October 2017 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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Hot Topics

Another cohort study of Canadian youth found that e-cigarette users were more likely to try smoking and to escalate to daily smoking. A study funded by Health Canada found that smoking kills 45,000 people a year in Canada. Helfer argues that it may be time to ban combustible tobacco because of the availability of other nicotine products.


Hammond D, Reid JL, Cole AG, Leatherdale ST. Electronic cigarette use and smoking initiation among youth: a longitudinal cohort study. Canadian Medical Association Journal 2017 Oct 30;189(43):E1328-36.


Dobrescu A, Bhandari, Sutherland G, Dinh T. The Costs of Tobacco Use in Canada, 2012. Ottawa: The Conference Board of Canada, 2017.


Hefler M. The changing nicotine products landscape: time to outlaw sales of combustible tobacco products? Tobacco Control 2017 Oct 2 [Epub ahead of print].



Duncan LR, Pearson ES, Maddison R. Smoking prevention in children and adolescents: A systematic review of individualized interventions. Patient Education and Counseling 2017 Sep 21 [Epub ahead of print].

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Initiation—School-Based Programs

Cole A, Qian W, Leatherdale ST. Changing the smoking trajectory: evaluating the impact of school-based tobacco interventions on changes to susceptibility to future smoking. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 2017 Oct 5;14(10):1182. freeicon

Initiation—Social Characteristics

Steinmetz-Wood M, Gagné T, Sylvestre M-P, Frohlich K. Do social characteristics influence smoking uptake and cessation during young adulthood? International Journal of Public Health 2017 Oct 29 [Epub ahead of print].

Smoking—Head and Neck Cancer

Farsi NJ, Rousseau M-C, Schlecht N, Castonguay G, Allison P, Nguyen-Tan PF, et al. Aetiological heterogeneity of head and neck squamous cell carcinomas: The role of human papillomavirus infections, smoking, and alcohol. Carcinogenesis 2017 Sep 28 [Epub ahead of print].

Smoking—Multiple Sclerosis

Degelman ML, Herman KM. Smoking and multiple sclerosis: A systematic review and meta-analysis using the Bradford Hill criteria for causation. Multiple Sclerosis and Related Disorders 2017 Oct;17:207-16.

Smoking Cessation—Financial Incentives

Balderrama F, Longo CJ. Design of effective interventions for smoking cessation through financial and non-financial incentives. Healthcare Management Forum 2017 Oct 23 [Epub ahead of print].

Smoking Cessation—Practitioner Training

Ebn Ahmady A, Barker M, Dragonetti R, Fahim M, Selby P. A qualitative evaluation of an online expert-facilitated course on tobacco dependence treatment. INQUIRY: The Journal of Health Care Organization, Provision, and Financing 2017 Oct 9 [Epub ahead of print].

Tobacco Packaging

Dewhirst T. Package size matters: tobacco packaging, retail merchandising and its influence on trial and impulse sales. Tobacco Control 2017 Oct 12 [Epub ahead of print].

Traditional Tobacco

Gendron F. Aboriginal youth’s perceptions of traditional and commercial tobacco in Canada. Health Promotion International 2017 Aug 30 [Epub ahead of print].