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Polosa, Pakistan: first speech on tobacco harm reduction strategies

Prof. Riccardo Polosa, founder of the CoEHAR, was among the leading experts who were invited to join the "Second Round Table Conference on Scientific Evidence Towards Tobacco harm Reduction" in Islamabad, Pakistan.

Prof. Riccardo Polosa, founder of the CoEHAR, was among the leading experts who were invited to join the “Second Round Table Conference on Scientific Evidence Towards Tobacco harm Reduction” in Islamabad, Pakistan.

According to the latest data, there are 31 millions smokers in Pakistan: a bad habit that causes serious health implications and around 110,000 die as a result. In a 2021 qualitative analysis conducted in Pakistan, author concluded that “knowledge about HRPs, especially e-cigarettes, can best be described as vague”.

A situation that clearly underlines the need of new approaches to control tobacco addiction in the country.

For this reason, eminent cardiologists, physicians, diabetologist and pulmonologist were invited to be part of the “Second Round Table Conference on Tobacco Harm Reduction” on 13th November, 2022 in Islamabad Serena Hotel.

Prof. Riccardo Polosa, founder of the CoEHAR, held his first speech about scientific evidence on tobacco harm reduction in Pakistan: a great occasion to discuss new public health approaches and the latest scientific data.

The speech “Smoke free products: the case for harm reduction in pulmonary setting” was held on Sunday 13 November.

We need to work on prevention and information” stated prof. Riccardo Polosa “the emerging body of knowledge is supporting harm reduction strategies, especially in those countries where smokers struggles to quit smoking for good and where there are few alternative options available”.

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