75 e-Letters

published between 1999 and 2002

  • Sue for fire safe cigarettes
    Christopher J Covert-Bowlds, MD

    Efforts at requiring fire safe cigarettes have been underway for years, lead by the late Representative Moakley of Massachusetts. Tobacco industry opposition has always stopped progress. Now that Senator Helms has retired, Philip Morris has publicly voiced its intent not to oppose such efforts, and the tobacco industry's public image is lower than ever, it is time to try again.

    New York has passed a fire safe...

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  • Philip Morris Backward
    Stephen L. Hamann

    Dear Mr Meyers, Thank you for your article about the name change of Philip Morris. It is appropriate that PM should wish to become invisible. In fact, they are simply backward, so I shall reverse their new name to airtla, meaning Aberrant Industry in Regular Touch with Legal Attorneys. I hope they shall hence forward remain named with this backward sign of wrong doing. Branding, after all, is one of their specialties...

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  • More on F1
    Ross J MacKenzie

    Bernie Ecclestone's strategy of continuing Formula 1's relationship with tobacco sponsors at seemingly any cost is raising the ire of motor racing purists.

    As European bans on sponsorship become increasingly likely, Ecclestone plans to move races from traditional circuits to countries that have no foreseeable plans to ban tobacco sponsorship.

    Rumour has it that among the courses to be axed from the F1...

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  • Life Imitates Art
    Sandra C. Jones

    Upon reading the paper by Biener (Tobacco Control, June 2002), I couldn't help but be struck by the similarity between the reported effects of the Philip Morris anti-smoking campaign and the fictional campaign in Christopher Buckley's (1994) satirical novel "Thank You for Smoking."

    In the fictional version, Nick Naylor, chief spokesperson for the Academy of Tobacco Studies (a.k.a. the tobacco industry), announces...

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  • Correction
    Michael N Bates
    We have found a small error in the Methods section of our paper, “Exposure of hospitality workers to environmental tobacco smoke”, recently published in Tobacco Control (2002; 11:125-9). The reference in the third paragraph, under the chemical analysis subheading should have referred to a 1/X2 (X-squared) weighting, not a 1/÷2 (chi-squared) weighting, as published. X was the concentration of cotinine in saliva samples. Our ap...
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  • F1 and Advertising
    Ross MacKenzie

    Notwithstanding evidence on the impact of advertising in sport, the powers that be in F1 have little interest in seeing tobacco sponsorship curtailed anytime in the near future.

    Bernie Ecclestone, the man most responsible for F1's recent dramatic growth is on record as saying a ban on tobacco advertising isn't needed as it would have a negligible impact on the smoking habits of its millions of viewers.


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  • Ling, Landman, and Glantz respond
    Stanton A. Glantz

    Fichtenberg and Glantz have responded separately to the technical issues that DiFranza raised about their paper.

    Both Tutt and DiFranza are missing the larger point of our editorial. Unlike public health forces, the tobacco industry has unlimited resources to push their agenda. We made the point that in a real world of limited public health resources, those resources are better concentrated where they have been...

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  • Fichtenberg and Glantz respond
    Stanton A. Glantz

    Since DiFranza's criticism of the editorial by Ling et al.(1) concentrates mostly on criticism of the paper by Fichtenberg and Glantz, published in Pediatrics,(2) we are writing to respond to these criticisms separately. We recognize that this is unusual, since the standard procedure would have been for DiFranza to write Pediatrics after the paper was published there. DiFranza, however, chose to write Tobacco Control (b...

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  • Response to Hastings & MacFadyen [Tobacco Control 11(1): 73]
    Mike Jones

    Firstly, congratulations to Hastings & MacFadyen on highlighting the issues inherent in attempting to ‘negatively emote’ people into doing what we’d like them to do. I use the term ‘negatively emote’ to take into account the following journal article by Biener & Taylor [T C 11(1):75] - their point being that fear is not the only emotion involved. There are admittedly many attempts at ‘pushing’ people through the...

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  • It is time to abandon bad science
    Joseph R DiFranza

    May 8, 2002 To the editor,

    In their editorial “It is time to abandon youth access tobacco programmes,” Ling, Landman and Glantz1 base their argument on an in press meta-analysis of youth access interventions by Fichtenberg and Glantz.2 These authors conclude that there is no proof that youth access interventions work to reduce youth smoking rates. Sadly, this analysis includes ten methodological flaws, each o...

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