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WHO accuses tobacco industry of dirty tricks

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The World Health Organization's chief is urging governments to unite against "big tobacco", and is accusing the industry of dirty tricks, bullying and immorality in its quest to keep people smoking.

Margaret Chan, accused cashed-up tobacco firms of using lawsuits to try and subvert national laws and international conventions aimed at curbing cigarette sales."It is horrific to think that an industry known for its dirty tricks and dirty laundry could be allowed to trump what is clearly in the public's best interests," Chan said at a WHO meeting in the Philippine capital yesterday.

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