The chief of the oncology department of Pitié Salpêtrière, the professor David Khayat, said Wednesday that he now considered the new technological means of consuming tobacco (electronic cigarette, heating tobacco, ...), as the tools of the future of the fight against smoking. An approach he believes more realistic than a "world without tobacco."
Guest of the Morning Radio Classic to react to the next rise in the price of tobacco (from 1er March), this former adviser to Jacques Chirac on cancer control issues, was skeptical of a policy based on all-repressive, acknowledging having evolved on the subject of the capacity of smokers to circumvent the law.
« I no longer believe in the hypothesis of a world without tobacco. I think that will not be possible because, what we see is that as soon as you raise the price of the package, you actually increase the trafficking of cigarettes. If there is no standardization of the price between Luxembourg, Spain, Italy and France, you can not do it, because the guy goes to Luxembourg every morning, he brings back two cartridges , he has the right, he pays 5 euros, he sells them here 6 or 7 euros, so cheaper than the price at the tobacconist. And it will make 100 or 200 euros every day of profits, staying in legality » regrets the oncologist.
According to him, tobacco control policies must dare to turn to technological solutions such as electronic cigarettes and heating tobacco, which significantly reduce the damage to the health of tobacco consumption.
« I believe that the future is technology that will bring us, that is to say, I believe in the fact that we will have ways of smoking less harmful, less carcinogenic than cigarettes. Until today it was, until 2 years ago, it was "I smoke or I do not smoke", "I risk cancer or I do not risk cancer". This is false today: we also have electronic cigarettes, we have heated tobaccos, etc., which are probably forms of smoking, finally smoking, means of smoking less toxic, less dangerous and I think that the future, it is probably more that the complete prohibition and prohibition »he concluded.
source : Sixactualites.fr