Date Published: October 30, 2007
Publisher: Public Library of Science
Author(s): Simon Chapman
Partial Text: As someone who has researched and advocated for harm reduction in the HIV/AIDS  and narcotics areas , I am highly supportive of the general principle of reducing harm in public health. My recently released book  features a 29,000 word chapter examining the application of the term in tobacco control. My current position is that there is an overly seductive simplicity in drawing neat analogies with other areas of harm reduction when it comes to tobacco. It is obvious that there is immediate benefit to health and society from encouraging condom use and clean needle use. However, the putative benefits of population experiments with harm reduction will not be assessable for 30–40 years.