Despite the best efforts of public health policy and the care provided by healthcare professionals, the number of tobacco related deaths in the United States has remained constant at approximately 480,000 individuals per year. In addition to the physical devastation tobacco products have caused, the annual financial costs in treating tobacco related illnesses still equals $170 billion dollars. As new “harm reduction products" have been introduced to the public, there has been a continued debate as to their safety as well as their efficacy as tobacco cessation aids. This course will try to provide an overview of this subject and allow practitioners to better understand the products their patients are using and their impact on their oral and systemic health.
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