Public Wants Greater Focus on Science-Based Decision-Making Says New International Survey from Philip Morris International
Philip Morris International Inc. (PMI) (NYSE: PM) today released “In Support of the Primacy of Science,” a white paper exploring international attitudes regarding the role of science in society, business, and policymaking. The white paper—presenting findings from an independent survey, conducted by Povaddo for PMI, of over 19,000 adults across 19 countries and territories—indicates that citizens around the world want governments, public authorities, and private businesses to prioritize science and facts when tackling critical issues.
The global insights reveal that faith in science is high, with most people surveyed (77 percent) hopeful that advances in science will solve many of society’s biggest problems. Supporting this view, there is also strong interest in businesses prioritizing science, with 90 percent of respondents saying it is important to them that businesses invest continually in science to improve their products.
Despite these positive attitudes, nearly half of respondents (47 percent) believe that society does not place enough importance on science. Given the diverging opinions, the white paper challenges the need for regulators to place greater focus on science to inform policy decisions, with half (51 percent) of respondents believing that their “government does a good job ensuring science and evidence are included in the decision-making process.”
“Science can help make significant strides in our collective efforts to address the world’s most pressing problems” said Dr. Moira Gilchrist, vice president for Strategic & Scientific Communications at PMI. “Unfortunately, governments and broader society have yet to embrace science at its fullest potential, as this global survey shows. Ensuring facts and evidence are given greater prominence in policymaking—over ideology, politics, and unsubstantiated beliefs—will help match the public’s expectations for science to sit at the heart of decisions impacting them and their future.”
The survey also reveals that people’s access to accurate scientific information is far from assured today, with nearly half of the total sample indicating that they find it difficult to access reliable information about scientific developments and relevant studies.
“This finding is alarming and sends a clear signal across business, media, and government that accurately communicating scientific information should remain an important priority,” added Dr. Gilchrist. “When reliable scientific information is in short supply, misinformation, wild guesses, and hearsay can take more space and significantly hamper people’s ability to make informed decisions.”
PMI is undergoing a fundamental transformation into a science- and technology-led company with the aim of delivering a smoke-free future—a future without cigarettes. With the right regulatory encouragement and support from civil society, we believe this goal can be achieved in many countries in 10 to 15 years. Science is central to delivering on this commitment. Since 2008, PMI has invested billions of dollars in developing, testing, and manufacturing better alternatives to cigarettes for adults who would otherwise continue to smoke. These products are the result of nearly two decades of R&D work, underpinned by a rigorous scientific assessment program and led by a team that today includes more than 430 world-class scientists and other experts. We make our scientific findings and methods available for others to scrutinize, we invite independent research into our products, and we encourage a broad, science-based conversation with regulators, scientists, and the public health community about these better alternatives and the role they can play in tobacco control and harm reduction.
To read the “In Support of the Primacy of Science” paper, visit https://www.pmi.com/primacyofscience.
Povaddo conducted this online survey on behalf of PMI between June 25 and July 8, 2020. The survey was fielded among 19,100 general population adults ages 21 and older in 19 countries and territories: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Germany, Hong Kong, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, Norway, the Philippines, Russia, South Africa, South Korea, Taiwan, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Vietnam. For the overall sample, there is a margin of error of +/- 0.72% at the 95% confidence interval.
Philip Morris International: Delivering a Smoke-Free Future
Philip Morris International (PMI) is leading a transformation in the tobacco industry to create a smoke-free future and ultimately replace cigarettes with smoke-free products to the benefit of adults who would otherwise continue to smoke, society, the company, and its shareholders. PMI is a leading international tobacco company engaged in the manufacture and sale of cigarettes, as well as smoke-free products and associated electronic devices and accessories, and other nicotine-containing products in markets outside the United States. PMI ships a version of its smoke-free devices and consumables authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to Altria Group, Inc. for sale in the United States under license. PMI is building a future on a new category of smoke-free products that, while not risk-free, are a much better choice than continuing to smoke. Through multidisciplinary capabilities in product development, state-of-the-art facilities, and scientific substantiation, PMI aims to ensure that its smoke-free products meet adult consumer preferences and rigorous regulatory requirements. For more information, please visit www.pmi.com and www.pmiscience.com.
Philip Morris International
T. +41 (0)79 843 8603
About Business Wire
Subscribe to releases from Business Wire
Subscribe to all the latest releases from Business Wire by registering your e-mail address below. You can unsubscribe at any time.
Latest releases from Business Wire
Study Comparing Two Noninvasive Indicators of Fluid Responsiveness on Mechanically Ventilated Patients Finds Masimo PVi ® Effective and Advantageous30.11.2020 08:00:00 CET | Press release
Masimo (NASDAQ: MASI) announced today the findings of a study published in the Ain-Shams Journal of Anesthesiology in which Dr. Diaaeldin Aboelnile and colleagues at Ain-Shams University in Cairo, Egypt compared two noninvasive methods of assessing fluid responsiveness in mechanically ventilated patients, dIVC and Masimo PVi®. They found both methods to be “effective,” but determined that PVi was advantageous because of being “continuous, operator-independent, and more reliable than dIVC.”1 PVi, pleth variability index, is a measure of the dynamic changes in perfusion index that occur during the respiratory cycle. This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20201129005422/en/ Masimo Root® with PVi® (Photo: Business Wire) Noting the importance of predicting responsiveness prior to fluid administration and the drawbacks of invasive and static methods of assessing responsiveness, the researchers sought to assess the effectiven
Datto Expands Global Sales Leadership to Accelerate MSP Partner Growth30.11.2020 06:00:00 CET | Press release
https://cts.businesswire.com/ct/CT?id=smartlink&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.datto.com%2Fuk&esheet=52336960&newsitemid=20201129005018&lan=en-US&anchor=Datto+Holding+Corp.&index=1&md5=295247fb45eaadc43e75b384732e53c5 Datto Holding Corp.(“Datto”) (NYSE: MSP), the leading global provider of cloud-based software and technology solutions purpose-built for delivery by managed service providers (MSPs), today announced several key sales leadership appointments across Asia Pacific (APAC) and Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). As the MSP technology company, Datto expanded its sales leadership team to help empower MSPs with the IT resources and added expertise required to meet the increasing and accelerating digital transformation needs of the (Small and Medium Enterprises) SME market in 2021. Leadership in APAC: Datto welcomes Danny Mesrop as Vice President of Sales, APAC, to establish and grow Datto’s go-to-market strategy in the Asia-Pacific region. Mesrop brings years of experience leading su
Pudu Robotics Announces Newly Released Puductor2 to Improve Public Health Safety29.11.2020 08:07:00 CET | Press release
Pudo Robotics announced today the release of Puductor2, a technology-based, anti-pandemic robot. This newly designed intelligent robot has two disinfection modes of ultra-dry mist and UV-C ultraviolet ray, featuring large domain of walk, long detection distance, high positioning accuracy, and stronger environmental adaptability. Puductor2 further expands its scope of application while enhancing its disinfection and killing ability, to include such locations as government halls, schools, medical institutions, waiting rooms, airports, subways, banks and other public places. This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20201128005104/en/ (Photo: Business Wire) According to the BBC news, the coronavirus bounced back in late October in European countries. In 10 days, the cumulative confirmed cases in the 53 European member states of the World Health Organization (WHO) have soared from 6 million to more than 7 million. Against the
Luxembourg to Start Real Life Testing of an International Standard for a Digital Circularity Fingerprint for Products27.11.2020 12:00:00 CET | Press release
The Ministry of the Economy of Luxembourg just launched phase two of the development of an international standard. It provides information on the circularity of products to all stakeholders involved along their value chains. A first viable version of the standard is being tested in real life, allowing to identify the most suitable governance model, the audit scheme and reliable IT systems for its management. Luxembourg started the Circularity Dataset Initiative in 2018 to address the difficulty for industry and consumers to access reliable data on the circular properties of a product. A lot of circularity information is missing, as its generation and handling requires too many human and financial resources. Furthermore, trade secrets are hindering transparency and reporting standards are lacking, forcing manufacturers to send out different data sets in diverse formats to customers and product platforms. To tackle these challenges, the Luxembourg government is working with multinational
Chengdu Continues to Enhance Trade Links and Cultural Exchanges to Expand Circle of Friends Around the World27.11.2020 10:24:00 CET | Press release
The Chengdu-Europe railway line spans over 10,000 kilometers across countless rivers and mountains, transporting goods to vast numbers of people across the Eurasian landmass. With increased trade, cultural links between Chengdu and Europe are also growing stronger. Against this backdrop, Chengdu-Eurasia National Pavilion Cluster (CENPC) has emerged in the Qingbaijiang District of Chengdu to further promote trade and cultural exchanges. This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20201127005270/en/ Head of CENPC’s pavilion for France and the Netherlands Xu Dandan at work (Photo: Business Wire) CENPC is an important platform for trade exhibition and cultural exchange between countries along the Belt and Road. With trade promotion as a foundation, the project, which is expected to feature over 40 national pavilions, aims to deepen Sichuan’s global cooperation in fields such as culture, talent, education, and science and techno
Chengdu-Europe Railway Adds Momentum to Chengdu's Rise as an International Hub, Leading to Closer Cooperation Between Chengdu and Tilburg27.11.2020 10:14:00 CET | Press release
Chengdu in China's Sichuan Province and Tilburg in The Netherlands, the two cities at the opposite ends of the Eurasian landmass, are now closely connected via an intercontinental railway that spans nearly 11,000 kilometers. In a recent interview with Xinhuanet, Roland Verbraak, general manager of GVT Group of Logistics - the Dutch partner of the Chengdu-Europe Railway, praised: "Not only are our relationships with Chinese partners getting closer, but the two cities of Chengdu and Tilburg have also become sister cities. Chengdu's international development is progressing well at a rapid pace." This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20201127005267/en/ Roland Verbraak, general manager of GVT Group of Logistics (Photo: Business Wire) Goods shuttling along the Chengdu-Europe Railway line have not only spurred economic growth in China and The Netherlands but also deepened links between Chengdu and places along the route, add
In our pressroom you can read all our latest releases, find our press contacts, images, documents and other relevant information about us.Visit our pressroom