To the Editor.
—Thank you for the December 11, 1991, issue devoted to smoking. One value of these single-topic issues is in the questions sparked by juxtaposition of different articles on related topics. For example, the article by DiFranza et al1 describing cigarette marketing to children empathetically notes that adolescent girls fear gaining weight as a consequence of quitting smoking. In the same issue, 20 pages previous, the Transdermal Nicotine Study Group reports that transdermal nicotine reduces the severity of nicotine withdrawal symptoms.2 Did transdermal nicotine also reduce the frequency of weight gain?
Karr MD. Tobacco: Promotion and Smoking. JAMA. 1992;267(24):3284. doi:10.1001/jama.1992.03480240044021