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Gambia medical council to study tobacco control

The United Kingdom Medical Research Council unit in The Gambia will participate in a four-year, £3.4 million (US$4.5m) research project to tackle tobacco control.

The project is one of 37 announced last last week under the UK’s Global Challenges Research Fund, all of which partner UK researchers with colleagues in developing countries.

Smoking is the leading preventable cause of death globally, the MRC Gambia says on its website. The project will feature research in several countries. But the focus of The Gambia work will be to survey patterns of tobacco use in the population and to study the role of the tobacco industry in influencing policy.

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