Publishing research supported by the tobacco industry

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7033.773a (Published 23 March 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:773

BMJ should come off the fence

  1. Gabriel Scally
  1. Regional director of public health South and West Regional Health Authority, Bristol BS12 6SR

    EDITOR,—John Roberts and Richard Smith argue the case against journal editors who decline to publish the results of research sponsored by the tobacco industry.1 The position that they adopt is apparently principled, ethically based, and scientifically rational. It is, however, completely misguided. Research sponsored by the tobacco industry is not bad research in itself. The peer review process should ensure that it is well founded in purely scientific …

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