Letters Journal policy on tobacco funded research

Policy of banning tobacco funded research is “antiscience”

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f7489 (Published 23 December 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f7489
  1. Christopher J Proctor, chief scientific officer1
  1. 1Group R&D, British American Tobacco, Southampton SO15 8TL, UK
  1. christopher_proctor{at}bat.com

We are disappointed by your decision not to consider for publication any scientific studies funded by the tobacco industry.1 Among our concerns:

  • The detrimental effect your decision has on ensuring that the widest possible range of scientific research is funded and promulgated

  • The failure to recognise the valuable contributions industry can make to science

  • The choice of a censorship approach rather than a focus on …

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