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The tobacco lobby goes global

OVERVIEW: Down-and-out in developed nations, Big Tobacco is refocusing its lobbying on emerging markets.

Mexican tobacco growers: Economically shunned by industry, still used as lobbyists

In October, in chaotic Mexico City, a small army of protestors, sporting placards and shouting into bullhorns, worsened the usual traffic snarl around San Lazaro, the nation’s congressional office complex. Television news accounts showed screaming-mad tobacco farmers, some of whom had boarded buses and traveled 500 miles to warn federal legislators that new taxes on cigarettes would put them out of business.
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