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BMJ 1994; 309 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.309.6969.1600 (Published 17 December 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:1600

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Smokers are being misled: An advisory committee of the US National Cancer Institute says that smokers are being misled by cigarettes called light and ultra light into thinking they are safer. It said that tar and nicotine figures on packets don't reflect health risks.

New York toughens smoking rules: The New York City council is expected to endorse its proposals to prohibit smoking in open air sports arenas and zoos. Open air cafes would have to provide no smoking areas. Smoking would be limited to the bar area in restaurants.

Pilot studies to help drug misusers: The British Department of Health has allocated pounds sterling 900000 to fund pilot studies over the next 12 months for oral methadone maintenance programmes in London, Avon, Bradford, Bristol, Leeds, and Newcastle upon Tyne.

Home births are safe for most women: A report by the National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit, which is funded by the British government, says that home births are safe for most mothers and that some mothers and babies may do worse when looked after in hospital.

US court rejects antiabortionists' plea: The US Supreme Court has turned down appeals from antiabortion activists who say that they are wrongly being sued as racketeers under federal law for blocking access to clinics.

France's largest medical charity accused: France's largest medical charity, L'Association pour la Recherche sur le Cancer has been accused in a leaked letter to a government minister of misusing its funds and for spending much of the money collected to “finance the development of external commercial companies” and not on cancer research.

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