Smoke Free South West pays a Dutch private detective agency to spy on anti tobacco control

The risque acronym Citizens United against Nannying Tyrants has some outstanding research on It’s raison-d’etre is:

“Editorial Oversight

TobaccoTactics is a project of the Tobacco Control Research Group at the Department for Health at the University of Bath and is overseen by two managing editors, Eveline Lubbers and Andrew Rowell. TobaccoTactics has a policy of Strict Referencing. ”

It is headed up by Professor Anna Gilmore of Bath University. The funding is by:

Disclaimer. Some of the research for TobaccoTactics was funded by Cancer Research UK Limited and Smokefree South West. These funders have had no input into the research reported on this website or its conclusions. They are not responsible for the content or the publication, nor do they necessarily endorse it. Published by the University of Bath. Read the General Disclaimer. ”

Smoke Free South West are funded by the the National Health Service (NHS) and by implication the taxpayer.

Eveline Lubbers who is Dutch and Andrew Rowell are the editors as I have mentioned above and both have a background in investigative journalism, especially for front groups. An example of their collaboration is in this article in The Guardian.

“NGOs and BBC targeted by Shell PR machine in wake of Saro-Wiwa death.

Secret documents reveal the oil giant’s crisis management strategy following the execution of the Nigerian activist”

On Amazon one can buy Ms Lubbers’ book “Battling Big Business.

“After big business suffered several spectacular media defeats, from the Mclibel suit where McDonalds won the suit but lost the war, to Monsanto’s underestimation of resistance to genetically modified organisms, corporations are fighting back. Hard. From surveillance to legal suits, from lobbyists crafting laws to PR groups’ greenwashing crimes Battling Big Business reveals how corporate giants attempt to control their “enemies”—and how groups and individuals can fight back.

Contributors include Naomi Klein, George Monbiot, Sharon Beder, Andy Rowell and Eveline Lubbers.

Eveline Lubbers is an investigative reporter and activist living in Amsterdam. She co-founded the Jansen & Janssen Bureau to monitor police and secret services. She has produced books on corporate intelligence and PR strategies of multinationals against their critics, subjects mainly in Dutch. Her works can be found at Evel’s Writing, and the work of the Bureau at ”

I see Andy Rowell has popped up again as a contributor. is a private detective agency based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.  What is particularly interesting is that is hosted by Buro Jansen & Janssen. Incidentally Jansen and Janssen are the fictional and bumbling detectives from the comic strip Tin Tin. Thanks to Pluseek Lin for

going to and finding this out.

So we have taxpayer’s money being spent on foreign detective agencies to spy on people who are pro-choice on smoking and anti tobacco control. I think at the very least the public should know how much money is being paid to host this site.

To be fair is does seem well researched and generally accurate. It is no doubt in response to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) 5.3 clause which specifically excludes tobacco companies from any consultation process in government policy. Like children who think there are monsters in the wardrobe, anyone who agrees in the most part or partially have to be in the pay of Big Tobacco too.

They seem to have included a number groups and people.

Politicians “[who] may have a soft spot for Big Tobacco include: Earl Howe, Ken Clarke, Crispin Blunt, Brian Binley and Priti Patel.

Lobby Groups include: The Taxpayers Alliance, The Freedom Association, Big Brother Watch, National Federation of Retail Newsagents, Commonwealth Business Council, and British Brands Group.

Pro Tobacco bloggers: Simon Clark, Dick Puddlecote, Chris Snowdon,Dave Atherton, Carl V. Phillips, Tim Haigh, John Luik, Frank Davis, Anonymous Tobacco Troll

Libertarians:Adam Smith Institute, Alex Deane, Josie Appleton, Patrick Basham, David Bowden, Martin Cullip, Suzy Dean, Donna Edmunds, Matthew Elliott, Fraser Institute, Shane Frith, Angela Harbutt, Dennis Hayes, Simon Hills, Institute of Ideas, Liberal Vision, Libertarians, Liberty League, Mark Littlewood, Manifesto Club, Nurses for Reform, Patrick Hayes, Dick Puddlecote, Simon Richards, Jason Smith, Christopher Snowdon, Spiked, The Campaign Against Tobacco Control Funding, The Free Society, The Freedom Association, Tim Evans

That is a lot of people, how the tobacco control movement sleeps at night I do not know. So many people think they are wrong.

In conclusion I can see some Freedom of Information requests going out and will look forward to posting the results.


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7 Responses to Smoke Free South West pays a Dutch private detective agency to spy on anti tobacco control

  1. lysistratatheoriginal says:

    Useful and timely article, Dave, and I agree, h/t to Citizens United…

    The odd thing is that Eveline Lubbers and her buro would normally have been firmly on our side against the Big Tobacco Control industry: her whole history and background point to that. She would have made an excellent and highly professional researcher and supporter for our side.

    However, such is the stranglehold of the anti-smoking meme that it is now seen as radical and progressive to oppose freedom of choice: that is how the junk science about SHS came to be accepted.


  2. More to the point is the fact that TC have unlimited financial resources and could therefore outbid anything anti TC organisations could afford! Eveline Lubbers will simply go to the best paymaster!

  3. John Gray says:

    As for the disclaimer, most disclaimers aren’t worth the paper they’re written on.

  4. I don’ think CRUK will be happy to be associated with this.

  5. Kris says:

    Carl Phillips a pro-tobacco blogger?
    Must have been some investigation.

  6. james101 says:

    Has the smoking ban and tobacco control industry brought declining rates of smoking to a stop?

  7. Somehow I missed this blog entry when it came out. What catches my eye is this:

    ” **SOME OF** the research for TobaccoTactics was funded by Cancer Research UK Limited and Smokefree South West. ”

    OK, but what about the REST of the research for TT? And what about the rest of the writing, typing, editing, webmeistering, site-hosting, etc etc etc?


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