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Medical News & Perspectives
July 10, 2018

New Foundation Revives Debate About Health Research Funded by Big Tobacco

JAMA. 2018;320(2):123-125. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.6975

New York–based Philip Morris International (PMI), which sells cigarettes and other tobacco products in 180 countries outside the United States, announced in September that it would contribute a total of $960 million over the next 12 years to the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World. The money is supposed to fund research “that advances the field of tobacco harm reduction and reduces the public health burden of smoking-related diseases,” as set forth in the foundation’s bylaws.