Special Issue "Health Effects of Emerging and Alternative Tobacco Products"

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Health Care Sciences & Services".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Alayna Tackett
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Guest Editor
USC Health, Emotion & Addiction Laboratory (USC HEAL), USC Institute for Addiction Science (IAS), University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA 90089, USA
Interests: tobacco regulatory science; pediatrics; respiratory effects of emerging tobacco products; pediatric chronic illness; addiction; cancer prevention; e-cigarettes
Dr. Lurdes Queimado
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Assistant Guest Editor
1. Adjunct Faculty, Department of Cell Biology, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City, OK 73104, USA
2. Department of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City, OK 73104, USA
3. Oklahoma Tobacco Research Center, Stephenson Cancer Center, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City, OK 73104, USA
Interests: cancer prevention; oncology; oxidative stress; DNA damage and repair; cell signaling; inflammation; e-cigarettes; tobacco products
Dr. Theodore Wagener
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Assistant Guest Editor
1. Center for Tobacco Research, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43210, USA
2. The James - OSU Comprehensive Cancer Center, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43210, USA
3. Division of Medical Oncology, Wexner Medical Center, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43210, USA
Dr. Ellen Meier
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Assistant Guest Editor
D236 Science Building , University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point, Stevens Point, WI 54481, USA
Interests: addiction; tobacco regulatory science; emerging tobacco product effects; e-cigarettes; co-use of tobacco and marijuana; tobacco cessation

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In the last decade, a large number of nicotine delivery products have been developed aimed at curbing the dramatic health consequences of tobacco use for users and bystanders. These products have gained much popularity and, in some cases, their use has surpassed that of conventional cigarettes, particularly among younger groups. These products often release less chemicals than cigarette smoke, and thus are promoted as harm reduction products. However, they also may expose users to other chemicals that are poorly studied and/or that may have their own health consequences. Evidence-based knowledge is urgently needed by clinicians to better guide their patients on the use of these emerging tobacco products as a harm reduction strategy, and by regulatory agencies to effectively regulate these products in a way that best serves public health.

For this Special Issue, we invite the submission of papers focused on the health effects of emerging and alternative tobacco products (e.g., electronic nicotine delivery systems, heat not burn, novel smokeless tobacco, hookah/waterpipe). This Special Issue seeks original submissions that examine the intersection between tobacco control and tobacco regulatory science on (1) health or health-policy-related discussions, attitudes, and behaviors, (2) critical analysis of the role of tobacco control in improving public health, (3) emerging and alternative tobacco product use among populations with chronic conditions (e.g., asthma, cancer, substance abuse), and (4) health effects of emerging and alternative tobacco products, and relevant systematic reviews.

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.The New International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (IJERPH) Policy Concerning Tobacco Company Fundinghttps://www.mdpi.com

Dr. Alayna Tackett
Dr. Lurdes Queimado
Dr. Theodore Wagener
Dr. Ellen Meier
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2300 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • public health
  • chronic illness (e.g. asthma, cancer, diabetes)
  • secondhand smoke exposure
  • tobacco regulatory science
  • tobacco control
  • e-cigarettes
  • emerging tobacco products
  • combustible tobacco products
  • co-use of substance abuse

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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