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British tobacco company denies “orchestrating smuggling”

BMJ 2000; 320 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.320.7234.531 (Published 26 February 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:531
  1. Gavin Yamey
  1. BMJ

    British American Tobacco (BAT), Britain's largest tobacco company, was “orchestrating, managing, and controlling cigarette smuggling in Asia and Latin America in the early 1990s,” it was alleged in the House of Commons.

    The accusation was made by Clive Bates, director of the antismoking group Action on Smoking and Health, in evidence to the House of Commons health select committee's inquiry into the role of the tobacco industry in causing smoking related deaths. “BAT is operating illegal distribution through intermediaries,” Mr …

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