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The ethics of the cash register: taking tobacco research dollars
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    Is Tobacco Control "objective?"
    A flap is going on over at the British Medical Journal about whether Nottingham University should accept BAT (tobacco) money to fund an International Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility. Some critics not only call for the university to refuse the money but also clamor for the resignation of BMJ’s editor, Richard Smith, because of his point of view on the matter. For the tempest raging in that teapot see
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    Is it possible to pay the piper and not dictate the tune?

    I read your recent apt editorial with great interest. The views presented represent some of the more seminal in contemporary ethics vis-a-vis the ivory tower. As you are well aware, it is unfortunate to note that many academic institutions in developing countries collaborate (in the literal sense of the word!) with the major domos mentioned in your five scenarios. Less than 5% of academic research are carried out citize...

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    Response from Sir Colin Campbell, Nottingham University
    This letter was received from Sir Colin Campbell on 20 December 2000. Thank you for your comments about the University's decision to accept funding for a new Business School Centre from British American Tobacco. From comments I have seen and heard since the announcement was made I know that people hold widely differing views in this area. The University has made a judgement, which it holds to be the right one, but I recognise...
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