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Tobacco Scientist's Election Tars Academy's Image

Science  13 Jan 2012:
Vol. 335, Issue 6065, pp. 153-154
DOI: 10.1126/science.335.6065.153

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The election of tobacco researcher Xie Jianping to the prestigious Chinese Academy of Engineering has become a touchstone for broad unease over the Chinese tobacco industry's encroachment in science. Tensions are running high over the government's support for tobacco research centers—Xie is a deputy director of the Zhengzhou Tobacco Research Institute, which is owned by China National Tobacco Corp.—and for its backing of research papers on low-tar and "reduced-harm" products. In some ways, China is restaging a battle that has already played out in the West.