Points of interest

ITS’ comments to the report SOU 2015:6 on proposals for legislation to implement the EU Directive on Tobacco Products.

Mortality attributable to tobacco among men in Sweden and other European countries: an analysis of data in a WHO report.

Death by regulation: the EU ban on low-risk oral tobacco

Clive Bates makes strong arguments for lifting the EU-ban on smokeless tobacco.

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Swedish tobacco experts in double seats

Doctors help to lobby against snus – and for Pfizer’s drugs

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Tom Wikmans

Tom Wikmans, (born 1966), has his background in sociology and political science from Linköping University.

He began his career as a research Manager at the Swedish Labour Market Administration (AMV) conducting studies on individuals with long-term sick leave. He then proceeded to work as a national researcher for the state trial project “SOCSAM”.

In October 2002 he began working at the Research Group for Societal and Information Studies (FSI) and became, in 2004, part owner and head of research. His primary focus has always been health related issues and since 2004 he held a part-time position (fulltime since 2008) focusing on health and tobacco studies. Tom have, since he started working at FSI, had a close collaboration with Lars Ramström at the Institute for Tobacco Studies, ITS. After having co-produced several joint products a common platform for the cooperation was established in terms of TobaccoFindings.org.

As the research field “Health and Tobacco” expanded more undivided attention was required. In April 2014 Tom Wikmans resigned from his position as Executive Vice President and Head of Research at FSI to start LiQuSa-research in May 2014.


Lars M Ramström PhD
Lars M. Ramström (born 1931) started the ITS in 1991 after his retirement from the position as Director General of  NTS, National Smoking and Health Association, a predominantly governmentally funded NGO dealing with scientifically based public information to reduce tobacco-related ill-health.

During his 24 years with the NTS he supplemented his original training in natural sciences by developing a broad competence in tobacco-related aspects of medical, social, economic and other sciences, and he established a global network by engagements in numerous international activities such as the world conferences on smoking or health (secretary general of the 4th one, Stockholm 1979), various WHO expert committees etc.

He is also active in the ICAA, International Council on Alcohol and Addictions, in the roles as Honorary Vice President and Chairperson of the ICAA Section on Tobacco dependence. During the years at ITS he has consolidated his role as researcher and is frequently engaged as reviewer for scientific journals.