About Us

This website is sponsored by The Foundation for a Smoke-Free World, an independent, nonprofit organization committed to reducing smoking-related mortality and disease by the end of this generation. To achieve that goal on a global scale, we pay special attention to the unique needs of the developing world, both cultural and economic, and continually explore and embrace new ideas.

Why We Exist

We have produced a dynamic website that provides timely information on the latest nicotine research and products. We hope the site becomes a valuable resource for the global health community and consumers who want to get facts about nicotine at a time when there is a lot of nicotine misinformation in the media. The site contains easy to understand information on nicotine and smoking cessation in both written and graphic form.

Our Story

The Foundation was established in 2017 and is led by Dr. Derek Yach, a global health expert and anti-smoking activist of more than 30 years.

More than a billion people still smoke worldwide, and more than eight million smokers die each year. We are committed to helping smokers overcome their addictions to all forms of combustible tobacco (cigarettes, cigars, pipes, and bongs). To do so, we collaborate with other nonprofit, advocacy, and government organizations on smoking cessation and harm reduction projects that use alternative nicotine delivery systems like e-cigarettes, smokeless tobacco, nicotine gum and patches, plus adjunctive aids like counseling and supportive drugs. We also sponsor the development of alternative products and cessation strategies that can reduce smokers’ health risks and help them stop smoking entirely.

We know most smokers want to quit, but quitting is often a struggle and the current success rate is lower than 10 percent. We also know that the number of smokers worldwide is virtually the same as it was 15 years ago, despite well-coordinated global tobacco control policies and educational efforts to prevent smoking. We need new solutions, and flexible and quick delivery methods for those solutions, to combat this global health epidemic.

Real time data

We use real-time data about consumer issues, scientific research, and innovative products to draw a picture of what is happening in the fields of nicotine science and smoking cessation.

Methodology

Our platform transforms raw data into usable information for the nicotine research community.

Our system has its own classification system, or taxonomy, which was created with the help of industry experts and machine learning algorithms. It collects and connects data from public discussions about nicotine on social media, blogs, forums, product reviews, clinical trials, research papers, opinion leader discussions, grants, patents, and conferences to help us understand how nicotine consumers and researchers discuss nicotine.

The data is grouped by topic, feature, chemical ingredient, medical condition, biomarker, and biological target.

After the data is processed, it can be used to answer questions like what medical conditions or emotional states are associated with different smoking methods (i.e., e-cigarettes and smokeless tobacco), what research topics interest the scientific community, and how what interests the scientific community is different from what interests consumers.

Early Warning System for detection of symptoms related to various tobacco product use

Our platform transforms raw data into usable information for the nicotine research community.

Our system has its own classification system, or taxonomy, which was created with the help of industry experts and machine learning algorithms. It collects and connects data from public discussions about nicotine on social media, blogs, forums, product reviews, clinical trials, research papers, opinion leader discussions, grants, patents, and conferences to help us understand how nicotine consumers and researchers discuss nicotine.

The data is grouped by topic, feature, chemical ingredient, medical condition, biomarker, and biological target.

After the data is processed, it can be used to answer questions like what medical conditions or emotional states are associated with different smoking methods (i.e., e-cigarettes and smokeless tobacco), what research topics interest the scientific community, and how what interests the scientific community is different from what interests consumers.