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Global Tobacco Control Research Programme presentations, publications, media and other events. 
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Jennifer Fang was interviewed for the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project's (OCCRP) June 2021 reports on China National Tobacco Corporation; her 2017 paper in Global Public Health, The China National Tobacco Corporation, with Kelley Lee  and Nidhi Sejpal was featured in two of the reports, China’s State Tobacco Company is Massive at Home. Now it’s Ready to Take Over the World and What is China Tobacco?

Dr Julia Smith has been included in the Canadian Society for International Health's
2020 update of Canadian Women in Global Health.

Professor Kelley Lee, Faculty of Health Sciences, Tier 1 Canada Research Chair has been elected a­s a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (RSC).  In making the announcement, the RSC cited her range of work from reform of the World Health Organization to advancing collective action on a range of shared health risks spanning communicable and non-communicable diseases, and noted that her conceptual thinking and empirical research established the foundations of global health governance scholarship. Membership in the RSC is Canada’s highest academic honour.


The final report of the Shisha No Thanks Project was released in October 2020. The project is an evidence based initiative aimed at raising awareness of the harms of waterpipe smoking amongst young people from Arabic speaking backgrounds in Sydney Australia. Funded by the Cancer Institute NSW, the project was a partnership between three local Sydney health districts; the NSW Multicultural Health Communication Service, staff from three universities and more than 20 community partners, including the Lebanese Muslim Association. Ross MacKenzie is part of the project team. A second phase of the project is underway.




Sheryl Thompson, Julia Smith, Kelley Lee and Stevie Thompson published Industry sponsored harm reduction conference courts Indigenous peoples in Canada, Tobacco Control. 30 May 2020.  

Kelley Lee was interviewed by Graeme Wood for his report New heated tobacco tax postponed amid pandemic; no plan to expand ‘patch’ program in the Vancouver Courier 9 April, 2020. The report also appeared in the Times Colonist, Tricity News, North Shore News, and the Coast Reporter.  

Kelley Lee discussed the potential risks for smokers who contract COVID-19 in Global News Hour's report Coronavirus danger for smokers, 8 April, 2020.


Kelley Lee was interviewed by the Vancouver Courier for its report on smoking and COVID-19, Time for smokers to butt out is now, or risk ventilator shortage: researcher 7 April, 2020. The report was also carried by FR24 News, Coast Reporter, Burnaby Now, Richmond News, and the Canora Courier.



The Oxford Handbook of Global Health Politics published in Februray 2020 and edited by Colin McInnes, Kelley Lee and Jeremy Youde  Oxford: Oxford University Press includes chapters by Kelley Lee The Politics of Global Tobacco Control; and Chris Holden and Benjamin Hawkins Trade and Investment Agreements and the Global Politics of Health.


Jennifer Fang, Lauren De Souza L, Julia Smith J and  Kelley Lee's analysis of China's influence on Zimbabwe's tobacco industry was published in January 2020. “All Weather Friends”: How China Transformed Zimbabwe’s Tobacco Sector. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 2020, 17, 723.

Tom Novotny took part in a discussion about e-cigarettes and vaping on ABC (Australia) Radio broadcast on 26 January 2020:  E-cigarettes - is there value in vaping?