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Letters Deaths from smoking

Overseas health professionals should lobby their governments

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 02 April 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e2446
  1. Stewart N Brock, public health specialist1
  1. 1Taunton TA2 6LR, UK
  1. stewartbrock{at}

Delamothe develops the case against British American Tobacco (BAT) and Imperial Tobacco, our leading cancer exporters.1

As he notes in a rapid response addendum,2 it seems that the diplomatic service is still batting for BAT, a clear breach of UK obligations under the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.3

Overseas readers, particularly in lower and middle income countries, should lobby their governments directly and via their professional organisations, with the aim of having ministers challenge UK ambassadors. Ministers should ask what the UK government intends to do about the activities of these cancer exporting tobacco companies that are creating a 21st century tobacco holocaust for the developing world that will dwarf that of the 20th century.


Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e2446


  • Competing interests: None declared.


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