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Tobacco funding for academics

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7038.1098a (Published 27 April 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:1098

A public relations disaster

  1. A J Hedley,
  2. T H Lam,
  3. R Fielding,
  4. C L Betson,
  5. R M Hardie,
  6. S M Mcghee
  1. Professor of community medicine Reader Head, behavioural sciences unit Lecturer Lecturer Lecturer
  2. Department of Community Medicine and Unit for Behavioural Sciences, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

    EDITOR,—We write to express our profound dismay and concern at the news that Cambridge will accept £1.5m from the British American Tobacco Company to establish a chair of international relations.1

    From our perspective this is a public relations disaster and a blow to public health advocacy for tobacco control. You are presumably aware that the transnational tobacco companies, such as BAT, are targeting children and young women in the Asia Pacific …

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