98 e-Letters

published between 2006 and 2009

  • Correction
    Simon Chapman

    My attention has been drawn to an error in our paper. At reference #3 we state that Addisson Yeaman was legal counsel to Philip Morris. He was in fact legal counsel to Brown & Williamson. The mistake arose because the document was in the Philip Morris collection and was misinterpreted as being a Philip Morris document. Also, it dates from 1963, not 1964 as stated.

  • Experience/performance may impose a duty to ignore pharmacology
    John R. Polito
    A legal duty to ignore cessation pharmacology

    After nearly two-fold efficacy over placebo in most clinical studies, NRT has proven no more effective than quitting without it in all real-world quitting surveys conducted since adoption of the June 2000 Clinical Practice Guideline (CPG): Minnesota 2002, California 2003, London 2003, Quebec 2004, Maryland 2005, UK NHS 2006, and Australia 2006.[...

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  • Re: Legal Reasoning in Malpractice Article is Sound, and the Threat Should Be Taken Seriously
    John F. Banzhaf III

    As the public interest attorney and law professor who first developed the concept of using legal action as a weapon against the problem of smoking (e.g., getting antismoking messages on TV and radio, driving cigarette commercials off the air, starting the nonsmokers’ rights movement, etc.), I was delighted to read a paper suggesting the feasibility of using legal action to more effectively prod physicians to warn patient...

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  • Legal Reasoning in Malpractice Article is Not Sound
    Michael B. Siegel

    I find the argument provided in the paper to be non-compelling because it fails to provide any reasonable argument for how the 3rd showing in a medical malpractice case - that there is a causal relationship between the breach of duty and the incurred injury - could possibly be met in a smoking malpractice case. This would require proving to the jury that the physician's failure to warn the patient to quit smoking was th...

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  • 'Smoking is addictive"
    Norbert Hirschhorn

    The paper by Henningfield, Rose and Zeller is an important contribution to understanding the all-too-clever manipulation of language by tobacco industry in defending its manufacture and marketing of an addictive product. It is useful to note, as on the authors' Table 1, that while the industry now publicly acknowldeges that cigarette smoking is addictive, it never mentions nicotine as the principal addictive agent. The...

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  • Errors in Table 1
    Michael J. Thun

    Table 1 contains two errors. The observed death rate from all cancers combined among women in 1991 was 175.3 per 100,000 in 1991 (not 173.3). The percentage decrease in the death rate from 1991 to 2003 was 8.4%. We noted and corrected both errors in the galleys but the corrections were not picked up by the copy editor.

  • Reduction as Prelude to Cessation
    John R Hughes

    The recent article by Gilpin, et al.,[1] reported the major initial impact of California’s tobacco control efforts was to initially reduce cigs/day among continuing smokers and this was followed by an increase in quitting.[1] We would like to make three comments on this paper.

    First, this study was one of the first to decompose the effects of tobacco control into effects on initiation, cessation and reducti...

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  • US moist snuff consumption is increasing even if aggregate smokeless tobacco is declining
    Jonathan Fell

    Care is needed when using aggregate smokeless tobacco (SLT) consumption data to examine the potential for SLT being used as a potential reduced exposure product. As far as I am aware very few people, if any, are suggesting that traditional chewing tobacco be used as an aid to smoking cessation; any hopes in this area have been focused on moist smokeless tobacco (MST).

    Data from the US Alcohol and Tobacco Tax an...

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    The eletter entitled "A Personal Experience with Goza and Shisha Smoking is authored by only FOUAD A. Al-BELASY. The names of other co- workers were mistakenly entered during submission from below the bar displaying how to enter other colleagues.

  • Shisha, Goza, Hashish and Street Children: What the Egyptian Scene Teaches Us
    Kamal Chaouachi

    Shisha, Goza, Hashish and Street Children: What the Egyptian Scene Teaches Us

    For historical, sociocultural and health reasons, Egypt is cer...

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