89 e-Letters

published between 2010 and 2013

  • Cultural considerations for tobacco control strategies in rural China
    Diana M. Sheehan

    NOT PEER REVIEWED Dear Editor,

    The recent article by Cai et al, reported that male gender, young age, low educational attainment, and tobacco cultivation are predictors of tobacco use and second-hand smoke (SHS) exposure in rural China [1]. Neighborhood-level income was the only contextual predictor of tobacco use and SHS exposure identified. Hence, the authors suggested that "future interventions to reduce smo...

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    Mohamed F. Allam

    NOT PEER REVIEWED To the Editor: The habit of water pipe smoking is rapidly extending in all occidental countries. This rise in popularity appears to be correlated with the advent on store shelves of an array of fruit-flavored tobacco mixtures, which list ''molasses'' as a primary ingredient. Also there is a widespread misperception among smokers that the water through which the smoke bubbles acts as a filter, rendering...

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  • Taking Breaks: are smokers examples of model employees?
    Ivan L. Gee
    NOT PEER REVIEWED The article by Berman et al "Estimating the cost of a smoking employee" has attempted to quantify the costs associated with employing smokers. As the article indicates several companies are now actively discriminating against smokers so it is important that any costs are fully justified. One area that concerns me about this is a tendency towards oversimplification of a complex situation. In particular the assu...
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  • Re:Measuring mass media coverage of tobacco: prominence over quantity
    David E. Nelson

    We appreciate Dr. Blum's interest in our study and his comments. Data used for our study were collected and coded based on the public health surveillance model, which is more fully described elsewhere (1). Only a carefully selected set of items from tobacco news stories were coded over an extended period of time, with editorial cartoons and letters to the editor not included in the system. The newspapers were specific...

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  • Measuring mass media coverage of tobacco: prominence over quantity
    Alan Blum

    NOT PEER REVIEWED Because the authors cite just seven major tobacco-related news events in the seven year period they reviewed (Figure 2), I question whether their tabulation of the "volume of news media stories on tobacco" (page 6) provides a meaningful representation of the coverage of tobacco-related issues in the mass media. Is not a front-page article on a tobacco- related subject in The New York Times or The Washingt...

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  • Re:Re:Large-scale unassisted smoking cessation over 50 years: lessons from history for endgame planning in tobacco control
    James A McLennan

    NOT PEER REVIEWED I really welcome this kind of discussion.

    I acknowledge your 'why and how' argument, however you may find that things like telephone counselling and many group programs will however then fall into your unassisted quitting category as well. This is because they are simply being coached to enhance those natural skills they already have.

    I am aware you are conducting an interview style...

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  • start a broader movement targeted at WTO
    Manfred A. Neuberger

    NOT PEER REVIEWED The warning of this article is important, but not limited to the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Switzerland and USA, as countries which have not ratified, are not obliged to follow Article 5.3 of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control. One of the reasons for the largest tobacco companies to move their headquarters to Switzerland was the location of the World Trade Organisation in this country. Some...

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  • Gutkha-Ban (commercial brand of STs) in India is not implemented properly
    Chitta R CHOWDHURY

    NOT PEER REVIEWED Smokeless Tobacco(ST) such as Gutkha-ban (and the like) in India does not work!

    There have been repercussions from sections of growers following the ban of Gutka (and similar products) in Karnataka, a South -Western state of India with the highest production of Areca-nut (one of the major constituents of ST, used in commercial sachet (such as Gutka etc) and home-made/vendor-made Tambula/Paan...

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  • Report ignores key issue in tobacco end game: smokers with behavioral health comorbidity
    Jill M Williams

    The prospect of a tobacco endgame in which death and disease from tobacco would be virtually eliminated is very exciting. We read the May 2013 issue of Tobacco Control on the Tobacco Endgame with great interest. The issue features 20 articles by esteemed co-authors who are known internationally for their work on tobacco control. Each individual article is excellent; however, we were surprised and disappointed that thi...

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  • Important differences not significant and risk negligible
    Jonathan H Bagley
    NOT PEER REVIEWED Surface nicotine levels in non-smoking rooms of smoking and smoke-free hotels were found to be significantly different. However, the authors found that "Geometric mean urine cotinine levels did not differ between non-smoking confederates staying in non-smoking rooms of smoke-free and smoking hotels." Therefore surface nicotine is not important. No significant difference was found between air nicotine levels, w...
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