As is pointed out in your article about e cigarettes (What’s the new buzz?, G2, 6 May), “tobacco companies can advertise them by showing lots of pictures of people, basically, smoking”. And how grateful they must be to you for combining retro glamour with a frisson of sexy sinfulness in your cover image. Even the article about a smoker coughing his lungs up while trying to drag on a fag outdoors in horizontal rain (How smoking lost its cool, G2, 6 May) was illustrated with a picture of “The Thin White Duke, complete with cigarette”. How very elegant and not at all likely to appeal to those teens who, you tell us, are likely to use e cigarettes as a “gateway drug” leading to experimentation with traditional cigarettes.
Gayle Wade
Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk

Two different stories, two different worlds. The first a positive story on efforts to increase the number of maths and physics PhDs into teaching careers within our state schools ( 40k pay to lure maths postgrads into teaching, 5 May). The second a story of petulance from QCs and barristers because they are only paid between 60k 100k for a couple of weeks’ work arguing the difference between “shall” and “will” as a point of law (Minister denies fraud lawyers are underpaid, 5 May). I know who most people would see as wastrels living off the public purse.
Chris Trude

In October, after the game at Anfield, you were good enough to publish a letter from me about wanting a new build Crystal Palace. Just to reassure your readers that I am happy now.
Michael Cunningham

I see there’s a Guardian Masterclass “How to market your business on a zero budget”. It costs 229. Need I say more?
Pete Bibby

Scottish banknotes have always been known in Lancashire as “funny money”, so maybe the new currency should be the Rab, Yin, Chic or even the Krankie (Letters, 7 May)?
Bob Hargreaves

N’est ce pas?“, “Nach eil?” (Letters, 7 May). Down here one says “innit?”
Gerry Bond
Earley, Berkshire

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