Apr 27, 1996 · Tobacco funding for academics

Tobacco Funding for Academics: A Blatant Advertising …
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Yet a revolt against the BAT deal urged by some university staff at Nottingham has failed to materialise. There are both pragmatic and philosophical arguments which make tobacco funding acceptable for many academics. Universities need money. And academics must be free to investigate topics, arguments and points of view, no matter how unpopular.

Tobacco funding for academics. A public relations disaster.
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The issue threatens to split the academic world, with a deepening divide between universities accepting tobacco funds and those turning contracts down. Academic institutions, increasingly dependent on private income, will become even more attractive targets for tobacco sponsorship after government moves towards a tobacco advertising ban, confirmed in the Queen's speech last week.

There are both pragmatic and philosophical arguments which make tobacco funding acceptable for many academics.
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All the UK medical schools, with the exception of Glasgow, have accepted tobacco money in the recent past. A study by the Wellcome Trust in 1997 revealed that two charitable trusts established by tobacco companies had poured more than £10m into UK academic coffers. Nearly 300 biomedical research papers were published over ten years acknowledging funding from the tobacco industry. One problem is that such charitable bodies often bear no obvious connection to their donors.

PMI has funded a series of reports, several focussed on illicit tobacco trade, by Transcrime academics.
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