Recent Research Projects

The Global Tobacco Control Research Programme at Simon Fraser University builds on previous research into the global tobacco industry and tobacco control led by Professor Kelley Lee

Since 2002, researchers working with Professor Lee on previous projects have published more than 300 peer-reviewed journal articles, commentaries, books and chapters on tobacco industry globalisation and related challenges to global tobacco control. They have also presented research findings at numerous conferences and workshops, written media articles, and contributed to print and broadcast media discussions on a range of topics.

Commercial Determinants of Health and Non-communicable Diseases (January 2020 - continuing)
A one year grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research to develop a clear definition of commercial determinants of health (CDH) and identify potential indicators to measure CDH as risk factors.

CNTC brands, Addis Ababa airport, 2018.

The political economy of Chinese engagement in Eastern African tobacco industries, 2018 - 2019
A one year grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada is supporting research into Chinese involvment in Eastern African tobacco industries.

Promoting Indigenous Led Action on Respecting Tobacco Project (PILAR), 2017 - 2020
The Faculty of Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University and the First Nations Health Authority are working in partnership to conduct a 3-year project (2017-2020) aimed at strengthening commercial tobacco control in Aboriginal communities.  This will be achieved by carrying out a consultation intervention in BC First Nations communities.  Unlike conventional approaches, which introduce pre-selected interventions into target populations, a consultation intervention seeks information and generates optimal solutions to perceived problems or issues through interactive problem solving with the community.  The project will test the approach of community-led consultation and produce a comprehensive Menu of Tobacco Control Measures Available to Aboriginal Communities.

NIH3: Tobacco Companies, Public Policy and Global Health
Project outputs from 2013-2018 are listed at Publications, Media Articles, Media Coverage and Presentations

Funded by the US National Institutes of Health (grant number R01-CA091021), this project was designed to strengthen tobacco control policies by generating new knowledge of how the tobacco industry has adapted to and, in turn, shaped the global economy. 

This project aimed to increase to understanding of the dual and dynamic relationship between the tobacco industry and globalization. Building on two previous phases (NIH1 and NIH2) it analysed how the industry has been affected by, and has adapted to economic globalization; and conversely, how the world economy has been shaped by industry influences. Research focused on four key themes: (a) how the tobacco industry has sought to influence trade and investment policy at the national, regional and global levels, and how this has benefited industry strategies to restructure and expand worldwide; (b) how the illicit tobacco trade has been a key component of broader corporate strategies to adapt to, shape and operate within an increasingly globalized world economy; (c) how tobacco companies have restructured within a changing world economy; and (d) how corporations should be governed within a globalized world economy to ensure the protection and promotion of population health.  


Tobacco Free SFU (since 2013)
Building on several student-led cigarette butt cleanup campaigns since 2013, Tobacco Free SFU focuses 
on research aimed at progressing SFU's Smoking Policy and other measures towards a tobacco free campus.

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