61 e-Letters

published between 2013 and 2016

  • Re: Raising the Minimum tobacco sales age to 21- worth a try?
    Olatokunbo I Osibogun

    To the Editor,

    Despite the seemingly decline in tobacco use, the habit is picked up by youths on a daily basis. According to the CDC fact sheet, tobacco use is established primarily during adolescence where 9 out of 10 cigarette smokers first initiate smoking by age 18. In the United States, more than 3,800 youths aged 18 years or younger try their first cigarette every day [1]. If the trend continues, about 5....

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  • Letter to the Editor: Analytical concern regarding the measurement of weight control beliefs.
    Kristopher O. Myers

    NOT PEER REVIEWED To the Editors, In the article entitled, "Weight control belief and its impact on the effectiveness of tobacco control policies on quit attempts: findings from the ITC 4 Country Project" I noticed a problem regarding the measurement of weight control beliefs. This variable (weight control beliefs associated with tobacco use) is measured using only one question. The researchers indicate, "In order to iden...

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  • Beyond tobacco to divesting from eco-destructive resource and industrial sectors
    Joseph Ting

    NOT PEER REVIEWED To the Editor:

    Beyond the plea to divest from funding tobacco companies, shareholders need to consider the adverse impact of investing in industries and resource extraction that worsen eco-degradation.

    At a group level, the impetus for environmentally accountable investing by colleges and universities can be better maintained by teaching every student the practical ways to minimize th...

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  • Assessing Google Trends Data for Electronic Nicotine Delivery System Interest
    Ashley L. Merianos

    NOT PEER REVIEWED Cavazos-Rehg et al. compared the results of Google Trends relative search volume (RSV) data for non-cigarette tobacco use with data from state- and national-level youth surveys.[1] Given the authors' findings of positive correlations with Google Trends and survey data, we agree with the conclusion that Google Trends may be a potential tool to provide real- time monitoring for non-cigarette tobacco use. T...

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  • RE: Estimates of the economic contributions of the bidi manufacturing industry in India
    Krishna Raghunandan

    NOT PEER REVIEWED I read the research paper (other authors Ashvin, Emmanuel, Frank and Prabhat) with interest.

    Quite a few new points have been brought out. One of the important political reasons for resistance is that hand made ones are done in rural areas where alternate means of employment are hard to come by. This results in the local political representative arguing against tax.

    Alternatives such...

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  • Response to E-Letter from May 6, 2015
    Sumit R. Kumar

    NOT PEER REVIEWED We explicitly did not do a systematic review, which would have included things such as assessing articles for quality and assessing for presence of publication bias. Instead we opted for a narrative review. This decision was made given the limited time available for the authors to complete the supplement prior to the World Conference on Tobacco or Health and the small number of available articles after ou...

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  • These are not real-world conditions.
    Dimitrios Gazis
    NOT PEER REVIEWED "The GC temperature programme for all analyses was: 35C hold for 5???min; 10C/min to 300C; then hold for 3.5???min at 300C." Water is not dangerous. Yet, if I submerge a human test subject in a container of water for 3.5 minutes, then this water becomes quite lethal. No vaping device is intended to run continuously for longer than a few seconds. Furthermore, 300C is far too high a temperature for any vaping de...
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  • Questions asked and answered
    Jonathan D. Heck

    This letter responds to misrepresentations in a recent article by Daniel Stevens and Stanton Glantz (1). In the article, Stevens and Glantz question my integrity based on some questions during a 4-day deposition which I gave in 2014 in a legal proceeding against my employer. These writers cite snippets from the 1,000+-page transcript of that deposition, relating the text of a facetious note that I h...

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  • Re:No evidence that the tobacco industry evaded the FDA's ban on 'Light' cigarette descriptors
    Hillel R Alpert

    NOT PEER REVIEWED This comment summarizes, but mischaracterizes the findings and conclusions of our study. Our analyses and interpretation are based strictly on the letter of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act (FSPTCA) and its requirements, including Section 911(b)(2)(ii), which bans "the use of explicit or implicit descriptors that convey messages of reduced risk including 'light', 'mild' and 'low', o...

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  • Review of air quality, biological indicators and health effects of second-hand waterpipe smoke exposure - Letter
    Luis D Ramirez

    NOT PEER REVIEWED Dear Editor,

    Research on waterpipe smoking, also called hookah, is still emerging, and research on second-hand hookah exposure is still in its nascent stages. However, after reading the review on the various effects of second -hand waterpipe smoke exposure by Kumar et al recently published in Tobacco Control1, we noted several major issues in its execution and have serious reservations about th...

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