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Assessment of Swedish Snus for Tobacco Harm Reduction: An Epidemiological Modeling Study

May 10, 2007
By Coral E Gartner, Wayne D Hall, Theo Vos, Melanie Y Bertram, Angela L Wallace, Stephen S Lim

Swedish snus is a smokeless tobacco product that has been suggested as a tobacco harm reduction product. Our aim was to assess the potential population health effects of snus.

two tumblers with liquor and a lit cigarrette

Swedish snus is a smokeless tobacco product that has been suggested as a tobacco harm reduction product. Our aim was to assess the potential population health effects of snus.

We assessed the potential population health effects of snus in Australia with multistate life tables to estimate the difference in health-adjusted life expectancy between people who have never been smokers and various trajectories of tobacco use, including switching from smoking to snus use; and the potential for net population-level harm given different rates of snus uptake by current smokers, ex-smokers, and people who have never smoked.