eLetters

95 e-Letters

published between 2009 and 2012

  • Help-seeking behaviour or 'Feel Good' factor? A Psychiatrist's perspective...
    Jonas S. Sundarakumar

    I read with interest your article affirming public support in England for dedicated cigarette price increases and especially highlighting the finding that almost 50% of smokers supported the measure.

    As proposed by the authors, the support for the price hike seems likely to be contingent on allocating funds to tobacco control activities (Surveys from United States, Australia, New Zealand and several European and...

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  • According to BAT, IDRC-funded tobacco control programs "are truly serious threats to the long-term success of our business"
    Neil E. Collishaw

    Re: Africa/Canada: BAT Director on Aid Board Spurs Boycott Tobacco Control. June 2010, Vol 19, No 3, pp. 175-176

    Reference is made in the above-noted article to a 15 October 1996 memo written by Shabanji Opukah (1) of British-American Tobacco(BAT)claiming that "one of the IMASCO Directors sits on the IDRC Board!" In fact, Mr. Opukah erred in this statement. A thorough review of the Annual Reports of both IMASCO...

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  • Use of Smokeless Tobacco (SL): a cause of oral sub-mucosal fibrosis (OSMF/OSF), an alarming health situation in India and regional countries- is rising rapidly.
    Chitta Ranjan CHOUDHURY

    I refer to the recently published paper- 'Scott L Tomar, Hillel R Alpert and Georgery N Connolly. Patterns of dual use of cigarettes and smokeless tobacco among US males: findings from national surveys. Tob Control 2010;19:104-109'.

    The rising trend of smokeless tobacco (ST) use, among adolescent and young adults is not only a problem in the USA, it is equally affecting the same age group population in India and...

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  • Re:British American Tobacco on Facebook: undermining article 13 of the global World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control
    Simon Chapman

    We are grateful to learn of the deep concern in BAT about unauthorised use of Web 2.0 social media platforms to promote BAT tobacco products and its rules for its employees, agents and service providers that no company or product promotions should appear on these [1]. We are rather amused to learn though, that despite the vast resources of BAT, it seeks understanding from critics that the task of locating such sites is...

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  • Let's have more of a good thing!
    Stewart N Brock

    Dear Daniel

    A very interesting paper confirming the exceptional value of NSD to UK society. The obvious conclusion we should draw is that NSD is too valuable to only happen once a year. In Somerset last year we started a Somerset Stop Smoking Day on 1st October, aiming to encourage quit attempts before the onset of winter with the slogan "Don't be left out in the cold this winter", making a play on the smoking...

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  • British American Tobacco on Facebook: undermining article 13 of the global World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control
    Marina Murphy

    With respect to the recent article by Freeman et al. (Tobacco Control doi:10.1136/tc.2009.032847), I would like to make clear it's absolutely not our policy to use social networking sites such as Facebook to promote our tobacco product brands. To do so could breach local advertising laws and our own International Marketing Standards, which apply to our companies everywhere.

    Social media and other types of user-...

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  • Research letter contradicts marketing materials
    Thomas Eissenberg

    To the editor:

    Ms. Keller asks a straightforward question: "Why was [I] so surprised to find very low levels of nicotine in the blood of subjects who had taken 10 puffs from an electronic cigarette?".

    The straightforward answer is that I, perhaps naively, was influenced by marketing materials such as this:

    http://www.ecigsadvisor.com/ecigs-review.php?keyword=ablw1

    This advertisement,...

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  • More junk science
    Dave C Atherton

    Any paper which has Professor Stanton Glantz's paw prints on it should be treated with caution. However let me critique it, he says:

    "Because there is a dose-response relation between the amount of on- screen exposure to smoking and the likelihood that adolescents will begin smoking..."

    So in plain English the more adolescents see adults smoking, the more likely they are to smoke. So Glantz et al must b...

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  • Earmarking part of cigarette tax revenues for tobacco control programs has public support, but will it lead to more spending for tobacco control?
    Anthony P. Polednak

    Correspondence Earmarking part of cigarette tax revenues for tobacco control programs has public support, but will it lead to more spending for tobacco control? Anthony P. Polednak Connecticut Department of Public Health, Hartford, Connecticut USA (Retired)

    Re: Smoker support for increased (if dedicated) tobacco tax by individual deprivation level: national survey data. Wilson et al., Tob Control 2009;18:512....

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  • Known Fact: Electronic Cigarettes Deliver Nicotine More Slowly
    Elaine D Keller

    Why was Dr. Eissenberg so surprised to find very low levels of nicotine in the blood of subjects who had taken 10 puffs from an electronic cigarette? He implies that he expected to find equal nicotine levels when compared to 10 puffs from a tobacco cigarette. However, he cited as one of his references M. Laugesen's Poster presented to the joint conference of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco, Europe; Apr...

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