eLetters

117 e-Letters

published between 2004 and 2007

  • Errors in Table 1
    Michael J. Thun

    Table 1 contains two errors. The observed death rate from all cancers combined among women in 1991 was 175.3 per 100,000 in 1991 (not 173.3). The percentage decrease in the death rate from 1991 to 2003 was 8.4%. We noted and corrected both errors in the galleys but the corrections were not picked up by the copy editor.

  • Reduction as Prelude to Cessation
    John R Hughes

    The recent article by Gilpin, et al.,[1] reported the major initial impact of California’s tobacco control efforts was to initially reduce cigs/day among continuing smokers and this was followed by an increase in quitting.[1] We would like to make three comments on this paper.

    First, this study was one of the first to decompose the effects of tobacco control into effects on initiation, cessation and reducti...

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  • US moist snuff consumption is increasing even if aggregate smokeless tobacco is declining
    Jonathan Fell

    Care is needed when using aggregate smokeless tobacco (SLT) consumption data to examine the potential for SLT being used as a potential reduced exposure product. As far as I am aware very few people, if any, are suggesting that traditional chewing tobacco be used as an aid to smoking cessation; any hopes in this area have been focused on moist smokeless tobacco (MST).

    Data from the US Alcohol and Tobacco Tax an...

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  • CORRECTION
    FOUAD A. AL-BELASY

    The eletter entitled "A Personal Experience with Goza and Shisha Smoking is authored by only FOUAD A. Al-BELASY. The names of other co- workers were mistakenly entered during submission from below the bar displaying how to enter other colleagues.

  • Shisha, Goza, Hashish and Street Children: What the Egyptian Scene Teaches Us
    Kamal Chaouachi

    Shisha, Goza, Hashish and Street Children: What the Egyptian Scene Teaches Us

    For historical, sociocultural and health reasons, Egypt is cer...

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  • Shisha vs. “Water-pipe” : The Question of a Unifying Term
    Kamal Chaouachi

     

    Shisha vs. “Water-pipe” : The Question of a Unifying Term

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  • The Issue of Nomenclature: In Reply
    FOUAD A. AL-BELASY

    Dear Editor,

    This is to comment on the following recently published eletter:

    The issue of nomenclature: Wasim Maziak (17 June 2006)

    In a dictionary search for Hookah, Hubble-bubble, Narghile, Arghile, Water-pipe and Shisha, the Oxford Paperback Dictionary [1] defines Hookah as an oriental tobacco pipe with a long tube passing through a glass container that cools the smoke as it is drawn thr...

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  • The issue of nomenclature
    Wasim Maziak

    I thank the authors of letters regarding our published work (Ward et al, 2006) on their useful remarks. It is self-understandable that no one uses the world waterpipe when asking the public about this tobacco use method, but use the local word for it. The same way that we never ask the public about ischemic heart disease but use this term extensively in research papers about this problem. It is also understandable that t...

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  • A Commentary on Two Conclusions
    FOUAD A. AL-BELASY

    Dear Editor,

    This is to comment on the following recently published eletter:

    Chaouachi K: Syria, Lebanon, Tobacco Research in General and Narghile (Hookah, Shisha) Smoking in Particular. TC Online 8 June 2006.

    I completely agree with the statement that Shisha is now used internationally because of the global hookah craze whereas “waterpipe” is no hypostasis and adhere to the notice that this wo...

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  • A Personal Experience with Goza and Shisha Smoking
    Fouad A. Al-Belasy

    Being a son of a famous well-qualified owner of a café shop, I have been, since the early days of my perception, in direct contact with Goza and Shisha smokers. Goza is a modified form of Shisha. It has its head, body, water-container, and hose [1]. However, Goza has no mouth-piece separated from the hose and no disposable plastic mouth-piece is served or commonly used. Yet, the water-container of Goza was and still is ma...

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