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If and butts about smoking cessation

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 27 September 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d6171
  1. Des Spence, general practitioner, Glasgow
  1. destwo{at}

What constitutes a conflict of interest? I should state that I started smoking from around the age of 15. To my shame, I have smoked on and off since then, sometimes stopping for a number of years. I am fortunate in some ways—I am not the sort of smoker who wakes at 3 am to have a cigarette, and I can go many weeks without smoking. Today I would be called a “social smoker,” a horrific misnomer to the anti-smoking lobby. Because smoking costs. I have witnessed the premature death and …

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