AP: Smokeless tobacco safer than cigarettes, health expert says

Release Date: May 10, 2007

An article distributed by the Associated Press reports that Swedish snus, a smokeless tobacco, puts smokers at a significantly lower risk of cancer than cigarettes, and quotes Lynn Kozlowski, professor and chair of health behavior in the School of Public Health and Health Professions and an internationally regarded expert in smoking and health. "We should not delay in allowing snus to compete with cigarettes for market share. The banning or exaggerated opposition to snus in cigarette-rife environments is not sound public health policy." The article appeared in news outlets throughout the U.S., Canada and Australia, including USA Today, The New York Times, CBS News, The Washington Post, Newsday, Boston Globe, Albany Times Union, Houston Chronicle, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Miami Herald, Yahoo! Health, Syracuse Post Standard, Seattle Post Intelligencer, San Francisco Chronicle, Atlanta Journal Constitution and Baltimore Sun.

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