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Bottled water for all, all the time?

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: (Published 01 March 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i1214
  1. Douglas Kamerow, senior scholar, Robert Graham Center for policy studies in primary care, Washington, DC, professor of family medicine, Georgetown University, and associate editor, The BMJ
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Doctors should follow some US cities in discouraging bottled water consumption

Current US headlines about unsafe municipal drinking water in Flint, Michigan, and elsewhere are likely to scare even more people away from drinking good old tap water.1 These rare cases, where it is actually appropriate to reach for bottled water, may lead to widespread increases in consumption of bottled water. That is bad news.

Here in Washington, DC, everyone seems to be drinking bottled water all the time. People bring water with them to meetings (coffee is out of favor). They carry it when they walk around. They have it with them in the gym, of course. And now it is even allowed (and encouraged, by sales) at …

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