El Salvador is a small Central American country on the Pacific Ocean with a population of 6.9 million. The capital city is San Salvador. "The rich volcanic soils brought coffee plantations—with a few, rich landowners and a subjugated peasant population. Economic inequality led to the 1980-1992 civil war; many Salvadorans, rich and poor, fled to the United States." 
Robert Blau arrived first to the US embassy in El Salvador, on July 2, 2008, named as second in command.
Tobacco industry activities and involvement
According to a confidential 1993 report from British American Tobacco , the President of El Salvador lobbied his government to keep cigarette taxes low. The report states, "A meeting was held with the President of PM who informed that the President of El Salvador will raise the subject of specific tax with his counterparts to achieve the lowest rate possible."
Related SourceWatch articles
- El Salvador, National Geographic, accessed November 2007.
- David J. Etchells Cigarette Tax Harmonisation Report. 2 pp. July 20, 1993. British American Tobacco Bates No. 500053551-500053552
- Country profile: El Salvador BBC, accessed November 2007.
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