Passive smoking and tobacco money
I read with great interest the article by Hong and Bero . 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 .
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.
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.)
Kawane H. Universities and tobacco money: Japan has laundered tobacco money. BMJ 2001;323:869.
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