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Philip Morris and Tobacco Companies Successful in Undermining Swiss Health Measures

HeadlineJan 11, 2001

Philip Morris and other tobacco companies waged successful campaigns to undermine Swiss health measures, including smoke-free areas in restaurants and offices and cigarette advertising bans, according to a new study published today. The report says the tobacco industry exploited Swiss traditions of consensus democracy and enjoyed important support from politicians and other allies. It also said public health advocates underestimated the power of the industry and now need to do more to uncover its tactics.

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