The Coalition of Asia Pacific Tobacco Harm Reduction Advocates (CAPHRA) and global health experts have dismissed as “​naïve” and “harmful” a report published by a regional lobby group about the so-called teen epidemic in a bid to undermine scientific evidence in favor of reduced health-risk products.

Nancy Loucas, Executive Director of CAPHRA, described the report entitled “Today’s Teens, Tomorrow’s Customers” as a product of perception by a group that is funded by industry, including pharmaceutical interests that “justifies its existence by creating a teen ‘epidemic’ in order to remain relevant.”

Loucas said the report published by Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA) for World No Tobacco Day could no longer deny the truth about the effectiveness of tobacco harm…

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