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In this episode of The Heartland Daily Podcast, research fellow Jesse Hathaway is joined by Dr. Brad Rodu, Endowed Chair in Tobacco Harm Reduction Research at the University of Louisville’s James Graham Brown Cancer Center. Hathaway and Rodu talk about how the National Institutes of Health (NIH) corrupt the scientific process in academia, by refusing to fund studies which do not conform to the federal government’s stated vision of a “tobacco-free world.”
According to Rodu, scientific research into tobacco harm reduction is rarely conducted, not because it lacks merit, but because the federal government provides the vast majority of funding for university research. In turn, studies are tweaked by researchers seeking grants, gaining lucrative grants by confirming the government’s preferred narratives and preconceived ideas.