Roger Vernon Scruton (born 27 February 1944) is an influential conservative philosopher. In 2002 he was caught taking payments from the tobacco industry in exchange for writing pro-smoking articles in the Wall Street Journal.
According to a profile in the Times Higher Education, Scruton
came from a Labour-voting family, his experiences of Paris in May 1968 shifted him sharply to the Right. It also gave him a lifelong aversion to the "satanic mendacity" of thinkers such as Michel Foucault, who seemed to provide a rationale for the violence and transgression of the soixante-huitards. 
Scruton was caught taking payments from the tobacco industry in exchange for writing pro-smoking articles in the Wall Street Journal.
After The Guardian's disclosure in 2002 that Scruton had 'asked Japan Tobacco for a £1,000 a month rise to an annual £66,000 to help place articles defending the right to smoke in newspapers, including the WSJ, the Financial Times, The Times, the Daily Telegraph, and the Independent,' he was dropped by both the Financial Times and Wall Street Journal. 
- Institute of Economic Affairs
- Conservative Philosophy Group - founder
- Right Reason - contributor
- Town and Country Forum
- Claridge Press - founder
- CEC Government Relations - chairman
- Institute for European Defence and Strategic Studies
- New Atlantic Initiative
- University of Buckingham
- International Free Press Society - Board of Advisors
- Matthew Reisz, 'Right-thinking aesthetic', Times Higher Education, 25 June 2009.
- Rebecca Allison, Wall Street Journal drops Scruton over tobacco cash, The Guardian, 5 February 2002