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Concerns over influence of tobacco firms in low income countries

nsnational tobacco companies influencing health policy when investing in low income countries, they conclude.

These experiences, as well as those in other developing countries, show that the tobacco industry has adapted to changing circumstances with ever more sophisticated strategies to protect its profits and forestall meaningful tobacco control legislation, argue Professor Stanton Glantz and Ernesto Sebrie in an accompanying editorial.

Seductive deals like the one in Mexico are incompatible with the FCTC, yet the WHO has not said whether the agreement violated the treaty. Failing such action, the multinational tobacco companies will replicate the Mexican agreement elsewhere, creatively using the Framework to consolidate their position and undermine global tobacco control, they warn.

BMJ Editor, Fiona Godlee adds: "It is depressing to hear from Ernesto Sebrie and Stanton Glantz that WHO has been silent about countries that fail to honour its framework convention on tobacco control. WHO took a brave stand a few years ago in facing up to its own tobacco links. Now is the time for WHO to speak out again."


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Contact: Emma Dickinson
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BMJ-British Medical Journal
9-Feb-2006


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