Pro-tobacco writer admits he should have declared an interestBMJ 2002; 324 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.324.7332.257 (Published 02 February 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:257
- Zosia Kmietowicz,
- Annabel Ferriman
Writer and philosopher Roger Scruton, who was discovered last week to be on the payroll of a large tobacco company, has admitted that he should have “declared an interest” when he wrote a pamphlet attacking the World Health Organization for its campaign against tobacco.
He told the BMJ:“Our firm had a consultancy [with Japan Tobacco Industries] at that time. I was asked independently to do this [write the pamphlet]. I did not want to mix it up with the consultancy, but looking back I should have declared an interest.”
As a result of Mr Scruton's fall from grace last week, when his financial connections to Japan Tobacco Industries were revealed, the Institute of Economic Affairs—the free-market think tank that published the pamphlet attacking the WHO—has conceded that it needs an author's declaration policy.
Colin Robinson, the institute's editorial director and a professor of economics at …