Mark Levin, Director, Pacific-Asian Legal Studies Program and Professor of Law, was the lead author of an editorial in the British Medical Journal’s Tobacco Control, published “Online First” earlier this month. The commissioned editorial accompanies a new research paper (by Drs. Kaori Iida and Robert Proctor) that dives into industry documents to uncover historic back-level connections between global tobacco industry players and Japan’s Smoking Research Foundation, an entity still in active operation. Levin et al. address apparent similarities in design and operation between the JSRF and the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World, just established with nearly USD $1 billion in committed funding from Philip Morris International.
The editorial is available online with open access here: http://tobaccocontrol.bmj.com/content/early/2018/02/16/tobaccocontrol-2017-054148
Japanese language translations of both the research paper and the editorial accompany the pieces online.