts and those who will not even try to quit this year deserve to know the truth - there are better alternatives to smoking and there are far safer choices if they want them. Let's not dismiss those who continue to smoke as if they "deserve to die" because they can't or won't quit - harm reduction policies work!
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