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Editorial announces boycott of tobacco funding for research

Australian scientists from 12 universities and medical research institutes have said they will not accept funding or support from an $80-million global foundation financed by tobacco company Philip Morris International.

In an editorial published by the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, the group questions the independence and credibility of the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World.

It says an analysis of the foundation’s aims shows that its stated goal of ending smoking “is only to be pursued in the context of alternative products, an approach clearly within PMI’s commercial interests”.

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