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Change of economic policy improved health in Poland

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: (Published 21 July 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:0-a

A rapid decline in mortality due to coronary heart disease in Poland may be primarily due to changes in economic policy that led to improvements in the population's diet. These included reducing subsidies for animal fats. Zatonski and Willett (p 187) describe trends in coronary mortality and use cohort studies to estimate the contributions of smoking and diet to these changes. In the commentary, Lock and McKee (p 188) challenge these claims and discuss the likelihood of Europe's agricultural policy damaging the progress achieved between 1991 and 2002.