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Nicotine control: E-cigarettes, smoking and addiction

Bell, Kirsten; Keane, Helen

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Background: Over the past year or so, electronic cigarettes, more commonly known as 'e-cigarettes', have achieved widespread visibility and growing popularity. These products, which deliver nicotine via an inhaled mist, have caused no small amount of controversy in public health circles, and their rise has been accompanied by energetic debate about their potential harms and benefits. Methods: Interspersed with an analysis of current media coverage on e-cigarettes and the response of mainstream...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorBell, Kirsten
dc.contributor.authorKeane, Helen
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-10T23:12:50Z
dc.identifier.issn0955-3959
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/64149
dc.description.abstractBackground: Over the past year or so, electronic cigarettes, more commonly known as 'e-cigarettes', have achieved widespread visibility and growing popularity. These products, which deliver nicotine via an inhaled mist, have caused no small amount of controversy in public health circles, and their rise has been accompanied by energetic debate about their potential harms and benefits. Methods: Interspersed with an analysis of current media coverage on e-cigarettes and the response of mainstream tobacco control and public health to these devices, this article examines the emergence of nicotine as both as an 'addiction' and a treatment for addiction. Results: We argue that by delivering nicotine in way that resembles the visual spectacle and bodily pleasures of smoking, but without the harms of combustible tobacco, e-cigarettes highlight the complex status of nicotine as both a poison and remedy in contemporary public health and tobacco control. Conclusion: In consequence, e-cigarettes jeopardize the carefully drawn distinctions between 'good' and 'bad' forms of nicotine.
dc.publisherElsevier
dc.sourceInternational Journal of Drug Policy
dc.subjectKeywords: amfebutamone; nicotine; nicotine gum; article; cigarette smoking; drug dependence; electronic cigarette; harm reduction; heroin dependence; human; nicotine replacement therapy; priority journal; public health; smokeless tobacco; smoking cessation; tobacco Addiction; Cigarettes; E-cigarettes; Harm reduction; Nicotine; Tobacco
dc.titleNicotine control: E-cigarettes, smoking and addiction
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume23
dc.date.issued2012
local.identifier.absfor160800 - SOCIOLOGY
local.identifier.ariespublicationf5625xPUB894
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationBell, Kirsten, University of British Columbia
local.contributor.affiliationKeane, Helen, College of Arts and Social Sciences, ANU
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.issue3
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage242
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage247
local.identifier.doi10.1016/j.drugpo.2012.01.006
dc.date.updated2016-02-24T09:44:34Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-84860246917
local.identifier.thomsonID000304219900011
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