Tobacco Control Research Group: Peer-Reviewed Research

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In addition to publishing its research findings on TobaccoTactics, the Tobacco Control Research Group (TCRG) publishes its research in peer-reviewed journals, often in collaboration with other researchers. See below a selection of our peer-reviewed papers on tobacco industry activities, as well as briefings summarising some of these research findings:

Corporate Social Responsibility

Europe/ EU Policy

  • The revision of the 2014 European tobacco products directive: an analysis of the tobacco industry’s attempts to ‘break the health silo’, S. Peeters, H. Costa, D. Stuckler, et al, Tobacco Control, 2016; 25(1):108-117
  • Corporate Coalitions and policy making in the European Union: how and why British American Tobacco promoted ‘Better Regulation’, K.E. Smith, G. Fooks, A.B. Gilmore, et al, Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law, 2015; 40(2):325-372
  • Quantifying the influence of the tobacco industry on EU governance: automated content analysis of the EU Tobacco Products Directive, H. Costa, A.B. Gilmore, S. Peeters, et al, Tobacco Control, 2014; 23:473-478
  • How online sales and promotion of snus contravenes current European Union legislation, S. Peeters, A.B. Gilmore, Tobacco Control, 2013; 22:266-273
  • Tobacco industry attempts to influence and use the German government to undermine the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, T. Grüning, H. Weishaar, J. Collin, et al, Tobacco Control, 2012; 21:30-38
  • “Working the System”—British American Tobacco’s Influence on the European Union Treaty and Its Implications for Policy: An Analysis of Internal Tobacco Industry Documents, K.E. Smith, G. Fooks, J. Collin, et al, PLoS Med, 2010; 7(1): e1000202
  • Is the increasing policy use of Impact Assessment in Europe likely to undermine efforts to achieve healthy public policy?, K.E. Smith, G. Fooks, J. Collin, et al, Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, 2010; 64:478-487
  • Tobacco Industry Influence on Science and Scientists in Germany, T. Grüning, A.B. Gilmore, M. McKee, American Journal Public Health, 2006; 96(1):20-32
  • The Living Tomorrow Project: how Philip Morris has used a Belgian tourist attraction to promote ventilation approaches to the control of second hand smoke, P. Pilkington, A.B. Gilmore, Tobacco Control, 2004; 13:375-378
  • Former Soviet Union

    Framework Convention on Tobacco Control

  • Tobacco industry attempts to influence and use the German government to undermine the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, T. Grüning, H. Weishaar, J. Collin, et al, Tobacco Control, 2012; 21:30-38
  • Global health governance and the commercial sector: Tobacco company strategies to influence the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, H. Weishaar, J. Collin, K. Smith, et al, PLoS Med, 2012; 9(6):e1001249
  • Status of implementation of Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) in Ghana: a qualitative study, E. Owusu-Dabo, A. McNeill, S. Lewis, et al, BMC Public Health, 2010; 10:1
  • Tobacco industry attempts to undermine Article 5.3 and the ‘good governance’ trap, K.E. Smith, A.B. Gilmore, G. Fooks, et al, Tobacco Control, 2009; 18:509-511
  • Harm Reduction

    Illicit Trade

  • Tobacco industry data on illicit tobacco trade: a systematic review of existing assessments, A.W.A. Gallagher, K.A. Evans-Reeves, J.L. Hatchard, et al, Tobacco Control, Published Online First: 22 August 2018
  • Tobacco industry’s elaborate attempts to control a global track and trace system and fundamentally undermine the Illicit Trade Protocol, A.B. Gilmore, A.W.A. Gallagher, A. Rowell, Tobacco Control, Published Online First: 13 June 2018
  • Assessment of the European Union’s illicit trade agreements with the four major Transnational Tobacco Companies, L. Joossens, A.B. Gilmore, M. Stoklosa, et al, Tobacco Control, 2016; 25:254-260
  • ‘It will harm business and increase illicit trade’: an evaluation of the relevance, quality and transparency of evidence submitted by transnational tobacco companies to the UK consultation on standardised packaging 2012, K.A. Evans-Reeves, J.L. Hatchard, A.B. Gilmore, Tobacco Control, 2015; 24:e168-e177
  • Towards a greater understanding of the illicit tobacco trade in Europe: a review of the PMI funded ‘Project Star’ report, A.B. Gilmore, A. Rowell, S. Gallus, et al, Tobacco Control, 2014; 23:e51-e61
  • Tobacco industry manipulation of data on and press coverage of the illicit tobacco trade in the UK, A. Rowell, K. Evans-Reeves, A.B. Gilmore, Tobacco Control, 2014; 23:e35-e43
  • Illicit cigarettes and hand-rolled tobacco in 18 European countries: a cross-sectional survey, L. Joossens, A. Lugo, C. La Vecchia, et al, Tobacco Control, 2014; 23:e17-e23
  • The transnational tobacco companies’ strategy to promote Codentify, their inadequate tracking and tracing standard, L. Joossens, A.B. Gilmore, Tobacco Control, 2014; 23:e3-e6
  • Illicit trade, tobacco industry-funded studies and policy influence in the EU and UK, G.J Fooks, S. Peeters, K. Evans-Reeves, Tobacco Control, 2014; 23:81-83
  • Low and Middle-Income Countries

    Marketing Strategies

  • Content analysis of tobacco content in UK television, A.B. Barker, K. Whittamore, J. Britton, et al, Tobacco Control, Published Online First 13 August 2018
  • The environmental profile of a community’s health: a cross-sectional study on tobacco marketing in 16 countries, E. Savell, A.B. Gilmore, M. Sims, et al, Bulletin of the World Health Organization, 2015; 93(12):851-861
  • How Does the Tobacco Industry Attempt to Influence Marketing Regulations? A systematic review, E. Savell, A.B. Gilmore, G. Fooks, PLoS ONE, 2014; 9(2):e87389
  • How online sales and promotion of snus contravenes current European Union legislation, S. Peeters, A.B. Gilmore, Tobacco Control, 2013; 22:266-273
  • Plain Packaging

    Pricing, Tax, and Profit

  • Exploiting a low tax system: non-tax-induced cigarette price increases in Taiwan 2011–2016, W. Gao1, M. Sanna1, J.R. Branston, H. Chiou, Y. Chen, A. Wu and C.P. Wen, Tobacco Control, Published Online First: 04 June 2019. doi: 10.1136/tobaccocontrol-2018-054908
  • Tobacco industry strategies undermine government tax policy: evidence from commercial data, R. Hiscock, J.R. Branston, A. McNeill, et al, Tobacco Control, Published Online First: 09 October 2017. doi:10.1136/tobaccocontrol-2017-053891
  • The truth about cigarette price increases in Britain, A.B. Gilmore, H. Reed, Tobacco Control, 2014; 23(0):e15-e16
  • The case for Ofsmoke: the potential for price cap regulation of tobacco to raise £500 million per year in the UK, J.R. Branston, A.B. Gilmore, Tobacco Control, 2014; 23:45-50
  • Change in tobacco excise policy in Bulgaria: the role of tobacco industry lobbying and smuggling, V. Skafida, K.E. Silver, B.P.D. Rechel, et al, Tobacco Control, 2014; 23:e75-e84
  • Understanding tobacco industry pricing strategy and whether it undermines tobacco tax policy: the example of the UK cigarette market, A.B. Gilmore, B. Tavakoly, G. Taylor, et al, Addiction, 2013; 108(7):1317-26.
  • What is known about tobacco industry efforts to influence tobacco tax? A systematic review of empirical studies, K.E. Smith, E. Savell, A.B. Gilmore, Tobacco Control, 2013; 22:e1
  • Tobacco Industry Manipulation of Tobacco Excise and Tobacco Advertising Policies in the Czech Republic: An Analysis of Tobacco Industry Documents, R. Shirane, K. Smith, H. Ross, et al, PLoS Med, 2012; 9(6): e1001248
  • The case for OFSMOKE: how tobacco price regulation is needed to promote the health of markets, government revenue and the public, A.B. Gilmore, R.J. Branston, D. Sweanor, Tobacco Control, 2010; 19:423-430
  • Transnational Tobacco Company Influence on Tax Policy During Privatization of a State Monopoly: British American Tobacco and Uzbekistan, A. Gilmore, J. Collin, J. Townsend, American Journal of Public Health, 2007; 97:2001-9
  • Other Industry Influence/ Conduct

    For a comprehensive list of all TCRG publications, including TCRG research that evaluates the impact of public health policy, go to TCRG publications