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Tobacco control and the epidemiological framework
  1. Joanna E Cohen1,2,3,
  2. Michael O Chaiton1,2,
  3. Lynn C Planinac1
  1. 1Ontario Tobacco Research Unit, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  2. 2Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  3. 3Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  1. Correspondence to Dr Joanna E Cohen, University of Toronto, 33 Russell Street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5S 2S1; joanna_cohen{at}

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We recently categorised the body of tobacco research1 according to the epidemiological framework of agent, host, environment and vector.2–4 We found that tobacco research to date has focused predominantly on tobacco products themselves and the people who use them.

The purpose of this research letter is to delve deeper and examine whether the types of articles published in the two leading tobacco-focused journals—Tobacco Control and Nicotine & Tobacco Research …

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  • Funding This work was supported by the Ontario Tobacco Research Unit, which receives funding from the Ontario Ministry of Health Promotion.

  • Competing interests None.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.