Special Issue "Emerging Trends in Combustible Tobacco and Vaping Product Use"

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Michael Stephen Dunbar
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Guest Editor
RAND Corporation, Pittsburgh, PA 15213, USA
Interests: tobacco use prevention, vaping product use, poly-tobacco use, nicotine and cannabis co-use
Dr. Erika Litvin Bloom
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Guest Editor
RAND Corporation, Boston, MA 02116, USA
Interests: tobacco use; cigarette smoking cessation; digital health; substance use and dependence

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Tobacco use is a leading cause of preventable death and disease worldwide, and combustible cigarette smoking accounts for the bulk of tobacco-related harms. The introduction of e-cigarettes and other non-combustible nicotine/tobacco products (e.g., heat-not-burn or heated tobacco products [HTPs]) has led to an increasingly diverse nicotine/tobacco landscape, such that individuals now have access to a wide array of products with varying health risk profiles.  Such factors, in conjunction with evolving tobacco control efforts, have driven significant changes in prevalence and patterns of nicotine/tobacco product use across the globe in recent years. For example, in the United States, rates of combustible cigarette use have reached historic lows in many segments of the population, but there has been an alarming rise in rates of vaping product use among youths and young adults. In other countries, new-generation HTPs appear to be making inroads with both established adult cigarette smokers and adolescents. Concurrent use of multiple different types of nicotine/tobacco products has also become increasingly prevalent in many parts of the world. Examining emerging trends in use of combustible (e.g., cigarettes) and non-combustible products (e.g., e-cigarettes, HTPs) is critical for understanding the potential impact of different products on global public health and for informing ongoing efforts to eliminate tobacco-related morbidity and mortality.

This Special Issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (IJERPH) focuses on emerging trends in combustible tobacco and vaping product use. New research papers and reviews are welcome to this issue. Other manuscript types accepted include methodological papers, position papers, brief reports, and commentaries. Studies examining longitudinal trends in prevalence of cigarette use, vaping product use, and poly-product use among adolescents and adults are of primary interest. In addition, we welcome papers examining differences in product use prevalence, future use intentions, health risk perceptions, and reasons for product use across countries, population subgroups, and/or policy environments. Manuscripts addressing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on changes in use and perceived health risks of nicotine/tobacco products are also of interest. 

We will accept manuscripts from different disciplines including but not limited to: epidemiology, health policy, psychology, sociology, and geography. Surveillance studies, clinical studies, intervention studies, and other types of studies will be considered. Here are some examples of topics that could be addressed in this Special Issue:

  1. Trends in prevalence of cigarette smoking and vaping product use
    • Among adolescents
    • Among adults
    • Among current or former cigarette smokers
  2. Differences in trajectories of combustible tobacco and vaping product use across population subgroups
    • By sex/gender
    • By racial/ethnic group
    • By mental or physical health status
    • By socioeconomic status
  3. Longitudinal associations between frequency of cigarette and heated tobacco product use
  4. Differences in prevalence of heated tobacco product use across countries
  5. Adolescents’ perceptions of the relative health risks of cigarettes, e-cigarettes, and heated tobacco products
  6. Factors associated with “switching” from cigarettes to e-cigarettes or heated tobacco products among adult cigarette smokers

Disclaimer: We will not accept research funded in part or full by any tobacco companies in this Special Issue. For more details, please check: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/1660-4601/15/12/2831/htm.

Dr. Michael Stephen Dunbar
Dr. Erika Litvin Bloom
Guest Editors

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  • Tobacco use trends
  • cigarettes
  • e-cigarettes
  • smoking
  • vaping
  • heated tobacco products
  • poly-tobacco use
  • harm reduction and minimization
  • modified risk tobacco products

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Cigarette Relighting: A Series of Pilot Studies Investigating a Common Yet Understudied Smoking Behavior
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(12), 6494; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph18126494 - 16 Jun 2021
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Background: The act of extinguishing, saving, and later relighting unfinished cigarettes is a common yet understudied behavior that may have implications for tobacco treatment and health. Methods: This paper presents four pilot studies investigating various aspects of this topic: (1) the prevalence of [...] Read more.
Background: The act of extinguishing, saving, and later relighting unfinished cigarettes is a common yet understudied behavior that may have implications for tobacco treatment and health. Methods: This paper presents four pilot studies investigating various aspects of this topic: (1) the prevalence of relighting among NJ and NY Quitline callers (n = 20,984); (2) the prevalence and correlates of relighting in two national surveys (n = 1008, n = 1018); (3) a within-subject (n = 16) laboratory experiment comparing cigarettes smoked per day and exhaled carbon monoxide when relighting and not relighting cigarettes; and (4) a national survey of tobacco treatment providers’ (n = 150) perceptions of relighting. Results: Relighting was found to be common (approximately 45% of smokers), and associated with lower socioeconomic status, heavier smoking and nicotine dependence, greater smoking-related concerns, as well as high levels of exhaled carbon monoxide. Providers noted the potential importance of relighting but reported that they do not regularly incorporate it into their assessment or tobacco treatment planning. Conclusions: These findings address a major research gap in the emerging research on this common behavior. Future research is needed to better understand the potential implications of relighting for policies and clinical practices related to tobacco cessation and health. Full article
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