Department for Health

Tobacco Control Research Group


Our multidisciplinary group produces high quality research that evaluates the impact of public health policy and the impact of broader policy changes including investment and trade liberalisation on health. This research is used to inform future policies.

We also examine the influence of major corporations on health behaviours, health outcomes and policy, thereby expanding our understanding of the corporation as a determinant of health.

The TCRG has particular expertise on British American Tobacco (BAT), the world's second largest transnational tobacco company and the dominant tobacco company in Africa, Latin America and much of Asia, with Anna Gilmore having been part of the team that made BAT's documents available on line.

Our group is part of the UK Centre for Tobacco & Alcohol Studies (UKCTAS), one of five UK Public Health Research Centres of Excellence.


You can access our TobaccoTactics site, which provides up-to-date information on the Tobacco Industry, its allies or those promoting a pro-tobacco agenda.

Group funding

Our research is funded by a number of organisations including the Medical Research Council, Government bodies and Charities. View our current grants.


  • Denis-Henri Faguet (PhD Student)
  • Allen Gallagher (PhD Student)
  • Cathy Flower (Research Group Administrator)

Prizes and awards

  • International Award for Outstanding Use of Tobacco Industry Documents presented by the Public Health Advocacy Institute: the 2nd ever recipient of this award which was "presented in recognition of your significant contribution to public health through the use of internal industry documents.  It honors your innovative application of these documents to improve the health of people around the world and further the goals of tobacco prevention and control." Prof Anna Gilmore (2009)
  • WHO, World No Tobacco Day Medal: this award from WHO was given in recognition of "outstanding efforts in [the] research of tobacco control and tobacco industry industry strategies in Europe." Prof Anna Gilmore (2008)
  • Health Foundation Clinician Scientist Fellowship (2006)
  • Content analysis of tobacco industry data on the illicit tobacco trade in UK newspapers during the standardised packaging debate.  Public Health Science Conference, Cardiff: Evans-Reeves KA, Hatchard JL, Rowell A et al. The Lancet 2016:S6. (Runner-up best presentation by an early career researcher),
  • Training & Career Development Board CRUK 2014.  Knowledge Exchange: Exploring the relationships between tobacco control organisations and their key stakeholders. Evans-Reeves K. (Research Travel Award for Karen Evans-Reeves).
  • Population Health - methods and challenges, Birmingham, UK 2012. How do tobacco and alcohol companies attempt to influence maketing regulations? A systematic review. Savell E, Gilmore AB, Fooks G. (Early Career Researcher Award for Emily Savell, PhD student).
  • 15th World Conference on Tobacco or Health, Singapore 2012. How the internet undermines EU tobacco control legislation: online snus marketing and promotion. Peeters S, Gilmore A. (Silvy Peeters, research officer awarded one of three 2012 World Conference on Tobacco or Health (WCTOH) Young Investigator Awards)

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Research themes