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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.


Tell us what you think!

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


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

What's New on TobaccoTactics?

22 June 2015

9 June 2015

4 June 2015

  • For information on the tobacco industry's interference with the Uganda Tobacco Control Bill, see our timeline and infographic exemplifying attempts to obstruct legislation.

18 May 2015

  • Check out this Timeline and an infographic outlining tobacco industry interference with tobacco control legislation in Kenya.

6 May 2015

5 May 2015

  • A new report complied by industry associates KPMG claims that the market for illicit trade of tobacco in Australia is 'booming'. To find out more about how KPMG are affiliated with the tobacco industry, read their tobacco tactics page here

19 March 2015

16 March 2015


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 two managing editors, Eveline Lubbers and Andrew Rowell. TobaccoTactics has a policy of Strict Referencing.

Disclaimer. Some of the research for TobaccoTactics was funded by Cancer Research UK Limited and Smokefree South West, and more recently with an award from the 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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