Tobacco control, harm reduction and the problem of pleasure

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review


Purpose: This article examines the relationship between tobacco control and tobacco harm reduction, illuminating the differences and similarities between them.

Design/methodology/approach: Drawing on published sources, the author conducts a critical analysis of the prevailing discourses on tobacco control and tobacco harm reduction.

Findings: Although tobacco control and tobacco harm reduction differ in their views on the resolutions to the tobacco “problem”, they manifest similar underlying assumptions about the nature of “the smoker” and are equally silent on the topic of pleasure.

Originality/value: This article emphasises the need for tobacco harm reduction to take pleasure seriously and highlights the limitations of approaches focused exclusively on risk and harm reduction.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)111
Number of pages118
JournalDrugs and Alcohol Today
Publication statusPublished - 2013


  • tobacco
  • nicotine
  • harm reduction
  • addiction
  • pleasure

Cite this