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Smoking reduction, smoking cessation, and incidence of fatal and non-fatal myocardial infarction in Denmark 1976–1998: a pooled cohort study
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    • Nina S Godtfredsen, MD, Ph.D.
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      • Merete Osler, Jørgen Vestbo, Ingelise Andersen, and Eva Prescott

    We appreciate the comments from Cope et al on our paper reporting the association between smoking cessation and smoking reduction and subsequent risk of myocardial infarction (1). Specifically, Cope et al propose that the lack of a beneficial effect of reduced smoking - in contrast to smoking cessation - could be due to inaccuracy (underreporting) of the self-reported tobacco consumption. In addition, Cope et al raise the...

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    Smoking verification and the risk of myocardial infarction
    • Graham F. Cope, Honorary Senior Research Fellow
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      • Nick Battersby, Medical Student

    Dear Editor

    We read the paper by Godtfredsen et al. with interest.[1]

    The paper reported on the effect of smoking reduction on the incidence of myocardial infarction (MI) and found that although patients who stopped smoking had a decreased risk of MI, those who reportedly reduced their smoking did not. The conclusions drawn were that smoking reduction, rather than complete cessation, did not produce...

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