81 e-Letters

published between 2001 and 2004

  • Wrong-minded approach
    Larry Arslanian

    We have, as addiction scientists, as a goal, the desire to minimize addictive behaviors and thereby reduce negative outcomes and consequences. The AMA has this admirable goal in mind but their stated approach is not likely to get them there. Reducing nicotine in cigarettes has already been plainly demonstrated to increase tar and CO levels in smokers. We need to accept this and move in the correct direction, understanding...

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  • Still Smoking Today
    Hannah S. Pickworth

    The author of this artice says, "These classic children's books were first published in times when smoking was not widely acknowledged as harmful and a smoking adult male was one of the sex stereotypes". While this is true for the books cited, I have been looking for children's picture books with smokers in the illustrations for several years and am surprised how many current books as well as how many other older book...

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  • Links between tobacco industry and UK casino company
    Paul Pilkington

    Dear Editor,

    I was interested to note the links between the tobacco and gambling industries outlined by Mandel and Glantz.(1)

    I have recently discovered that at least one UK casino company is working with Healthy Buildings International (HBI), the indoor air quality consultancy firm part-funded by the Philip Morris tobacco company.(2) Previous research has demonstrated how the tobacco industry has used...

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  • Might smoking compromise the capacity for metabolic compensation in acute reductive stress?
    Richard G Fiddian-Green

    If blood lipid profile improves and weight increases with smoking cessation (1) smoking might be causally related to both the development of an abnormal blood lipid profile and the avoidance of weight gain or even weight loss. How then might smoking have increased the risk of non-fatal myocardial infarction in this study (2)? By reducing the capacity to respond to reductive stress with a further increase in the degree of...

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  • How do you know this wont make things even worse? (updated)
    Clive Bates
    It's a relief to see the authors backing away from the previously advocated "remove-the-nicotine" approach to regulating cigarettes. This was a strategy that would surely have killed millions more as toxin-to-nicotine ratios worsened during a phase-out, while smokers continued to seek their established satisfactory nicotine dose. Making even dirtier delivery systems for nicotine was never the greatest public health idea, and no...
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  • The Cost of Recruitment
    Nathan K Cobb

    McAlister and his co-authors make an extremely valuable contribution to the ongoing debates of health care costs in the form of their estimate of the cost efficacy of a telephone quit line. The publication of this data should provide new evidence to convince payors to cover cessation.

    However, since recruitment costs were excluded, it is difficult to make broader public health decisions based on these estimates....

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  • Flight Attendants' role in success of smoking ban
    Charles Levenstein

    Dear Editor,

    I am writing in response to the research paper, “Clearing the airways: advocacy and regulation for smoke-free airlines” by Holm and Davis, published in the March supplement of Tobacco Control, 2004. While Holm and Davis present an apparently comprehensive narrative of the events that lead to the legislative prohibition of smoking in aircraft cabins, one is left with the sense from their research of...

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  • Smoking cessation in curricula- the challenges are linked to health promotion
    Ann M Wylie

    I have recently completed a doctoral thesis exploring the epistemological challenges associated with the inclusion of health promotion in medical undergraduate education.

    Those challenges reflect the dilemmas associated with teaching about smoking cessation. It is in fact only recently that the UK NHS plan has suggested a consistent approach for the delivery of smoking cessation services and previous to that th...

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  • The subsequent response?
    Clive D Bates

    In their e-letter of 19 December 2003, Tomar et al promised that "Many of the specific comments of Foulds et al. will be addressed in a subsequent response". No response has since been forthcoming.

    Given that Tomar et al's contribution managed to avoid peer review and to appear in the paper edition of Tobacco Control as apparently the last word on the subject, I think it is beholden upon them to say what they...

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  • “No smoking” areas in restaurants are not sufficient
    Hanns Moshammer

    Sir, I read with interest the paper by Cains et al. (2004) on the effect of “no smoking” areas in licensed clubs in the metropolitan area of Sydney. They found only an insufficient effect of “no smoking” zones especially when this was only a subsection of the whole room without separation. In spite of this finding this poor protection of the non-smokers is still much favoured in the hospitality industry around the world. T...

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