81 e-Letters

published between 2001 and 2004

  • Re: Possible involvement of Philip Morris statistical consultant in analysis of Enstrom/Kabat data

    Dear Dr Hirschhorn,

    If you wish me to answer questions, it would seem more appropriate to write to me directly than to ask the questions in a journal without even drawing the existence of such a letter to my attention. However, I will explain the situation.

    I met Enstrom for the first time in 2000 at a meeting which Philip Morris organised in Richmond, Virginia. We both gave talks. One of his talks...

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  • Serious Errrors in this Study
    Kamal Chaouachi
    Dear Editor

    I have analysed the US-funded review and I want to share some of my findings. I am afraid there are serious errors in this document and I will quote only two of them to give an idea of their scope.

    ERRORS. “Waterpipe use likely increases the risk of bronchogenic carcinoma [68] as well as lung [16,20,69] oral,[8] and bladder [21,70] cancers.”

    I will not discuss each of all the cited references bec...

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  • Possible involvement of Philip Morris statistical consultant in analysis of Enstrom/Kabat data
    norbert hirschhorn

    The newly revived discussion of the Enstrom/Kabat California passive smoke study and conflict of interest led me to cite some addiional documents. The results of the study, as Bero et al show, were presented at a Philip Morris gathering, June 5-6 2000:


    This seminar was part of WSA/INBIFO programming, viz. to "organize two-day seminar with Mr. Peter N. Lee an...

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  • Sponsorship
    Norbert Hirschhorn

    It should have been noted that the research for this topic was sponsored in part by the World Health Organization.

    Norbert Hirschhorn

  • Self-Criticism
    Rima Nakkash

    After reading Editor Chapman’s description of the efforts that he and other anti-tobacco activist colleagues went through to ensure that tobacco companies are not involved in events regarding corporate social responsibility, I was left with disenchanting thoughts. I recall a few months ago while surfing on the web for information regarding corporate social responsibility tactics of the tobacco industry, I came across info...

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  • Time to sue
    James Middleton

    the Philip Morris website admits the damage did and continues to do - they have to admit this given the massive amount of technical data available to prove this

    In the USA Big Tobacco has paid billions of dollars to settle lawsuits issued by different States and to pay for the healthcare to treat the effects of their product

    It is high time the HK Government filed a similar lawsuit or fear being sued it...

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  • Smoking in Movies is Up Compared to 1980s
    Stanton A Glantz

    Mekemson, et al. [1] present a thorough study of the presentation of smoking in the top 50 grossing movies each year from mid-1991 to mid-2001 that concludes that the levels of smoking was either constant or decreased slightly. (The small, but significant, drop with time they report may be the result of the fact that the smoking was much higher than average at their first data point, 1991-92, making it a leverage point).

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  • Taking a stance on industry CSR
    Doreen McIntyre

    Dear Norbert

    Thanks you for this excellent explanation of the reality behind tobacco companies' dabbling in so-called CSR programmes.

    Earlier this year INGCAT's member organisations agreed a position statment on tobacco industry CSR programmes that purport to address health and welfare issues, entitled "The socially responsible tobacco company - another misleading descriptor". The thrust of the positio...

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  • Excellent! Changes at Tobacco Control
    norbert hirschhorn

    Editor Chapman's report gives us great courage that the written word is in the end the most powerful tool for change, truth and enlightenment.

    We know too from tobacco industry documents that some of the closest readers of TC are the executives of those companies.

    Kudos and congratulations to the editorial team at TC.

    Norbert Hirschhorn MD

  • Multilevel models of schools' influence on pupils' smoking
    Paul Aveyard

    Pokorny et al show that one must use a multilevel model to accurately identify contextual influences, such as school characteristics, on the behaviour of individuals. Neither aggregate models nor individual level only models will be accurate(1). This is a good point well made.

    Unfortunately, Pokorny et al use aggregated school level perceived prevalence of smoking among peers as their contextual example variabl...

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