Marcus Munafò

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Positions held

  • 1999 - 2005 - Research Fellow, Department of Clinical Pharmacology, University of Oxford [1]
  • 2004 - 2005 - Visiting Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania [1]
  • 2005 - 2007 - Lecturer, Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Bristol [1]
  • 2007 - 2010 - Reader in Biological Psychology, Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Bristol [1]
  • 2010 - present - Professor of Biological Psychology, School of Experimental Psychology, University of Bristol [1]


MA(Oxon), MSc, PhD(Soton) (The actual subjects don't appear to be listed anywhere)[2]


Lecture given on 8th Feb 2012

"When one man dies it is a tragedy, when thousands die it is statistics." The case for tobacco control.

Tobacco continues to be the single greatest preventable cause of death and disease in developed countries, but despite this people continue to smoke.


I will discuss population level tobacco control efforts, including taxation and restrictions on branding and point-of-sale displays. What is the evidence that these work, and is it true, for example, that tax revenues on tobacco outweigh the costs of tobacco-related disease to the health service? Finally, I will conclude by suggesting that it is not necessarily tobacco use in general which should be a major concern, but cigarette smoking in particular, as the most harmful form of tobacco use by far.[3]

Conflicts of interest