Department for Health

Dr Karen Evans-Reeves

Research Fellow


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Karen joined the Tobacco Control Research Group as a PhD student in 2008. Her PhD research focused on children’s exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke in the home and how this exposure evolved alongside tobacco control policy developments such as the 2007 smokefree legislation in England and anti-secondhand smoke mass media campaigns.

Prior to starting her PhD, Karen worked as a data analyst at Swansea University. She has a Bachelor degree in Psychology and a MSc in Health Psychology from the University of Bath.

Karen's research now focuses on the activities of the tobacco industry and its associates, the tactics used to disrupt, delay and undermine tobacco control legislation in the UK and overseas. Karen is particularly interested in the operation of third-parties acting on behalf of the tobacco industry and the influence such parties have on policy decisions particularly in relation to the illicit tobacco trade. This work is done using a combination of previously secret tobacco industry documents and analysis of contemporary materials including annual reports, investor relations presentations, tobacco industry journals, market research reports, retail and trade press, press coverage, responses to public consultations and information acquired through Freedom of Information legislation.

Karen is a senior editor of - the group's website which provides up to date information on the tobacco industry and its associates. represents a novel form of knowledge exchange between academics at the University of Bath and our stakeholders, such as policy makers and tobacco control advocates.

Research interests

  • Impacts of policy interventions on health behaviours
  • Tobacco industry political activity to oppose health policy
  • Tobacco industry use of the third-party technique
  • Tobacco industry financial interests in e-cigarettes
  • Tobacco industry marketing



Peeters, S. and Evans-Reeves, K., 2017. Worldwide news and comment:Europe: BAT and European Union policy influence- another third party? Tobacco Control, 26 (3), pp. 243-246.

Skinner, A. L., Attwood, A. S., Baddeley, R., Evans-Reeves, K., Bauld, L. and Munafò, M. R., 2016. Forthcoming. Digital phenotyping and the development and delivery of health guidelines and behaviour change interventions. Addiction

Evans-Reeves, K., Hatchard, J., Rowell, A. and Gilmore, A., 2016. Content analysis of tobacco industry data on the illicit tobacco trade in UK newspapers during the standardised packaging debate. Lancet, 388 (S6).

Evans-Reeves, K. A., Hatchard, J. L. and Gilmore, A. B., 2015. “It will harm business and increase illicit trade”:An evaluation of the relevance, quality and transparency of evidence submitted by the tobacco industry to the UK Consultation on standardised packaging 2012. Tobacco Control, 24 (e2).

Rowell, A., Evans-Reeves, K. and Gilmore, A.B., 2014. Tobacco industry manipulation of data on and press coverage of the illicit tobacco trade in the UK. Tobacco Control

Hatchard, J. L., Fooks, G. J., Evans-Reeves, K. A., Ulucanlar, S. and Gilmore, A. B., 2014. A critical evaluation of the volume, relevance and quality of evidence submitted by the tobacco industry to oppose standardised packaging of tobacco products. BMJ Open, 4 (2), e003757.

Fooks, G. J., Peeters, S. and Evans-Reeves, K., 2014. Illicit trade, tobacco industry-funded studies and policy influence in the EU and UK. Tobacco Control, 23 (1), pp. 81-83.

Hatchard, J., Evans-Reeves, K. A., Ulucanlar, S. E., Fooks, G. and Gilmore, A. B. C., 2013. How do corporations use evidence in public health policy making? The case of standardised tobacco packaging. Lancet, 382 (Supplement 3), S42.

Evans-Reeves, K. and Lubbers, E., 2012. resource for industry monitoring. Tobacco Control, 21 (6), p. 526.

Evans, K. and Clifford, D., 2012. UK:Imperial tobacco wrap house of commons magazine in 'plain packaging'. Tobacco Control, 21 (6), p. 525.

Peeters, S. and Evans, K., 2012. Russia:Snus targeted at young & wealthy. Tobacco Control, 21 (5), pp. 456-457.

Evans, K., Sims, M., Judge, K. and Gilmore, A., 2012. Assessing the knowledge of the potential harm to others caused by second-hand smoke and its impact on protective behaviours at home. Journal of Public Health, 34 (2), pp. 183-194.

Conference or Workshop Items

Hatchard, J., Fooks, G., Evans-Reeves, K. A. and Gilmore, A. B. C., 2013. Assessing the evidence base of tobacco industry submissions to public consultations: The case of ‘plain packaging’ of tobacco products in the UK. In: Society for Social Medicine 57th Annual Scientific Meeting, 2013-09-11 - 2013-09-13, Brighton and Sussex Medical School.


Evans, K., 2012. Second-Hand Smoke: The Evolution of Children's Exposure. Thesis (Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)). University of Bath.

Non-academic press

Rowell, A. and Evans-Reeves, K., 2017. It was Big Tobacco, not Trump, that wrote the post-truth rule book. The Conversation

Evans-Reeves, K., Gilmore, A. and Rowell, A., 2016. Industry-funded International Tax and Investment Center responds to criticism by attempting to muddy the waters. BMJ Blogs

Evans-Reeves, K., 2015. Flower shows and festivals: tobacco industry hospitality and MP voting. The Guardian

Evans-Reeves, K. and Rowell, A., 2015. Tobacco industry rallies against illicit trade – but have we forgotten its complicity? The Conversation

Evans-Reeves, K. and Rowell, A., 2015. Unscrupulous methods used by tobacco industry revealed over illicit trade. The Conversation

Evans-Reeves, K., 2014. Plain cigarette packaging:is the government stalling as election approaches? The Conversation

This list was generated on Tue Oct 17 16:04:45 2017 IST.

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