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Tobacco kills roughly eight million people around the world every year, mostly in low- and middle-income countries. The World Health Organization (WHO) has long aimed for complete eradication of the substance, calling it “one of the biggest public health threats the world has ever faced.”

This month’s ninth Conference of the Parties (COP9) [...] promotes a science-based public health approach to the tobacco epidemic. This represents an opportunity to acknowledge––on a global scale––that various tobacco products and modes of use have differing levels of risk, and that harm reduction should be included in its recommendations going forward.