Academics face court clash with tobacco giants

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: (Published 02 February 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:257
  1. Charles Marwick
  1. Washington

    Nine major US universities are preparing to go to court to contest a demand by US tobacco manufacturers that they turn over documents going back over 50 years relating to research on smoking by faculty members. The institutions describe the demands as a “fishing expedition.”

    The universities concerned are Harvard, New York University School of Medicine, four universities in the California state system, the universities of Arizona and Kentucky, and Johns Hopkins University. One institution, North Carolina State University, has complied with the tobacco industry's request.

    The tobacco …

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