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Rapid response to:


Emerging tobacco hazards in China: 2. Early mortality results from a prospective study

BMJ 1998; 317 doi: (Published 21 November 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:1423

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<P> I was delighted to see these publications and commend the
authors for
an excellent piece of work. As appalling and disturbing as are the facts
presented in the articles, ignoring them will not serve humanity.
Pretending that the data are otherwise is tantamount to subscribing to the
flat earth theory. The only way this current epidemic of smoking related
deaths will abate is when everyone, everywhere understands the facts and
implications put forth in these articles. Otherwise I fear that the
situation will be even worse than predicted.

<P> Thank you for forcing the world to look at a truly
frightening scenario. I look forward
to perusing all of your future work.

<P> Sincerely,

<P> Ari Ma'ayan
BioModa, Inc.

Competing interests: No competing interests

27 December 1998
Ari Ma'ayan
President and Chief Executive Officer
BioModa, Inc