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Editor's Correspondence
October 8, 2007

Smoking and Tuberculosis: Infection, Disease, and Mortality

Arch Intern Med. 2007;167(18):2008-2009. doi:10.1001/archinte.167.18.2008-b

We read with great interest the recent meta-analysis by Bates et al1 on the risk of tuberculosis from exposure to tobacco smoke.1 Because both smoking and tuberculosis are still major killers, especially in developing countries, such a meta-analysis has been long awaited. However, a few points might warrant further discussion.

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