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Letters Business and public health

We must reclaim public health from private corporate interests

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: (Published 18 September 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e6160
  1. William Wiist, senior scientist, professor1
  1. 1Interdisciplinary Health Policy Institute, Northern Arizona University, PO Box 15015, Flagstaff, AZ 86004, USA
  1. bill.wiist{at}

Hastings calls for a broadening of public health’s focus beyond concerns about marketing, tobacco, and individual behavior.1 Others in public health—for example, in food and nutrition and non-communicable chronic disease have also taken this perspective. Some have raised the problem of widespread and multifaceted corporate influence on public health and …

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