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Journal of Public Health Policy

, Volume 39, Issue 1, pp 34–48 | Cite as

Tobacco papers and tobacco industry ties in regulatory toxicology and pharmacology

  • Clayton Velicer
  • Gideon St. Helen
  • Stanton A. Glantz
Original Article

Abstract

We examined the relationship between the tobacco industry and the journal Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology (RTP) using the Truth Tobacco Industry Documents Library and internet sources. We determined the funding relationships, and categorised the conclusions of all 52 RTP papers on tobacco or nicotine between January 2013 and June 2015, as “positive”, “negative” or “neutral” for the tobacco industry. RTP’s editor, 57% (4/7) of associate editors and 37% (14/38) of editorial board members had worked or consulted for tobacco companies. Almost all (96%, 50/52) of the papers had authors with tobacco industry ties. Seventy-six percent (38/50) of these papers drew conclusions positive for industry; none drew negative conclusions. The two papers by authors not related to the tobacco industry reached conclusions negative to the industry (p < .001). These results call into question the confidence that members of the scientific community and tobacco product regulators worldwide can have in the conclusions of papers published in RTP.

Keywords

Conflict of interest Tobacco industry Journal bias Regulatory policy 

Notes

Acknowledgements

This work was funded by National Cancer Institute Grant CA-087472. The funding agency played no role in the conduct of the research or preparation of the manuscript.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Clayton Velicer
    • 1
  • Gideon St. Helen
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
  • Stanton A. Glantz
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
  1. 1.Center for Tobacco Control Research and EducationUniversity of California San FranciscoSan FranciscoUSA
  2. 2.Cardiovascular Research InstituteUniversity of California San FranciscoSan FranciscoUSA
  3. 3.Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer CenterUniversity of California San FranciscoSan FranciscoUSA
  4. 4.Department of MedicineUniversity of California San FranciscoSan FranciscoUSA

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