The editor of the British Medical Journal has quit as professor of medical journalism at Nottingham University in protest at its decision to accept a£3. 8m donation from a tobacco firm. Dr Richard Smith's decision followed a poll on the BMJ's website, which urged him to stand down from the post if the university did not hand the money back. Dr Smith said:

'I am resigning both because I said that I would do what the BMJ's readers said I should do and because I have argued so strongly that the university should not have taken the money. '