98 e-Letters

published between 2006 and 2009

  • Failure to declare competing interest
    Simon Chapman

    On March 15 2007, my attention was drawn to a patent for a tobacco smoking device, filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for a "Hookah with simplified lighting" on June 9 2005. One of the authors of the device being patented was Kamal Chaouachi, who on December 2 2004, had a rapid response published in Tobacco Control [1] which was critical of a paper by Masiak et al [2]. The submission process for rapid...

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  • The CDC must share the mortality data for all tobacco users
    Brad Rodu

    Foulds and Ramström raise important questions regarding a direct comparison of mortality rates among smokers, smokeless tobacco (ST) users, persons with mixed or former use, and non-users. They urge officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and from the American Cancer Society (ACS) to make these comparisons and report the results, so that Americans are fully informed about the health risks relate...

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  • What are the health effects of switchers relative to continuing smokers?
    Jonathan Foulds

    Henley et al’s paper (1) showing worse health outcomes in men switching from cigarettes to smokeless tobacco, compared with men ceasing tobacco use completely, adds to our understanding of the potential risks from smokeless tobacco use. However, it also raises some additional questions:

    1. Like the authors’ earlier paper comparing health outcomes in exclusive smokers with those of exclusive smokeless users in C...

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  • Shame on the Military for Promoting Tobacco Use
    Bruce W. Adkins

    The longstanding tradition of the U.S. military and tobacco industry leaders 'smoking in the good ol' boys room' is well documented by the Smith, Blackmon, Malone "Death at a Discount" research paper!

    It is time that the military and other federal politicos become concerned about the health of our military, and drop the montra of tobacco use being a 'right'. Obviously, the lobby of the tobacco industry even infi...

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  • Time For Increase

    This death-at-a-discount study has excellent timing; it may be that the 110th Congress will approve an increase in commissary tobacco prices! I suggest the pricing of tobacco products available to our soldiers be added to the criteria for grading the federal government on tobacco control [1].

    [1] American Lung Association. State of Tobacco Control: 2006. [cited 2/13/07]; Available from: http://lungaction.org/...

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  • Re: RE: Does Snus use have a harm reduction effect in Sweden?
    Jonathan Foulds

    Dr Gupta’s letter suggests that the reduction in lung cancer in both Sweden and Connecticut is highly likely to be due to a reduction in smoking in both places. This is entirely unsurprising, and as far as Sweden is concerned is precisely what we suggested in the original paper he referred to:

    “There has been a larger drop in male daily smoking (from 40% in 1976 to 15% in 2002) than female daily smoking (34% in...

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  • RE: Does Snus use have a harm reduction effect in Sweden?
    Coral E Gartner

    Dr Gupta’s comparison of trends in lung cancer mortality and smoking prevalence in Sweden and Connecticut purports to undermine the claim that increasing snus use in Sweden has contributed to declining lung cancer rates there.

    Dr Gupta argues that some factor other than snus must have been at work because the ratio of lung cancers between Sweden and Connecticut has remained constant despite the large differenc...

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  • Does Snus use have a harm reduction effect in Sweden?
    Prakash C Gupta

    Dear Editor

    Some tobacco control community members believe that advocating the use of snus, a form of Swedish smokeless tobacco said to be less harmful than cigarettes, would prove an effective harm reduction strategy against tobacco related diseases. One important basis for such a claim is the fact that snus is widely used in Sweden (23% men used snus daily in 2002), where the incidence of cancer caused by tob...

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  • Re: Reduction increases quitting
    Kjell Bjartveit

    Reduction as a permanent solution may give people false expectations Thanks to Dr. John R Hughes for his interesting remarks of 20 January 2007 to our article (TC 15:472-480). We have the following comments: 1. Dr. Hughes states that our main finding (no health benefit from reducing cigarettes) has not been found in the few prior prospective studies of this topic. This is not correct. Based on a large study population in C...

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  • Reduction increases quitting
    John R Hughes

    The recent study by Tverdal and Bjartveit (TC 15:472-480, 2006) that found no health benefit from reducing cigarettes had several assets not found in the few prior prospective studies of this topic; e.g. the reducers had reduced by over 50% and several outcomes were measured.

    I would, however, like to make two comments. First, one asset of the study was the examination of "sustained reducers;" i.e., those who...

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