As William Leith points out, the tobacco industry, the advertising industry and the Department of Health are all perfectly aware that tobacco advertising increases consumption and is therefore responsible for much misery and death. The newspaper industry also knows the facts. Mr Leith's article is on page 50 of the Review; pages 46 and 47 are devoted to a double-page tobacco advert.
Which newspaper will eventually have the courage to put the future health of our children above immediate financial gain? It would be impressive if your newspaper could be truly independent and lead the way.
Professor of Respiratory Medicine
King's College Hospital
London SE5Reuse content