eLetters

95 e-Letters

published between 2009 and 2012

  • E-cigarettes are not just another NRT
    Elaine D Keller

    A goal of the World Health Organization's Tobacco Control Framework is to totally eradicate tobacco use (1). The underlying theory is that anyone who exerts enough will power can overcome addition to nicotine. The situation may not be as simple as they would like to believe.

    The Tobacco Advisory Group of the Royal College of Physicians found that the development of nicotine addiction includes changes in brain st...

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  • Where are the confounders?
    David C Atherton

    NOT PEER REVIEWED I am surprised that AIDS has not been blamed on passive smoking yet, if you excuse my irony.

    Quite frankly this obsession with SHS being the cause of SIDS is quite depressing as an eager public lap up any chance to demonise smokers.

    Looking at the empirical evidence it does not back up the hypothesis. As remarked here by UK journalist Charlie Booker in a piece entitled "Fiddling those s...

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  • Smoking increases Testosterone which may increase Breast Cancer
    James M. Howard
    NOT PEER REVIEWED

    It is my hypothesis of 1994 that increased testosterone increases breast cancer, as well as other cancers, (International Journal of Cancer 2005; 115: 497). Some report that "testosterone might be more strongly associated with [breast cancer] risk than estradiol." (Journal of the National Cancer Institute (U.S.A.) 2002; 94: 606-616). Smoking increases testosterone in women of childbearing age (Am. J...

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  • Control of Smokeless Tobacco (ST) is an Urgent Need to Tackling the Disparatity of Legislation-Implementation in Japan.
    CHITTA RANJAN CHOWDHURY

    NOT PEER REVIEWED I refer to the paper entitled, "Regional disparities in compliance with tobacco control policy in Japan: an ecological analysis "by Takashi Yorifuji et al in Tob Control doi:10.1136/tc.2010.0414. I agree with them regarding uneven implementation of legislation for tobacco control, which has an influence on consumption, and that reflects the consequences of health and environment directly. In 1995, I was...

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  • Ecigarettes: re-tooling the tobacco industry
    Marvin W. Schroeder
    NOT PEER REVIEWED I use an ecigarette filled with vegetable glycerin and flavorings, food items found in any grocery. I do not add nicotine. Aren't the concerns raised by the UCR study nullified for non-nicotine ecigarette users such as myself? A post-date to this article would mention that on 12/7/2010 the US Supreme court decided ecigarettes are not a 'nicotine delivery system'. The future regulation of nicotine is the real...
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  • Reduced Childhood Ear Infections may be due to Increasing Maternal Testosterone
    James M. Howard

    NOT PEER REVIEWED It is my hypothesis that testosterone is increasing in our population and that this increase is the cause of the "secular trend," the increase in size and earlier puberty in our children. Therefore, as the continuum progresses, phenomena will increase if caused by increased testosterone, and possibly decrease if other phenomena are increased which counteract the earlier phenomena. This sounds really co...

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  • WHO "smoking-related deaths" indicator is misleading
    Konstantin Krasovsky
    NOT PEER REVIEWED The authors of the paper "Contribution of smoking-related and alcohol-related deaths to the gender gap in mortality: evidence from 30 European countries" use the WHO indicators of alcohol-related and smoking-related causes of deaths and state that this even underestimates the scope of influence of alcohol and tobacco use on mortality. In fact, however, it is an enormous overestimate. In case of Ukraine, to consid...
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  • Hate mail etc.
    Jonathan H Bagley

    NOT PEER REVIEWED Please can I make a few points in response.

    First, in the UK at least, the individual commenters and blog writers who criticise the anti tobacco movement do not, in general, receive money or favours from, or have any connection with the Tobacco Industry. FOREST does receive money from the tobacco industry and doesn't hide the fact. The anti tobacco movement receives money and favours (sponsored...

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  • Re: Hate mail, tobacco control and social change
    Stephen L Hamann

    NOT PEER REVIEWED Perhaps inflaming social confrontation has become so common that people no longer care what they say to each other any longer. Many feel it is all temporary posturing in order to stake out a claim in the impersonal electronic landscape. It is a reflection of unbridled identity rather than thought. In the electronic communications environment, opinionated commentators have started to believe they are...

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  • Sheer hypocrisy
    David C Atherton

    NOT PEER REVIEWED

    Tobacco control has instigated a level of prejudice against an identifiable group of people that if we were a minority or gay would be quite rightly simply unacceptable. We have to put up with outrageous language too and have a database where we keep the best examples.

    "Smoke in your own home. Get cancer. Die. Just keep it away from me, that's all I ask.

    "..let's have free l...

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