March 2018 Current Abstracts on Tobacco

March 2018

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.

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This month saw two articles published by OTRU investigators. Chaiton and colleagues report on the short term behaviour changes after the Ontario menthol ban and found a high level of quit attempts and use of alternative flavoured products. Kaufman et al. report on a qualitative study of the impact of smoke-free housing policy in Waterloo and the Yukon.

Chaiton M, Schwartz R, Cohen JE, Soule E, Eissenberg T. Association of Ontario’s ban on menthol cigarettes with smoking behavior 1 month after implementation. JAMA Internal Medicine 2018 Mar 5.

Kaufman P, Kang J, Kennedy RD, Beck P, Ferrence R. Impact of smoke-free housing policy lease exemptions on compliance, enforcement and smoking behavior: A qualitative study. Preventive Medicine Reports 2018 Jun;10:29-36. freeicon

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Soneji et al. model the potential benefits and harms of e-cigarette use and estimate that e-cigarettes are associated with a net loss of 1.5 million life years. An analysis in the New England Journal of Medicine examines the potential impact of lowering the nicotine level in cigarettes, estimating a gain of 134 million life years. Using a Japanese cohort, Hu et al. find a high risk of hearing loss associated with smoking that disappears rapidly after smoking cessation.


Soneji SS, Sung H-Y, Primack BA, Pierce JP, Sargent JD. Quantifying population-level health benefits and harms of e-cigarette use in the United States. PLOS ONE 2018 Mar 14 ;13(3):e0193328. freeicon

Nicotine Reduction—Policy

Apelberg BJ, Feirman SP, Salazar E, Corey CG, Ambrose BK, Paredes A, et al. Potential public health effects of reducing nicotine levels in cigarettes in the United States. New England Journal of Medicine 2018 Mar 15.

Smoking Cessation—Hearing Loss

Hu H, Sasaki N, Ogasawara T, Nagahama S, Akter S, Kuwahara K, et al. Smoking, smoking cessation, and the risk of hearing loss: Japan Epidemiology Collaboration on Occupational Health Study. Nicotine & Tobacco Research 2018 Mar 14 [Epub ahead of print].

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Nicotine Dependence—Initiation

Sylvestre M-P, Chagnon M, Wellman RJ, Dugas EN, O’Loughlin J. Sex differences in attaining cigarette smoking and nicotine dependence milestones in novice smokers. American Journal of Epidemiology 2018 Mar 7 [Epub ahead of print].

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Fleischer NL, Lozano P, Wu Y-H, Hardin JW, Meng G, Liese AD, et al. Disentangling the roles of point-of-sale ban, tobacco retailer density and proximity on cessation and relapse among a cohort of smokers: findings from ITC Canada Survey. Tobacco Control 2018 Mar 8 [Epub ahead of print].

Smoking Cessation—Clozapine

Abela AR, Li Z, Lê AD, Fletcher PJ. Clozapine reduces nicotine self-administration, blunts reinstatement of nicotine-seeking but increases responding for food. Addiction Biology 2018 Mar 25 [Epub ahead of print].

Smoking Cessation—Heart Disease

Franck C, Filion KB, Eisenberg MJ. Smoking cessation in patients with acute coronary syndrome. The American Journal of Cardiology 2018 Feb 6 [Epub ahead of print].

Smoking Cessation—Surgery

Finegan BA, Roblin D, Hammal F. Nicotine addiction management following surgery: a quality improvement approach in the post anesthesia care unit. International Journal for Quality in Health Care 2018 Mar 14 [Epub ahead of print].

Smoking Cessation—Targeting

Chun EM. Smoking cessation strategies targeting specific populations. Tuberculosis and Respiratory Diseases 2018 Mar 7 [Epub ahead of print].

Smoke-Free Hospitals—Implementation

Luck KE, Doucet S. What are the perceptions, experiences, and behaviors of health care providers after implementation of a comprehensive smoke-free hospital policy? Global Qualitative Nursing Research 2018 Jan 15. freeicon

Smoking Prevalence—Indigenous Populations

Bougie E, Kohen DE. Smoking correlates among Inuit men and women in Inuit Nunangat. Health Reports 2018 Mar 21 ;29(3):3-10. freeicon