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Colombian newspaper delivers free cigarettes

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.323.7312.532 (Published 08 September 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:532
  1. Sophie Arie,
  2. Buenos Aires

    One of Colombia's most respected daily newspapers is delivering free cigarettes along with children's games in its bumper Sunday edition, causing alarm among anti-tobacco campaigners that the cigarettes will fall directly into the hands of children.

    El Espectador, the paper with the second highest circulation in the country, delivered a packet of 10 Premier cigarettes, produced by one of the largest Colombian tobacco firms, Protobaco, tucked between supplements in its 19 August edition.

    “I was very surprised,” said Dr …

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