The Global Tobacco Control Research Programme
at Simon Fraser University
Tobacco use and exposure to tobacco smoke kills more than 8 million people every year. If current trends continue, 1 billion deaths will be attributable to tobacco use 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) is led by Professor Kelley Lee of the Faculty of Health Sciences, Tier 1 Canada Research Chair, FRSC.
It has involved researchers from Canada, the UK, the US and Australia from a range of disciplinary backgrounds, and their work looks at tobacco control issues from a range of perspectives including commercial determinants of health, political economy, public health and policy analysis.
The programme builds on previous research by team members that has produced detailed insights into the strategies of transnational tobacco companies in a globalised economy. These include tobacco industry activities in low and middle-income countries; industry challenges to implementation of effective tobacco control policy; industry complicity in illicit trade in tobacco; targetting of specific populations, and influence on national, regional and global policy processes.
Current projects include promotion of Indigenous-led action on tobacco control in Aboriginal communities in British Columbia; marketing strategies, product diversification strategies of leading tobacco and vaping product manufacturers; expansion and consolidation of the tobacco industry with a particular focus on the China National Tobacco Corporation; the environmental impact of tobacco use; as well as comparative analysis of regulatory responses to the tobacco, alcohol and other health harming industries.
A key element of the Programme is the support of student research at SFU and other institutions, and we welcome inquiries from potential students.
| In accordance with World Health Organization recommendations, and policies at institutions where our researchers are employed, the Global Tobacco Control Research Programme at Simon Fraser University will not engage with, or accept funding or support from the tobacco industry, or any allied or affiliated individuals or organisations such as the Phillip Morris-funded "Foundation for a Smoke Free World." This includes the e-cigarette and vaping industries, producers of other ‘new nicotine delivery devices’ and any associated organisations and representatives connected to the tobacco industry.