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    Watch it BAT(Nigeria) Limited: the days of ignorance are over

    British American Tobacco (Nigeria) Limited (BAT) and their cohorts the world over should come to terms with the fact that the truth cannot be hidden forever even from the man on the streets.

    Mr Kehinde Johnson did not need to comment at all because there was nothing to comment about! He should have apologised for being a part of this systematic elimination of defenceless people the world over.

    Dr. Chri...

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    Still A Cannibal In Our Midst!

    In June 2002, months before this column was published, I published an essay in a number of Nigerian newspapers entitled: "The 17 Billion Poison House In Ibadan." The piece was my own way of pouring out my spilling disgust and accumulated indignation because of reports in the media earlier in April of the same year that the Obasanjo Administration had celebratorily granted permission to a so-called "leading cigarette comp...

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    RE : "tobacco use is risky but counterfeit cigarettes are lethal"

    To: BAT Nigeria Limited Mr. Kehinde Johnson Corporate & Regulatory Affairs Director

    "Should we swallow a bait and have a lethal hook thrust in our throats just because the bait looked so appealingly delicious? What the tobacco companies manufacture has no single benefit, no redeeming feature. All it does is to kill and ruin .They are unwanted, loathsome and unwelcome "(Ugochukwu D. Ejinkeonye- The Black Busi...

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    Who dominates the illegal cigarette industry?

    Tobacco leaves which are used for manufacturing cigarettes are cultivated by the tobacco industry themselves, throughout the world.

    If the tobacco industry is honestly keen in stopping the availability of counterfeit cigarettes on this earth, they should first of all stop cultivating tobacco leaves. One of the strategies that the industry employs to protect their business is to misuse the illicit cigarette in...

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    Response to BAT

    Dear Mr Kehinde Johnson,

    It's so sad that you have joined your CEO to pretend not to know the facts here.

    The products you produce in your factory are extremely poisonous apart from being addictive. All tobacco products irrespective of where they are coming from contain considerable quantities of nicotine and alkaloids. It has also been proven that tobacco from low or high yield cigarettes contain the sam...

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    Re: Response from BAT Nigeria

    BAT Nigeria Limited Mr. Kehinde Johnson Corporate & Regulatory Affairs Director

    Re: Risky v. Lethal Cigarettes

    Mr Johnson:

    I am the former Vice President of R&D of one of your sister companies.

    I read your response to Professor Chapman on the issue that counterfeit cigarettes are lethal, whereas genuine brands that you manufacture under controlled supervision are only "risky". Are you i...

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    Open letter to British American Tobacco & BAT Nigeria

    Kehinde Johnson, Corporate & Regulatory Affairs Director, British American Tobacco (Nigeria) Limited, writing on behalf of Dr. Chris Proctor, of BAT's UK headquarters, fails to respond to the principal questions asked by Professor Simon Chapman of the University of Sydney and editor of the journal Tobacco Control.

    In his posting to Tobacco Control's e-letters page, Mr. Johnson relies heavily on the judgment o...

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    Response from BAT Nigeria

    Dear Professor Chapman

    I am responding to your email to Dr. Chris Proctor concerning media remarks attributed to Richard Hodgson, Managing Director of British American Tobacco Nigeria that, "tobacco use is risky but counterfeit cigarettes are lethal" which was published in ThisDay of January 16 2005

    The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) is the regulatory body focusing on tobacco control in Nigeria,...

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    Nigerian Cover (April 2005)

    On Jan 19 2005, having been alerted to the extraordinary statement shown on the cover of this issue of the journal (April 2005), I emailed the letter below to Dr Chris Proctor at BAT in the UK. He replied the next day asking when I would need the information sought. I replied immediately that I would like it within a week. No further response has ever been received from Dr Proctor.

    I invite him here publicly to n...

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