95 e-Letters

published between 2009 and 2012

  • Snus and Quid Consumption not only Risking for Occurrence of Oral Cancer (O-SCC), also development of Metabolic Syndrome (MS).
    Chitta R CHOWDHURY

    Snus is threatening not only for Sweden also other parts of Europe. We have anecdotal information that UK tourists in Sweden(who are smokers) are trying Snus quite frequently. Therefore, there is a threat of cross-border transmission of Snus addiction. Some of the reports claim that Snus is less injurious to health comparing smoking, but, the evidence shows there is a higher risk for the occurrence of oral cancer (OSCC)...

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  • Tobacco waste - make the industry pay!
    Fenton O Howell

    ASH Ireland very much welcomes the comprehensive article on cigarette waste by Smith and McDaniel. This is an issue ASH Ireland has been actively engaged with. In November 2009 ASH Ireland met with the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government (Leader of the Green Party in Ireland) and outlined the scale of the problem to him and his department. Cigarette waste accounts for nearly half of all the litter...

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  • Risk assessment in the regulatory science process.
    Lars E. Rutqvist

    The approach by Ayo-Yusuf and Connolly (2010) to evaluate cancer risks of smokeless tobacco products (STP) addresses issues that could be relevant to modified risk claims for Swedish snus tobacco products. We disagree with the authors' conclusions, and in some cases they simply have the facts wrong. Nonetheless, the issues presented warrant consideration by the tobacco science community, including the FDA Center for Tobac...

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  • One grows weary at such profound inanity
    David C Atherton

    In economic terms anti tobacco have created a faux market. In economic terms there are significant barriers to entry to any new tobacco manufacturer and distributor with the ban on advertising.

    Good heavens you even admit it: "These problems have been exaggerated by unintended consequences of tobacco control policies."

    Your paper says "...market failure, excess profits..wherein a cap is placed on the ma...

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  • danger of low nicotine
    Jonathan H Bagley

    Smokers will smoke more cigarettes and inhale more deeply should the nicotine content of cigarettes be reduced. It is the burning tobacco which kills - not the nicotine. Each smoker has his own comfortable level of nicotine. Perhaps high nicotine cigarettes are safer?

    The speculation that dependence can result from smoking 1 - 2 cigarettes a day is at odds with the more extreme claims by anti tobacco campaigners...

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  • After 25 Years of Misinformation, What Would You Expect
    James R Rothenberger

    Joel L Nitzkin and Elaine Keller did an excellent job of identifying problems with this study so I shall not endeavor to duplicate their suggestions. Instead I wish to speak as a 43 year, at the end 2 to 3 pack, smoker who used Swedish snus 6 months ago to completely stop smoking.

    I attempted smoking cessation for over 30 years using just about every NRT product except Chantix. I tried hypnosis twice, group a...

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  • 2 remarks
    Philippe Boucher

    It is totally true that tobacco control is funded very little compared to the profits derived by the tobacco companies and the taxes collected by governments. At one point (in the 80s?), WHO had suggested that 1% of the tobacco taxes be allocated to fund tobacco control activities. Then this suggestion "disappeared": I wonder if you know why as it would be a simple request that remains valid.

    It is also true tha...

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  • Response to Mejia, Ling and Glantz
    Joel L Nitzkin

    In this paper, Mejia et al run a number of Monte Carlo simulations based on a set of totally unrealistic assumptions to reach the conclusion that promoting smokeless tobacco as a safer alternative to cigarettes is unlikely to result in substantial health benefits at a population level. In their analysis, Mejia et al do not consider the potential impact on the current adult smokers who will account for virtually all of the...

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  • What if we told smokers (and their doctors) the truth?
    Elaine D. Keller

    How might those estimates change if we all told smokers the truth?

    What if the government changed the warning labels to read "THIS PRODUCT IS NOT A 100% SAFE ALTERNATIVE TO SMOKING"? See what a difference one tiny change can make? This would lead folks to ask, "Well if it's not 100% safe, how much safer is it?"

    The way the message is worded now, 85% of the people who read it conclude it means that...

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  • Wither thee Glantz
    Dave C Atherton

    Glantz et al conclude that "Promoting smokeless tobacco as a safer alternative to cigarettes is unlikely to result in substantial health benefits at a population level."

    Obviously Glantz is not up to speed on Sweden. It has the lowest incidence of lung cancer in the developed world because so many smokers have switched to snus.

    "Results: There were 172,000 lung cancer deaths among men in the EU in 200...

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