The Centre for Tobacco Control Research (CTCR) is based within Social and
Community Health at The University of Auckland’s School of Population Health.
The centre was launched in March 2006 following on from a project to develop a
consolidated national research strategy for tobacco control.
The Centre for Tobacco Control Research (CTCR) is dedicated to tobacco control
research in New Zealand that:
- strengthens tobacco control research capacity and expertise particularly for
Māori and Pacific communities
- conducts relevant research to establish which interventions are the most
effective for reducing the harm caused by tobacco
- disseminates research and shares information at appropriate hui and fora
- supports the implementation of the tobacco control research strategy.
What makes the centre unique?
“Unquestionably, Auckland leads the country in making cigarettes history. Fewer
than 20% of Aucklanders smoke. Leading the thinking on new ways to reduce
smoking, The University of Auckland, through CTCR, is working with the
community, while CTRU [Clinical Trials Research Unit] is testing better
alternative products for eventual sale to smokers,” says Dr Laugesen, a founding
member of CTCR.
CTCR is the only research centre dedicated to tobacco control research in New
Zealand. The centre provides a nurturing environment for emerging researchers
(particularly Māori and Pacific) to embark on an academic career which is
dedicated to improving the health of all New Zealanders. It does this through
producing quality research, by highlighting the most effective interventions,
and by disseminating information that contributes to the tobacco control
Our mission: To be a Centre of Excellence for tobacco control
Our vision: Research towards a Smokefree New Zealand.
- Mana motuhake - Independence and autonomy – all research is independent
of any vested interests and expressly excludes any involvement with or for the
- Mahi pono - Honesty and integrity – able to be trusted, truthful in
words and actions.
- Mahi tahi ā mahi ngatahi - Cooperation and collaboration – between
researchers, funders and users of tobacco control research.
- Manaaki ē whakapono - Respect and trust – which will enable the centre
to take on a leadership role as a Centre of Excellence for tobacco control
- Auahi kore kaingākau - Smokefree commitment – all researchers and staff
are smokefree in practice.
- to reduce morbidity and mortality caused by tobacco smoking and exposure to
- to reduce the disproportionately high Māori and Pacific smoking prevalence
- to build on the existing tobacco control knowledge base by implementing research
in priority areas
- to strengthen the tobacco control infrastructure for a sustainable tobacco
control research workforce
- to maintain a network of collegial and collaborative relationships among tobacco
control researchers within NZ and overseas
- to ensure a partnership with and the participation of Māori to address health
Postgraduate Special Topic:
POPLHLTH 753 - Tobacco Control for New Zealand(73.1KB PDF)
Quarterly seminars on latest tobacco control research and related developments