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Tobacco Industry Funding to Universities: A Joint Protocol of Cancer Research and Universities UK

Report
1 February 2004
In pursuit of its mission to conquer cancer through world-class research, Cancer Research UK wishes to promote the highest standards in scientific and medical research, and to address major issues in relation to public health. As tobacco causes immense danger to health and life, Cancer Research UK wishes to do everything it can to avoid either direct or indirect links with the tobacco industry, and to oppose tobacco promotion and use in all its forms. 

British universities are charitable bodies dedicated to teaching and research for the public good and are committed to the academic freedom of their teaching and research staff, many of whom are involved in health and medicine. UK universities would not wish to engage in activities that compromise the independence or integrity of their work or which lent support to an industry whose products caused serious damage to health.

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