98 e-Letters

published between 2006 and 2009

  • Use of the precautionary principle in the debate about emissions limits
    Jonathan D Liberman


    The proposal by the World Health Organization Study Group on Tobacco Product Regulation (TobReg) for the setting of limits on emissions of certain toxicants in cigarette smoke (1) is certain to generate heated debate. Product regulation remains the most fraught policy area in tobacco control. In other areas, public health dictates are clear. Ongoing contests tend to be primarily either ones of competi...

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  • We all did not go quietly
    Jill McDonald

    Dear Simon and Becky, As a fellow advocate of non smoking I would like to congratulate you on the Article: Markers of the demormalisation of smoking and the tobacco industry. I note with interest your comments under the heading Smoking rooms at airports. You note "In early 2007, these uninviting rooms were quietly removed from Australian airports...." The Darwin International Airport still provides a room for the (many)...

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  • : Exploring the role of independent convenience stores in the cigarette black-market in Toronto, ON
    Russell C Callghan

    In a recently published article in Tobacco Control, Vander Beken and colleagues [1] concluded that the Belgian cigarette black-market manifested myriad links with the legitimate business world and, as a result, effective tobacco control policies will need to address the role of legitimate businesses in this market. Our letter confirms this conclusion within a Canadian context.

    Approximately 10-17% of cigarettes...

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  • Error in Abstract Layout
    Simon Chapman

    Readers of our paper Markers of the Denormalisation of Smoking and the Tobacco Industry may be perplexed about the way the Abstract is structured with the traditional Background, Methods, Results and Conclusion headings. These headings were inserted during the editing process after we as authors had approved the proofs of the paper. The paper we approved had an unstructured abstract as was appropriate to a paper of thi...

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  • Corrections
    Leland K. Ackerson

    We have found a series of slight typographical errors in the text of our paper(1) from the December 2007 issue. The results in the full sample should have read that, compared to those living in households where women reported no domestic violence, the odds of smoking were 1.25 (95% confidence interval 1.20 to 1.31) times higher for those living in households where women reported past abuse, and 1.38 (95% confidence inte...

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  • Alcohol abuse - a major cause of DV is missing.
    Dr. Urmila Jagadeesan Nair

    This study by Ackerson et al concludes that Domestic violence is associated with higher odds of smoking and chewing tobacco in India. The authors have taken into account a range of individual and household level demographic and socioeconomic covariates. Odds ratios obtained for the risk have been adjusted for location of residence, age, sex, religion, caste, marital status, education, employment, living standard, pregnanc...

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  • Correction to spelling of coauthor's name
    Nick Wilson

    The correct spelling of the second author's name is "Gombodorj Tsetsegdary" (first name and then surname name). This error arose due to the difficulties in translating from Mongolian Cyrillic script to English language script.

  • YouTube clip on buzz, viral and stealth marketing
    Simon Chapman

    This video will be of interest to readers of this paper. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VkA2Gvi-8tA

  • Thank you for posting this article.
    Phoebe A Oelheim

    Thank you for posting this article on-line. It is a public service. I have always wondered about the effects of my "light smoking" and have been advised by doctors that it was not dangerous. I am not a scientist and I appreciated the straight forward approach of the article and study. This information will be a huge help in my endeavor to quit smoking.

  • Free self-help behavioral resources to help inmates quit
    John R. Polito

    During July and August I presented ten nicotine cessation seminars in five South Carolina prisons, prisons that were not just banning smoking from the entire prison but all tobacco. Although in total agreement that prison administrators should be offering inmates high quality cessation programs, it is our job to teach them why doing so is in everyone's best interests and, frankly, until now we have not done a very good job....

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