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European smokefree class competition: a measure to decrease smoking in youth
  1. Reiner Hanewinkel1,2,
  2. Gudrun Wiborg3,
  3. Kamel Abdennbi4,
  4. Carlos Ariza5,
  5. Caroline Bollars6,
  6. Sue Bowker7,
  7. M Pais Clemente8,
  8. Verena El Fehri9,
  9. Ewa Florek10,
  10. Drahoslava Hruba11,
  11. Vidar Jensson12,
  12. Kädi Lepp13,
  13. Lucia Lotrean14,
  14. Manel Nebot15,
  15. Manfred Neuberger16,
  16. Kristel Ojala17,
  17. Maria Pilali18,
  18. Marie-Paule Prost-Heinisch19,
  19. Kirsi Rämälä20,
  20. Renate Spruijt21,
  21. Peter Stastny22,
  22. Elizabeth Tamang23,
  23. Sylvia Touraine24,
  24. Aurelijus Veryga25,
  25. Erkki Vartiainen26
  1. 1University of Kiel, Medical School, Department of Medical Psychology and Sociology, Kiel, Germany
  2. 2University of Kiel, Kiel, Germany
  3. 3Institute for Therapy and Health Research, Kiel, Germany
  4. 4Centre Cardiologique du Nord, Service de réadaptation cardiaque, Saint Denis, France
  5. 5Agència de Salut Pública de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
  6. 6Vlaams Instituut voor Gezondheidspromotie (VIG), Brussels, Belgium
  7. 7Public Health Improvement Division, Welsh Assembly Government, Cardiff, United Kingdom
  8. 8Porto University School of Medicine, Porto, Portugal
  9. 9Arbeitsgemeinschaft Tabakprävention Schweiz, Berne, Switzerland
  10. 10Poznan University of Medical Sciences, Poznan, Poland
  11. 11Masaryk University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Preventive Medicine, Brno, Czech Republic
  12. 12Public Health Institute of Iceland, Reykjavík, Iceland
  13. 13National Institute for Health Development, Tallinn, Estonia
  14. 14Organization Aer Pur, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
  15. 15Agència de Salut Pública de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
  16. 16Medical University of Vienna, Institute of Environmental Health, Vienna, Austria
  17. 17National Institute for Health Development, Tallinn, Estonia
  18. 18Hellenic Cancer Society, Athens, Greece
  19. 19Fondation Luxembourgeoise Contre le Cancer, Luxembourg
  20. 20Finnish Health Association, Helsinki, Finland
  21. 21STIVORO, for a smokefree future, Den Haag, Netherlands
  22. 22Stop Smoking NGO Bratislava, Slovak Republic
  23. 23Centro Studi e Formazione Sociale Fondazione Emanuela Zancan onlus, Padova, Italy
  24. 24Association Classes Non Fumeurs, Puteaux, France
  25. 25Kaunas University of Medicine, Kaunas, Lithuania
  26. 26KTL, National Public Health Institute, Helsinki, Finland
  1. Correspondence to:
 Dr Reiner Hanewinkel
 Institute for Therapy and Health Research, IFT-Nord, Düsternbrooker Weg 2, 24105 Kiel, Germany; hanewinkel{at}ift-nord.de

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This letter corrects misleading and incorrect statements about the smokefree class competition (SFC) in a recent paper.1

Statement 1. “Modified versions of this competition should be developed, using … group influence in a positive way. For instance, a non-smoking contest is being developed in Geneva using student’s creativity and peer support in the class” (p. 759).

  • The authors fail to say that one of them is involved in the initiative they promote.

  • What they describe as “new approach… to smoking prevention” …

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