Knowledge-Action-Change has launched a new report documenting the advances and significant challenges facing tobacco harm reduction in 2020.
Titled, “Burning Issues: The Global State of Tobacco Harm Reduction 2020,” the report is the second in a biennial series from the Global State of Tobacco Harm Reduction (GSTHR), a project established to map the development of tobacco harm reduction and use, availability and regulatory responses to safer nicotine products around the world.
Written by Harry Shapiro, “Burning Issues” addresses both progress and achievements in the field since the first edition was published in 2018 but also identifies the major obstacles preventing tobacco harm reduction from fulfilling its public health potential worldwide.
Launching in tandem with the report is GSTHR’s major live data mapping project, which documents regulatory responses with live updates to more than 200 regional and country profiles. The free-to-access resource shows that with the support of global tobacco control, 36 countries have banned vapor devices/e cigarettes, 39 have banned ban snus and 13 countries have banned heated tobacco products.
By contrast, just one country (Bhutan) has enacted a ban on the sale of combustible tobacco, which has been temporarily lifted due to Covid-19.