119 e-Letters

published between 2003 and 2006

  • Polymorphisms of genes involved in metabolism of cigarette smoke compounds, and health consequences
    Mostafa Saadat

    To the Editor,

    I read with great interest the article by Bjartveit and Tverdal (2005), who investigated health consequences of smoking 1-4 cigarettes per day. They found that in both sexes, smoking 1-4 cigarettes per day was associated with a significantly higher risk of dying from ischaemic heart disease and from all causes, and in women, from lung cancer [1]. Genetic studies suggest that all stages of tobacco...

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  • Authors' response to Dr Graham F Cope
    Kjell Bjartveit

    Dear Editor,

    We thank Dr Graham F Cope for his valuable remarks, and agree that underreporting of daily cigarette consumption might be of importance when assessing the risk in light smokers.[1]

    Dr Cope refers to two papers: a cross-sectional randomised study on smoking reduction in pregnant women, and an assessment of smoking status in patients with peripheral arterial disease.[2][3] Our study did not conc...

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  • Health consequences of smoking 1-4 cigarettes per day
    Dr Graham F. Cope

    I read the paper by Bjartveit and Tverdal with a great deal of interest(1). I welcome the fact that highlighting smoking, even a small number of cigarettes has a significant effect on ischaemic heart disease. However, these findings should be considered with a certain amount of scepticism, as the findings are based entirely on self-reported smoking habit. Biochemically validated research, both by ourselves(2), and other...

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  • Watch it BAT(Nigeria) Limited: the days of ignorance are over
    Olanrewaju Olusola Onigbogi

    British American Tobacco (Nigeria) Limited (BAT) and their cohorts the world over should come to terms with the fact that the truth cannot be hidden forever even from the man on the streets.

    Mr Kehinde Johnson did not need to comment at all because there was nothing to comment about! He should have apologised for being a part of this systematic elimination of defenceless people the world over.

    Dr. Chri...

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  • Response to E Yano and S Chapman
    Peter N Lee

    Response to E Yano and S Chapman

    P N Lee

    Professor Eiji Yano raises a number of issues in his letter(1) which responded to my commentary(2) on his article(3) about the Japanese spousal study, as does Chapman in his editorial(4). Here I reply to the main points raised.


    Studies of environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) exposure and lung cancer commonly identify a...

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  • Time for society to redefine "reasonable"
    John R. Polito

    An excellent PM documents review! Thanks!

    Allowing the tobacco industry to define "reasonable regulation," an industry whose economic survival will always depend upon finding new and creative ways to entice children and teens into permanent chemical enslavement, is like allowing Hitler to write health standards for dead camps.

    While awaiting fine-tuning of FDA regulatory bills, it's time for the U....

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  • Who governs tobacco?
    Stephen L Hamann

    I enjoyed Derek Yach’s editorial. I believe that the FCTC and new research that will support its transnational aspects can make a big difference. But will they?

    I would warn against over optimism and for an understanding of the commitment and sustained action that will be required. First, one must face the fact that the primary governance of tobacco issues has been and continues to be located in the tobacco...

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  • Erratum
    Stanton A Glantz

    Erratum to Mandel, L; BC Alamar; and SA Glantz, “Smokefree Law did not affect revenue from gaming in Delaware” Tobacco Control 14 (2005), 10-12.

    The results in the original publication reflect a data entry error. The revised table in this erratum present the results with this error corrected. Using the corrected data, White's test for heteroskedasticity rejected homoskedasticity (p = 0.016) in t...

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  • Correction
    Pamela M Ling

    We would like to correct reference #68 in this article. The correct reference for the document is:

    Brown and Willamson. (1980). No Title. Bates No. 544000497/544000504. http://legacy.library.ucsf.edu/tid/mgh10f00.

  • Stress and smoking among rural women in Maine: the need for counter-advertising
    Kathleen J. Welch, Ph.D., MPH

    In their article, Anderson, Glantz and Ling explore messages of psychosocial needs satisfaction in cigarette advertising targeting women. We agree with the authors that counter-advertising should attempt to “expose and undermine the needs satisfaction messages of cigarette advertising”. They mention that “a message of escape from life’s hassles could be countered with a message that addiction further complicates an al...

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