eLetters

95 e-Letters

published between 2007 and 2010

  • 2 remarks
    Philippe Boucher

    It is totally true that tobacco control is funded very little compared to the profits derived by the tobacco companies and the taxes collected by governments. At one point (in the 80s?), WHO had suggested that 1% of the tobacco taxes be allocated to fund tobacco control activities. Then this suggestion "disappeared": I wonder if you know why as it would be a simple request that remains valid.

    It is also true tha...

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  • Response to Mejia, Ling and Glantz
    Joel L Nitzkin

    In this paper, Mejia et al run a number of Monte Carlo simulations based on a set of totally unrealistic assumptions to reach the conclusion that promoting smokeless tobacco as a safer alternative to cigarettes is unlikely to result in substantial health benefits at a population level. In their analysis, Mejia et al do not consider the potential impact on the current adult smokers who will account for virtually all of the...

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  • What if we told smokers (and their doctors) the truth?
    Elaine D. Keller

    How might those estimates change if we all told smokers the truth?

    What if the government changed the warning labels to read "THIS PRODUCT IS NOT A 100% SAFE ALTERNATIVE TO SMOKING"? See what a difference one tiny change can make? This would lead folks to ask, "Well if it's not 100% safe, how much safer is it?"

    The way the message is worded now, 85% of the people who read it conclude it means that...

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  • Wither thee Glantz
    Dave C Atherton

    Glantz et al conclude that "Promoting smokeless tobacco as a safer alternative to cigarettes is unlikely to result in substantial health benefits at a population level."

    Obviously Glantz is not up to speed on Sweden. It has the lowest incidence of lung cancer in the developed world because so many smokers have switched to snus.

    "Results: There were 172,000 lung cancer deaths among men in the EU in 200...

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  • Help-seeking behaviour or 'Feel Good' factor? A Psychiatrist's perspective...
    Jonas S. Sundarakumar

    I read with interest your article affirming public support in England for dedicated cigarette price increases and especially highlighting the finding that almost 50% of smokers supported the measure.

    As proposed by the authors, the support for the price hike seems likely to be contingent on allocating funds to tobacco control activities (Surveys from United States, Australia, New Zealand and several European and...

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  • According to BAT, IDRC-funded tobacco control programs "are truly serious threats to the long-term success of our business"
    Neil E. Collishaw

    Re: Africa/Canada: BAT Director on Aid Board Spurs Boycott Tobacco Control. June 2010, Vol 19, No 3, pp. 175-176

    Reference is made in the above-noted article to a 15 October 1996 memo written by Shabanji Opukah (1) of British-American Tobacco(BAT)claiming that "one of the IMASCO Directors sits on the IDRC Board!" In fact, Mr. Opukah erred in this statement. A thorough review of the Annual Reports of both IMASCO...

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  • Use of Smokeless Tobacco (SL): a cause of oral sub-mucosal fibrosis (OSMF/OSF), an alarming health situation in India and regional countries- is rising rapidly.
    Chitta Ranjan CHOUDHURY

    I refer to the recently published paper- 'Scott L Tomar, Hillel R Alpert and Georgery N Connolly. Patterns of dual use of cigarettes and smokeless tobacco among US males: findings from national surveys. Tob Control 2010;19:104-109'.

    The rising trend of smokeless tobacco (ST) use, among adolescent and young adults is not only a problem in the USA, it is equally affecting the same age group population in India and...

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  • Re:British American Tobacco on Facebook: undermining article 13 of the global World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control
    Simon Chapman

    We are grateful to learn of the deep concern in BAT about unauthorised use of Web 2.0 social media platforms to promote BAT tobacco products and its rules for its employees, agents and service providers that no company or product promotions should appear on these [1]. We are rather amused to learn though, that despite the vast resources of BAT, it seeks understanding from critics that the task of locating such sites is...

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  • Let's have more of a good thing!
    Stewart N Brock

    Dear Daniel

    A very interesting paper confirming the exceptional value of NSD to UK society. The obvious conclusion we should draw is that NSD is too valuable to only happen once a year. In Somerset last year we started a Somerset Stop Smoking Day on 1st October, aiming to encourage quit attempts before the onset of winter with the slogan "Don't be left out in the cold this winter", making a play on the smoking...

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  • British American Tobacco on Facebook: undermining article 13 of the global World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control
    Marina Murphy

    With respect to the recent article by Freeman et al. (Tobacco Control doi:10.1136/tc.2009.032847), I would like to make clear it's absolutely not our policy to use social networking sites such as Facebook to promote our tobacco product brands. To do so could breach local advertising laws and our own International Marketing Standards, which apply to our companies everywhere.

    Social media and other types of user-...

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