Nicotine Free Generation 2030
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Doctors Against Tobacco, Sweden
Publication date: 2023-04-25
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David Chalom   

Doctors Against Tobacco, Sweden
Tob. Prev. Cessation 2023;9(Supplement):A158
Tobacco industry (TI) continuously launches new methods for nicotine delivery. E-cigarettes and nicotine pouches are advertised as tobacco-free but contain strongly addictive nicotine, are marketed with hundreds of tastes and attractive packaging leading children to believe they are safe to use. Young nicotine addiction in Sweden is increasing alarmingly and is growing in EU. Nicotine, as highly addictive and detrimental to health, fulfills WHO’s criteria for being classified as a narcotic drug (ND). It should be, also because: -Research shows harmful effects on fetuses, on teenage brain, cardiovascular system -Nicotine addiction drives one billion people worldwide to smoke cigarettes causing six million deaths a year -New products create addiction to a higher extent, TI looks for ways to introduce them into more countries -Nicotine opens for abuse of other addictive drugs Our aim is to initiate the process that will make an impact on coming generations’ health: classifying nicotine as a ND.

Material and Methods:
The Swedish process for the classification of substances as NDs and as psychotropic substances (PS) relies on international definitions, criteria and decisions of UN and WHO, whereabout we investigate required processes.

After -Notification to the Secretary General of the UN from a party to the 1961 UN Single Convention on NDs, or to the 1971 Convention on PSs, or -Information brought to WHO’s attention that a substance is a serious risk to public health WHO’s Expert Committee on Drug Dependence (ECDD) assesses NDs or PSs based on set criteria, may then advise and recommend the UN’s Commission on Narcotic Drugs which will decide to place classified NDs and PSs under international control.

The tobacco prevention community is urgently required to mobilize leaders of parties of the Conventions to notify the UN’s Secretary General or the ECDD on the necessity of assessing nicotine before its addiction reaches pandemic proportions.

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