114 e-Letters

published between 2005 and 2008

  • Changes in Catalan smoking: A brief outsiders view
    Noeline M Holt

    In a visit to Catalonia in Spain during October 2005, I noticed a number of changes in the smoking culture and regulations, compared to a visit in 2001.

    Smokefree legislation is expected to be passed in 2006. The Catalonia regional government plans to take up the same tough stance as Ireland, the Netherlands and Norway. But there are already changes in Catalonia.

    In comparison to 2001, I came across sev...

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  • Patti Lynn

    Dear Editor,

    When we received the August 2005 issue of Tobacco Control, we found much in it to help inform our work, as usual.

    I am writing, however, because we have some concerns about one of the articles published. “The perimetric boycott: a tool for tobacco control advocacy,” is described as a comprehensive analysis of a number of boycotts, including one organized by Infact (now Corporate Accountabi...

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  • Is NRT loosing its efficacy?
    John R Hughes

    The recent article by Al-Delaimy et al (TC 14:359) makes two conclusions. The first is that use of over-the-counter (OTC) nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) for reasons other than smoking cessation is uncommon. This result is consistent with several other studies not cited in this letter (Nic Tobacco Research 6:79; Nicotine Safety and Toxicity (N Benowitz, ed) p 147). The second conclusion is that "some smokers may be...

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  • Japan made a great progress in tobacco control.
    Yoshitaka Kiriake

    When Hong and Bero published their study �"How the tobacco industry responded to an influential study of the health effects of secondhand smoke�" in 2002, I was supporting the law suit against a railway company to get smoke-free environment for workers and passengers in Japan. At that time, non-smokers had been annoyed by secondhand smoke for a long time regardless of our many claims. The company had been denying the harmfu...

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  • Should a paper with erroneous interpretations based on invalid measurements be published?
    Eiji Yano



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  • Status correction - W D E Irwin
    William D Irwin

    I am the “WDE Irwin” quoted on page 67 as follows: “Years later (1985), WDE Irwin, a technician with BAT in England, was asked how a grooved filter could be made that would avoid criticism but also provide good taste. He concluded: ‘Finally for cigarettes, I believe it to be a self evident truth not only is there no smoke without fire, but also there is no kick without smoke.’”

    “Technician” is not a correct id...

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  • Polymorphisms of genes involved in metabolism of cigarette smoke compounds, and health consequences
    Mostafa Saadat

    To the Editor,

    I read with great interest the article by Bjartveit and Tverdal (2005), who investigated health consequences of smoking 1-4 cigarettes per day. They found that in both sexes, smoking 1-4 cigarettes per day was associated with a significantly higher risk of dying from ischaemic heart disease and from all causes, and in women, from lung cancer [1]. Genetic studies suggest that all stages of tobacco...

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  • Authors' response to Dr Graham F Cope
    Kjell Bjartveit

    Dear Editor,

    We thank Dr Graham F Cope for his valuable remarks, and agree that underreporting of daily cigarette consumption might be of importance when assessing the risk in light smokers.[1]

    Dr Cope refers to two papers: a cross-sectional randomised study on smoking reduction in pregnant women, and an assessment of smoking status in patients with peripheral arterial disease.[2][3] Our study did not conc...

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  • Health consequences of smoking 1-4 cigarettes per day
    Dr Graham F. Cope

    I read the paper by Bjartveit and Tverdal with a great deal of interest(1). I welcome the fact that highlighting smoking, even a small number of cigarettes has a significant effect on ischaemic heart disease. However, these findings should be considered with a certain amount of scepticism, as the findings are based entirely on self-reported smoking habit. Biochemically validated research, both by ourselves(2), and other...

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  • Watch it BAT(Nigeria) Limited: the days of ignorance are over
    Olanrewaju Olusola Onigbogi

    British American Tobacco (Nigeria) Limited (BAT) and their cohorts the world over should come to terms with the fact that the truth cannot be hidden forever even from the man on the streets.

    Mr Kehinde Johnson did not need to comment at all because there was nothing to comment about! He should have apologised for being a part of this systematic elimination of defenceless people the world over.

    Dr. Chri...

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