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Universities and tobacco money

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: (Published 13 October 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:869

Universities must be seen to be truthful

  1. John Powles (, university lecturer in public health medicine
  1. Department of Public Health and Primary Care, Institute of Public Health, Cambridge CB2 2SR
  2. Japanese Red Cross Hiroshima College of Nursing, Hatsukaichi City, Hiroshima, 738-0052, Japan

    EDITOR—Cohen's editorial misses the most important reason why universities should not associate with tobacco companies.1 Her argument, based on tobacco's harm to health, implies that universities have a special duty to protect health. It is not obvious that this is so. If universities are to play …

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