Tobacco Advisory Group

The Cancer Research UK Tobacco Advisory Group (TAG) is a funding and policy-setting committee focussing on several key priority tobacco policy areas. Through the TAG, Cancer Research UK aims to complement its policy and campaigning work by funding related projects and research, as well as other work of national and international significance.

Research areas

TAG supports research, organisations and partnerships. The committee currently funds two main areas of national tobacco work — policy research and policy campaigning/advocacy activities.

A small amount of support is given to health promotion research and interventions.

In early 2015 we consulted on important topics and gaps in e-cigarette research. Read about the outcomes and next steps in the summary report (PDF; 654 KB).

How proposals are judged

The Committee meets twice a year and assesses applications on the basis of scientific excellence and potential impact on policy and practice.


Chair of the Tobacco Advisory Group

Professor Paul Aveyard

Department for Primary Health Care Services, University of Oxford

Vice-chair of Tobacco Advisory Group


Professor Jeff Collin - School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh

Mr Ian Gray - Chartered Institute of Environmental Health

Ms Fleur van Bladeren - Dutch Cancer Society

Professor Michael Ussher - St George's London

Mr Martin Dockrell - Public Health England

Professor Sarah Lewis - University of Nottingham

Professor Linda Bauld - CRUK Cancer Prevention Champion

Contact for this group

Becky Wise OR;

Tel: +44 (0) 20 3469 8164