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Waterpipe tobacco smoking: what is the evidence that it supports nicotine/tobacco dependence?

Authors
  • Aboaziza, Eiman1
  • Eissenberg, Thomas2
  • 1 Center for Clinical and Translational Research and Center for the Study of Tobacco Products, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia, USA.
  • 2 Department of Psychology, Center for the Study of Tobacco Products, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia, USA.
Type
Published Article
Journal
Tobacco control
Publication Date
Mar 01, 2015
Volume
24 Suppl 1
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1136/tobaccocontrol-2014-051910
PMID: 25492935
Source
Medline
Keywords
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Abstract

WTS supports nicotine/tobacco dependence because it is associated with nicotine delivery, and because some smokers experience withdrawal when they abstain from waterpipe, alter their behaviour in order to access a waterpipe and have difficulty quitting, even when motivated to do so. There is a strong need to support research investigating measurement of WTS-induced tobacco dependence, to inform the public of the risks of WTS, which include dependence, disability, disease and death, and to include WTS in the same public health policies that address tobacco cigarettes.

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