The CTCR was established by The Cancer Research Campaign (now Cancer Research UK) in 1999. As tobacco is the largest preventable cause of cancer death, tobacco control, based on sound research, is a priority for Cancer Research UK. Ensuring that children are not lured into smoking by clever promotional techniques is the key to preventing these avoidable deaths in the future. The Centre for Tobacco Control Research is part of the Institute for Social Marketing.
Stirling is one of 13 universities which forms the UK Centre for Tobacco and Alcohol Studies (UKCTAS), a Centre for Public Health Excellence funded by the UK Clinical Research Collaboration.