Monday, May 26, 2008
Big tobacco funds academic research
A New York Times report has outed the fact that Virginia Commonwealth University receives research grants from Philip Morris, a major tobacco company. Last year, they received at least a million dollars. The catch is that no researcher can publish, or even discuss, the results of their tobacco research without permission from the company. The sad part, the researchers at VCU didn't know what the administration had agreed to. No wonder the addictive and lung-blackening nature of cigarettes was unknown until recent decades.