516 e-Letters

  • 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    NOT PEER REVIEWED The decision to ban tobacco industry-funded research in the Journal could be the opportunity for pointless byzantine discussions from the pros and cons.(1)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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  • Still no response - but there's still time
    Clive D Bates

    I thought I would revisit this debate some five years on, only to find that the promised response (19 December 2003) has not yet been done.

    None of the facts have changed much - those that wish to intervene to prevent smokers choosing tobacco products that are many times less hazardous still have the upper hand - not in argument or evidence, but in dominant public health approach and (in Europe) in the most...

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  • 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    NOT PEER REVIEWED Prof.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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  • Response to Zhu et al. (1, 2)
    Paul Bergen

    The authors of this paper (1), the responders (3), and most everyone else agree that smoking is high risk, and that the use of smokeless tobacco is fairly low risk. In any other area, the obvious conclusion would be to encourage smokers to switch to the lower risk alternative.

    However, what follows instead is a strange and yet quite common argument that because many smokers might not switch, this alternative...

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  • Smoking scenes in Japanese comics (manga)
    Hiroshi Kawane
  • Evidence From Zhu et al. That American Smokers Have Switched to Smokeless Tobacco
    Brad Rodu

    Zhu et al. reported that 0.3% of men who were exclusive current smokers in 2002 became smokeless tobacco users at follow-up in 2003 (1). Similarly, they reported that 1.7% of men who were former smokers of one year or less duration and 0.3% of men who were former smokers for a longer time were smokeless tobacco users in 2003.

    These percentages are quite small, prompting the first author to issue a statement in...

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  • No evidence that the tobacco industry evaded the FDA's ban on 'Light' cigarette descriptors
    Steven D Pinkerton

    NOT PEER REVIEWED The authors of "Has the tobacco industry evaded the FDA's ban on 'Light' cigarette descriptors?" examined four distinct indicators to address this research question. They found that: (1) the major cigarette manufacturers removed the terms explicitly stated in the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act of 2010 by switching to colour terms (e.g., Marlboro Gold) to designate sub-brands; (2) the...

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  • Response to Rodu’s and Bergen & Phillips’ Comments
    Shu-Hong Zhu

    Rodu is correct in stating that because the U.S. population is so large, even a small percentage of cigarette smokers switching to smokeless would mean many thousands of people [1]. However, he has done only half the math- the other half is that exclusive smokeless users also switch to cigarettes. In fact, it is easy to see from Table 2 in Zhu et al. that the number switching from smokeless to cigarettes is much greater th...

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  • Large-scale unassisted smoking cessation over 50 years: lessons from history for endgame planning in tobacco control
    Jame A McLennan

    NOT PEER REVIEWED Simon and Melanie,

    Thanks for the article. With respect, i'm not convinced by your arguments here however.

    Firstly, it is incorrect to broadly assume that millions upon millions of people in the 'real world' quit smoking unassisted. Some of them may have, but most would have been given some kind of assistance, albeit even if very brief. It may be advice from their GP, watched telev...

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  • Boffetta et al
    Jeffrey R Johnstone

    The authors quote a study by Boffetta et al to support the idea that second-hand smoking causes disease. The Boffetta study does not support that claim. Boffetta et al found no significant association between lung cancer and passive smoking from spouse or workplace. They did find a significant association with childhood exposure: those so exposed were less likely to develop lung cancer. The results of Boffetta et al are...

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