Volume 3 Issue 3
Pros and Cons of Long-Term Use of Nicotine Replacement Therapies: A Qualitative Study
Gitte Borup*, Susanne Kaae, PhD Pharm, Lotte Stig Nørgaard, PhD Pharm
In the last decade, harm reduction has been increasingly suggested as a method to reduce the harm caused by smoking in smokers who are unable or unwilling to quit all nicotine products. One of these methods includes long-term substitution of tobacco with nicotine replacement therapies (NRTs). The aim of this study is therefore to gain insight into the perceived pros and cons of the long-term use of NRTs. We conducted 19 semi-structured interviews with long-term users of NRTs, 16 ex-smokers and 3 dual users of tobacco and NRTs.
Alcohol Consumption and Suicide Trends in Russia, Belarus and Ukraine
Y. E. Razvodovsky*
The Slavic countries of the former Soviet Union Russia, Belarus, and Ukraine retain one of the highest suicide rates in the world, despite a gradual decline over the past decade. The reason of high suicide mortality in fSU countries is not fully understood. A number of variables, including socioeconomic factors, religious and biological background should be considered. The developments in suicide mortality in fSU countries have been particularly dramatic in connection with the societal processes of the last decades including the period of reforms known as “perestroika” and the collapse of the Soviet Union.