66 e-Letters

published between 2012 and 2015

  • Smoking scenes in Japanese comics (manga)
    Hiroshi Kawane
  • Re:Consequences of TC policy
    Naseem A. Qureshi

    NOT PEER REVIEWED Prof. Ruth Malone is a real, well known catalyst in controlling use of tobacco worldwide. Now her one very sharp weapon to control tobacco use is to implement a policy in terms of rejecting tobacco industry funded research manuscripts publication. There are currently hundreds of thousands of journals including open access journals and are these journals going to follow the steps of TC policy of TCJ? If t...

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  • Implementing Tobacco Control's policy on tobacco industry-funded research.
    Alain Braillon

    NOT PEER REVIEWED The decision to ban tobacco industry-funded research in the Journal could be the opportunity for pointless byzantine discussions from the pros and cons.(1) However, the issue is more concrete. First, Ruth Malone acknowledged the editorial board for vigorous discussions and I would like to know how many members opposed the ban. Second, what is the definition of a tobacco industry for the Journal? Cancer R...

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  • Consequences of TC policy
    John Hughes

    Although I disagree with TC's policy to prohibit publication of research from the tobacco industry, I do understand the rationale for this decision. My concern is illustrated by the following scenario. Assume a pharmaceutical company owned by a tobacco industry has truly developed a safer tobacco/nicotine product; e.g. a nicotine inhaler, submits it to the US FDA or the UK MHRA. Both of these agencies have stated they w...

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  • Response to "Indoor exposure limits?"
    Sean Semple

    Dear Editor,

    We are grateful that the eLetter from Ms Cunnison provides an opportunity for us to clarify some aspects of our work [1].

    In the past there has been no authoritative guidance on the protection of public health from risks from particulate matter (PM) in indoor air. It is therefore a welcome development that the recent WHO Air Quality Guidelines for Indoor Air [2] concluded that there is no...

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  • Theoretical and documented safety issues concerning electronic cigarettes
    Konstantinos E. Farsalinos

    NOT PEER REVIEWED In this interesting study by Cheah et al,1 the authors have raised several safety issues concerning electronic cigarettes. The majority of them were based either on the finding that nicotine content was inconsistent or that chemical constitution (for example glycols) may be hazardous to health.

    There is some inconsistency in characterizing polypropylene glycol as "a known irritant when inhaled o...

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  • Indoor exposure limits?
    Belinda Cunnison
    I am a lay person, but curious as to how these conclusions are reached. How is it possible to describe 25 ug/m3 as a WHO _indoor_ air quality standard, when it seems to have been designed as an outdoor standard? More importantly how is it possible to apply the standard to journeys lasting under half an hour, when the standard specifically directs how to deal with short exposure times (http://www.epa.gov/ttn/caaa/t1/memoranda/pmf...
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  • Re:Smoking imagery in movies requires action now
    Bobby j Burke

    Most of us know the people who control Hollywood. Well, the Movie Industry is controlled in a similar manner, by their Cousins. They assist in the production of the films by, having their cancer causing product portrayed as a natural thing that your favorite stars do, so why aren't you? Films should have NO tobacco products in them whatsoever!!! If I had my way, I'd stop all tobacco production. If You want to smoke, grow...

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  • Tobacco industry efforts to influence health policies.
    Alain Braillon

    Smith et al provides us with a remarkable review of tobacco industry efforts to influence tobacco tax which deserves several comments.(1)

    First, such efforts can be quite successful as in France: From February 2004 to September 2012 there was no increase in tobacco taxes, accordingly cigarette sales remained unchanged and smoking prevalence of the youngest increased during Sarkozy's presidency, an exception amon...

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  • Re: "Are functional beliefs about smoking a proxy for nicotine withdrawal symptom reduction?" by Gillian S Gould, Alan Clough, and Andy McEwen
    Omid Fotuhi

    Omid Fotuhi,1 Geoffrey T Fong,1,2 Mark P Zanna,1 Ron Borland,3 Hua- Hie Yong,3 K Michael Cummings4

    1. Department of Psychology, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada 2. Ontario Institute for Cancer Research, Toronto, Ontario, Canada 3. The Cancer Council Victoria, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 4. Department of Health Behavior, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Buffalo, New York, USA

    Email for l...

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