School of Medicine Office of Faculty Affairs

Research Funding and Gifts from the Tobacco Industry

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, having considered the research interests of our faculty and the broader public health concerns associated with tobacco use, has determined that it will no longer accept new research grants, contracts, or gifts from any tobacco manufacturer, distributor, or other tobacco-related company.  This policy reflects our mission to better the human condition and advance the fundamental understanding of medical science while improving the health of the public. 

The list of companies currently considered to be “tobacco-related companies” is listed below.  This list may be updated as necessary.  This prohibition does not apply to funding from the Master Settlement Agreement nor to programs funded by tobacco excise taxes paid by consumers. The Dean’s Office will facilitate the search for appropriate research funds for School of Medicine faculty whose legitimate research goals may be impacted by this ban.

In addition, individual faculty members are strongly encouraged not to accept consulting fees or speaking engagements from tobacco-related companies.


American Tobacco, British American Tobacco, Brown & Williamson Tobacco, Center for Indoor Air Research, Council for Tobacco Research USA, Dimon Inc, Kraft, Hill & Knowhon, Liggett & Brooke, Liggett & Myers, Loews Corp, Lorillard Tobacco, Philip Morris, Research American Tobacco, RJ Reynolds, RJR Nabisco, Smokeless Tobacco Council, Standard Commercial, Star Scientific, Tobacco Industry Research Committee, Tobacco Institute, United States Tobacco, Universal Leaf Tobacco, Vector Group, Aeroglide Corporation, Agrosalga SA, Alec Bradley Cigar Company, Alliance One International, Altadis, Altria (PMUSA and UST), AMCON Distributing Company, Arista Labs, Austria Tabak GmbH, Benkert UK Ltd, British American Tobacco Company Ltd, Brooke Group, Caribbean Cigar Company, Celanese Corp., Continental Tobacco Company, Dagmar Enterprises, Delek Resources Inc, Eastman Chemical, Evans-MacTabish-Agricraft Inc, Evolve One, Fawky Abdallah Company, Flue Cured Tobacco Cooperative, HB Fuller, GCH International, Gallaher Group, Grand Havana Enterprises, Grupo Carso, Grudang Garam, Hail & Cotton Tobacco, Havana RepublicInc, Hill & Knowlton Inc, Hoechst Celanese, Hostmann-Steinberg, Imperial Tobacco Inc,  International Paper, Japan Tobacco Inc, Japan Tobacco International, KT&G (formerly Korea Tobacco and Ginseng), Liggett Group, Lorillard Tobacco Co Inc, M&F Worldwide Corp, James I. Miller Tobacco Company, Mundet International, Noble Brands, Nobleza-Piccardo, Philip Morris International, Poker Tobacco Company, Remgro, Reynolds American International, Rothmans International UK Ltd, Schweizer Mauduit, Shorewood Packaging, SOCOTAB, Souza Cruz, Specialty Adhesives, Star Scientific, Tabacalera, The Pantry Inc, Titan Adhesives, Universal Leaf Tobacco Company, Vector Group, Werkhof GmbH, World Wide Tobacco Espana SA, Life Science Research Office, Institute for Science and Health, The Philip Morris Foundation, The Philip Morris External Research Program