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A fresh look at tobacco harm reduction: the case for the electronic cigarette

Overview of attention for article published in Harm Reduction Journal, January 2013
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  • In the top 5% of all research outputs scored by Altmetric
  • Among the highest-scoring outputs from this source (#24 of 931)
  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age (99th percentile)
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3 news outlets
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1 blog
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191 tweeters
facebook
17 Facebook pages
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1 Wikipedia page
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5 Google+ users

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Title
A fresh look at tobacco harm reduction: the case for the electronic cigarette
Published in
Harm Reduction Journal, January 2013
DOI 10.1186/1477-7517-10-19
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Authors

Riccardo Polosa, Brad Rodu, Pasquale Caponnetto, Marilena Maglia, Cirino Raciti

Abstract

Smokers of any age can reap substantial health benefits by quitting. In fact, no other single public health effort is likely to achieve a benefit comparable to large-scale smoking cessation. Surveys document that most smokers would like to quit, and many have made repeated efforts to do so. However, conventional smoking cessation approaches require nicotine addicted smokers to abstain from tobacco and nicotine entirely. Many smokers are unable--or at least unwilling--to achieve this goal, and so they continue smoking in the face of impending adverse health consequences. In effect, the status quo in smoking cessation presents smokers with just two unpleasant alternatives: quit or suffer the harmful effects of continuing smoking. But, there is a third choice for smokers: tobacco harm reduction. It involves the use of alternative sources of nicotine, including modern smokeless tobacco products like snus and the electronic cigarette (E-cig), or even pharmaceutical nicotine products, as a replacement for smoking. E-cigs might be the most promising product for tobacco harm reduction to date, because, besides delivering nicotine vapour without the combustion products that are responsible for nearly all of smoking's damaging effect, they also replace some of the rituals associated with smoking behaviour. Thus it is likely that smokers who switch to E-cigs will achieve large health gains. The focus of this article is on the health effects of using an E-cig, with consideration given to the acceptability, safety and effectiveness of this product as a long-term substitute for smoking.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 3 1%
United Kingdom 2 <1%
Netherlands 1 <1%
Norway 1 <1%
Malaysia 1 <1%
Brazil 1 <1%
Nigeria 1 <1%
New Zealand 1 <1%
Unknown 289 96%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Bachelor 51 17%
Student > Master 46 15%
Researcher 32 11%
Student > Ph. D. Student 28 9%
Other 27 9%
Other 77 26%
Unknown 39 13%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 70 23%
Psychology 41 14%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 30 10%
Social Sciences 26 9%
Nursing and Health Professions 14 5%
Other 73 24%
Unknown 46 15%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 187. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 06 February 2023.
All research outputs
#179,607
of 23,057,470 outputs
Outputs from Harm Reduction Journal
#24
of 931 outputs
Outputs of similar age
#1,231
of 282,342 outputs
Outputs of similar age from Harm Reduction Journal
#1
of 30 outputs
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