The future of nicotine delivery: Technology, policy and public health
In developed countries, concerns about the health effects of smoking have led to the introduction of new methods of delivering nicotine. The tobacco industry is producing devices made to look like cigarettes in which radically different techniques are used to deliver nicotine to smokers and which reduce smokers’ exposure to some of the poisons in conventional cigarette smoke. The industry’s intent is to keep smokers dependent on nicotine and the industry’s products. In contrast, the pharmaceutical industry has developed nicotine replacement products with the purpose of helping smokers to wean themselves off nicotine altogether. Given a potentially enormous market for less hazardous cigarette substitutes, however, it is possible that an aggressive competition might soon develop between the tobacco and pharmaceutical industries to serve a large population of long-term nicotine addicts. In this paper, we describe some of the new techniques, discuss policy issues raised by this newly emerging market and consider implications for public health.
KeywordsToxicity Glycerine Nicotine Marketing Carbon Monoxide
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