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TOPS Video Introduction


The goal of the Tobacco Online Policy Seminar (TOPS) is to provide a free multidisciplinary, international forum for research using experimental or quasi-experimental variation (i.e., a well-defined counterfactual) to study nicotine-tobacco policies, with a particular interest in emerging tobacco products and modified risk tobacco products. This forum is designed to bring together academics, government scientists, students/trainees, funders, healthcare professionals, and advocates, with the goal of breaking silos in tobacco policy research and providing a platform for high-quality research to be discussed and disseminated. The ultimate goal of the forum is to facilitate the production and sharing of knowledge that can be used to develop an effective tobacco policy framework.


TOPS Shedule (from TOPS website)
TOPS Shedule (from TOPS website)


Support or Contact

Contact TOPS by emailing tobpolicy(at)gmail(dot)com or by Twitter 




  • Over the past 10 years, executive board members received funding from the following organizations for tobacco research:
    • Maclean: American Cancer Society, Food and Drug Administration, National Institutes of Health Pesko: American Cancer Society, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institutes of Health, and the University of Kentucky’s Institute for the Study of Free Enterprise
    • Shang: American Heart Association, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Canadian Institutes for Health Research, Food and Drug Administration, National Institutes of Health, Presbyterian Health Foundation, Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust, World Heart Federation
    • White: Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab, Alameda County Public Health Department, American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, Cancer Center UK, Hellman Family Foundation, International Development Research Centre, National Institutes of Health, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (Learn more about RWJF here), UCOP Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program


TOPS Website

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