Support Global Research
Addressing Knowledge Gaps
Through the support of Centers of Excellence for science-based tobacco control research at academic centers around the world, the Foundation aims to develop the next generation of leaders and institutions to accelerate the end of smoking.
Knowledge gaps are impeding progress in smoking harm reduction, so the Foundation supports research in areas such as the health risks of reduced-risk products compared to cigarettes, how risk perception impacts decisions by smokers and policy makers, and the effectiveness of various approaches to smoking harm reduction.
Additionally, the Foundation addresses ethical, legal and social issues that could hamper progress in helping smokers quit cigarettes.
shaping our global research agenda
Health professionals, researchers, and regulators agree that smoking, i..e. 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, DC (October 2017), the World Food Prize in Des Moines, Iowa (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, which will then be rapidly finalized and translated into requests for proposals for multiyear 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: