Philip Morris' new scientific initiative: an analysis

Citation
N. Hirschhorn et al., Philip Morris' new scientific initiative: an analysis, TOB CONTROL, 10(3), 2001, pp. 247-252
Citations number
47
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Public Health & Health Care Science","Envirnomentale Medicine & Public Health
Journal title
TOBACCO CONTROL
ISSN journal
0964-4563 → ACNP
Volume
10
Issue
3
Year of publication
2001
Pages
247 - 252
Database
ISI
SICI code
0964-4563(200109)10:3<247:PMNSIA>2.0.ZU;2-A
Abstract
In the fall of 2000, Philip Morris re-initiated an external research grants programme ("Philip Morris External Research Program", or PMERP), the first since the dissolution of the Council for Tobacco Research (CTR) and the Ce nter for Indoor Air Research (CIAR). The ostensible purpose of the programm e is to help develop cigarette designs "that might reduce the health risk o f smoking". Internal company documents also indicate that Philip Morris urg ently seeks to restore its scientific "credibility", as part of a "new open ness" in relation to the external community. The structure of the review pa nel-a cohort of external peer reviewers, a science advisory board, and an i nternal, anonymous review and approvals committee-is nearly identical to th at of the CIAR. The majority of the named reviewers have had previous affil iation with the tobacco industry either as reviewers or grantees, but only a minority have done research directly on tobacco or smoking. The programma tic substance of the PMERP could be interpreted as soliciting exculpatory e vidence with respect to smoking and exposure to smoke. We remain sceptical about the scientific integrity of PMERP.