More than a decade ago, we set ourselves the goal of creating less harmful alternatives to cigarettes for adult smokers who do not quit.

      Thanks to the inventiveness and perseverance of our scientists and thousands of others at Philip Morris International (PMI), we have done exactly that, developing smoke-free products and demonstrating their potential for harm reduction compared with cigarettes. Millions of adult smokers have chosen to go smoke free with our products.

      Welcome to PMI Science

      PMI’s scientific assessment

      We are committed to sharing the scientific assessment of our smoke-free products. Learn about our scientific approach and dedication to transparent research, and meet Dr. Badrul Chowdhury, Chief Life Sciences Officer, Smoke-Free Products.

      Smoke-free future

      Our goals, approach, and science

      Learn about PMI’s ambitious vision for the future and explore the latest studies on our heated tobacco products, also known as heat-not-burn, such as the Tobacco Heating System. Discover PMI's commitment to science, innovation, and harm reduction as we work towards replacing cigarettes with less harmful alternatives for adult smokers worldwide.

      PMI Science Booklet May 2024
      Our people

      Our scientists, engineers, technicians, and support staff

      There are more than 1,580 scientists, engineers, technicians, and support staff working in PMI's research and development (R&D)*, with expertise in the fields of chemistry, biology, informatics, and medicine.

      * Data includes employees of Swedish Match and Vectura Fertin Pharma.


      Transparency and engagment with the scientific community

      PMI is committed to sharing our science, listening to feedback, and encouraging debate with experts and the broader public. Scientific integrity, transparency, and accuracy are fundamental principles that guide our research. Transparency in research promotes the use of best practices, and best practices lead to reproducible results. 

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      The Cube

      PMI’s research and development center

      Explore PMI’s state-of-the-art R&D center, known as the Cube, located in Neuchâtel, Switzerland.

      Our Network

      Collaborating for progress

      Complementing the Cube, we have a global network of Philip Morris R&D facilities in Armenia, Italy, and China. Discover our R&D locations, research partners, production sites, and more.

      Get in touch

      We would be happy to hear from you

      Whether you have a question, a comment, or an idea, send us a message. Open dialogue is something we are passionate about, and we would like to know your views.