Foundation for a Smoke-Free World
The Foundation for a Smoke-Free World describes itself as “an independent, non-profit organization”  that was established and is “operated free from the control or influence of any third party” and “makes grants and supports medical, agricultural, and scientific research to end smoking and its health effects and to address the impact of reduced worldwide demand for tobacco”.
Its tax return, which was filed on 13 May 2019, it declares that in 2018 it spent US$6.46 million on “grants and contributions paid during the year”. It lists an extra $19.2 million in “contributions approved for future payment” (to be accounted for in the future). The return also shows $7.6 million of spending on “communications.”
There is detailed background information on the Foundation's staff, grants, how it frames itself and counter arguments in the Tobacco Tactics Resources section. You can also download a briefing document prepared by Stopping Tobacco Organizations and Products (STOP) which analyses the Foundation's 2018 tax return.
- 1 Main Staff at the Foundation
- 2 Relationship with the Tobacco Industry
- 3 Failed Attempts to Engage with Global Public Health
- 4 Alignment with PMI
- 5 Commissioning Evidence
- 6 Speaking at Conferences & Events
- 7 TobaccoTactics Resources
- 8 TCRG Research Blog
- 9 Relevant Links
- 10 Notes
Main Staff at the Foundation
For a list of all the current and previous staff at the Foundation and their industry connections visit Foundation for a Smoke-Free World People.
- Derek Yach leads the Foundation as its President and a member of the Board and is the former Head of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Tobacco Free Initiative. He was also Senior Vice President of Global Health and Agriculture Policy at PepsiCo and member of Anheuser-Busch InBev’s Global Advisory Council.
- Nitin Mittal is the Foundation’s Chief Operating Officer and Chief Strategy Officer and formerly worked at PATH, the Bill Gates’ Global Fund, Microsoft and GE.
- David Janazzo is Chief Financial Officer and Vice President, Industry Transformation at the Foundation. Janazzo’s background is in finance and has formerly worked for Merrill Lynch and in telecommunications.
- Heidi Goldstein is the Foundation’s General Counsel.
- Jim Lutzweiler is Vice President of Agriculture and Livelihoods at the Foundation, and former Senior Director of Global Public Policy at PepsiCo.
- Amy Curry is the Foundation’s Chief of Staff.
- Ehsan Latif is the Foundation’s Vice President for Grant Management and Development (previously Program Director Health and Smoking Control). Latif formerly worked for the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease.
- Brian Erkkila is the Foundation's Vice President for Health, Science and Technology. Prior to that he spent seven years at the US Food and Drug Administration's Center for Tobacco Products.
- Nicole Bradley is the Foundation’s Vice President for Communications (formerly Director for Communications). Bradley spent six years at Pepsi managing their media relations.
- Heather Majewski is the Foundation’s Vice President for Shared Initatives (formally ‘Global Initiatives’ and prior to that’ Global Services’.
The Board has no known direct tobacco industry links. In an open letter, Yach stated that the appointed Board of Directors are “subject to stringent conflicts of interest policy. No Board member can have ties to tobacco companies. The Directors will receive reimbursement for their expenses and a modest honorarium for their service”.
Relationship with the Tobacco Industry
Funded by Philip Morris International but Claims Independence
The Foundation was established with funding from PMI. The tobacco company agreed to contribute US$80 million annually for the next 12 years starting from 2018, with specific contributions depending on the Foundation’s “requirements and operations”.
Although a large sum of money, US$80 million represents only 0.1% of PMI’s revenues and 1% of the company’s profits. It is an insignificant sum compared to PMI’s annual spending on its longstanding sponsorship deal with Formula One racing giant Ferrari, which was quietly renewed in September 2017, and has previously been estimated to cost PMI in the region of US$160 million annually.
The day after the Foundation’s launch, film director Aaron Biebert (whose production company, Attention Era, was commissioned to launch the Foundation) claimed that “PMI will not be the only donor [of the Foundation]. He [Yach] will have other big donations coming from traditional sources like the Gates Foundation or Bloomberg Charities, but decided to get going now despite the potential reputational risk he faces”. This claim was swiftly rebutted by both the Gates Foundation and Bloomberg Philanthropies. The Foundation has asserted that it is “seeking and expects to receive funding from other sources as well”, but as of January 2019 no other funders than PMI were listed on the Foundation’s website. The Foundation’s tax return for 2018, filed 13 May 2019, also listed no other funders than PMI
The Foundation says that “independence” and “transparency” are its core values, and that the Foundation’s bylaws prevent PMI and other tobacco companies “from having any influence over how the Foundation spends its funds or focuses its activities”. In a BMJ blog post Yach reasserted that the Foundation operates independently from PMI, citing The Foundation’s ‘Certificate of Incorporation’, ‘Bylaws’ and ‘Pledge Agreement’ between the tobacco company and the Foundation as evidence of this independence. The Foundation itself said it would operate “in a manner that ensures the Corporation’s freedom and independence from the influence of any commercial entity”. However, two independent analyses of the constitutive documents suggest that this is not the case.
One, for example, noted that the governing documents have “multiple loopholes” adding that the Foundation “cannot be regarded as independent”. 
The McCabe Centre critique of these constitutive documents argued that there were several ways in which PMI would be able to influence the Foundation’s research agenda and practice. You can see an extensive analysis using this critique by visiting Foundation for a Smoke-Free World: How it Frames Itself.
Failed Attempts to Engage with Global Public Health
In January 2019, a letter  signed by a total of 279 global health organisations and public health leaders was sent to the Director General and the Executive Board of the World Health Organization (WHO). The letter urged the WHO to reject any affiliation with the Foundation. On 31 January, WHO reaffirmed its commitment to nonengagement with the industry-funded group. 
This was in response to a letter from FSFW to the WHO’s Executive Board, published on 24th January 2019 within which Derek Yach argued for the “aligning…[of]…our goals to complement and support the WHO and the FCTC”. The Foundation’s letter to the WHO Executive Board talks of an “unprecedented opportunity to give global tobacco control new energy and a new path” which requires “the ability to seize opportunities as we strive to end smoking together”.
- Visit Foundation for a Smoke-Free World: How it Frames Itself for an analysis of FSFW’s previous claims of support for the WHO FCTC.
At the same time, the Foundation’s sole funder, PMI, published a statement of their own in January 2019 to coincide with the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. This statement, entitled ‘Davos 2019 – Time to Take Action’ argued that “anti-tobacco lobbies” and the tobacco industry needed to work collaboratively, calling this “a once in a lifetime opportunity” and writing that “we must seize it – and seize it together”.
On 23rd January 2019, the day before the FSFW’s open letter to the WHO was published, PMI posted statement announcing the publication of a PMI report entitled “Public health – much harder than rocket science”. The report concluded that a “collaborative approach” to global health issues, one which includes corporations, is “possible and needed”. 
Calls to reject funding from, and indeed any kind of involvement with, the Foundation have also previously come from many sources, including the WHO themselves:
World Health Organization (WHO) | The WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control Secretariat | The International Union against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union) | The World Heart Federation | Deans from the School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University | Environmental Rights Action and Friends of the Earth Nigeria (who have asked the University of Nigeria Nsukku not to work with FSFW) | Polish Ministry of Health (sent a letter to all Polish university medical schools urging them not to accept any funds from FSFW) | Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids | and other experts in public health
Critics have specifically pointed out that PMI continues to actively oppose tobacco control policies aimed at reducing tobacco use, and promotes cigarettes to children in Africa and Asia.
Funding Scientists with Tobacco Industry Links
The Foundation has funded researchers with tobacco industry links, such as Riccardo Polosa, who has been previously funded by PMI, and Neil McKeganey, who is a grant recipient of the Centre for Substance Use Research (CSUR) which is in turn funded by PMI, BAT, Fontem Ventures (a subsidiary of Imperial Tobacco), and JUUL Labs (which is majority owned by Altria).
Organisations Cut Ties with the Foundation
Several organisations who have received funds from the Foundation have decided to cut short or discontinue these links due to its ties to PMI. In 2019, BRAC Bangladesh (an NGO) announced that it would be returning the funding it had received from the Foundation in 2018. The University of Cape Town also announced that it would not accept additional funding from the Foundation due to pressure from the university’s faculty of health sciences staff. Oglivy, the public relations consultancy which was contracted by the Foundation in 2017/2018 announced in it no longer worked with the Foundation, in part “to avoid any conflict with its health clients”.
Difficulty in Publishing its Science
The Foundation has encountered difficulty in getting its own science published, despite Derek Yach, being on the review committees of several notable global public health journals. The Foundation sought to publish a special issue of a journal titled “15 years after the Framework Convention on Tobacco control’s Adoption: Time for Greater Urgency and Focus” in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. However, once the journal’s managing editors were made aware of the Foundation’s tobacco industry ties in October 2019, the special issue was withdrawn.
Alignment with PMI
Although the Foundation wants to be seen as a body that is entirely separate from its funder, its actions and affiliations indicate otherwise.
On multiple occasions, both the Foundation and its funder PMI have appeared to synchronise their global and in-country public relations and lobbying activities.
- Announcement of funding for Euromonitor: The Foundation and PMI Impact, an anti-illicit tobacco initiative also solely funded by PMI, announced funding for market research company Euromonitor within one day of each other.
- Use of “Unsmoke” branding: The same branding associated with PMI’s “Unsmoke” campaign was used by the Foundation in a promotional video on World No Tobacco Day 2019.
- Statements on the need for collaboration: In January 2019, both PMI and the Foundation published statements to international organisations advocating the need for collaboration between tobacco control and the tobacco industry. These statements used strikingly similar wording  
- Funding of the same media outlet: Both PMI and the Foundation were listed as funders of the Influence Foundation, owner of the online harm reduction magazine, Filter, in 2019.
- Responses to the Eighth Session of the Conference of Parties to the WHO FCTC (COP8) in Geneva: Both PMI and the Foundation, through its grantee Knowledge-Action-Change, released publications to coincide with COP8. PMI published a position statement advocating tobacco harm reduction policy interventions and consultation between governments and commercial producers of “emerging” tobacco and nicotine products. The Foundation used the event to launch its “No Fire, No Smoke” report at a side event to the main COP summit.
- New Zealand: In 2019, the head of the Foundation-funded Centre for Research Excellence: Indigenous Sovereignty & Smoking (COREISS), Marewa Glover, said that higher tobacco taxes in New Zealand would punish Māori and argued that “the compassionate thing to do would be to free up access to risk-reduced alternatives such as vaping, snus and heat-not-burn products”. Following this statement, Philip Morris New Zealand has offered discounted next generation products to the Māori population.
- Lobbying for weaker regulation of next generation products in Hong Kong: In April 2019, as the Hong Kong government was considering initiating a ban on next generation products, both PMI and Foundation-funded Knowledge-Action-Change submitted evidence arguing against a potential ban.
"Less as a Conflict of Interest than a Confluence of Interest"
In September 2017, Yach told the UK newspaper The Guardian that “I have been working with PMI to establish a foundation to accelerate the end of smoking and tackle the consequences for tobacco farmers”. Yach continued: “From the start, the intent has been to create an independent foundation that meets the very highest standards of legal and ethical norms”.
In January 2018, Yach gave an interview with the South African Broadcasting Corporation about the Foundation. When asked if PMI funding of the FSFW represented a conflict of interest, Yach replied: “I see it less as a conflict of interest than a confluence of interest in terms of trying to lower the public health impact (of tobacco products), which is really devastating at the moment”.
However, claims of a confluence of interest between PMI and public health goals are undermined by the tobacco company’s behaviour in other arenas. In July 2017, only one month before the establishment of the Foundation, news agency Reuters published internal PMI documents demonstrating the tobacco company’s attempts to subvert provisions in the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). Among other things, it showed the company had lobbied national governments to send non-health delegates to weaken FCTC provisions which usually require consensus to be adopted. The documents also showed that PMI was violating India’s anti-smoking regulations by promoting cigarettes in colourful adverts and handing out free cigarettes at nightclubs and bars frequented by young people.
An open letter to PMI, dated 14 September 2017, and signed by 123 health groups urged the company, if it was serious about “designing a smoke-free future”, to “immediately cease the production, marketing and sale of cigarettes”. PMI responded by an open letter claiming that if it were to stop selling cigarettes, smokers would not quit smoking but switch to its competitors’ brands. “Indeed, our paramount business strategy is to replace cigarettes with less-harmful, smoke-free alternatives. That’s what we call a smoke-free future…". A smoke-free future that is not based on smoking cessation, but on smokers switching from cigarettes to another tobacco product.
The WHO stated in 2017 that “research and advocacy funded by tobacco companies and their front groups cannot be accepted at face value. When it comes to the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World, there are a number of clear conflicts of interest involved with a tobacco company funding a purported health foundation, particularly if it promotes sale of tobacco and other products found in that company’s brand portfolio. WHO will not partner with the Foundation. Governments should not partner with the Foundation and the public health community should follow this lead.”
Used Third-Party Organisations with Long-Standing Links to Tobacco Industry
Many of the organisations the Foundation has worked with so far have long-standing links to the tobacco industry. For instance:
- APCO: Foundation board meeting minutes from May 2019 reveal that APCO Worldwide, a PR firm, was engaged by the Foundation to establish its presence in China.
- Ogilvy Group: from 2017 Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide, has provided PR services to the Foundation. Initially worth US$ 542,747, the contract quickly grew to more than $5 million in 2018.
- Mercury: the FSFW 2018 tax return shows that the Foundation paid Mercury US$664,616 for PR services rendered in 2018. Maria Alvarado, Vice President of Mercury’s office in Austin, was listed as the main contact on the FSFW press release for World No Smoking Day 2018.
- Feinstein Kean Healthcare: Tom Langford of PR consultancy Feinstein Kean Healthcare (FHK) was the spokesperson for the Foundation in September 2017. FKH is part of the Ogilvy Group, a large PR firm which has had long-standing links with the tobacco industry, including running advertising and PR campaigns for the tobacco industry from the 1950s. In the Foundation’s inaugural meeting of the board of directors in November, 2017, it was stated that Ogilvy FHK would be responsible for the Foundation’s “website launch, media outreach, stakeholder engagement and the global poll development and execution”.
- Kantar Public: Is part of Kantar, the consultancy and research group that conducted the Foundation’s 2018 State of Smoking Survey. The group has regularly worked for the tobacco industry, and is also linked to the tobacco industry through its parent company WPP group.
- McKinsey: The Foundation employed management consultants McKinsey in organising an October 2017 stakeholder event in London, despite the management consultancy being implicated in a 2017 corruption scandal in South Africa. McKinsey has also helped tobacco companies with business planning going as far back as the 1950s, when McKinsey was advising Philip Morris on its research program. In the 1980s, the firm advised Philip Morris USA how to optimise its cigarette sales and marketing processes.  In the 1990s, McKinsey worked with British American Tobacco.
- Baker and Hostetler LLP: In 2015, law firm Baker and Hostetler LLP represented tobacco companies Philip Morris, RJ Reynolds, Liggett and Lorillard in arbitration over proposed adjustments to the payments from the Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement In 2018, the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World stated that this same law firm had offered them “guidance and input”.
The Foundation funds work through three main streams, or “core pillars”: Health, Science and Technology (HST); Agriculture and Livelihoods; and Industry Transformation. Recipients have included International Network of Nicotine Consumers (INNCO), Knowledge Action Change and several ”Centres of Excellence”, located globally. For a full list of third-party grant recipients, visit our page on the Foundation’s grantees. The Foundation has also produced its own reports and working papers, which can be found on its website.
All of the Foundation’s reports can be found here.
- Insurer Perspectives on Smoking Risks was conducted by Marsh & McLennan Advantage Insights and Oliver Wyman (both consultancies). This report argued that insurers needed to “rethink how they quantify and reduce smoking risks”. It recommended “potential solutions leveraging emerging technologies, products, and processes to address these barriers”. The Foundation’s focus on insurers here tallies with PMI’s efforts, through its subsidiary insurance group, Reviti, to connect with smokers and promote its next generation products through price and policy discounts.
- Global Trends in Tobacco Production and Trade was authored by Romita Shah, a Research Manager at the Foundation; Dianna Bartone, a former Research Analyst at the Foundation and Richard Ferguson, Investment Advisor for the Foundation. It concerned the tobacco manufacture supply chain and emphasised the shift in tobacco production away from high-income and towards low- and middle-income countries. The report was intended to be the first in a series analysing trends in tobacco production and trade.
- The 2019 update to the Global Trends in Nicotine (2018) report highlighted the growth of the e-cigarette and heated tobacco sectors. It was authored by David Janazzo, the Foundation’s Chief Financial Officer.
- Business Transformation: An analysis of case studies relevant to achieving a smoke-free world was prepared by Framework LLC for the Foundation. This report presented six cases of companies that have undertaken “significant business transformations” to demonstrate how corporate transformation can be successfully achieved. This aligned well with the stated goal of the Foundation to “foster discussion on the transformational possibilities of achieving a smoke-free world” – which itself echoes the stated goals of its funder . 
- Global Trends in Nicotine marked the first report solely authored by the Foundation. It was one of a series intended to lay the groundwork for the Foundation’s “Industry Transformation” stream, and thus the Tobacco Transformation Index. It mainly analysed companies involved in nicotine delivery device manufacture, their geographic focuses and quantifying their output.
- Knowledge-Action-Change, founded by Gerry Stimson, published No Fire, No Smoke: The Global State of Tobacco Harm Reduction 2018. The No Fire, No Smoke report, which was launched in Geneva to coincide with the eighth WHO FCTC Conference of the Parties (COP8), warned against “over-prescriptive regulation and control” in tobacco control.
- In August 2018, the Foundation published a report prepared by EY-Parthenon called Smoking Cessation Products and Services: Global Landscape Analysis. The report was widely criticised by the public health and tobacco control community as biased, for not adding anything new to science and for ‘’providing market research for PMI.”
- In March 2018 the Foundation published its first research output, a survey called The State of Smoking by industry-linked Kantar. The survey focused on smoking prevalence rates across 13 different countries. Although ostensibly about understanding smoking in different countries, as the first step towards reducing smoking prevalence rates, it was criticised by experts in public health, who claimed that it worked as a tool with which to gauge the market for harm reduction products and provide “market research for PMI”.
Intended to “provide preliminary and timely access to ongoing research being generated by, or closely relevant to, the Foundation’s work”, the Foundation’s “Working Paper Series” are a series of articles posted on the Foundation’s website. Papers published here are not subject to an academic journal level of peer review. Rather, they undergo “at least one double blind peer review by an external expert.” As of February 2020, the only working paper posted to the FSFW website is one funded through its own Agriculture and Livelihoods workstream.
- FSFW Working Paper No. 1: Rural Perspectives on Alternatives to Tobacco Farming and Environmental Degradation in Malawi
Below is a list of other Foundation initiatives and work projects. Although it does not attempt to be comprehensive, it does highlight the ways in which the Foundation has sought to orient itself as a legitimate funder and creator of independent research, and an expert on issues including tobacco control, agriculture and industry transformation. For more information on organisations that have received grants from the Foundation, visit our page on the grantees.
- In 2019, the Foundation began publishing quarterly newsletters, first through its Agricultural Transformation Initiative (ATI) and later adding a Health, Science and Technology version.
- In September 2018, the Foundation issued a request for proposals for an annual ‘Index of Industry Actions to End Smoking in this Generation’. The Foundation stated that the index would “critically evaluate industry progress toward achieving a smoke-free world and assess actions taken to undermine that progress.” This announcement was made at the Global Tobacco and Nicotine Forum 2018,. In March 2019, the Foundation announced that it had contracted Euromonitor, a market research organisation, and SustainAbility, a think tank and consultancy, to develop “the first ever Smoke-Free index” to monitor and assess the actions made by tobacco companies to change from traditional combustibles to alternative “smoke-free” products. This work was also the first commissioned in the Foundation’s “Industry Transformation” initiative, one of its core pillars through which it funds grants. However, the Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA) has published a Smoke-Free Index since 2016. SEATCA’s Smoke-Free Index was developed to assess the alliance of smoke-free policies in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) with the WHO FCTC. In July 2019, SEATCA posted an official complaint on its website with a statement from its Executive Director, Dr Ulysses Dorotheo to say that “[the Foundation’s] use and trademarking of the term “Smoke-Free Index” is misleading, potentially confusing, and tantamount to wrongful appropriation of SEATCA’s intellectual property”. Since November 2019, the Foundation has instead referred to its index as the “Tobacco Transformation Index” and anticipates the release of its first report in September 2020.
- In August 2018, the Foundation announced the publication of its preliminary Health, Science and Technology (HST) Agenda. The Agenda outlined the Foundation’s research priorities including its focus on product development research in order to bring more ‘reduced risk’ products to market.
- Also in August 2018, the Foundation announced the launch of a Centre of Research Excellence on Indigenous Sovereignty and Smoking (COREISS) in New Zealand, headed by public health researcher, Dr. Marewa Glover. This centre is one of a number proposed by the Foundation in different countries. The Foundation has stated that by funding these research centres it “aims to develop the next generation of leaders and institutions that will accelerate the end of smoking”.Two of the grantees receiving funds to set up ‘Centres of Excellence’, Riccardo Polosa and Neil McKeganey, have previous, direct financial links to PMI. Full details on the research centres, their purposes and the people involved can be found at Foundation for a Smoke-Free World Centres of Excellence.
- Alongside the HST Agenda, the Foundation launched a request in August 2018 for proposals on research concerning ‘Biomarkers of Nicotine Product Use.’ Here, the Foundation outlined a 3-year, nearly US$10 million plan to fund research on biomarkers of exposure to different types of tobacco products.
- The Global Forum on Nicotine (GFN) and Knowledge Action Change (KAC) launched the Tobacco Harm Reduction Scholarship programme in 2018, to fund research into tobacco harm reduction. This programme is sponsored by FSFW. The programme awarded 15 projects up to a value of $7,500 each. For more information on KAC and its scholarship programme see the page on its director Gerry Stimson.
- In May 2018, it was reported that the Foundation was “in talks” to work in collaboration with the International Centre for Biotechnology (a UNESCO Category II Centre) at the University of Nigeria Nsukka.
- In March 2018, the Foundation launched its Agricultural Transformation Initiative (ATI) in Malawi, headed by Jim Lutzweiler. In July 2018, it was announced that ATI would fund a US$10 million, 5-year project to set up a Center for Agricultural Transformation in Malawi to “contribute to the transformation of the agricultural sector and development of a knowledge economy in one of the world’s least developed countries.”
- In November 2017, the Foundation’s Board gave staff approval to make grants up to £2M up to March 2018 without Board approval. The Foundation received 60 proposals in response to their first Call of Interest for Projects, and the Foundation was “to convene with grant-making experts and the strongest grant candidates in February 2018”.
- Since 2017, the Foundation has funded The Conrad Spirit of Innovation Challenge (in collaboration with the Conrad Foundation), a program which invites high-school students (aged 13-18 years old) to “design 21st century solutions to re-purpose global farmland that is currently used for tobacco production, especially in African countries”. The 2019 focus of the program will be on India, Malawi and China. The Tobacco Control Research Group at the University of Bath contacted the Conrad Foundation to seek clarification of the nature of its sponsorship agreement with the FSFW, but did not receive a reply. For the 2019-2020 found, the Conrad Foundation added a special category, called “Re-purpose Farmlands & Tobacco Crops”, another challenge especially funded by the Foundation.
Speaking at Conferences & Events
Examples of events at which the Foundation presented, or was scheduled to present:
- In November 2019, the Agricultural Transformation Initiative (ATI) hosted the second Agricultural Transformation Summit in Malawi.
- In November 2018, the Agricultural Transformation Initiative hosted the Agricultural Transformation Summit (ATS) in Malawi. The ATS was attended by Prince Kapondamgaga, CEO of Farmers Union of Malawi, a Foundation grantee, and Dr Alexander Bulirani, Controller of Agriculture Services, Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development, among others. The Foundation announced the launch of a Malawi-based Center of Excellence, the Center for Agricultural Transformation, at the event, as well as the opening of new funding and a scholarship fund endowed by the Foundation at Lilongwe University of Agriculture & Natural Events.
- In February 2018, the African Institute of Corporate Citizenship (AICC) (whose self-stated aim is to ‘promote the role of business in development’) collaborated with FSFW, holding “consultative meetings” in Malawi where stakeholders including government officials were due to meet with the Vice President of FSFW, Dyborn Chibonga, who also holds a role on the Board of Directors of AICC.
- The Brocher Foundation’s “Ethics of Global Population Health” event: Yach was scheduled to speak at this five-day event hosted by the Brocher Foundation, from 28 May to 1 June 2018. The Brocher Foundation states the event accepted “no funds from the tobacco industry or from any organizations supported by it”. On 29 May 29 2018, Yach was no longer listed as speaker on the Brocher Foundation’s website.
- Food Prize October 2017: FSFW hosted a session at the World Food Prize (an event that Yach has spoken at previously) called ‘An Exploration Into Food/Cash Crop Alternatives to Tobacco in Africa’. A website description of the event states that: “Foundation for a Smoke-Free World was founded in part to identify and promote alternate market-driven agricultural supply and value chains, as well as fundamental livelihood alternatives for current smallholder tobacco farmers in Africa. To be successful, this will require a new vision grounded in emerging science-based research, collaboration among corporate and civil society stakeholders based on the formation of new business relationships, change of market and political incentives, alignment of interest with the tobacco industry, and support of governments.”
- Food and Drug Law Institute Annual Conference October 2017: Yach gave a keynote address on “designing the future of tobacco control”.
- E-Cigarette Summit November 2017: Yach participated in a discussion about FSFW during a session by Prof. Jean Francois Etter titled “The good, the bad and the ugly about the foundation for a smoke-free world”. (Professor Etter noted he consulted Yach in preparation for his presentation)
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