2022 Annual Report

Progress toward
A smoke-Free World

Awarded grants
Grant focus countries
Publication Citations
Secondary Citations

The data above reflects cumulative figures since 2017.

Our Leadership

Pamela Parizek

Board Chair


Heidi Goldstein

Interim Co-President,
Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer

David Janazzo

Interim Co-President,
Executive Vice President, Operations and Finance CFO

By the Numbers

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our mission is

to end smoking in this generation.

The Foundation for a Smoke-Free World is an independent, U.S. nonprofit 501(c)(3) grantmaking organization with the purpose of improving global health by ending smoking in this generation. Our vision is a world in which combustible, other forms of toxic tobacco, and smoking related death and disease are eliminated, and tobacco-dependent agriculture and economies are diversified.

The Foundation expends its grantmaking efforts and charitable funds on the following

Five goals

The Foundation's three broad categories of work

Progress Toward a Smoke-Free World

This report provides an overview of the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World’s progress, achieved through its grantmaking in 2022, towards its mission to end smoking in this generation.

Health and Science Research

The Foundation funds non-duplicative and novel research associated with smoking cessation and tobacco harm reduction. The grant projects complement ongoing tobacco control efforts to accelerate quitting and switching to reduced risk products and contribute to the body of research regarding the economics of ending the smoking epidemic.

Agricultural Diversification

The Foundation’s grantmaking in Malawi, one of the world’s most tobacco-dependent economies, is aimed at exploring and promoting sustainable agricultural alternatives for smallholder tobacco farmers and tobacco land.




Industry Transformation

Industry Transformation efforts focus on stimulating change within the global tobacco industry and nicotine ecosystem. Through the Tobacco Transformation Index®, the Foundation aims to accelerate the reduction of harm caused by tobacco use. Specifically, the Index evaluates 15 of the largest tobacco companies in the world on their relative progress, or lack thereof, toward harm reduction.

A letter from our Board Chair

There are more than 1 billion smokers in the world and smoking remains the leading cause of preventable disease and premature death. In 2022, the Foundation continued to pursue its mission to end smoking in this generation with the urgency it demands. I feel this sense of urgency on a profoundly personal level, and I am proud to devote my time and energy to this most compelling cause.

During the first year of the Foundation’s 2022-2024 Strategic Plan, we intensified our global work funding solutions to help adult smokers quit or switch to reduced-risk products. The Foundation’s grants are supporting smoking cessation and tobacco harm reduction research in 52 countries.

We are pleased to share that we’ve achieved the following toward our goals and mission. 

  • We funded a grant that revealed that most doctors around the world mistakenly attribute the negative health consequences of smoking to nicotine, significantly jeopardizing the adoption of tools that help smokers quit.
  • The Foundation provided grants for research that has significant impact in the scientific community. Since 2018, that research has led to 81 articles in scientific publications that garnered 1,933 references and 559 citations that were cited 3,128 times.
  • Our grants supported education initiatives for scholars who will play a critical leadership role in advancing cessation, tobacco harm reduction, and agricultural innovations that will help drive a culture change and a greater understanding of the dangers associated with tobacco use and dependence.
  • We funded the second edition of the Tobacco Transformation Index® in support of the Foundation’s theory of change, which is predicated on the forces of competition, differentiation, and constructive engagement to indirectly influence industry behavior. To end smoking in this generation means we must also focus on attaining change within the global tobacco industry.
  • Our grants also are helping to transform Malawi’s agricultural sector by reducing their dependence on tobacco exports. These grants include providing farmers with research and education so they can make economically viable, data-driven decisions that reduce their dependence on tobacco farming in favor of alternative livelihoods.

Looking ahead, our grantmaking will continue to focus on research and other charitable efforts that are aligned with the goals in our Strategic Plan. Impact will be achieved by partnering with researchers and stakeholders who share our vision of a world where smoking-related deaths and diseases are eliminated.

I am honored to work alongside the Foundation’s talented grantees, staff, leaders, and my fellow Board members, who have a determined focus on excellence, and who have enabled the Foundation’s accomplishments. The ultimate measure of our success is a decrease in the use of combustible cigarettes and other forms of toxic tobacco, and we are determined to get there.

Thank you for your continued support.

Pamela Parizek
Board Chair

Pamela Parizek

Board Chair