Special Issue "Smoking Cessation"
A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 May 2020.
Interests: dependence; smoking cessation; harm reduction; nicotine replacement; varenicline; non-combustible tobacco products
Smoking is the leading cause of pre-mature death, at least in the Western world. Stopping smoking is, therefore, of significant importance for public health. Until about 1970, smoking was regarded as a bad habit and the aids and treatments were of a psychological nature. From the 1980s, it was realized by, e.g., the US Surgeon General, that it was a drug dependence on par with illicit drugs. This gave rise to the advent of pharmacological treatments. First, nicotine replacement and there after bupropion and varenicline. Up until recently, almost only abrupt quitting has been prescribed as the stopping method. However, the success rates of licensed therapies have been less than satisfying and new ways have been sought to abstinence. With the insight that pure nicotine without combustion, although not harmless, causes much less harm than smoking, new strategies like, e.g., harm reduction, have been investigated.
In this Special Issue, papers on all methods and approaches from complete abstinence from nicotine to harm reduction by, e.g., stopping smoking and switching to other nicotine products will be considered. Empirical papers are preferred but reviews and theoretical papers will also be considered.
Topics may include:
- Clinical trials on existing or new medical or pharmacological treatments
- Extended duration of use and increased dose of treatments
- Observational population studies
- Studies on new tobacco/nicotine products, such as e-cigarettes, snus, and heat but not burn tobacco products
- Clinical experience
- Tailoring treatment to specific individuals
Manuscript Submission Information
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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.
Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2000 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.
- smoking cessation
- pharmacological, behavioural, electronic cigarettes
- smokeless tobacco and other alternative nicotine/tobacco product treatments and tailoring of treatments