Public Health England’s troubled trail

  title={Public Health England’s troubled trail},
  author={Jonathan Gornall},
  journal={BMJ : British Medical Journal},
  • J. Gornall
  • Published 3 November 2015
  • Medicine
  • BMJ : British Medical Journal
The handling of evidence for its controversial report on e-cigarettes adds to questions about the credibility of the organisation’s advice, finds Jonathan Gornall 

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