The purpose of the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World is to improve global health by ending smoking in this generation.
In our view, ‘ending smoking’ means eliminating the use of cigarettes and other forms of combustible tobacco worldwide. It also requires ensuring that vulnerable populations affected by this transformation, including smallholding tobacco farmers, are supported to find sustainable alternative activities and livelihoods.
Our task is urgent. ‘In this generation’ means over the next 10–20 years, recognizing that the pace of progress will vary by country, and that a very small number of people may still actively choose to smoke or use nicotine.
The Foundation will fund research and support collaborative initiatives to accelerate progress in reducing harm and deaths from smoking worldwide.
The Foundation for a Smoke-Free World is an independent, non-profit organization created to accelerate global efforts to reduce health impacts and deaths from smoking, with the goal of ultimately eliminating smoking worldwide.
The Foundation collaborates with other non-profit, advocacy and government organizations to advance smoking cessation and harm-reduction science and technology. It also serves as a convener of research, dialogue and ideas to reduce smoking globally, while monitoring, evaluating and helping to address the impact of reduced smoking rates on agriculture and economics.
The Foundation has secured initial funding of US$80 million annually for 12 years, beginning in 2018, from Philip Morris International (PMI). The pledge agreement provides the Foundation with substantial, sustainable resources to pursue its goal of a smoke-free world in a fully independent manner. The Foundation is seeking and expects to receive funding from other sources as well.
Importantly, as established in the Foundation’s bylaws and pledge agreement, PMI and the tobacco industry are precluded from having any influence over how the Foundation spends its funds or focuses its activities. Independence and transparency are core principles of the Foundation and all activities will be conducted with full transparency, free of tobacco industry influence. The Foundation has, constituted in its bylaws, an independent research agenda, independent governance, ownership of its data, freedom to publish, and protection against conflict of interest. Furthermore, strict rules of engagement will be put into place to ensure any interactions with the tobacco industry are fully transparent and publicly reported.
The public is welcome to review the Foundation’s certificate of incorporation, bylaws and pledge agreements at the links below. You are invited to comment on the documents and on the Foundation’s activities through the contact page of this website.