Published below are four comments on West & Krafona's paper ‘Oral tobacco: prevalence, health risks, dependence potential and public policy’—British Journal of Addiction (1990) 85, pp. 1097–1098 (preceding article in this issue). The comments are followed by a reprise from West.
Why smokeless tobacco should be banned
Article first published online: 24 JAN 2006
British Journal of Addiction
Volume 85, Issue 9, pages 1099–1100, September 1990
How to Cite
Mackay, J. (1990), Why smokeless tobacco should be banned. British Journal of Addiction, 85: 1099–1100. doi: 10.1111/j.1360-0443.1990.tb03430.x
- Issue published online: 13 FEB 2010
- Article first published online: 24 JAN 2006
Abstract. In countries such as India, there is irrefutable evidence of the dangers of smokeless tobacco. In the USA, the‘new-wave’ smokeless tobacco has shown that it can rapidly penetrate a market, especially among young males. Smokeless tobacco may cause less tobacco-related illness than cigarettes, but there is little evidence available regarding the interrelationship between the two and hence the long-term effect on personal total tobacco consumption. Therefore, on the basis of this uncertainty and also the intrinsic and proven harmfulness of the product, policy-makers are advised to ban this new form of tobacco use before it becomes established on a market and causes an additional epidemic of tobacco-related diseases.