Who is the "Killer Academician"?
Xie Jianping was elected in 2011 into the Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE), one of China's most prestigious scientific organizations. He has received widespread criticism because his most celebrated research is about how to make "light" cigarettes. Scientists worldwide have concretely shown that light cigarettes are just as dangerous, or more dangerous than regular cigarettes.
Liu Zhifeng, a prominent online social critic, who first labeled Xie the "killer academician," says:
"Millions of people die from smoking each year while the government has become the slave of GDP to finance this misleading research."
Yang Gonghuan, director of the National Tobacco Control Office, says:
"[Xie's] election is the shame of the Chinese Academy of Engineering."
Xie's work claims that herbal and low-tar cigarettes are "safer", and can even cure sickness. However, this couldn't be further from the truth.
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"The 'low tar, less harm' theory is academic fraud."
- Wang Ke'an, director of the ThinkTank Research Center for Health Development
Decades of peer-reviewed research has shown that low tar cigarettes are just as deadly as normal cigarettes.
Xie is only one example of a large systemic problem. How big, exactly, is this problem?