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Tobacco wars

BMJ 1994; 308 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.308.6941.1444 (Published 28 May 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:1444
  1. G Dunea

    America's tobacco industry has long provided countless jobs for tobacco farmers, factory workers, corporate executives, takeover specialists, stockbrokers and market analysts, advertising companies, government officials and regulators, primary care doctors, nurses, pulmonary specialists, chest surgeons, radiotherapists, ashtray makers, waste management companies, consumer activists, and funeral directors. It also derives substantial profits from abroad, helping to balance the trade budget by exporting its products to friendly nations. At home, however, the industry is running into trouble.

    Business so far had not been too bad. An estimated 46 million Americans continue to smoke. Each year over 400000 die from cigarettes - from cancer and from diseases of the lung and vascular system. None the less, in the 30 years since the …

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