FAMRI dedicates its accomplishments to the flight attendants who worked for decades in tobacco smoke filled airline cabins. Click here to read more.

Mission Statement

FAMRI’s mission is to sponsor scientific and medical research for the early detection and cure of diseases and medical conditions caused from exposure to tobacco smoke.

FAMRI does not support investigators who are currently receiving funds from the tobacco industry. Animal use in research is restricted to mice and rats.

Statement from the Executive Director

Elizabeth A. Kress, Executive Director

“It is not the years in your life that count; it is the life in your years.”     ~Abraham Lincoln

In reading the history of FAMRI, we are given an understanding of how the tenor of our lives was revolutionized in 1991 through the determination of a “hardy band” of never-smoking Flight Attendants and Stanley and Susan Rosenblatt who, as class counsel, brought a class action on behalf of these Flight Attendants against the tobacco industry in Miami-Dade County seeking justice for damages to their health and well being from flying in smoke-filled cabins.

FAMRI funds research to scientists, physicians, and Centers of Excellence at prestigious institutions worldwide, and has created bridges for cooperation and collaboration among the projects it funds. New discoveries from the funded research have furthered understanding and diagnoses of the illnesses affecting the non-smoker from tobacco exposure, and have demonstrated promise in treating chronic and acute disorders relating to such diseases. Studies in early diagnosis have actually saved patients’ lives.

FAMRI’s Board of Trustees consists of a majority of flight attendants who collectively have had over 150 years of flying experience in airline cabins. The Board is unique as it is hands-on in the activities of the Foundation. The American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) conducts stringent peer review to determine eligibility of scientific grant applications. A Medical Advisory Board made up of world renowned physicians guides the Board in its grant-making decisions. From inception to 2016, FAMRI also used the expertise of lay advisors, individuals not possessing medical degrees, who have made positive contributions toward improving the health of their fellow citizens by helping to eliminate tobacco smoke in public places. Included in that body when it disbanded were The Reverend Michael Crosby, Capuchin Friar, (deceased) was active in corporate responsibility on tobacco issues; such work resulted in the elimination of tobacco product sales at CVS; Billy Williams, President of GASP of Texas, retired Pan American Airlines’ avionics mechanic and union shop steward, whose efforts helped get airports smoke free; Jack Cannon, former Treasurer and Chairman of the Smoking and Health Committee for the American Lung Association and former Vice President of GASP of Florida and Amos Hausner, an Israeli attorney active in international tobacco control.

The impact of FAMRI-funded research publications ranks #2 when compared to global scientific research institutions. The scientific literature produced inspires future action to bring awareness of the continuing detrimental effects of exposure to tobacco smoke.

We don’t know what unexpected opportunity is around the corner, but FAMRI’s commitment has demonstrated that there are opportunities for scientific discovery and exploration for early diagnosis and cure of diseases caused by cigarette smoke exposure. If our health care professionals aren’t asking the questions about our exposure to tobacco smoke, it is to our advantage to bring such exposure to their attention. The life you save could be your own.

The website highlights FAMRI’s accomplishments, which will put “life in your years.”

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