In what might be one of the least shocking revelations ever, the authors of two recently published papers accuse tobacco companies of further dishonesty (you know, besides decades-long attempts to downplay the addictiveness of cigarettes). They allege the tobacco industry has been scheming to take over an international program aimed at stemming the flow of tobacco smuggling, while doing little to stop its own products from ending up in the black market.The authors’ main argument is longwinded but relatively simple. Their papers, both published in the BMJ journal Tobacco Control, draw extensively from leaked internal documents, whistleblowers, and earlier investigative work on the part of journalists and governments. The writers come primarily from the Tobacco Control Research Group at the University of Bath in the UK.Up until the 1990s, the first paper lays out, trans-national tobacco companies, including Phillip Morris International and British American Tobacco, enthusiastically and openly encouraged smuggling. They made a profit regardless,


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