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E-Cigarette as a Harm Reduction Approach among Tobacco Smoking Khat Chewers: A Promising Bullet of Multiple Gains

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College of Dentistry, Taibah University, Al-Madinah Al-Munawwarah 43353, Saudi Arabia
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Onassis Cardiac Surgery Center, Sygrou 356, Kallithea 17654, Greece
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2016, 13(2), 240; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph13020240
Received: 4 January 2016 / Revised: 5 February 2016 / Accepted: 15 February 2016 / Published: 19 February 2016
Khat chewing/use, a green leaf with amphetamine-like effects is socially integrated in the Middle East and Africa. Khat chewing is often associated with tobacco smoking and occurs in closed places, such as a family home setting where the smoke-free laws cannot be implemented. Tobacco cigarette smoking among khat chewers is a significant concern, but there is also second-hand exposure to smoke at home or in places where khat users gather. Evidence suggests that e-cigarettes represent a significantly less harmful form of nicotine intake. Evaluating the effects of e-cigarettes among khat chewers could be important in understanding the impact of e-cigarettes as a harm reduction approach, with the potential to reduce the health risk associated with smoking. View Full-Text
Keywords: khat; tobacco smoking; e-cigarettes; nicotine khat; tobacco smoking; e-cigarettes; nicotine
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Kassim, S.; Farsalinos, K.E. E-Cigarette as a Harm Reduction Approach among Tobacco Smoking Khat Chewers: A Promising Bullet of Multiple Gains. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2016, 13, 240.

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