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Mexico and the tobacco industry: Editorial lost sight of the real enemy

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 02 March 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:548
  1. Mauricio Hernandez Avila, general director (
  1. National Institute of Public Health (Mexico), Mexico

    EDITOR—In their editorial on the tobacco industry in developing countries Sebrié and Glantz did not take into account potential positive effects and disregarded important accomplishments of Mexico's health ministry in tobacco control.1

    Over the past five years, the ministry, under the leadership of the current minister of public health, Julio Frenk, has implemented several tobacco control initiatives. A tax increase on tobacco products reversed an …

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