95 e-Letters

published between 2009 and 2012

  • Biological toxins
    Kevin M. Mulvina

    NOT PEER REVIEWED This paper, although the authors may well have found evidence in line with their intent, could also open our eyes to another distinct and obvious perspective. One which may well be glossed over, in our determination to find the target perspective many seek. What if a smoke free environment could substantially increase population mortality and morbidity health risks? Is it too late to rethink our positi...

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  • Many constituents of third hand smoke can be found in all homes and cars, regardless of smoking
    Simon Chapman

    Matt et al's demonstration that nicotine can be detected in house dust, on surfaces and on fingers in homes formerly occupied by smokers[1] is used as a springboard to promote concern about third hand smoke(THS)[2]. Given the rudimentary nature of most domestic cleaning and the common experience of the distinctive smell of stale tobacco smoke, few will find it surprising that traces of nicotine can be found in smokers'...

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  • Pig's blood in cigarette filters and the media
    Norbert Hirschhorn

    It would be useful to know if international brands contain pig hemoglobin -- could DNA analysis be helpful?

    Also, did Muslim and Jewish smokers quit after hearing the story?

    Conflict of Interest:

    None declared

  • Response to Noel et al re Electronic Cigarettes
    Joel L Nitzkin

    The commentary by Noel, Rees and Connolly on E-cigarettes is truly remarkable. They appear to draw the conclusion that E-cigarettes represent a potentially substantial hazard to the American public that requires "efforts . . . to counteract e-cigarette industry marketing and inform regulatory strategies," then urge research to justify the conclusions they have already reached. All this was done without considering the res...

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  • Critique of "Quantifying the effects of promoting smokeless tobacco as a harm reduction strategy in the USA" by Mejia AB, Ling PM, Glantz SA. Tobacco Control 2010
    Annette M Bachand

    NOT PEER REVIEWED Funding: While this assessment was funded by RJ Reynolds Tobacco Company, it is the product of independent scientific thought, and it expresses solely the opinions of the authors. When data are lacking, models that simulate population health events under different exposure scenarios may serve to inform policy by providing the basis for decision making. In order for models to be used in this manner,...

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  • Thirdhand smoke: is it something like making mountains out of a mole?
    Dr. Naseem A. Qureshi

    Smokers tend to leave their smoking prints permanently or semipermanently in buildings where they live and enjoy the taste of smoking regularly. The nonsmokers, newcomers moving into the said buildings, dislike smoking leftovers in terms of nicotine and other byproducts of tobacco use. The comparative analysis of relevant samples from firsthand, secondhand and thirdhand smokers would have shed some light on the levels o...

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  • Lee did not provide any quantitative estimates of the effects of smokeless promotion on population health
    Stanton A Glantz

    We are mildly flattered that Philip Morris found it worthwhile to have Peter Lee criticize our framework [1] for assessing the likely population effects of aggressive promotion of smokeless tobacco as a harm reduction strategy in the USA. Peter Lee is a longtime tobacco industry consultant who has a history spanning decades criticizing important studies demonstrating the harms of tobacco and secondhand smoke [2], inclu...

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  • Lifting the lid on Nicotine Replacement Therapy. Re: "Ending appreciable tobacco use in a nation: using a sinking lid on supply"
    Brent O Caldwell

    Thomson and colleagues present a novel radical approach for national tobacco elimination supported by cogent arguments and discussion of the various pros and cons for such a policy (Tobacco Control 2010;10:431-435). They discuss, albeit briefly, the importance of best practice cessation support. However current best practice is not especially effective, and just as they have argued for a radical policy approach, there sim...

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  • Quantifying the effects of promoting smokeless tobacco as a harm reduction strategy in the USA" A commentary on the paper by Mejia et al
    Peter N. Lee

    INTRODUCTION Mejia et al1 argue that a harm reduction strategy based on promoting snus, the form of smokeless tobacco widely used in Sweden, is unlikely to result in any substantial health benefit to the US population. They divide the population into five tobacco groups (never tobacco users, former tobacco users, current cigarette smokers, current snus users, and current dual users), attaching to each group an estimate of...

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  • Re:British American Tobacco on Facebook: undermining article 13 of the global World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control
    Becky Freeman

    Ms Murphy,

    I am hoping that you may be able to answer a query for me? Does BAT sponsor or promote BAT cigarette brands at the MODERNITY festivals in Switzerland?

    It seems a BAT employee is promoting MODERNITY events through Facebook - I have provided the relevant links below for your information.

    Profile of Matthieu Kowalczyk - BAT employee National HoReCa Event Manager


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