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The mission of the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World (“FSFW” or “Foundation”) is to end smoking in this generation.
Our vision is a world in which combustible tobacco, other toxic forms of tobacco, and smoking-related death and disease are eliminated, and tobacco-dependent agriculture and economies are diversified.
We are guided by the following fundamental values:
These values are not just words on a page, but the standards we live by every day as an organization. Consequently, as we consider our grantmaking and grant-supporting work we are staunch in our commitment to working with grantees and others who share our values. We prioritize working with partners who offer the Foundation the opportunity to interact with diverse teams, bringing a range of perspectives. We believe this approach improves the quality of outputs and our work experience.
The Foundation funds research (and engages in direct charitable activities) that is nonduplicative and novel, focusing on scientific and regulatory gaps in furtherance of the purposes for which the Foundation was formed. We focus on three main subject areas:
For the incidence of cigarette smoking and other toxic forms of tobacco use to decrease, current users must quit or switch to reduced risk products (“RRPs”), and non-smokers and those who do not use tobacco in any form must not start. Researchers and experts define the former path as the “off-ramp” of smokers and tobacco users, and the latter path as the “on-ramp” of non-smokers and non-tobacco users. The material net gain for public health can be achieved only if substantially more smokers quit than non-smokers start.
Proponents of tobacco harm reduction (“THR”) focus on the benefits of the off-ramp—that is, RRPs as a means of helping smokers quit. The traditional tobacco control community highlights the challenges associated with the on-ramp, focusing particularly on youth vaping.
Considering the research being conducted globally, as well as gaps in current knowledge, the Foundation makes grants to fund non-duplicative and novel research associated with smoking cessation and THR, including in areas such as:
The Tobacco Transformation Index research platform is a tool, the first of its kind, which complements the Foundation’s research agenda as a change agent. Its theory of change is predicated on the forces of competition, differentiation, and constructive engagement. The Index is not an end in itself, but acts as a potential accelerant by indirectly influencing company behavior in a manner in line with our mission.
The Foundation’s grantmaking in Malawi, one of the world’s most tobacco-dependent economies, is aimed at assisting smallholder tobacco farmers in becoming less dependent on tobacco and achieving sustainable livelihoods. The programs and work that the Foundation sponsors in Malawi are demonstrating progress and attracting potential partners. With the assistance of our local affiliate, Agricultural Transformation Initiative, the Foundation will continue to support the Centre for Agricultural Transformation, which incubates innovative programs eventually to be housed in a physical structure, and the MwAPATA Institute, which engages in policy research relating to agricultural diversification in the country.
The Foundation will expend its efforts and charitable funds over the next three years (2022-2024) to achieve the following five goals:
The Foundation is a nonprofit private foundation organized under the General Corporation Law of the State of Delaware and recognized as exempt from federal income tax under Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3). The Foundation is funded by annual gifts from PMI Global Services Inc. (“PMI”). The Foundation is independent from PMI, and operates in a manner that ensures its independence from the influence of any commercial entity.
You are invited to review the Foundation’s Certificate of Incorporation, IRS Determination Letter, Bylaws, and the Pledge Agreement between Foundation and PMI via the links below. You are welcome to submit any comments about these documents or on the Foundation’s activities through the contact page of this website.