Flight Attendant Medical Research Institute

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This article is part of the Tobacco portal on Sourcewatch funded from 2006 - 2009 by the American Legacy Foundation.

The Flight Attendant Medical Research Institute (FAMRI) is a nonprofit organization that researches the effects of secondhand smoke on human health.

History and creation

FAMRI was established as a result of the Norma Broin Class Action suit brought by the husband and wife attorney team of Stanley M. Rosenblatt and Susan Rosenblatt in October 1991 in Dade County Circuit Court (Miami) against the tobacco industry. The suit sought damages for diseases and deaths caused to flight attendants by their prologned exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke in airline cabins. Among other considerations, the settlement included the establishment of a non-profit medical research foundation with funding by the tobacco industry of $300 million.


FAMRI’s mission is to sponsor scientific and medical research for the early detection, prevention, treatment and cure of human diseases and medical conditions caused by exposure to tobacco smoke and to ensure that health care providers ask the right questions of their patients about secondhand tobacco smoke exposure. Animal use in FAMRI's research is restricted to mice and rats.


Elizabeth Kress, Administrator
201 S. Biscayne Blvd., Ste. 1310
Miami, Florida 33131

Telephone: (305) 379-7007
Fax: (305) 577-0005 E-mail: ekressATfamri.org (Substitute an "@" sign for the word "AT"

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