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Canadian province to bring in licence fees for tobacco companies

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.316.7148.1852b (Published 20 June 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:1852
  1. David Spurgeon
  1. Quebec

    British Columbia has become the first province in Canada—and possibly the first government anywhere—to announce that it will charge tobacco companies licence fees to sell their products.

    The government says that it needs the money—estimated at $C20m (£8.3m; $13.3m) a year—to pay for public health initiatives to counter the industry's efforts to …

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