Doctors demand apology for UK diplomat’s involvement in Pakistan tobacco meeting

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: (Published 02 April 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h1814
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1The BMJ

Respiratory and public health specialists have said that they are “astonished” that a high ranking British diplomat based in Pakistan attended a meeting where a tobacco company tried to persuade the country’s government to repeal regulations that would require large graphic health warnings on cigarette packaging.

Pakistan’s Ministry of National Health Services announced in February that it was introducing new regulations from 31 March that required graphic images on cigarette packages to cover 85% of the packs, up from 40% previously.

Newspapers in Islamabad reported that a meeting on 13 March attended by Philip Barton, British high commissioner for Pakistan, resulted in ministers constituting a committee to review the regulations. The meeting was called by British American Tobacco …

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