Tobacco-Divestment Plan Raises Questions Over Morals and Money

The University of Pennsylvania’s Board of Trustees will vote in June whether to prohibit its endowment from investing in tobacco, more than two decades after several institutions divested from an industry that often kills its customers.

The issue at hand is not Penn’s stance on the use of tobacco products. Rather, in reaching a decision the trustees must back either the faculty’s moral declaration or the institution’s financial obligations.

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