89 e-Letters

published between 2010 and 2013

  • Protecting youth and addicts from the neo-nicotine industry
    John R. Polito

    NOT PEER REVIEWED Sincere thanks, Dr. Borland, for your insightful comments recognizing the inherent conflicts between harm elimination and reduction, between policy and profits. As a nicotine cessation educator monitoring the latest wave of irresponsible harm reduction marketing, I have grave concerns that we are only one youth fad away from seeing adolescent nicotine dependency rates skyrocket.

    Nicotine addic...

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

    NOT PEER REVIEWED Jane, We of course agree that smokers who decide to quit do not make that decision in information environments devoid of all the sorts of influences you list. We both have spent decades contributing to those influences. Those influences are "why" people make quit attempts, but by assisted and unassisted, we are referring to "how" they quit. It's unlikely that many smokers would answer a question on how t...

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

    NOT PEER REVIEWED Simon and Melanie,

    Thanks for the article. With respect, i'm not convinced by your arguments here however.

    Firstly, it is incorrect to broadly assume that millions upon millions of people in the 'real world' quit smoking unassisted. Some of them may have, but most would have been given some kind of assistance, albeit even if very brief. It may be advice from their GP, watched telev...

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  • No evidence that the tobacco industry evaded the FDA's ban on 'Light' cigarette descriptors
    Steven D Pinkerton

    NOT PEER REVIEWED The authors of "Has the tobacco industry evaded the FDA's ban on 'Light' cigarette descriptors?" examined four distinct indicators to address this research question. They found that: (1) the major cigarette manufacturers removed the terms explicitly stated in the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act of 2010 by switching to colour terms (e.g., Marlboro Gold) to designate sub-brands; (2) the...

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  • Smoking scenes in Japanese comics (manga)
    Hiroshi Kawane
  • Re:Consequences of TC policy
    Naseem A. Qureshi

    NOT PEER REVIEWED Prof. Ruth Malone is a real, well known catalyst in controlling use of tobacco worldwide. Now her one very sharp weapon to control tobacco use is to implement a policy in terms of rejecting tobacco industry funded research manuscripts publication. There are currently hundreds of thousands of journals including open access journals and are these journals going to follow the steps of TC policy of TCJ? If t...

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  • Implementing Tobacco Control's policy on tobacco industry-funded research.
    Alain Braillon

    NOT PEER REVIEWED The decision to ban tobacco industry-funded research in the Journal could be the opportunity for pointless byzantine discussions from the pros and cons.(1) However, the issue is more concrete. First, Ruth Malone acknowledged the editorial board for vigorous discussions and I would like to know how many members opposed the ban. Second, what is the definition of a tobacco industry for the Journal? Cancer R...

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  • Consequences of TC policy
    John Hughes

    Although I disagree with TC's policy to prohibit publication of research from the tobacco industry, I do understand the rationale for this decision. My concern is illustrated by the following scenario. Assume a pharmaceutical company owned by a tobacco industry has truly developed a safer tobacco/nicotine product; e.g. a nicotine inhaler, submits it to the US FDA or the UK MHRA. Both of these agencies have stated they w...

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  • Response to "Indoor exposure limits?"
    Sean Semple

    Dear Editor,

    We are grateful that the eLetter from Ms Cunnison provides an opportunity for us to clarify some aspects of our work [1].

    In the past there has been no authoritative guidance on the protection of public health from risks from particulate matter (PM) in indoor air. It is therefore a welcome development that the recent WHO Air Quality Guidelines for Indoor Air [2] concluded that there is no...

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  • Theoretical and documented safety issues concerning electronic cigarettes
    Konstantinos E. Farsalinos

    NOT PEER REVIEWED In this interesting study by Cheah et al,1 the authors have raised several safety issues concerning electronic cigarettes. The majority of them were based either on the finding that nicotine content was inconsistent or that chemical constitution (for example glycols) may be hazardous to health.

    There is some inconsistency in characterizing polypropylene glycol as "a known irritant when inhaled o...

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