Term : Jean-François Etter

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Jean-François Etter, Global Health Institute, Geneva, Switzerland.
Jean-François Etter, Global Health Institute, Geneva, Switzerland.

Professor Jean-François Etter teaching public health at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Geneva (Switzerland). His background is in political science with a PhD obtained in political science at the University of Geneva and a master degree in public health.

He is a pioneer in research on e-cigarettes and an expert in tobacco dependence. Internationally recognized, he is deeply involved in the development and evaluation of methods to prevent smoking.

He was one of the first to explore some new indications for nicotine replacement therapy (NRT), including NRT use to reduce tobacco use among smokers who cannot or do not want to stop smoking.

He is the author and co-author of over 170 scientific publications, cited more than 6,000 times in peer-reviewed literature, and the author of a book on electronic cigarettes (in French) in which he answers most of the questions people ask:

Is the e-cigarette dangerous to health? Can it help quitting smoking or saving money? What regulation to apply to it?

He reveals the major role of consumers in the rise and the defence of an alternative to tobacco.


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