114 e-Letters

published between 2005 and 2008

  • Response to BAT
    Babalola Faseru

    Dear Mr Kehinde Johnson,

    It's so sad that you have joined your CEO to pretend not to know the facts here.

    The products you produce in your factory are extremely poisonous apart from being addictive. All tobacco products irrespective of where they are coming from contain considerable quantities of nicotine and alkaloids. It has also been proven that tobacco from low or high yield cigarettes contain the sam...

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  • Open letter to British American Tobacco & BAT Nigeria
    Stan Shatenstein

    Kehinde Johnson, Corporate & Regulatory Affairs Director, British American Tobacco (Nigeria) Limited, writing on behalf of Dr. Chris Proctor, of BAT's UK headquarters, fails to respond to the principal questions asked by Professor Simon Chapman of the University of Sydney and editor of the journal Tobacco Control.

    In his posting to Tobacco Control's e-letters page, Mr. Johnson relies heavily on the judgment o...

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  • Re: Response from BAT Nigeria
    Jeffrey S. Wigand

    BAT Nigeria Limited Mr. Kehinde Johnson Corporate & Regulatory Affairs Director

    Re: Risky v. Lethal Cigarettes

    Mr Johnson:

    I am the former Vice President of R&D of one of your sister companies.

    I read your response to Professor Chapman on the issue that counterfeit cigarettes are lethal, whereas genuine brands that you manufacture under controlled supervision are only "risky". Are you i...

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  • Emotions for sale
    Norbert Hirschhorn

    To the excellent article by Bero, Glantz and Ling one may add the classical observation of RE Thornton of BAT about women's smoking behavior (1):

    "[G]iven that women are more neurotic than men it seems reasonable to assume that they will react more strongly to smoking and health pressures.... [T]here may be a case for launching a female oriented cigarette with relatively high deliveries of nicotine...."


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  • Response from BAT Nigeria
    Kehinde Johnson

    Dear Professor Chapman

    I am responding to your email to Dr. Chris Proctor concerning media remarks attributed to Richard Hodgson, Managing Director of British American Tobacco Nigeria that, "tobacco use is risky but counterfeit cigarettes are lethal" which was published in ThisDay of January 16 2005

    The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) is the regulatory body focusing on tobacco control in Nigeria,...

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  • Ethical leadership for a smokefree generation
    Stephen L. Hamann

    I believe that colleges and universities must provide ethical leadership in research development, implementation, reporting and funding (not accept tobacco industry research money or researchers that do). They should not support tobacco industry investment or funding for institutions, seminars or fiduciary requirements. Any and all tobacco industry cooperation or collaboration is irresponsible because of the underlying...

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  • Nigerian Cover (April 2005)
    Simon Chapman

    On Jan 19 2005, having been alerted to the extraordinary statement shown on the cover of this issue of the journal (April 2005), I emailed the letter below to Dr Chris Proctor at BAT in the UK. He replied the next day asking when I would need the information sought. I replied immediately that I would like it within a week. No further response has ever been received from Dr Proctor.

    I invite him here publicly to n...

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  • A Middle Ground: Don't Condone or Condemn, But Let Employers Decide
    Ronald M Davis

    My position in this debate, which has been a difficult one for the tobacco control community, is that I neither condone nor condemn hiring policies that favor non-smokers. However, I do support the employer's right to adopt such a policy if the employer so chooses. I believe this position—which is intermediate between the opposing views espoused by Nigel Gray and Simon Chapman—is the most appropriate and defensible po...

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  • Recall - recognition
    Raymond C Pettit

    Thank you for your well done study.

    I had a question about your measure of recall, which in effect requires the ability to think abstractly and verbalize to in fact 'prove' to the interviewer that the ad and its message were seen, heard, and 'digested'.

    Our organization in NY, the Advertising Research Foundation, which may not be familiar to you, has embarked on a series of studies about the role tha...

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  • Why does press ignore these results?
    Manfred A Neuberger

    The highest nicotine concentrations of this study have been found in Austria. Some background for this is given by http://tc.bmjjournals.com/cgi/content/full/14/1/3. Most amazing, however, was that these results had been presented to the Austrian press without causing a reaction. A study of Moshammer et al. (2004) Int.J.Hyg.Environ.Health 207, 4, 337-343 even showed high correlations of nicotine with active particle sur...

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