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 focus on emerging tobacco products and modified risk tobacco products.
Anyone may nominate papers or people for TOPS presentations. At this time, we currently only accept submissions from presenters with a primary (and active) affiliation at a college/university, research center, or government agency, and research that is not funded by the tobacco industry, foundations or consulting organizations they support, or tobacco advocacy organizations. The tobacco industry refers to any entity that manufactures, distributes, or sells tobacco products, including any parent, affiliate, branch, or subsidiary. A tobacco advocacy organization is a not-for-profit, non-governmental organization that uses litigation, lobbying, or public education to influence public policy regarding tobacco products.
TOPS values nominations from all, but we also strive to create a diverse seminar series (e.g., race/ethnicity, gender, LGBTQ, nation, academic discipline, professional rank). For a given paper that involves multiple co-authors, please consider nominating a co-author who helps our seminar series to achieve its diversity goals to be the presenter.