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‘Environmentally friendly’ brand promotion activities: cigarette butt clean-up campaigns
  1. Constantine I Vardavas1,2,
  2. Giacomo Mangiaracina3,
  3. Panagiotis Behrakis2,4
  1. 1Department of Social Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Crete, Greece
  2. 2Smoking and Lung Cancer Research Center, Hellenic Cancer Society, Greece
  3. 3Italian Cancer League, Italy
  4. 4Laboratory of Physiology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Athens, Greece
  1. Correspondence to Dr Constantine I Vardavas, Department of Social Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Crete, PO Box 2208, Heraklion 71003, Crete, Greece; vardavas{at}

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