shaping our global research agenda
Health professionals, researchers and regulators agree that smoking, the consumption of combustible tobacco, is a leading cause of death, disease and disability. The Foundation for a Smoke-Free World’s (FSFW) background and broad areas of investment and action have been described in The Lancet, and are outlined on our website.
FSFW’s research priorities focus on smoking cessation, smoking harm reduction and alternative livelihoods for tobacco farmers, and are being developed in consultation with the public health community and other relevant experts in an open and transparent manner. Over the past few months, we have been listening, reading and engaging with experts in one-on-one discussions at an FSFW research symposium in London (October 2017), and in forums including the Food and Drug Law Institute Conference in Washington, D.C. (October 2017), the World Food Prize in Des Moines, Iowa, USA (October 2017) and the E-Cigarette Summit in London (November 2017).
We plan to present a draft of FSFW’s research priorities for comment and review in the first quarter of 2018, to be then rapidly finalized and translated into requests for proposals for multi-year research and research capability building grants.
At this stage, we have solicited input from researchers, people trying to quit smoking or to reduce their health risks from smoking, tobacco farmers, policy makers and others with relevant expertise, in two ways: