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McCarthy, Anne and Lee, Caitriona and O'Brien, Doireann and Long, Jean (2020) Harms and benefits of e-cigarettes and heat-not-burn tobacco products: a literature map. 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 their public health harms, has grown. This mapping exercise describes the nature and extent of the literature on the public health harms and benefits of e-cigarettes and heat-not-burn tobacco products to the human population. An e-cigarette is an umbrella term for an electronic device that delivers nicotine and other products including flavourings while a heat-not-burn tobacco product is an umbrella term for devices that heat but do not burn tobacco. They have similar but not identical yields of tar, nicotine, and other products, such as carbon monoxide. 

Research question: This research addresses two questions posed by the Irish Department of Health:

  1. What are the public health benefits and harms of e-cigarettes?
  2. What are the public health benefits and harms of heat-not-burn tobacco products?’
Item Type
Report
Publication Type
Irish-related, International, Report, Review
Drug Type
Tobacco / Nicotine
Intervention Type
General / Comprehensive, Drug therapy, Treatment method, Alternative medical treatment, Prevention, Harm reduction, Psychosocial treatment method, Rehabilitation/Recovery, Screening / Assessment
Date
October 2020
Pages
465 p.
Publisher
Health Research Board
Place of Publication
Dublin
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