Cancer Causes & Control

, Volume 26, Issue 9, pp 1363–1364 | Cite as

Tobacco industry sponsored advocates have a different interpretation of science: a response to: Even anti-tobacco studies must be held to basic scientific standards

  • Sunday Azagba
  • Leia M. Minaker
  • David Hammond
  • Steve Manske
Letter to the editor

Dear Editor,

Our paper [1] reported that 32 % of smokers in grades 9–12 smoked menthol cigarettes, that youth who smoked menthol cigarettes smoked more cigarettes, and were more likely to intend to continue smoking than non-menthol smokers, which we concluded added to the evidence supporting the need to ban mentholated tobacco products.

Mr. Stier’s criticism of our conclusion ignores the fact that the evidence we present is consistent with the existing body of evidence on menthol. As we state in our paper, the limitations include the fact that it is a cross-sectional study, but our recommendation is not based solely on our study. Peer-reviewed evidence clearly documents tobacco industry market segmentation policy aimed at young and inexperienced smokers [2, 3, 4, 5, 6]. Youths have responded to tobacco industry marketing, as evidenced by a substantial body of research finding that youths are more likely to experiment with menthol cigarettes than with non-menthol cigarettes [7, 8, 9, 10...


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sunday Azagba
    • 1
    • 2
  • Leia M. Minaker
    • 1
  • David Hammond
    • 2
  • Steve Manske
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Propel Centre for Population Health Impact, Faculty of Applied Health SciencesUniversity of WaterlooWaterlooCanada
  2. 2.School of Public Health and Health SystemsUniversity of WaterlooWaterlooCanada

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