July/August 2018 Current Abstracts on Tobacco

The following is a monthly list of selected journal articles and reports on tobacco topics. Please note that this list is not all-inclusive. We try to choose titles of interest to our tobacco control network, but we realize that there are many relevant articles that are not listed.

Archived abstracts are available.

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A collaboration between OTRU and Health Canada examined tobacco industry wholesale data to assess the impact of flavor regulations in Canada from 2009/2010. These regulations primarily affected flavours in small cigars and cigarillos. This analysis showed that the regulations were associated with changing the trend of sales of cigars although there were a number of industry adaptations that limited the effectiveness of the law, particularly relabeling of cigar products.


Chaiton MO, Schwartz R, Tremblay G, Nugent R. Association of flavoured cigar regulations with wholesale tobacco volumes in Canada: an interrupted time series analysis. Tobacco Control 2018 Aug 22. [Epub ahead of print] freeicon

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Scientists at George Washington University in collaboration with Stan Glantz found that e-cigarette use was independently associated with myocardial infarction. A study of US smokers found no evidence that e-cigarettes were associated with cessation. A review of tobacco industry contraband prevalence data out of the University of Bath found that industry estimates of contraband were unreliable sources of evidence.

Cardiovascular Disease—E-Cigarettes

Alzahra T, Pena I, Temesgen N; Glantz S. Association between electronic cigarette use and myocardial infarction: results from the 2014 and 2016 National Health Interview Surveys. American Journal of Preventive Medicine 2018 Aug 22; p. 1-7. [Epub ahead of print]


Weaver SR, Huang J, Pechacek TF, Heath JW, Ashley DL, Eriksen MP. Are electronic nicotine delivery systems helping cigarette smokers quit? Evidence from a prospective cohort study of U.S. adult smokers, 2015–2016. PLoS One 2018; p. e0198047. freeicon

Contraband Tobacco—Prevalence

Gallagher AWA, Evans-Reeves KA, Hatchard JL, Gilmore AB. Tobacco industry data on illicit tobacco trade: a systematic review of existing assessments. Tobacco Control 2018 Aug 22. [Epub ahead of print]



Shawen AE, Drayton SJ. Review of pharmacotherapy for smoking cessation in patients with schizophrenia. Mental Health Clinician 2018 Mar;8(2):78-85.

Industry—Plain Packaging

MacKenzie R, Mathers A, Hawkins B, Eckhardt J, Smith J. The tobacco industry’s challenges to standardised packaging: A comparative analysis of issue framing in public relations campaigns in four countries. Health Policy 2018 Aug 15. [Epub ahead of print]


Wynne O, Guillaumier A, Twyman L, McCrabb S, Denham A, Paul C, et al. Signs, fines and compliance officers: A systematic review of strategies for enforcing smoke-free policy. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 2018 Jul 2;15(7):1386. freeicon

Youth Access

Nuyts PAW, Kuijpers TG, Willemsen MC, Kunst AE. How can a ban on tobacco sales to minors be effective in changing smoking behaviour among youth? — A realist review. Preventive Medicine 2018 Oct 22;115:61-7.

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Cessation—Cost Analysis

Djalalov S, Masucci L, Isaranuwatchai W, Evans W, Peter A, Truscott R, et al. Economic evaluation of smoking cessation in Ontario’s regional cancer programs. Cancer Medicine 2018 Jul 17. [Epub ahead of print]

Cessation—Medical Students

Lammers D, Zhang Z, Povieriena I, Pipe A. Students working against tobacco: A novel educational program to improve Canadian medical students’ tobacco counselling skills. Canadian Medical Education Journal 2018 May;9(2):e72-8.

Loranger M, Simms K, Pipe A. Smoking cessation counselling training in the pre-clerkship curriculum of Canadian medical schools: A national survey. Canadian Medical Education Journal 2018 May;9(2):e5-10.


Li VW, Lam J, Heise P, Reid RD, Mullen KA. Implementation of a pharmacist-led inpatient tobacco cessation intervention in a rehabilitation hospital: A before-and-after pilot study. The Canadian Journal of Hospital Pharmacy 2018 May-Jun;71(3):180-186.


Dupuis L, McKean H, Chow H. Quitting the smoke break: a successful partnership with the construction industry. Canadian Journal of Public Health 2018 Feb 26;109(1):128-33.


Richmond SA, Pike I, Maguire JL, Macpherson A. E-cigarettes: A new hazard for children and adolescents. Paediatrics & Child Health 2018 Jun 12;23(4):255-9.

Industry—Health Warnings

Anshari D, Yong H-H, Borland R, Hammond D, Swayampakala K, Thrasher J. Which type of tobacco product warning imagery is more effective and sustainable over time? A longitudinal assessment of smokers in Canada, Australia and Mexico. BMJ Open 2018 Jul 13;8(7):e021983. freeicon

Industry—Heat Not Burn

Collishaw N. This should change everything: using the toxic profile of heat-not-burn products as a performance standard to phase out combustible cigarettes. Tobacco Control 2018 Jul 21. [Epub ahead of print]


Bozinoff N, Le Foll B. Understanding the implications of the biobehavioral basis of nicotine addiction and its impact on the efficacy of treatment. Expert Review of Respiratory Medicine 2018 Aug 13;1-12.

Policy—Indigenous Peoples

Maddox R, Waa A, Lee K, Nez Henderson P, Blais G, Reading J, et al. Commercial tobacco and indigenous peoples: a stock take on Framework Convention on Tobacco Control progress. Tobacco Control 2018 Aug 3. [Epub ahead of print]