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  • Correspondence relation to: Powell R, Davidson D, Divers J, et al. Genetic ancestry and the relationship of cigarette smoking to lung function and per cent emphysema in four race/ethnic groups: a cross-sectional study. Thorax 2013;68:634–42.

    Young, RP, Hopkins, RJ. The Hispanic paradox further unraveled? Thorax 2013, forthcoming.

  • Funding The MESA and MESA Lung Studies are conducted and supported by the NHLBI (contracts N01-HC-95159 through N01-HC-95165 and N01-HC-95169 and grants R01 HL-077612, R01 HL-075476 and RC1-HL100543).

  • Competing interests Please see original ICMJE COI forms submitted with the initial article for Drs Powell and Barr. No competing interests related to this letter. In general, RP has no competing interests. RGB received costs of conference travel from Boeringher Ingelheim.

  • Ethics approval IRB from all participating universities and the National Heart Lung Blood Institute (NHLBI).

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.

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