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12th October 2018

Harm Reduction 2 : “Less harmful alternatives to tobacco”

Dr KK Aggarwal, Recipient of Padma Shri

Continuing our series on Harm reduction, we present the views of Jeannie Cameron, Founder and MD JCIC International, a UK-based strategic advocacy consultancy specializing in tobacco harm reduction. She also attended the seminar on "Harm Reduction" organized on 27th September at IIC, New Delhi.

When I spoke to her about tobacco harm reduction and e-cigarettes, this is what she had to say.

“There is a product called Swedish snus, which is like pasteurized smokeless tobacco product that you put in the mouth. Sweden has this product historically for 300 years. In Sweden, which is very good at its medical health and epidemiology, they have studied this for more than 50 years, and found zero or nil deaths from tobacco snus product. Norway, next door in Scandinavia, also has started to use this product and also found zero deaths from it. When you compare that with a country like India which has significant use of oral and smokeless (tobacco) and you have huge deaths - 30-40% of tobacco related deaths are coming from more

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Dilemmas we often face

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Morning MEDtalks with Dr KK Aggarwal 12th October 2018

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Doctors are not healing angels and should not be blamed for patient deaths unduly
New Delhi, 11 October 2018: A study conducted by the Indian Medical Association (IMA) last year found that in Kerala doctors die approximately 10 to 12 years before the average person - in India, overall, this number stands at seven years before the average person. In early 2018, about six doctors checked into the psychiatric ward at AIIMS at the same time, even as the IMA has declared physician suicides ‘a public health crisis’.

Most doctors follow a 12-hour shift including teaching, mentoring, attending to patients, and doing research work. Some attend to about 400 patients a day in healthcare facilities, some of which lack even the basic amenities and infrastructure. All this and the guilt of not being able to give enough time to patients can result in burnout, alienation, diseases, and depression over time, all of which can lead to suicides.

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