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O'Brien, Doireann and Long, Jean and Lee, Caitriona and McCarthy, Anne and Quigley, Joan (2020) Electronic cigarette use and tobacco cigarette smoking initiation in adolescents: an evidence review. Dublin: Health Research Board.

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In 2013, the Tobacco Policy Review Group published Tobacco Free Ireland, a report which set a target for Ireland to reduce smoking prevalence to less than 5% by 2025. The report identified tobacco-related harm reduction as a key issue for consideration. Since e-cigarettes’ launch in the European Union (EU) in 2006 and in the United States of America (USA) in 2007, research on their potential benefits in terms of tobacco-related harm reduction, and on the public health harms of e-cigarettes, has grown. This systematic evidence review outlines what is known to date about using e-cigarette and initiation smoking tobacco cigarettes. 

Research question: The Department of Health’s research question is ‘Does e-cigarette use by adolescents who are cigarette-naive at baseline lead to subsequent cigarette smoking?’

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