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WHO Urges China’s Tobacco Monopoly To Separate Conflicting Interests To Curb Smoking

Reuters: WHO urges China to tackle state tobacco monopoly in battle on smoking
“China must separate the conflicting promotion and prevention roles of its state tobacco monopoly to reduce smoking-related deaths, which number as much as one million a year, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday. … The country’s State Tobacco Monopoly Administration controls the world’s single largest manufacturer of tobacco products, China National Tobacco Corporation, but also wields power over policymaking on tobacco control and enforcement…” (Hui/Wee, 7/9).