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Dutch smokers are “alarmingly” ignorant of harms of passive smoking, study finds

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 04 April 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d2138
  1. Tony Sheldon
  1. 1Utrecht

Tobacco control experts are urging the Dutch government to launch information campaigns funded by a doubling of the price of cigarettes, after a new study showed an “alarming” ignorance of the dangers of passive smoking.

The study, by researchers at Maastricht University for the International Tobacco Control Policy Evaluation Project, coincides with this week’s European conference on tobacco and health in Amsterdam, aimed at putting tobacco control higher on the political and social agenda.

In addition, the latest Tobacco Control Scale, a report on measures to combat smoking by the Association of European Cancer Leagues, placed the Netherlands joint 13th out of 30 …

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