Intended for healthcare professionals

Rapid response to:

Education And Debate

How the tobacco industry responded to an influential study of the health effects of secondhand smoke

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.325.7377.1413 (Published 14 December 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:1413

Rapid Response:

Passive smoking and tobacco money

I read with great interest the article by Hong and Bero [1]. They revealed how the tobacco industry supported the study in favour of the industry. I am sorry that two Japanese investigators had been involved in conducting the study. In Japan many universities and institutes have been receiving research funds through the Smoking Research Foundation, a research organisation supported by Japan Tobacco, Inc [2].

More than 150 titles of studies supported by the Smoking Research Foundation from April 2002 through March 2003 can be available at http://www.srf.or.jp/english/current_frame.html (accessed 9 Jan 2003).

Five of them are studies on environmental tobacco smoke or passive smoking.

[1]Hong M-K, Bero LA. How the tobacco industry responded to an influential study of the health effects of secondhand smoke. BMJ 2002;325:1413-6. (14 December.)

[2]Kawane H. Universities and tobacco money: Japan has laundered tobacco money. BMJ 2001;323:869.

Competing interests:   None declared

Competing interests: No competing interests

09 January 2003
Hiroshi Kawane
professor
1-2 Ajinadai-higashi, Hatsukaichi City, Hiroshima, 738-0052, Japan
The Japanese Red Cross Hiroshima College of Nursing