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Public health benefits from pictorial health warnings on US cigarette packs: a SimSmoke simulation
  1. David T Levy1,
  2. Darren Mays1,
  3. Zhe Yuan1,
  4. David Hammond2,
  5. James F Thrasher3
  1. 1 Department of Oncology, Cancer Prevention & Control Program, Georgetown University Medical Center, Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, Washington, DC, USA
  2. 2 School of Public Health and Health Systems, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
  3. 3 Department of Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior, University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr David T Levy, Department of Oncology, Cancer Prevention & Control Program, Georgetown University Medical Center, Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, Washington DC 20007, USA; DL777{at}georgetown.edu

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  • Twitter Follow Darren Mays at @darren_mays

  • Collaborators Erric Lindblom.

  • Contributors All authors have contributed to the formulation of the model and the writing of the original manuscript and revisions.

  • Funding Funding was received by DTL from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, under grant R01DA036497, to examine health warnings and from the Cancer Intervention and Surveillance Modeling Network (CISNET) of the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences, NCI under grant UO1-CA97450 to develop the SimSmoke model. JFT was partly supported by a grant from the National Institutes of Health (R01 CA167067). The funders had no role in the design, analysis, preparation, or decision to publish the manuscript.

  • Competing interests DH and JFT have served as a paid expert witnesses on behalf of governments in tobacco litigation, including challenges to health warning regulations.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

  • Data sharing statement The CISNET data used to develop the model is available on the NCI CISNET website.

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Footnotes

  • Twitter Follow Darren Mays at @darren_mays

  • Collaborators Erric Lindblom.

  • Contributors All authors have contributed to the formulation of the model and the writing of the original manuscript and revisions.

  • Funding Funding was received by DTL from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, under grant R01DA036497, to examine health warnings and from the Cancer Intervention and Surveillance Modeling Network (CISNET) of the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences, NCI under grant UO1-CA97450 to develop the SimSmoke model. JFT was partly supported by a grant from the National Institutes of Health (R01 CA167067). The funders had no role in the design, analysis, preparation, or decision to publish the manuscript.

  • Competing interests DH and JFT have served as a paid expert witnesses on behalf of governments in tobacco litigation, including challenges to health warning regulations.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

  • Data sharing statement The CISNET data used to develop the model is available on the NCI CISNET website.

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