Tobacco: Health Hazards

(asked on 17th January 2022) - View Source

Question to the Department of Health and Social Care:

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the relative harms caused by (1) combustible tobacco products, and (2) non-combustible tobacco products.

Answered by
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Lord Kamall
This question was answered on 24th January 2022

Combustible tobacco products, such as cigarettes and rolling tobacco, are responsible for 448,030 hospital admissions and approximately 64,000 deaths a year. Users of non-combustible tobacco products, such as traditional chewing tobacco, can be exposed to similar or even higher levels of cancer-causing chemicals.

As all tobacco products are harmful to health, it remains the Government’s policy to support people to quit all forms of tobacco use. We encourage all tobacco users to quit through safer alternatives such as nicotine replacement therapy and e-cigarettes and local stop smoking services.

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