Jed E. Rose

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Rose is director of the Center for Nicotine and Smoking Cessation Research (CNSCR) at Duke University, an institution with a long history of tobacco money (for more detail see Duke University and the Tobacco Industry). He is the inventor of the nicotine patch, and a nicotine aerosol technology. The centre, his research and career are closely interlinked with the tobacco industry, more specifically Philip Morris.

Foundation for a Smoke-Free World

Rose is linked to two projects connected with the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World (FSFW) which is funded by PMI. The Rose Research Center has received funding directly from the Foundation. He is also on the Science Advisory Board of Embera Neurotherapeutics, Inc., another FSFW grantee. For more information on this, and the other grantees, see Tobacco Tactics’ FSFW grantees page.

University Funding in Exchange for Tobacco PR

The CNSCR was established with a multimillion-dollar gift from Philip Morris. According to the letter of agreement between Philip Morris and Duke, the tobacco company agreed to provide an initial award of $15 million to set up the centre in 2004, agreeing to pay $5 million annually for the first three years. In October 2006, PM extended the grant for an additional $15 million over the three-year period of June 2007 – May 2010.1 In 2012, an updated version of the company’s website says the total of grants is $37 million by June 2012.2 This webpage mentions QuitAssist as PM’s support for people who have decided to quit.
The agreement stipulated that one of the centre’s academic scientists was to become a formal part of Philip Morris’ public relations efforts. So, in return for the funding, Rose accepted a seat on the Advisory Board of Philip Morris’ “smoker cessation support initiative,” QuitAssist® .3 The other three members of the board are Jonathan Bloomberg, M.D. from University of Illinois College of Medicine, Rafael Art. Javier, Ph.D., ABPP from St. John’s University and Robert L. Sokolove, Ph.D. from Boston University School of Medicine. In the second half of 2011, two more members joined; Caroline S. Clauss-Ehlers, Ph.D., Rutgers University and Cheryl K. Olson, Sc.D., Health behaviour researcher and consultant from Reston, VA.4

PM has patented aerosol to dispatch nicotine, based on research by Rose. He first patented a similar device back in 1987 and again in 1994.5
Apart from the scientific discussions about whether or not these solutions work, these moves signal a trend of tobacco companies safeguarding the market of any product related to nicotine. See discussions on Harm Reduction, and, again the page on Duke University and the Tobacco Industry.

Speaker at Tobacco Industry Event

In 2014 and 2015, Rose was a speaker at the Global Tobacco Networking Forum, an annual tobacco industry event that was rebranded in 2015 to the Global Tobacco and Nicotine Forum.67
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  1. Phililp Morris, Supporting Cessation – Grants, PM website, August 2010, accessed through, May 2012
  2. Phililp Morris, Supporting Cessation – Grants, PM website, 2012, accessed May 2012
  3. Philip Morris, About QuitAsist®, Jed E. Rose Ph. D., accessed 29 July 2011
  4. QuitAssist, About Us, website, undated, accessed May 2020
  5. The first patent is in the Tobacco Documents archive, in the Reynolds collection oddly enough: United States Patent, Rose, 29 December 1987
  6. Global Tobacco and Networking Forum, Look who’s talking, 2014, accessed December 2017
  7. Global Tobacco and Nicotine Forum, Look who’s talking, 2015, accessed December 2017