Letters Journal policy on tobacco funded research

Blanket ban on tobacco funded research risks missing out on good quality studies

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f6738 (Published 19 November 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f6738

This article has a correction. Please see:

  1. Adam Jacobs, director1
  1. 1Dianthus Medical Limited, London SW19 2RL, UK
  1. ajacobs{at}dianthus.co.uk

It is easy to understand the BMJ’s policy on refusing research funded by the tobacco industry, given the harm that the industry does.1

However, a blanket policy of rejecting all research from the tobacco industry makes me uncomfortable. This policy is based on nothing other than an ad hominem fallacy.2 Much research funded by the tobacco industry is …

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