113 e-Letters

published between 2002 and 2005

  • Funding Source
    Simon Chapman

    A reader has enquired about the funding source for this study. It was the the National Cancer Institute of the US National Institutes of Health. SC- Editor

  • A major contribution to TDR methodology
    Heikki T Hiilamo

    I would like to propose some additions to Carter’s excellent review paper on Tobacco document research reporting. That is a major contribution to tobacco document research (TDR) methodology.

    While discussing possible lessons from historical research to TDR Carter mentions the interpretation of facts. Occasionally the difficulty with TDR lies in establishing the facts (e.g. if plans were implemented). One me...

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  • Thailand's Point of Sale Ban Complete
    Stephen L. Hamann

    Simon Chapman's pictures on page 367 of the latest Tobacco Control points out that the 7-11 chain of convenience stores in Thailand was refusing to cover their cigarette products as required by the Ministry of Health's requirements on advertising. They are now complying with the regulation and do not have the open display of cigarette products. This means that all retail shops in Thailand are no longer displaying any...

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  • Answering unjustified criticisms of my paper on smoking misclassification rates in Japanese women
    Peter N Lee

    Since my original publication in 1995 reporting high rates of denial of smoking in Japanese women,1 and Prof Yano's alternative assessment of the evidence,2 there has been an ongoing correspondence between the two of us.3-6 In his latest letter6 Yano asks whether my paper1 should have been published because it suffers from "erroneous interpretations based on invalid measurements."

    My calculations critically depe...

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  • Re: The Cost of Recruitment
    Anita Lal

    Nathan K Cobb raises an important point. This paper has been reviewed by the Centre for Reviews and Dissemination [1], which provides critical assessments of the quality of economic evaluations. They raised this issue along with some other noteworthy points relating to the costs of the program. Specifically, the costs and the quantities were not reported separately, which limits the generalisability of the authors' results...

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  • Smokers who use oral snuff – are they non-smokers?
    Paul Nordgren

    In the latest issue of Tobacco Control, Radu and others report on tobacco use among Swedish schoolchildren (Tobacco Control 2005;14:405- 408). As a Swede, I was surprised to read about some of their findings.

    Children who smoke daily or almost daily are defined as “regular smokers”. The percentage of regular smokers is reported to have decreased to 4 per cent among 16-years-old boys and 15 per cent among girls by...

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  • Changes in Catalan smoking: A brief outsiders view
    Noeline M Holt

    In a visit to Catalonia in Spain during October 2005, I noticed a number of changes in the smoking culture and regulations, compared to a visit in 2001.

    Smokefree legislation is expected to be passed in 2006. The Catalonia regional government plans to take up the same tough stance as Ireland, the Netherlands and Norway. But there are already changes in Catalonia.

    In comparison to 2001, I came across sev...

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  • Patti Lynn

    Dear Editor,

    When we received the August 2005 issue of Tobacco Control, we found much in it to help inform our work, as usual.

    I am writing, however, because we have some concerns about one of the articles published. “The perimetric boycott: a tool for tobacco control advocacy,” is described as a comprehensive analysis of a number of boycotts, including one organized by Infact (now Corporate Accountabi...

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  • Is NRT loosing its efficacy?
    John R Hughes

    The recent article by Al-Delaimy et al (TC 14:359) makes two conclusions. The first is that use of over-the-counter (OTC) nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) for reasons other than smoking cessation is uncommon. This result is consistent with several other studies not cited in this letter (Nic Tobacco Research 6:79; Nicotine Safety and Toxicity (N Benowitz, ed) p 147). The second conclusion is that "some smokers may be...

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  • Japan made a great progress in tobacco control.
    Yoshitaka Kiriake

    When Hong and Bero published their study �"How the tobacco industry responded to an influential study of the health effects of secondhand smoke�" in 2002, I was supporting the law suit against a railway company to get smoke-free environment for workers and passengers in Japan. At that time, non-smokers had been annoyed by secondhand smoke for a long time regardless of our many claims. The company had been denying the harmfu...

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