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This paper is a brilliantly written commentary on the activities of
British American Tobacco (BAT), and, indirectly, Schoders, the investment
bank. Almost all of us who have savings for retirement or other long term
needs will be invested in these companies through collective investment
vehicles such as pension funds or Individual savings Accounts (ISAs).
Equally, if we are paid by the NHS, our pay will come in part from monies
collected as taxation from the company profits of companies like Schroders
and BAT. So none of us is exempt from our share of the collective guilt to
be associated with the investment policies described in this paper.
Hold savings in investment trusts which in turn have in the past or still do invest in BAT amongst other international companies. I have worked as a consultant in a primary care development project in Uzbekistan.
No competing interests
15 February 2006
Jonathan H Burton
Editor, Work Based Learning in Primary Care
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