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The Phillip Morris Foundation for a smoke-free world : A cause for concern. / Goldberg, Daniel S.; Lederer, David J.; MacKenzie, Ellen J.; Moss, Marc; Samet, Jonathan M.; Schumacker, Paul T.; Wedzicha, Jadwiga A.; Wynia, Matthew K.In: Annals of the American Thoracic Society, Vol. 15, No. 11, 11.2018, p. 1269-1272.
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T1 - The Phillip Morris Foundation for a smoke-free world
T2 - A cause for concern
AU - Goldberg, Daniel S.
AU - Lederer, David J.
AU - MacKenzie, Ellen J.
AU - Moss, Marc
AU - Samet, Jonathan M.
AU - Schumacker, Paul T.
AU - Wedzicha, Jadwiga A.
AU - Wynia, Matthew K.
N1 - Funding Information: This commentary addresses the recently announced Philip Morris International (PMI) Foundation for a Smoke-Free World, bringing the perspectives of the leadership of the American Thoracic Society (ATS) (D.J.L., P.T.S., J.A.W., and M.M.); biomedical ethicists (M.K.W. and D.S.G.); a public health school dean (E.J.M.) who facilitated a statement on the foundation by U.S. schools of public health; and the dean (J.M.S.) of a school of public health that signed onto the statement, who has also contributed to multiple reports of the U.S. Surgeon General on smoking and health. By policy, the ATS journals do not accept manuscripts supported by tobacco industry funds, and to date, 19 schools of public health have agreed not to accept funds from the PMI foundation. The announcement of the PMI foundation has already incited controversy and discussion regarding its intent and the degree of separation from PMI, as well as regarding the probity of engagement with it by the broad community of tobacco control researchers and practitioners. Derek Yach, its founding director, is a well-known figure in tobacco control, but his reassurances on these points have met with skepticism by some (1). The tobacco control community is wary of the foundation because of the long history of industry support for research to obfuscate scientific evidence, first on active smoking and then on passive smoking. In 1954, as the U.S. tobacco industry began its well-documented strategy of fraud and misrepresentation, it founded the Tobacco Industry Research Committee, later the Tobacco Research Council (2). Much of the funded research was intended to point away from smoking as a cause of disease, and a stream of “special” projects had the purpose of undermining the emerging findings on active smoking as causing a lengthening series of diseases. The founding of the Center for Indoor Air Research in 1988 was similarly motivated, and the tactics were the same. Funding Information: There is consensus among the authors and the organizations that they represent not to accept funding from the PMI Foundation for a Smoke-Free World, and the ATS journals will not accept papers supported by the foundation. Whether the ethical imperative to eschew the foundation and its outputs can be removed remains uncertain, and any reversal will depend on this latest tobacco industry entity not following the course of its predecessors. This “socially responsible” effort by PMI pledges $80 million per year for 12 years to the foundation’s activities—an amount equivalent to a mere 3 days of the annual expenditure of $9 billion by the tobacco industry on advertising (26). Let us not be distracted by the new tobacco industry initiative and continue to focus on reducing the burden of tobacco-related premature death and avoidable disease. n
PY - 2018/11
Y1 - 2018/11
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U2 - 10.1513/AnnalsATS.201806-414GH
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VL - 15
SP - 1269
EP - 1272
JO - Annals of the American Thoracic Society
JF - Annals of the American Thoracic Society
SN - 2325-6621
IS - 11