Sumary of Expert cites Japan in smoking issues:
- AUCKLAND: A public health policy expert urged Asia-Pacific countries to follow Japan’s model in tobacco harm reduction that led to a 42-percent decline in smoking rate in just five years.
- Sweanor said during the 4th Asia Harm Reduction Forum last June 28, 2021. Sweanor is the chairman of the Center for Health Law, Policy and Ethics and an adjunct professor of law at the University of Ottawa.
- He is a recipient of Ottawa’s Outstanding Individual Philanthropist award and Pan-American Health Organization’s Public Health Hero lifetime achievement award.
- Other countries, however, follow the dictates of the World Health Organization (WHO) that continues to oppose innovation, he said.
- In Europe, countries that experienced the biggest decline in smoking rates are those that accepted smoke-free nicotine products like Sweden.