117 e-Letters

published between 2004 and 2007

  • 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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  • Minimal Training in Tobacco-Control May be Epidemic
    Melbourne F Hovell, Ph.D., M.P.H.

    The findings presented by Roddy et al. [1] paint a dim picture of tobacco training in the UK, but rosier than that in U.S. schools of public health (SPH).

    As part of the Association of Schools of Public Health(ASPH)/American Legacy Foundation “STEP UP” initiative, we administered an ASPH survey to the 27 faculty members of the San Diego State University Graduate School of Public Health (SDSU GSPH) and also to...

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  • Partial protection provided by "no smoking" areas may be over-estimated
    Pascal A. Diethelm

    Cains et al., studying the extent to which designated "no smoking" areas provide protection from environmental tobacco smoke (ETS), conclude that such areas achieve some reduction in the level of exposure of individuals to ETS. They indicate an average 53% reduction in nicotine levels and 52% reduction in PM10 levels. These numbers, although not marginal, are not sufficient to provide an adequate level of protection....

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  • Update on a Secondhand-Smoke Lawsuit
    Edward L Sweda

    On 24 February 2004, the United States Supreme Court, by a vote of 6 to 2, affirmed the judgment of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Olympic Airways v. Husain, a case mentioned in this article under the heading "Negligence." With no other avenue of appeal, Olympic Airways is now required to pay $1.4 million to the Estate of Dr. Abid Hanson because of its negligence.

    Dr. Hanson's tragic death...

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  • Teaching Medical Students to take tobacco use seriously
    Stephen L. Hamann

    I always enjoy new research describing how medical students are not taught about tobacco use and smoking cessation. I teach medical students about tobacco use. One of the first things I teach students about tobacco use is that it is best considered a disease, not a risk factor. In the American Society of Addiction Medicine's Public Policy Statement on Nicotine Dependence and Tobacco in the Journal of Addictive Disease,...

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