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Tobacco-related disease mortality among men who switched from cigarettes to spit tobacco
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    Compare ST Switchers to Continuing Smokers

    In "Tobacco-related disease mortality among men who switched from cigarettes to spit tobacco" Tob Control 2007; 16: 22-28, Henley, et al compared mortality rates for smokers who switched to spit tobacco to the rates for those who quit all forms of tobacco. This is useful information. However, the fact that the number of smokers in the US has remained relatively unchanged for the past 20 years tells us that there are t...

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    The CDC must share the mortality data for all tobacco users

    Foulds and Ramström raise important questions regarding a direct comparison of mortality rates among smokers, smokeless tobacco (ST) users, persons with mixed or former use, and non-users. They urge officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and from the American Cancer Society (ACS) to make these comparisons and report the results, so that Americans are fully informed about the health risks relate...

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    What are the health effects of switchers relative to continuing smokers?

    Henley et al’s paper (1) showing worse health outcomes in men switching from cigarettes to smokeless tobacco, compared with men ceasing tobacco use completely, adds to our understanding of the potential risks from smokeless tobacco use. However, it also raises some additional questions:

    1. Like the authors’ earlier paper comparing health outcomes in exclusive smokers with those of exclusive smokeless users in C...

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