114 e-Letters

published between 2005 and 2008

  • Hookah or water pipe ?
    Mostafa K. Mohamed

    I certainly agree with most of the comments of Dr Kamal Chaouachi but the need to develop one generic name for the different types of this form of tobacco smoking is definite and we tend to prefer the term water- pipe smoking as it denotes the similarity that links all these forms and shapes and local names. Certainly these different names are associated with local geographical languages and idenified best in the reps...

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  • Some Misconceptions in a Good Alert Paper
    Kamal Chaouachi

    Dear Editor,

    We wish to draw your attention to some misconceptions in the following study:

    Rima AFIFI SOWEID. Lebanon: water pipe line to youth. Tobacco Control 2005;14:363-4.

    >"In Lebanon, youth and women are the target of a marketing campaign featuring a new tobacco product for use with the more traditional water pipe."

    The caption for the embedded picture is a an erroneous int...

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  • Response to Impact vs. Efficacy for Pregnant Smokers
    Paul Aveyard

    Prochaska and Velicer have commented on this trial(1), and, having been alerted to this comment elsewhere, we feel we need to respond belatedly. They suggest the study had important flaws but do not name them. We drew attention to those flaws in the conduct of the study in the report. The major flaw was that midwives in the control arm were less enthused about the intervention and complied with the protocol less well,...

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  • Courtrooom expert opinions should be published
    David Egilman

    As Professor Chapman has noted some have questioned the merits of publishing papers that the tobacco industry funded. In the spirit of Justice Brandeis who noted that, “Sunlight is the best disinfectant” I believe that more not fewer tobacco industry consultants opinions should see the light of day. For example I believe that court room opinions offered under oath, by tobacco hired historians, physicians and others sho...

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  • Funding Source
    Simon Chapman

    A reader has enquired about the funding source for this study. It was the the National Cancer Institute of the US National Institutes of Health. SC- Editor

  • A major contribution to TDR methodology
    Heikki T Hiilamo

    I would like to propose some additions to Carter’s excellent review paper on Tobacco document research reporting. That is a major contribution to tobacco document research (TDR) methodology.

    While discussing possible lessons from historical research to TDR Carter mentions the interpretation of facts. Occasionally the difficulty with TDR lies in establishing the facts (e.g. if plans were implemented). One me...

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  • Thailand's Point of Sale Ban Complete
    Stephen L. Hamann

    Simon Chapman's pictures on page 367 of the latest Tobacco Control points out that the 7-11 chain of convenience stores in Thailand was refusing to cover their cigarette products as required by the Ministry of Health's requirements on advertising. They are now complying with the regulation and do not have the open display of cigarette products. This means that all retail shops in Thailand are no longer displaying any...

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  • Answering unjustified criticisms of my paper on smoking misclassification rates in Japanese women
    Peter N Lee

    Since my original publication in 1995 reporting high rates of denial of smoking in Japanese women,1 and Prof Yano's alternative assessment of the evidence,2 there has been an ongoing correspondence between the two of us.3-6 In his latest letter6 Yano asks whether my paper1 should have been published because it suffers from "erroneous interpretations based on invalid measurements."

    My calculations critically depe...

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  • Re: The Cost of Recruitment
    Anita Lal

    Nathan K Cobb raises an important point. This paper has been reviewed by the Centre for Reviews and Dissemination [1], which provides critical assessments of the quality of economic evaluations. They raised this issue along with some other noteworthy points relating to the costs of the program. Specifically, the costs and the quantities were not reported separately, which limits the generalisability of the authors' results...

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  • Smokers who use oral snuff – are they non-smokers?
    Paul Nordgren

    In the latest issue of Tobacco Control, Radu and others report on tobacco use among Swedish schoolchildren (Tobacco Control 2005;14:405- 408). As a Swede, I was surprised to read about some of their findings.

    Children who smoke daily or almost daily are defined as “regular smokers”. The percentage of regular smokers is reported to have decreased to 4 per cent among 16-years-old boys and 15 per cent among girls by...

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