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Story on smoking and poor people is incomplete

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: (Published 03 November 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:1070
  1. Prabhat Jha, senior scientist (,
  2. Philip Musgrove, lead economist, World Bank (on assignment),
  3. Frank J Chaloupka, professor of economics,
  4. Derek Yach, executive director
  1. World Health Organization, CH-1211 Geneva, Switzerland
  2. University of Chicago, Chicago, IL 60607-7121, USA
  3. 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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