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Swinburne recognizes the large volume of scientific evidence proving that smoking is harmful to human health. The concern surrounding the sponsorship of research by the tobacco industry is an ethical one because of the ability of smoking to cause harm. In addition, the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation’s funding terms require that Swinburne does not accept funding for research or related activities from tobacco companies or related organizations.

As such, the University will not accept funding from the tobacco industry for research. The tobacco industry includes sole proprietorships or their business units or related entities, engaged in the manufacture, distribution, promotion and sale of tobacco and related products.

Electronic cigarette research

Electronic cigarettes (also known as electronic nicotine delivery systems, nicotine-free electronic delivery systems, or “ ENDS ”) are battery-powered devices that heat a liquid (called “ e-liquid or users The chemical composition of the liquid varies and may or may not contain nicotine.

The NHMRC reports that “there is currently insufficient evidence on the potential risks and benefits of e-cigarettes, and more research is needed to assess their safety, quality and effectiveness.”

Swinburne Policy

We have adopted the following guidelines which apply to all research, all activities that support research, and all activities that have the potential to support research undertaken at the university. This also extends to the acceptance of gifts, sponsorship, travel, conference support or the like.

Goal

1.1. The University recognizes the large body of scientific evidence that smoking is harmful to human health. The concern surrounding the sponsorship of research by the tobacco industry is an ethical issue because of the ability of smoking to cause harm.

1.2. For these guidelines, the tobacco industry includes sole proprietorships, their business units or related entities engaged in the manufacture, distribution, promotion and sale of tobacco and related products. This includes foundations sponsored by the tobacco industry.

Scope

2.1. These guidelines apply to all staff at Swinburne University of Technology, follow-up appointments, and students undertaking research at the university.

Guidelines

3.1. The University will not accept funding from the tobacco industry for research or related activities, including sponsorship, gifts and awards, travel or attendance at conferences.

3.2. The University, at the discretion of the Assistant Vice Chancellor (Research and Enterprise), will review research projects involving electronic cigarettes or the like, but only if the proposed project has undergone an independent review process by peers and sponsors or partners. in the project have no ties to the tobacco industry. Acceptance of funding and presentation or communication of research results cannot be interpreted as supporting the tobacco industry and its activities.

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