David Warburton (tobacco)

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Professor David M. Warburton is former coordinator of Associates for Research in Substance Enjoyment, later changed to Associates for Research into the Science of Enjoyment or ARISE, a tobacco industry funded front group which aimed to undermine the findings of medical research relating to the effects of smoking tobacco.[1]

In 2006 Reading University admitted that it knew Professor Warburton’s work had been sponsored by the tobacco companies. George Monbiot reported:

Indeed, the university itself had received over £300,000 from Arise, though “from the University’s standpoint, the source of funding for Arise has always been vague”. It revealed that “Professor Warburton and the University of Reading were in receipt of BAT research funding between 1995 and 2003.” But at no time had it questioned this funding or sought to oblige Warburton to declare his interests in academic papers. Astonishingly, it suggested that this would amount to “censorship” and “restricting academic freedom”.
The journal Psychopharmacology told me that it was unaware that Professor Warburton had been taking money from the tobacco companies. “It is an author’s responsibilty to disclose sources of funding, and widely understood that journals themselves do not expect to police this declaration.

As of July 2013 Professor Warburton is Professor Emeritus of psychology at the University of Reading.[2] He was formerly head of psychopharmacology at the same university.[3]


  • David M. Warburton, ed., Pleasure, the Politics and the Reality, Wiley, John & Sons, Inc, 1994


  1. George Monbiot, "Just follow the money", The Guardian, February 7th, 2006
  2. Staff Profile:Professor David Warburton, Reading University website, accessed 14 Feb 2010
  3. Health Official: A little of what you fancy does you good, BBC News, 18 Nov 1998, accessed 12 Feb 2010