Global Tobacco Control Programme at SFU
Tobacco use and exposure causes more than 7 million deaths each year worldwide and, at current trends, tobacco could cause 1 billion deaths by the end of the twenty-first century. The impact of tobacco use will be disproportionately borne by low- and middle-income countries, where almost 80% of the world's more than 1 billion smokers live.
The Global Tobacco Control Programme at Simon Fraser University includes a number of projects that involve participants from Canada, the UK, the US and Australia who come from a range of disicplinary backgrounds. The Programme also actively supports student research at SFU and other institutions.
Our research takes a multidisciplinary approach to analysing the role of the tobacco industry in creating and sustaining this leading cause of death, disability, impoverishment and environmental harm. We are particularly interested in studying the tobacco industry within the context of globalization - how it operates as a business, how it seeks to influence and undermine public policy, and how it continues to earn huge profits by supplying a product which kills half of its users.
Key research areas include the industry’s global market strategies; product innovation and diversification; illicit trade in tobacco; the environmental consequences of global tobacco use; implications for global health governance; and comparative analysis of regulatory responses to the non- tobacco, alcohol industries, and other health harming industries.