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Soc Work Public Health. 2013;28(5):477-95. doi: 10.1080/19371918.2011.592056.

Exploring attitudes regarding smokeless tobacco products for risk reduction.

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  • 1Kent School of Social Work, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY 40292, USA.


Utilizing qualitative data analysis, this study focused on the attitudes, knowledge, and beliefs relating to smokeless tobacco (ST) as a reduced-risk cigarette substitute for smokers among focus groups from the general public and from the health profession. It revealed that there is a lack of awareness and understanding of ST products, which has a significant impact on overall perception of these products as acceptable substitutes. Regulatory actions regarding tobacco by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration should enhance consumers' access to accurate information about nicotine addiction and tobacco use.

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