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    Alternative nicotine products negligibly reduce smoking

    It is regrettable that so much attention continues to be given to suggestions that alternative nicotine products will reduce smoking.

    The US has had numerous nicotine products on the market for years, at least gum and patch are available without prescription. The effects of those products on smoking rates have been assessed and are tiny, nearly negligible (see below), compared to reductions in tobacco consumptio...

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    No 'satisfaction' at all
    I am absolutely mystified by Clive Bates’ hypothetical introduction of a new product called "Satisfaction". This theoretical nicotine delivery device will be marketed in a real world where the sale of cigarettes is still legal. Smokers will still smoke, but a significant number of young nonsmokers will undoubtedly be lured by what Bates calls an “ironic marketing gambit”. ‘We’re too cool for Joe Camel and the Marlboro Man’, they...
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