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Harm Reduction Journal

, 10:31

First Online: 18 November 2013Received: 01 December 2010Accepted: 10 November 2013


DiFranza’s rebuttal to our critique of the -Hooked on Nicotine- research program misconstrues our arguments beyond recognition. The grossest misrepresentation of our critique by DiFranza is that we devise by thwarting science to rescue -the conventional wisdom- of the -threshold model of nicotine addiction.- In fact, the difference between our positions lies elsewhere: We believe that nicotine is not an addictive drug and that its contribution to the smoking habit is secondary; DiFranza believes that nicotine is so powerfully addictive that novice smokers can lose autonomy over their smoking behavior after one cigarette or even following a single puff. Our review aimed to critically examine the empirical basis of this extreme version of the nicotine -addiction- model. In this brief commentary we illustrate how the commitment to the nicotine -addiction- theory has biased the methodology and the interpretation of the data in -Hooked on Nicotine- research program.

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Author: Reuven Dar - Hanan Frenk

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