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 has looked at tobacco control issues from a range of perspectives including 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.
Recent projects include promotion of Indigenous-led action on tobacco control in Aboriginal communities in British Columbia, and the strategies and operations of the with a particular China National Tobacco Corporation, and the environmental impact of tobacco use.
Tobacco control research is a key element within the field of Commercial Determinants of Health, and programme researchers are also involved in research into alcohol, food and other health harming industries.
The Programme supports student research at SFU and other institutions, and inquiries from potential students are welcome.
| 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.