ALERT: Handshake, a PMI-Funded Consulting Firm, is Approaching Researchers to Support the Transformation Story

Philip Morris International (PMI) has partnered with Handshake, a consulting firm, to commission research that can be used to promote a false narrative that it is part of the solution to the tobacco epidemic. Representatives from Handshake are currently approaching researchers and academic institutions in search of a partner to produce a case study on how companies navigate business, market, societal factors in their transformation (see below for message).

Given PMI’s well-documented use of biased research to confuse the public and undermine regulation, STOP urges researchers and advocates to reject any such collaborations lest they be used to support the public relations efforts of a company that sells billions of deadly products every year. We encourage you to share any new information with the STOP team.