Wednesday, May 21, 2008

At VCU, Grant Money From Tobacco Giant Philip Morris Is Kept Secret

In the May 22nd issue, the New York Times reports that Virginia Commonwealth University has given a sweetheart deal to Philip Morris USA, the nation’s largest tobacco company and a unit of Altria Group, which gives the tobacco company veto rights over publishing results of research sponsored by the company:

“When universities sign contracts with these covenants, they are basically giving up their ethos, compromising their values as a university,” said Sheldon Krimsky, a professor at Tufts University who is an expert on corporate influence on medical research. “There should be no debate about having a sponsor with control over the publishing of results.”

Stanton A. Glantz, a professor at the University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine who has lobbied for banning tobacco money on campuses, said, “University administrators who are desperate for money will basically do anything they have to for money.”

More at: At VCU, Tobacco Money Is Kept Secret

From four years ago in Thailand see details on an event that could provide possible protest ideas for VCU students, staff, and professors: Thai/U.S. Youth Crash Philip Morris ASEAN Art Awards Events

Thai/U.S. Youth Crash Philip Morris ASEAN Art Awards Events

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