Posted by: audreybenenati | March 8, 2010

Journal editor: Tobacco-funded studies are bad for us


Several journals will no longer publish research supported by the tobacco industry. Ginny Barbour, the chief editor of one PLoS Medicine, one of the journals to refuse tobacco-funded studies, explains why.

What made you decide to stop accepting papers reporting research funded by tobacco companies?

Last year PLoS Medicine decided to prioritise research about conditions and risk factors that cause the greatest burden of disease. Tobacco is certainly one: it directly kills over 4 million people a year worldwide, and more indirectly. We didn’t want our policy to attract a flood of industry-funded tobacco research; we feel the tobacco industry has no reason to fund research aimed at improving public health. If they wanted to do that, they could just shut down. Its main reason for publishing research about tobacco is to downplay the harm it causes, in order to sell products: it has a long history of that.

Read the rest at http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg20527506.000-journal-editor-tobaccofunded-studies-are-bad-for-us.html

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