FAMRI was formed from a class action law suit brought on behalf of non-smoking flight attendants by Florida attorneys Stanley and Susan Rosenblatt in October 1991 in Dade County Circuit Court (Miami) against the tobacco industry. The suit brought damages for diseases and deaths caused to non-smoking flight attendants from exposure to second hand tobacco smoke in airline cabins.
Among other considerations, the 1997 Settlement included the establishment of a medical and scientific research entity with funding by the tobacco industry of $300 million. Upon approval of the Circuit Court, FAMRI was formed as a not-for-profit foundation in 2000.
The rich history of FAMRI has been influenced by a large number of remarkable individuals over the years. Please click here to read about those who are no longer with us, but whose contributions will always remain.
FAMRI dedicates its accomplishments to the flight attendants who worked for decades in tobacco smoke filled airline cabins. Click here to read more.
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