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 never-smoking Flight Attendants from exposure to secondhand 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, private foundation and incorporated in the State of Florida in 2000. In 2002, the Internal Revenue Service determined FAMRI as an federal tax-exempt organization under Section 501(a) of the IRS Code described in section 501(c )(3). FAMRI’s legal name is Flight Attendant Medical Research Institute, Inc.

FAMRI’s rich history has been influenced by a large number of remarkable individuals over the years. Click here to read about their contributions.

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

View FAMRI’s Awards History here.

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