Big tobacco: top US arts institutions under fire for accepting donations

Smithsonian and other leading museums continue taking tobacco donations even as others reject funds from big pharma

Researchers are questioning why some American museums accept tobacco donations, even as some review donation policies in light of the UK National Portrait Gallery recently rejecting a gift from the Sackler family, owner of Purdue Pharma who are at the center of America’s devastating opioid crisis.

One of America’s most venerated institutions, the Smithsonian museum, which oversees the US National Portrait Gallery, has accepted donations from the US maker of Marlboro cigarettes as recently as 2017.

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Source: theguardian