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Welcome to TobaccoTactics

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TobaccoTactics is a unique academic resource that explores how the tobacco industry influences policy and public health in the UK, the EU, and internationally.

The site details the tactics and techniques the tobacco industry and its allies employ to stall tobacco control measures, such as the introduction of plain packaging in the UK or Australia. It explores topical health issues too: the growing involvement of the industry in promoting e-cigarettes for instance, or its complicity in tobacco smuggling.

TobaccoTactics also contains profiles of people, organisations and allies of the tobacco industry, charting their involvement in the smoking and health debate. This is important as the industry often uses supposedly-independent third parties to lobby politicians or to push its message in the media.

Visit the Key Topics section to view our research on current tobacco-related issues, or the What’s New section to get updated on the latest developments, or search for a specific topic in the Search Bar on the left side of the screen.

For more information on TobaccoTactics and the Tobacco Control Research Group, see our About Us page.

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Key Topics

TobaccoTactics explores the techniques the tobacco industry utilises to influence policy and public health. Click on the links below to access more information on key topics related to tobacco industry monitoring and current tobacco control debate. If you are looking for information on something specific, you can also use the search bar on the left of the screen.

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The TobaccoTactics team wants to hear your feedback and suggestions. Feel free to contact us with appropriate requests and thoughts at

Plain packs proposed by the UK Government Source: UK Gov website

What's New on TobaccoTactics?

31 August 2016

24 June 2016

17 March 2016

23 February 2016

2 February 2016

18 December 2015

7 December 2015

  • The tobacco industry's intellectual property challenge to UK plain packaging law will be heard this week. Read how this is a repeat of what has been happening in Australia.

3 December 2015

24 November 2015

23 November 2015

17 November 2015

  • FCTC progress and compliance in Africa has been modest at best. See the FCTC Compliance in Africa table tracking FCTC ratification in Africa, current tobacco control laws, smoking prevalence rates and number of years working towards progressive tobacco control legislation.

30 October 2015

7 September 2015

16 July 2015

  • For updates on tobacco industry interference in Kenya, see this timeline.

Editorial Oversight

TobaccoTactics is a project of the Tobacco Control Research Group at the Department for Health at the University of Bath and is overseen by managing editors Andrew Rowell and Karen Evans-Reeves. TobaccoTactics has a policy of Strict Referencing.

Disclaimer. Some of the research for TobaccoTactics is funded by Cancer Research UK Limited as well as The New Venture Fund. This work has previously received funding from Smokefree South West and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Knowledge Exchange Opportinities scheme. These funders have had no input into the research reported on this website or its conclusions. They are not responsible for the content or the publication, nor do they necessarily endorse it. Published by the University of Bath. Read the General Disclaimer.

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