BMJ editor resigns position at Nottingham University
- By: Siân Knight
Richard Smith, editor of the British Medical Journal, has resigned from his post as professor of medical journalism at the University of Nottingham following the university's controversial decision to accept £3.8m from British American Tobacco (BAT). The money was given to fund a centre for corporate responsibility at the university's business school, but the decision made last December to accept the donation from the second largest tobacco company in the world has been criticised by staff and students alike.
Dr Smith resigned after a web survey of BMJ readers showed that 84% of the 1074 votes cast were in favour of the university returning the donation, and that 54% of the participants thought that Dr Smith should leave his post if they did not. Dr Smith further justified his resignation by saying: “The tobacco industry killed 100 million people in the 20th century, and is on track to kill one