Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Influencing Science: Funding Scientists - TobaccoTactics

Tobacco Tactics: Influencing Science - Funding Scientists - The tobacco industry has a history of funding scientists, both covertly and overtly. The Whitecoat Project.

No Previous Connections to Tobacco

The scientists “should, ideally, according to Philip Morris, be European scientists who have had no previous connections with tobacco companies and who have no previous record on the primary health issue which might … lead to problems of attribution.

Duke University

Other examples of the industry funding scientists are more overt, see for instance the page detailing Duke University and the Tobacco Industry. This university in the US has two 'RJ Reynolds chairs', one for Medicine, and one for Medical Education.

The University also accepted multi-million dollar funding from Philip Morris to establish the Duke Center for Nicotine and Smoking Cessation Research (CNSCR). In return for the funding, the director of Duke's Nicotine Research Center sits on the Advisory Board of Philip Morris' "Smoker Cessation Support Initiative" (for details and sources, see Duke University and the Tobacco Industry) and Jed E. Rose.

While these examples could be categorized as Philanthropy and CSR Strategy, showing how much-criticized companies attempt to present themselves as good citizens, the relationship between the tobacco industry and medical doctors is seen by many as problematic, as it throws up issues concerning revolving doors and conflicts of interest. 

Influencing Science: Funding Scientists - TobaccoTactics

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