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Tobacco link with insurance

BMJ 1998; 317 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.317.7154.343a (Published 01 August 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:343

Allied Dunbar is owned by BAT Industries and endorsed by BMA Services

  1. Charles Siderfin, General practice locum Charles Siderfin is a reformed smokerV*
  1. *Diss, Norfolk IP22 lDP
  2. BMA Services, BMA House, London WC1H 9JH

    EDITOR—As a general practitionerand a member of the Labour party, I was disappointed by the British government's controversial plans to exempt Formula One motor racing from the proposed tobacco advertising ban.).1 I am, however, heartened by the robust stance of the BMJ and BMA in their continued campaign to reduce the influence of the tobacco companies. 2 3

    I was thus surprised to discover, through an article in the magazine GP,).4 that I was being actively encouraged by BMA Services to investin a company (Allied Dunbar) entirely owned by the tobacco giant BAT Industries. Fortunately, I learnt of this connection before taking out a life insurance policy with the company.

    BMA Services provides independent financial advice to members of the BMA and their families. All financial products are vetted by BMA Services, and …

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