Leading charity calls for total ban on tobacco industry funding of research
- By: Mark Gould
Cancer Research UK is calling on educational and research bodies to agree a blanket ban on donations from tobacco companies. And it is threatening to stop funding research at institutions receiving money from the tobacco industry.
Cancer Research UK has issued a code of practice for universities on accepting money from the tobacco industry, which is now out for consultation. The charity says the evidence that tobacco causes cancer is “irrefutable,” yet the tobacco industry still targets its products at young people and people in developing countries. The industry is “also seeking to reinvent itself as socially responsible, in particular through establishing links with prestigious academic institutions,” it claims.
The new code states: “Cancer Research UK believes that universities should shun any involvement whatsoever with the tobacco industry.” It goes on to say that Cancer Research UK does not support the use of tobacco industry funding for any other activities