Story on smoking and poor people is incompleteBMJ 2001; 323 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.323.7320.1070a (Published 03 November 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:1070
- Prabhat Jha, senior scientist (firstname.lastname@example.org),
- Philip Musgrove, lead economist, World Bank (on assignment),
- Frank J Chaloupka, professor of economics,
- Derek Yach, executive director
- World Health Organization, CH-1211 Geneva, Switzerland
- University of Chicago, Chicago, IL 60607-7121, USA
- World Health Organization
EDITOR—Wiltshire et al have added to the tobacco control debate by documenting that smokers in deprived areas perceive a lack of support for cessation.1 Their findings need to be interpreted in the totality of the evidence.
Firstly, the study did not pose or answer the key question: “If the government were to subsidise nicotine replacement or other cessation programmes, would they take advantage of the subsidy and try to quit?” A “yes” answer would deserve respect and a public response, …
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