81 e-Letters

published between 2001 and 2004

  • It is time to abandon bad science
    Joseph R DiFranza

    May 8, 2002 To the editor,

    In their editorial “It is time to abandon youth access tobacco programmes,” Ling, Landman and Glantz1 base their argument on an in press meta-analysis of youth access interventions by Fichtenberg and Glantz.2 These authors conclude that there is no proof that youth access interventions work to reduce youth smoking rates. Sadly, this analysis includes ten methodological flaws, each o...

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  • Numbers and Reality

    I thank you for this editorial letter. For me it makes sense to still expose the criminal acts of the tobacco industry. Our use of metaphors and symbols should be contextualized on how message are to be sent. Thus one message may be distateful to another, while to others it will not be the case. The article is well written and it gives me more spirit to move on and expose the dangers of tobacco use.

    Teresa R Albrecht

    thank you for this great information YOU gave me an A on my report about smoking and banning smoking thank you so much!!!!!

  • Peter Dubitsky

    It was with great interest that I read your article regarding the effectiveness of acupuncture on smoking cessation. I have been practing acupuncture for eleven years and have found that acupuncture will not alleviate anyone's desire to smoke. Not one method available will. The smoker must have a determination and desire to quit, or they will fail to stop smoking regardless of the type of treatment utilized.


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  • Movie Tobacco; How Long Has This Been Going On?
    James Rowland

    Very much enjoyed this article. Was hoping to learn whether product placement tactics were used in "early" films (pre-1950), because in viewing films from the 30's and 40's, I find it almost impossible to find a scene without smoking. Any thoughts appreciated. Thanks, James Rowland

  • Douglas C. Tutt

    I disagree totally with Stan Glantz and his view that we abandon youth access efforts.

    As usual in every argument there is truth on both sides. He is right in being concerned that this can be an easy way for tobacco companies to look good and that teens will attempt to substitute other social sources. But one of the main sources of such secondary supply is other minors purchasing and then selling on the 'black...

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  • reference
    Julie Grealy

    Is it at all possible to recieve, give me direction, on how to obtain a copy of the article which is reference one?

    Thankyou in advance for your time and assistance, Julie

  • Help quitting spitting
    Chris J. Covert-Bowlds, MD

    For those trying to quit smokeless tobacco, there are some helpful options. Of course, making up one's MIND is the most important thing. Many states now have Tobacco Quitlines, that give phone-based help. Washington's is 1-877-270-STOP, and can probably direct people to other states' lines. To handle the very high nicotine addiction of smokeless tobacco, it often takes combining nicotine patches and nicotine gum. The pat...

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  • b.s
    gary m shelor

    I have been using moist snuff for 16 years(kodiak).One can a day and have not had any health promblems or dental.

  • Correcting the Record
    Norman F. Sharp

    March 14, 2002

    To the Editor:

    Maybe the fact that I am writing to you indicates that I still haven’t learned my lesson, but I thought I would give it a try.

    In 1996, I met with a young reporter from the Baltimore Sun who wanted to do an article on the resurgence of cigar sales in the U.S. I told him, “Alec, the real story here is that the resurgence has taken place in spite of the cigar...

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