Duelling letters: which one would you sign?

Gartner, Coral and Malone, Ruth E. (2014) Duelling letters: which one would you sign?. Tobacco Control, 23 5: 369-370. doi:10.1136/tobaccocontrol-2014-051933

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Author Gartner, Coral
Malone, Ruth E.
Title Duelling letters: which one would you sign?
Journal name Tobacco Control   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0964-4563
Publication date 2014-09
Sub-type Editorial
DOI 10.1136/tobaccocontrol-2014-051933
Open Access Status File (Author Post-print)
Volume 23
Issue 5
Start page 369
End page 370
Total pages 2
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher B M J Group
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Big Tobacco has got to be pretty pleased at the media storm over duelling letters sent by public health scientists and practitioners to the Director-General of the WHO concerning tobacco harm reduction and e-cigarettes. The first of these letters, with 53 signatories, argued in favour of including harm reduction strategies in WHO's approach to tobacco control and proposed a set of 10 guiding principles for formulating policy around nicotine products.1 In response, a second letter was sent with 129 signatories, which emphasised the involvement of tobacco companies in the e-cigarette market and argued against exempting e-cigarettes from any provisions of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC).2

As signers of the first and second letters, respectively, who found ourselves pressed to choose among positions with which each of us did not entirely agree, we are dismayed at the eagerness with which some on both sides have fanned the flames of division—and baffled at how the e-cigarette issue has consumed attention that should be directed to the real killer products: conventional cigarettes, the manufacturers of which continue business as usual (while buying up controlling interests in popular e-cigarette companies)...
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Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Editorial
Collection: School of Public Health Publications
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Created: Mon, 23 Feb 2015, 20:01:56 EST by Coral Gartner on behalf of School of Public Health