University is criticised for accepting tobacco money
- By: David Spurgeon
The University of St Michael's College in the University of Toronto has been severely criticised for having accepted a $C150 000 (£64 000; $101 000; ¤93 000) grant from Imperial Tobacco in 2001. The grant was to help fund the college's corporate social responsibility programme in its continuing education department.
Atul Kapur, president of Physicians for a Smoke-Free Canada, said: “We fail to understand why a university would agree to partner with ‘big tobacco.’ We have no alternative but to ask the university to make a choice between embracing the interests of public health or legitimising an industry whose behaviour has led to the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Canadians.”
Students at the university were also up in arms. Rocco Kusi-Achampong, president of the Student Administrative Council, said that at a board meeting members unanimously voted to send a letter to University of Toronto officials deploring the grant and