81 e-Letters

published between 2001 and 2004

  • Re: South Asian Communities in UK (EU) Brace Themselves Against Smokeless Tobacco Flood
    Clive Bates

    Kawaldip Sehmi's letter seems to advocate ignorance and a kind of book-burning attitude to understanding this area. But in fact, better knowledge of the science might help his cause.

    The paper by Enstrom and Kabat caused problems not because its findings conflicted with the established evidence base, but because it was flawed and the BMJ failed to put its contribution in context with the rest of the large evidenc...

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  • South Asian Communities in UK (EU) Brace Themselves Against Smokeless Tobacco Flood
    Kawaldip S Sehmi

    Last week in the BMJ 2003; 327 (6 December), after seeing his comments on the Enstrom and Kabat paper on second-hand smoke being used by Forest to advance the tobacco industry’s position, the BMJ Editor says in a fair and frank admission:

    "Reading the quote on a Forest advertisement tightens my anus, but I wrote it and can't deny it."

    Health Professionals who have been working hard towards getting che...

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  • "Another simple issue"?
    John R. Polito

    Watching this first salvo in the battle over whose nicotine is safer and which side eventually makes the big nicotine maintenance bucks, Big Pharm or Big Oral Tobacco, is sad yet understandable? Even for those few without any financial stake in the debate, imagine the natural frustrations born from having turned the wrong research or policy corner and dedicated two decades of your life to having chosen to fight nicotine...

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  • A reply to Tomar et al's flat earth commentary
    Clive Bates

    A reply to Tomar et al’s flat earth commentary

    Foulds et al‘s e-response [1] provides an excellent and scathing critique of the commentary contributed by Tomar et al [2]. Though Foulds et al are far too modest to point this out, it is important that readers understand that their original review [3] is a substantial and careful piece of work, properly edited and peer-reviewed. In contra...

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  • Effects of smokeless tobacco in Sweden: a reply to Tomar et al.
    Jonathan Foulds

    Dear Editor

    The earth is flat, ABBA couldn’t sing a song, Scotland is going to win the soccer World Cup sometime soon, and snus has played no part in the reduction in smoking prevalence among Swedish men – or so Tomar et al. [1]would have us believe. Of all of these issues not remotely supported by the evidence, the last one is a little more serious in that it may influence tobacco control...

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  • Not quite convincing
    Clive Bates

    I'd like to challenge the suggestion in this paper that mobile phone use does not reduce smoking, simply because smoking teenagers are more likely to own mobile phones.

    The hypothesis advanced by Ann Charlton and I is that mobile phones share some of the same charatcteristics that attract young people to smoking (initiation to adult life, peer bonding, individualistic expression, brand identification etc). I...

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  • No nicotine gum users nicotine free at six months?
    John R. Polito

    The abstract's conclusion that persistent use of nicotine gum is "very rare" casts serious doubt upon the authors' objectivity. How can they here describe a 6.7% chronic nicotine gum use rate at six months as reflecting a 'very rare' condition while their March 2003 OTC NRT meta- analysis - published in this same journal - embraced a 7% six-month smoking abstinence rate finding as "effective?" [1]

    I do hope...

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  • Missing argument
    CharlesC. Walker

    In all of the arguments I see in many articles, both pro and con, concerning smoking bans, I note arguments tend to concentrate on "smoker's rights" and "non-smoker's rights", when neither are relevant to the real issue. That is, whether or not a proprietor has the right to operate a business as he sees fit, allowing those who seek and enjoy the business he offers to freely do so or freely decline it. That speaks more t...

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  • Conclusions are somewhat correct
    Joseph L. McFarland

    In your article you touch on the fact that the consumer would likely not report internet pruchases for fear of reprisal in taxation issues. The state does in fact over look the 1 or 2 carton of cigarette purchase issues when for instance a business man travels to Kentucky and buys a couple ther and brings them back with him to California.

    I have also detected, in the industry of Internet Toabacco sales, where th...

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  • Has the end of Malawi's tobacco-driven economy come?
    Adamson S. Muula

    Has the end of Malawi’s tobacco-driven economy come?


    Adamson S. Muula MB BS, MPH Department of Community Health University of Malawi College of Medicine Private Bag 360, Blantyre 3 MALAWI Email: amuula@medcol.mw

    Letter to Editor

    In his article about Malawi’s economic reliance on the “green gold” (tobacco), Peter Davies 1 clearly presented the dilemma that an African country in...

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