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Rev Med Suisse. 2009 Jul 1;5(210):1457-61.

[New modes of tobacco and nicotine use].

[Article in French]

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Département de médecine et santé communautaires, CHUV et Université de Lausanne, 1011 Lausanne.


New ways of consuming tobacco or nicotine have recently been developed attracting smokers not only because of their novelty but also because they hope that it will decrease their health risks or will help them in smoking banned places. The objective of this paper is to review the current state of knowledge concerning the waterpipe, oral tobacco, nasal snuff, the electronic cigarette and tobacco heating devices. Although some products seem less harmful than cigarettes, we cannot encourage people to use them because we still do not have sufficient scientific data regarding their safety. Moreover, most of these products are addictive and we still do not know if they will play a role in harm reduction.

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