‘The industry must be inconspicuous’: Japan Tobacco’s corruption of science and health policy via the Smoking Research Foundation

  title={‘The industry must be inconspicuous’: Japan Tobacco’s corruption of science and health policy via the Smoking Research Foundation},
  author={Kaori Iida and Robert N. Proctor},
  journal={Tobacco Control},
  pages={e3 - e11}
  • K. Iida, R. Proctor
  • Published 3 February 2018
  • Medicine, Political Science
  • Tobacco Control
Objective To investigate how and why Japan Tobacco, Inc. (JT) in 1986 established the Smoking Research Foundation (SRF), a research-funding institution, and to explore the extent to which SRF has influenced science and health policy in Japan. Methods We analysed documents in the Truth Tobacco Industry Documents archive, along with recent Japanese litigation documents and published documents. Results JT’s effort to combat effective tobacco control was strengthened in the mid-1980s, following… 
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