eLetters

95 e-Letters

published between 2007 and 2010

  • Research letter contradicts marketing materials
    Thomas Eissenberg

    To the editor:

    Ms. Keller asks a straightforward question: "Why was [I] so surprised to find very low levels of nicotine in the blood of subjects who had taken 10 puffs from an electronic cigarette?".

    The straightforward answer is that I, perhaps naively, was influenced by marketing materials such as this:

    http://www.ecigsadvisor.com/ecigs-review.php?keyword=ablw1

    This advertisement,...

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  • More junk science
    Dave C Atherton

    Any paper which has Professor Stanton Glantz's paw prints on it should be treated with caution. However let me critique it, he says:

    "Because there is a dose-response relation between the amount of on- screen exposure to smoking and the likelihood that adolescents will begin smoking..."

    So in plain English the more adolescents see adults smoking, the more likely they are to smoke. So Glantz et al must b...

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  • Earmarking part of cigarette tax revenues for tobacco control programs has public support, but will it lead to more spending for tobacco control?
    Anthony P. Polednak

    Correspondence Earmarking part of cigarette tax revenues for tobacco control programs has public support, but will it lead to more spending for tobacco control? Anthony P. Polednak Connecticut Department of Public Health, Hartford, Connecticut USA (Retired)

    Re: Smoker support for increased (if dedicated) tobacco tax by individual deprivation level: national survey data. Wilson et al., Tob Control 2009;18:512....

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  • Known Fact: Electronic Cigarettes Deliver Nicotine More Slowly
    Elaine D Keller

    Why was Dr. Eissenberg so surprised to find very low levels of nicotine in the blood of subjects who had taken 10 puffs from an electronic cigarette? He implies that he expected to find equal nicotine levels when compared to 10 puffs from a tobacco cigarette. However, he cited as one of his references M. Laugesen's Poster presented to the joint conference of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco, Europe; Apr...

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  • Re:Questionable PREP selection
    Richard M Freeman

    I find it intriguing that the eCigarette samples found no discernible nicotine content. I have personally conducted my own (albeit uncontrolled) blind-study using a lower nicotine brand (12mg) of "e-cigarette Juice" and a higher nicotine content brand (36mg).

    The two brands were largely identical in terms of content and taste but the differences in terms of their satisfaction in relieving the stress of not smoking...

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  • Tobacco-Free Hospital Campuses in Europe
    Esteve Fernandez

    We have read with interest the paper by Williams et al.(1) assessing the prevalence of smoke-free hospital campuses' policies in the United States. In addition to the data and wise comments in the paper, we want to share some reflections from Europe. There is general consensus that health organizations should be an example in developing and implementing tobacco control policies(2,3). Many hospitals have become tobacco free...

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  • The Single Most Preventable Cause of Disease, Disability, and Death
    Suzanne M. Marks

    According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), smoking is the single most preventable cause of disease, disability, and death in the United States (http://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/publications/aag/osh.htm). Each year, an estimated 443,000 people die prematurely from smoking or exposure to secondhand smoke, and another 8.6 million have a serious illness caused by smoking. And as aptly demonstrated by Lee...

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  • "I should not hang around with classmates who smoke!"
    Reiner Hanewinkel

    We read the recent paper on the effects of the school-based smoking prevention program "Mission TNT.06" in Canada with interest [1]. The authors address an often neglected but nonetheless very important subject: The question of potential negative side effects of interventions that try to denormalize smoking in the classroom. To our knowledge, it is the first study outside Europe evaluating a school-based smoking prevention...

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  • Reply to Dr. Rose
    Elizabeth A. Smith

    Dr. Rose responds that the offer of confidentiality was made in accordance with standard institutional review board procedure for human subjects research. However, the email to which the editorial refers offered me $1000 to act as an “expert consultant,” not as a research subject. If its intention was to recruit me as a research subject, the email was even less transparent than I gave it credit for.

  • TOBACCO COMPANY FUNDED RESEARCH: A REASONED APPROACH
    Jed E. Rose

    Innovative opportunities and strategies should be considered for reducing the harm of tobacco in the 21st century. Since the mid 20th century, governmental approaches have evolved from a laissez-faire attitude to active NIH funding for tobacco research, aggressive promotion of nonsmoking environments and, now, congressionally mandated regulation of the tobacco industry. The tobacco industry itself has also evolved fro...

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