81 e-Letters

published between 2001 and 2004

  • Group Treatment vs Individual Support for Smoking Cessation
    Gay Sutherland

    Bauld et al (2003) report a number of interesting results from the evaluation of the NHS smoking cessation services. One result in particular which warrants further investigation is the finding that 4 week success (quit) rates were higher for smokers treated in groups compared to those receiving individual support sessions. The authors briefly discuss possible explanations for this, including the possibility that the form...

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  • Impact vs. Efficacy for Pregnant Smokers
    James O Prochaska

    Lawrence et al. (2003) reported the results of their cluster RCT on smoking cessation in pregnant women comparing (1) standard care; (2) Transtheoretical Model (TTM) based manuals; and (3) TTM computer based tailored communications.1 In spite of serious flaws in this study, there were very important results that the authors overlooked. They do not seem to appreciate that this was a population-based trial where the goal...

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  • What to call smoke from cigarettes?
    Stephen L Hamann

    Personally, I prefer a description that tells something of the truth about tobacco smoke, "toxic tobacco smoke." Since the Tenth Report on Carcinogens indicates that tobacco smoke has 250 toxins in it, I don't see any reason not to refer to it as toxic tobacco smoke. This is better than dancing around the danger like many health agencies still do when they refer to the "health" effects of smoking, when they should be tal...

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  • The Survey as PR Tactic
    Gene Borio

    Analysis: The Survey as a PR Tactic

    "Business at New York bars and restaurants has plummeted by as much as 50 percent in the wake of the smoking ban - and the drop has already sparked layoffs and left some establishments on the brink of shutting their doors, a Post survey has found."

    --Cig Ban Leaves Lot Of 'Empties', NY Post, 5/12/03

    On May 12, 2003, the New York Post ran two stories on a...

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  • ETS and SHS - an investigation into current usage
    Pascal A. Diethelm

    Dear Editor,

    I did some investigation comparing the current usage of the term "environmental tobacco smoke" and its acronym, ETS, and the usage of "secondhand smoke" and SHS. The results I obtained tend to support your editorial.

    I went first to the WHO web site and typed ETS in the search box. The first page of results contain 10 entries. All 10 related to tobacco smoke. I then typed SHS, and out of the...

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  • Industry response to this finding
    Jonathan P. Krueger

    The industry cries that it's against youth smoking are a great line of talk; action is of course another matter. This research finding is a fine case in point. If the industry were really against youth smoking, it would respond to this finding by immediately cutting all advertising and promotion that portrayed or suggested a connection between the product and being thin. To do otherwise, to keep running such ads, would, in...

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  • Erratum
    Majid Ezzati

    On figure 2D, the number in brackets in front of SEAR B females should be 2% (instead of 61%).

  • Re: Re: OTC NRT 93% Midyear Relapse Rate
    John R. Polito

    The authors concede that programs offering cessation education, skills development, counseling and/or group support "on average" produce quit rates more than double (15%) their meta-analysis OTC NRT finding of 7% at midyear. Although most of us are aware of at least one short term abrupt cessation program consistently achieving midyear rates in the 30 to 50% range, I thought that confronting the authors with midyear pla...

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  • Re: OTC NRT 93% Midyear Relapse Rate
    Saul Shiffman

    Over-the-counter nicotine replacement: Rhetoric vs. Reality

    Mr. Polito has criticized our recent meta-analysis of over-the- counter (OTC) nicotine replacement (NRT) that appeared in Tobacco Control (Vol 12, p 21). Our brief response is below. Readers wishing to respond to us or obtain citations for our assertions can email john.hughes@uvm.edu or shiffman@pinneyassociates.com ).

    The major assumption of...

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  • OTC NRT 93% Midyear Relapse Rate
    John R. Polito

    Dr. Hughes and Shiffman do their academic best to try and convince those making worldwide cessation policy decisions that, after 20 years of NRT research that consumed the lion's share of all cessation research dollars, a 93% midyear relapse rate demonstrates an "effective" means for smokers to quit. Rubbish! It's a sad day indeed when NRT researchers celebrate a 93% failure rate by declaring odds ratio victories over...

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