53 e-Letters

published between 1998 and 2001

  • Omission in article
    Rick Kropp

    November 11, 1999

    In reading this otherwise excellent article on store tobacco sales policies in the latest issue of Tobacco Control, I find it troubling that it failed to mention the fact that the 1996 California YTPS (and 1995 YTPS) was conducted by the North Bay Health Resources Center in Petaluma, California.

  • Tobacco smoking and periodontitis
    RM Palmer

    Tobacco smoking and periodontitis. DAVID A. SCOTT1, MARK IDE2,3, RON F. WILSON1 AND RICHARD M. PALMER2 Dental Clinical Research1, Department of Periodontology and Preventive Dentistry2 and School of Dental Hygiene3, Guy's, King's and St. Thomas' Schools of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences, King's College London, UK.

    Chronic inflammatory periodontal disease (gum disease) is a major cause of tooth loss...

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  • Hear! Hear!
    Linda Russell

    Dr.Koop should be congratulated for his willingness to express himself without concern for the political correctness of this issue. I too, am a pro-life republican but am appalled to think that representatives of my government and the health care community (including the researchers) would be "bought" at a price costing so many lives.

    Please keep your ear to the public- hopefully you will begin to "hear" the ou...

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  • Second hand tobacco smoke/ETS, a definition.
    Albert Benson

    I believe we have come a long way when we are at the point that we are trying to define just what this toxic pollution really is. When I first started writing, about 15 years ago, I saw the need to define tobacco smoke polluted air which had been air conditioned and filtered but which still contained the gaseous elements which are in tobacco smoke in copious amounts. When the air is not entirely smokefree, filtering it thr...

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  • Hawaii Calling
    Graham Ellis

    As Director of a program very similar to '2 smart 2 smoke' l was thrilled to read of your study and positive results. Our tobacco use prevention show "Naturally High" targets the same audience with identical objectives and has been performed at over 89 schools in Hawaii and California since October 1996. It is a drama featuring six children performers using juggling, unicycling, stiltwalking, balancing and other circus...

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  • Re: Re: Re: Nomenclature re passive smoking
    Phillip Whidden

    I wonder if we are being a bit too condescending to the general public in this discussion about what to call passive smoking. I agree that this proliferation of terms is probably somewhat confusing. All of the terms currently in use by scientists and laypeople have their drawbacks. However, my experience in conversation with the wo/man in the street is that we are all fairly good at decoding our imprecise language....

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  • Re: Re: Nomenclature re passive smoking
    Allyn Taylor

    I agree with John Slade that ETS is not a satisfactory term and that a new term, incorporating the idea of pollution, should be utilized. I prefer to describe it as "environmental tobacco pollution."

    Incorporating the term "pollution" appropriately reflects that so called second hand smoke is more than just a mere nuisance as the tobacco industry claims. "Environmental tobacco pollution" adequately reflects the...

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  • Re: Nomenclature re passive smoking
    Eric Lindblom

    "Secondhand smoke" seems like the most unappetizing name for smoke inhaled by nonsmokers, and using the most unappetizing name possible should probably be the goal for those working to prevent and reduce smoking. [For the same reasons "spit tobacco" is a wonderful replacement for "smokeless tobacco."]

    While "involuntary smoking" has the right idea, refering to "involuntary smoke" sounds a bit odd.

  • Re: Re: Re: Nomenclature re passive smoking
    Phil Wilbur

    I applaud the effort to create consensus on how we should describe this stuff. To me, it's a strategic question: Which term is most likely to encourage support for clean indoor air regulations and most likely to generate negative feelings toward the manufacturers? Although my bet would be on "involuntary smoking", I don't have the evidence to back that up. But surely that evidence must exist somewhere! Was the question...

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  • Re: Nomenclature re passive smoking
    John Slade

    As described, there are problems with both the term "passive smoking" and "ETS", but on balance I think ETS has advantages.

    To be difficult, I'd propose a different term altogether, Tobacco Smoke Pollution. The problem is, basically, one of pollution, and its most useful comparisons are to other pollution problems. Persons exposed to tobacco smoke pollution can have their exposures described using the same syn...

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