95 e-Letters

published between 2009 and 2012

  • Placebo was never a real-world quitting method
    John R. Polito

    Many of Alpert, Connolly and Biener's population level NRT post- cessation findings are disturbing and worthy of further and deeper review. What's most baffling is that any government would invest so much confidence and so many lives in a product without demanding a shred of population level evidence as to its worth.

    According to this paper, the odds of relapse for a heavily dependent NRT quitter who had quit le...

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  • Is it Population control or tobacco
    Mathew Jose

    Attending the RCP annual conference in 1999 in London, I remember a delegate suggesting during a discussion on tobacco control that providing cheap tobacco could be one way for China to control its population. Though the suggestion was generally felt to be in poor taste, I am shell shocked to read the conclusions of this article !

    Conflict of Interest:

    None declared

  • Butt Perceptions & Butt Solutions....
    Michael J. McFadden

    One would imagine that public concern about butt litter would largely rise with the amount of butt litter that occurs. One would also reasonably imagine that news articles dealing with the "problem" of butt litter would similarly rise. If we take those two assumptions as being a given for the moment, and then look at the statistics uncovered by this research, we see something very interesting.

    Using Google's t...

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  • Reply to Glantz and Polansky
    Simon Chapman

    NOT PEER REVIEWED Glantz & Polansky respectfully suggest that I should (1) "Base my criticisms on actual data and analysis, rather than raising hypothetical problems and presenting them as if they had been demonstrated to be real" and (2) "Criticise the proposal based on the actual behavior of the motion picture industry, not on whether or not youth see some R-rated films."

    Suggestion 1 seems to be proposing...

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  • health warnings unlikely to be effective
    Jonathan P. Krueger

    But the evidence is that no media campaign based on health warnings is likely to be effective.

    So comparing different varieties of campaigns unlikely to be effective doesn't seem very productive.

    Comparing varieties of campaigns using themes known to be effective, might be worthwhile.


    Evaluation of Antismoking Advertising Campaigns Lisa K. Goldman, MPP; Stanton A. Glantz, PhD. J...

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  • Please base criticism on data and analysis, not hypotheticals
    Stanton A Glantz

    Chapman speculates that basing our analysis on box office gross receipts while omitting what he describes as available video revenue data is problematic. However, Chapman does not actually present an analysis based on reliable data that demonstrates that including post-theatrical film receipts would reverse the conclusion drawn in our paper.

    We used industry-reported "domestic" (Canada and United States) gross...

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  • ex-box office income is critical omission
    Simon Chapman

    Glantz and Polansky's paper is titled "Movies with smoking make less money" but it should have continued "... at the box office" because it failed to consider the major sources of revenue to film studios other than from box office receipts (DVD and blu-ray sales, rentals and video-on- demand or iVOD). They write that data from DVD sales and rentals are not available. However, Nash Information Services (which they reference...

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  • Response to Stepanov et al
    Joel L Nitzkin

    To The Editor:

    NOT PEER REVIEWED The allegation by Stepanov et al1 that "regulation of TSNA levels in cigarette smoke should be strongly considered to reduce the levels of these potent carcinogens in cigarette smoke" ignores substantial evidence elsewhere in the literature that suggests that such regulation would do nothing to reduce cancer risk, and, in fact, might increase it.

    Tobacco-specific N-nitr...

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  • Reducing Carcinogenic Tobacco-Specific N-Nitrosamines in Cigarette Tobacco is in the Best Interest of Public Health
    Michael F. Borgerding

    NOT PEER REVIEWED I have read with interest the article titled: Carcinogenic tobacco- specific N-nitrosamines in US cigarettes: three decades of remarkable neglect by the tobacco industry.[1] In the article, the authors suggest that the tobacco industry has not attempted in a meaningful way to reduce or control carcinogenic tobacco-specific N-nitrosamines (TSNAs) either in general (as implied by the title of the article...

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  • ENDS (E-cigarettes): No Such Research Needed
    Joel L Nitzkin

    NOT PEER REVIEWED To The Editor:

    Etter et al's recommendation to pull E-cigarettes from the market until drug-type safety and efficacy studies are completed would make sense if these products were delivering some otherwise unknown chemical substance and if they were intended as pharmaceutical smoking cessation therapy. Neither of these conditions applies.

    The only evidence of toxicity noted in the Ette...

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