Title: "Emerging tobacco products: Burden or benefit to individual and public health."
Speaker: Theodore Wagener, Ph.D., assistant professor, Dept. of Pediatrics; member, Peggy and Charles Stephenson; and member, Oklahoma Tobacco Research Center
Tobacco smoking is by far the leading cause of preventable death in the U.S. and the world, killing an estimated 5 million people a year. Some argue, and the evidence is beginning to suggest, that approximately 90% of the harm from tobacco smoking is a result of the tobacco being burned, and much less due to the other constituents of the tobacco product. Therefore, with increased pressure due to smoking bans, the populations awareness of the poor health effects of smoking, and a declining revenue stream, the tobacco industry has begun to develop, manufacture, and sell “cleaner” delivery mechanisms of nicotine—e-cigarettes, snus, dissolvable tobacco. These products deliver nicotine to the user and do so without the harmful effects of combustion, producing no smoke or carbon monoxide. However, many of these products continue to expose the user to carcinogenic tobacco specific nitrosamines and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, making them relatively less harmful than cigarettes but not harmless overall. With the development of these new products, the tobacco control community has become divided, with some seeing these products as a potential burden to public health and others seeing them as a potential benefit. Many questions need to be answered before we will fully understand the implications of MRTP use by current and future smokers and the overall population effects.
This seminar will be televised on the Schusterman camps, Rm. 1D29.