The Swedish Government Health Guidelines assign TOP PRIORITY to smoke cessation in asthma and COPD patients, since families with smoking are disproportionately affected by and hurt by asthma and COPD.
This has been a headline piece of news the last few days in print, online and television.
The same set of guidelines assigns “NEVER DO THIS” for recommending inveterate smokers to at least try and switch to snus, a 99% harm reduced form of tobacco/nicotine use. Besides being 99% harm reduced overall the product has a 100% effect on the smoking related lung diseases since there is no smoke (reasonably logical). This guideline has been revised 3 times since 2009 with no change.
Glaringly these guidelines cannot support snus because there is no data on cost/benefit analysis. More glaringly there is no data because the National Board on Health and Welfare, by their own admission, have not and will not, make such a cost/benefit calculation.
This may be due to the fact that the costs for this intervention are so obviously ZERO and actually add significantly to tax revenue, that even a moderate effect would be very positive.
What is even more disturbing is that there are 6 (SIX) swedes not smoking with this intervention for every 1 (ONE) swede not smoking with any of the following interventions combined: Zyban/Chantix, nicotine gum, nicotine lozenge, nicotine inhaler, nicotine patch, nicotine spray and nicotine pouches.
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