This Week in PLoS Medicine: Tobacco policy; HIV & bacterial vaginosis; Big Food

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Five new articles published this week in PLoS Medicine, including two research articles on tobacco policy, and the continuation of our Big Food Series.

Heide Weishaar and colleagues analysed internal tobacco industry documents together with other data and describe the industry’s strategic response to the World Health Organization (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.

Risako Shirane and colleagues examined the Legacy Tobacco Documents Library and find evidence of transnational tobacco company influence over tobacco advertising and excise policy in the Czech Republic, a country with one of the poorest tobacco control records in Europe.

To learn more about these tobacco articles, read the blog post by our Editor in Chief, Ginny Barbour.

In a prospective study, Craig Cohen and colleagues investigate the association between bacterial vaginosis and the risk of female-to-male HIV-1 transmission.

In an article that forms part of the PLoS Medicine series on Big Food, Raj Patel examines the concept of food sovereignty, which aims to address inequalities in power that characterize the global food system and fuel hunger and malnutrition.

In an article that forms part of the PLoS Medicine series on Big Food, David Stuckler and colleagues report that unhealthy packaged foods are being consumed rapidly in low- and middle-income countries, consistent with rapid expansion of multinational food companies into emerging markets and fueling obesity and chronic disease epidemics.

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