There are still around 3 million Australians who smoke, and because the existing smoking-cessation products are nicotine replacement therapies Dr Wodak says the Government and public health opposition to tobacco harm reduction through vaping “doesn’t make any sense”.
“A lot of people enjoy nicotine, and the question is, do we want the people who enjoy nicotine to die from it?” he says. “Well, personally I don’t; 21,000 deaths a year from smoking in Australia, that means more deaths from smoking than deaths from alcohol, plus prescription drugs, plus illicit drugs, plus HIV, plus road crashes, plus suicide.”
“Two out of every three long term smokers will die from a smoking- related cause, and the average smoker who dies from smoking loses 10 years of life, that’s a lot.”
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