“Taking money from the tobacco industry to conduct scientific research is like the D.A. taking money from the Mafia to conduct investigations of crime.” – Gregory Connolly, Harvard School of Public Health, former director of the Massachusetts Tobacco Control Program
There is no such thing as clean, no-strings-attached money from Big Tobacco. Taking Big Tobacco’s tainted money or donations to fund research or programs helps legitimize the tobacco industry’s deadly agenda.
All money from Big Tobacco and its front groups (like the Philip Morris-funded Foundation for a Smoke-Free World) was earned by selling products that maim and kill people around the globe.
We’re asking universities and research institutions to Quit Big Tobacco. Quitting Big Tobacco means standing up for health by refusing money from the tobacco industry and its front groups .
“The argument for rejecting funding is that the tobacco industry has a 50-plus-year history of a corrupting influence on medical research,” according to Dr. Michael J. Thun, chief of epidemiological research at the American Cancer Society
Get your school or organization to pledge to Quit Big Tobacco by refusing to take any money from Big Tobacco for research or other purposes.
Seventeen schools of public health in the US have agreed not to accept research funding from an organization linked to the tobacco industry.
Universities and organizations that take money from the tobacco industry directly benefit from the sale of cigarettes – there’s no way around it. They also provide a veneer of respectability to Big Tobacco, lending a stamp of approval to an industry that kills 7 million people every year.
Industry-funded research, donations, sponsorships, and other activities deflect attention away from the deadly epidemic this industry has been advancing globally for decades.
Affiliating with or taking money from Big Tobacco equals supporting the tobacco industry’s outputs: disease and death caused by corporate greed.
Make sure your organization bans all tobacco donations and funding.
Sign our pledge not to work with the tobacco industry or its partners.