114 e-Letters

published between 2005 and 2008

  • Rate for New Zealand: typographical error
    Maria J Lopez

    The authors thank Holger Moeller for the previous e-letter. As he noticed, there is a typographical error in the number related to attributable deaths in New Zealand. The correct number is 8 per 100,000.

  • Passive smoking rate for New Zealand
    Holger Moeller

    I think the rate for New Zealand in the discussion was meant to be 8 per 100,000 and not 8 per 10,000 which would be rather high.

  • A Reply from R.M. Davis to JJ Boddwyn
    Ronald M. Davis

    Professor Boddewyn’s reply is interesting for what it admits and omits.

    He admits that the International Advertising Association (IAA) reports published in 1983 and 1986 were based on his editing of “the draft paper written by Paul Bingham [of British American Tobacco].” To my knowledge, there has been no such public admission previously by Professor Boddewyn, BAT, or IAA in the 20+ years since publication of tho...

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  • A Reply from JJ Boddwyn to R.M. Davis
    Jean J Boddewyn

    What a pleasure to be cited for something I published 25 years ago! It is, of course, less pleasant to be implicitly incriminated as being some sort of a “paid hack” for the tobacco industry. Besides, the intended harm has been done since the Editor did not have the academic courtesy of asking me to reply to this personal attack in the same issue where the article by R.M. Davis has appeared.

    In answering this ch...

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  • Regulation and precautions
    Jonathan D Liberman

    In response to our piece cautioning about the use of the ‘precautionary principle’ in debates about setting emissions limits, Nigel Gray writes that it has been around since the beginning of public health activity and offers as examples ‘[taking] the precaution of hunting for clean water on the grounds that doing nothing might allow epidemics of cholera, typhoid and hookworm to continue’ and the introduction of polio vac...

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  • Regulation and precautions
    Nigel J Gray

    Regulation and precautions Nigel Gray April 11, 2008

    Jonathon Lieberman worries about TobReg’s use of the precautionary principle as justification for recommending reduction of toxicants in cigarette emissions and suggests that the precautionary principle is a 1970’s development. I thought it had been around since the beginning of Public Health activity when we took the precaution of hunting for clean water on...

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  • Use of the precautionary principle in the debate about emissions limits
    Jonathan D Liberman


    The proposal by the World Health Organization Study Group on Tobacco Product Regulation (TobReg) for the setting of limits on emissions of certain toxicants in cigarette smoke (1) is certain to generate heated debate. Product regulation remains the most fraught policy area in tobacco control. In other areas, public health dictates are clear. Ongoing contests tend to be primarily either ones of competi...

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  • We all did not go quietly
    Jill McDonald

    Dear Simon and Becky, As a fellow advocate of non smoking I would like to congratulate you on the Article: Markers of the demormalisation of smoking and the tobacco industry. I note with interest your comments under the heading Smoking rooms at airports. You note "In early 2007, these uninviting rooms were quietly removed from Australian airports...." The Darwin International Airport still provides a room for the (many)...

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  • : Exploring the role of independent convenience stores in the cigarette black-market in Toronto, ON
    Russell C Callghan

    In a recently published article in Tobacco Control, Vander Beken and colleagues [1] concluded that the Belgian cigarette black-market manifested myriad links with the legitimate business world and, as a result, effective tobacco control policies will need to address the role of legitimate businesses in this market. Our letter confirms this conclusion within a Canadian context.

    Approximately 10-17% of cigarettes...

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  • Error in Abstract Layout
    Simon Chapman

    Readers of our paper Markers of the Denormalisation of Smoking and the Tobacco Industry may be perplexed about the way the Abstract is structured with the traditional Background, Methods, Results and Conclusion headings. These headings were inserted during the editing process after we as authors had approved the proofs of the paper. The paper we approved had an unstructured abstract as was appropriate to a paper of thi...

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