The Global Tobacco Control Research Programme at Simon Fraser University
Tobacco use and exposure causes more than 7 million deaths each year worldwide and if current trends continue, could result 1 billion deaths by the end of the twenty-first century. The impact of tobacco use is 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 Research Programme at Simon Fraser University (SFU) involves researchers from Canada, the UK, the US and Australia who come from a range of disciplinary backgrounds, actively supports student research at SFU and other institutions.
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.