I was born in California, raised in Hawaii and am a current resident of Seattle. As a first-hand witness to the harmful impact smoking has had on family and friends and as a lifelong critic of the failed War on Drugs, I've made it my mission to help those transitioning away from a smoking habit to less harmful alternatives. Since industrial tobacco cigarettes are one of the deadliest addictive drugs of our time, I've often wondered why it can be legal while less harmful substances such as cannabis were illegal. At the same time, I remained skeptical of the effectiveness of prohibition tactics even if applied to truly harmful substances such as cigarettes.
What has proven to be a more effective and ethical approach to the problem of addiction is Harm Reduction, which (unlike the Drug War approach) treats drug users as complex human beings, acknowledges positive and negative aspects of licit or illicit drug use and the wide range of factors behind it, and seeks to minimize the harmful effects for the individual and society.
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