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Tobacco Control Research at LSHTM

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Current tobacco related research at LSHTM

Joy Townsend

Tobacco control economics and econometrics models to prioritise health technology assessment.
This EU study being undertaken with colleagues from 6 European countries examines the economic influences
on tobacco use across the EU and UK. It assesses the impact of price, income, and smuggling on demand for cigarettes.

Globalisation, the Tobacco Industry and Policy Influence
Lead: Centre on Global Change and Health and ECOHOST

Funded by the US National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health (NIH), this project analyses efforts
by the tobacco industry to influence tobacco control policies in 14 selected countries based primarily on the industry
documents located at Guildford, England. The project will compile country profiles of tobacco industry activities
in these countries, and use these profiles to analyse:

(a) transnational activities of the tobacco industry in relation to themes of global relevance;
(b) efforts to influence public policy making;
(c) efforts to influence the conduct, interpretation and dissemination of scientific research.

Conclusions drawn from this analysis will be used to explore the links between globalization, the tobacco industry
and policy influence, and to make recommendations on on effective tobacco control strategies and policies.

The project also hosts a visiting scholars programme and which brings in tobacco control researchers to facilitate
their use of the Guildford documents.

Tobacco Control in Central and Eastern Europe & the Former Soviet Union
European Centre on Health of Societies in Transition (ECOHOST)

A comprehensive and expanding programme of public health, epidemiological and tobacco industry document
based work is currently underway to examine and address the enormous problems tobacco use causes in the
former Communist bloc. Such work is proving vital to understanding the impact the enormous changes
experienced by this region have had on tobacco control and health in general.

Tobacco Control in Western Europe and the European Union
European Centre on Health of Societies in Transition (ECOHOST

ECOHOST's growing body of research on tobacco control in Western Europe focuses on the development of,
and influences on, tobacco control policy in the region. It includes analyses of the system of policy making in
the European Union and the influences on this system, in particular the tactics used by the industry to lobby
at a European level and research on the implications of EU accession for tobacco control in an expanded Europe.

Post war smoking policy in the UK

Smoking was the pioneer of new styles of public health. This study examines the development of stages
of smoking policy into the 1990's. It is complemented by a study of the Wills tobacco archive and analysis
of industrial involvement in smoking policy in the 1960s and 70s.

Science Speaks to Policy
Centre for History in Public Health

An examination of the relationship between science (including social science) research and health policy,
through a number of historical case studies in the post-war period. Projects in this programme include the
rise of epidemiology and the concept of relative risk, post war UK smoking policy and the Wills Tobacco
Archive study. Based on the under-used company archive in the Bristol record office, it examines the
response of the company to the Royal College of Physicians Reports of 1962 and 1971 and develops a
proposal for further research on the archive.

These projects are funded by the Wellcome Trust.

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