We are an information dissemination organization that share accurate scientific information on tobacco smoking and nicotine. We support cessation by advocating for tailor-made solutions to end smoking and believe it is possible to integrate tobacco harm reduction in the fight against smoking.
Our mission is to provide complete unbiased information to smokers in Uganda on lower risk alternatives to smoking, in order for them to make sound and informed choices.
Tobacco harm reduction Uganda (THR UGANDA) is a scholarship project under the Knowledge-Action-Change (KAC) Scholarship Program Scheme, which focuses on promoting safer alternative by providing truthful, transparent information to smokers and the public generally, with the focus of switching where they cannot quit smoking.
What is Tobacco harm reduction?
Quitting smoking and nicotine completely is clearly the most effective strategy for reducing the harm from smoking. However, smoking is a very powerful addiction and can be very hard to stop. Many smokers try and fail repeatedly to quit even with professional support and stop-smoking medications. Up to two in three continuing smokers will die prematurely from a smoking-related illness.
Tobacco harm reduction refers to switching to a less harmful nicotine product for those who are not able to quit smoking or nicotine use. Nicotine is the main reason people continue to smoke but it has relatively minor health effects, except in pregnancy. The focus is on preventing harm and not on preventing the use of nicotine itself. Almost all the harm from smoking is caused by the thousands of toxins in smoke produced by burning tobacco. It is well known that ‘smokers smoke for nicotine but are killed by tar’. According to the UK Royal College of Physicians (p5): ‘if nicotine could be delivered effectively and acceptably to smokers without smoke, most if not all of the harm of smoking could probably be avoided.’