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Women and tobacco: part of the bigger picture
  1. Ian N Olver
  1. Correspondence to Professor Ian N Olver, CEO, Cancer Council Australia, GPO Box 4708, Sydney, NSW 2001, Australia; ian.olver{at}

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The article on women and tobacco by Amos et al provides a comprehensive overview of issues relating to the use of tobacco and the problems of tobacco control in girls and women.1 The authors highlight the problem of the more disadvantaged women in high income countries and the more complex situation with girls' smoking rates in low and middle income countries (LMICs).

However, the solutions suggested to the women's problems that are highlighted raise issues particularly in LMICs of where the often sparse tobacco control money should be preferentially spent. The authors state that the smoking rates in some developing nations are less than 5%, but given that the regions mentioned where the estimated rates …

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