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Papers show how tobacco companies stopped airline’s smoking ban

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 01 October 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a1887
  1. Annette Tuffs
  1. 1Heidelberg

    The tobacco industry in Germany, working with the popular German daily newspaper Bild, stopped the airline Lufthansa from banning smoking on its domestic flights in the early 1990s, an analysis of internal tobacco industry documents shows.

    The tobacco company Philip Morris has had to publish thousands of internal documents on the internet as a consequence of a US court sentence against it in 1998. A paper in a German public health journal has used the documents to shed light on the tobacco industry’s successful lobbying strategies in Germany (Gesundheitswesen 2008;70:315-24, doi:10.1055/s-2008-1078752).

    The documents also show how the German Association of the Cigarette Industry (Verband der Cigarettenindustrie) managed …

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