STOP researchers delved into the latest tax return from the Foundation for a Smoke-free World, an organization largely funded by Philip Morris International. Our analysis reveals some key insights about the organization:
- Despite claims that it will seek new funding, the foundation continues to be solely funded by PMI, which calls its independence into question.
- The foundation spent more on public relations services than on scientific research with more than $5 million spent with one agency, Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide.
- The foundation appears to be failing as it struggles to recruit independent researchers and spend its funding on science.