Submited on: 08 Nov 2011 07:44:14 AM GMT
Published on: 08 Nov 2011 03:38:32 PM GMT
Illness among smokers in Jhansi, India
Posted by Dr. Thomas Herchline on 15 Nov 2011 12:22:27 PM GMT

1 Is the subject of the article within the scope of the subject category? Yes
2 Are the interpretations / conclusions sound and justified by the data? Partly
3 Is this a new and original contribution? Yes
4 Does this paper exemplify an awareness of other research on the topic? Yes
5 Are structure and length satisfactory? Yes
6 Can you suggest brief additions or amendments or an introductory statement that will increase the value of this paper for an international audience? No
7 Can you suggest any reductions in the paper, or deletions of parts? No
8 Is the quality of the diction satisfactory? No
9 Are the illustrations and tables necessary and acceptable? Yes
10 Are the references adequate and are they all necessary? Yes
11 Are the keywords and abstract or summary informative? Yes
  • Other Comments:

    This is a survey-based study of the health effects of smoking in Jhansi, India. The researchers found that that smokers had higher rates of self-reported illness in all evaluated systems, with the greatest differences in cardiovascular and respiratory disease. Smokers were counseled regarding smoking cessation and re-surveyed one year later. The authors state 60% agreed to stop smoking; self-reported illness was lower in all systems one year after counseling.


    There are multiple weaknesses in this study and paper.

    - Most noteably, the grammer is very poor which makes it difficult to understand many sentences.

    - The authors did not report the length of time that individuals had smoked, nor the amount smoked (such as pack-years).

    - The actual number of smokers who quit smoking during the one year followup is not reported.

    - The authors claim that there is a link between literacy and understanding the health risks of smoking, but do not report any data to support this claim.

    - Data in Illustrations 2 & 3 would be better represented with bar graphs rather than line charts.


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    Medical Director, Public Health - Dayton & Montgomery County

  • How to cite:  Herchline T .Illness among smokers in Jhansi, India[Review of the article 'Respiratory, Cardio-vascular and other Physiological System Associated Illness Among Smokers and Revitalizing Effect of No Smoking: A Human Health Risk Assessment & Management Study at Jhansi, Uttar Pradesh, India ' by Singh R].WebmedCentral 2011;2(11):WMCRW001130
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