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"Denial and Delay": Which are two classic tactics by the tobacco industry

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.

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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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In May 2016, the United Kingdom introduced plain packs (Public Health England. Contains public sector information licensed under the Open Government Licence v3.0).

What's New on TobaccoTactics?

17 May 2019

  • Profile on Yusuf Abramjee, spokeperson for #TakeBacktheTax and his ties with the tobacco industry.

16 May 2019

  • Profile on the 'most prolific' academic writer on e-cigarettes Riccardo Polosa and his relationship with tobacco companies.

9 May 2019

2 May 2019

  • New page: A comprehensive look at the history of Motorsport Sponsorship by tobacco companies and current controversies

18 April 2019

4 April 2019

1 April 2019

26 March 2019

  • FDA Commissioner: 'no evidence that Altria's investment in JUUL was health motivated'. See: E-Cigarettes: Altria.

21 March 2019

14 March 2019

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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.

Copyright © the University of Bath. Under a creative commons licence you are free to copy and redistribute the material for non commerical use. However, you must give appropriate credit to the University of Bath and acknowledge us as the copyright holder by stating: "This material is reproduced from Copyright University of Bath and used under permission of the University of Bath. All rights reserved."

Disclaimer. Some of the research for TobaccoTactics is funded by Cancer Research UK Limited and Bloomberg Philanthropies. This work has previously received funding from The New Venture Fund, 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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