About Us

The Africa Centre For Tobacco Industry Monitoring And Policy Research is an observatory that offers up-to-date information on activities and developments in the tobacco industry that could have an impact on tobacco control policies.

Based in South Africa, the centre provides industry monitorProf-Olalekan-Ayo-Yusuf-108x150ing across the African continent and evaluates the impact of tobacco control policy. It is hosted and managed by the Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University under the leadership of internationally renowned tobacco control expert Professor Lekan Ayo-Yusuf in association with a network of policy advocates and researchers.

As an observatory, it informs tobacco control academics, policy makers and advocates of the ongoing developments in both the tobacco industry and within the tobacco control community. It also helps to inform the broader public of the issues that plague this issue. This increases public knowledge and creates transparency in tobacco control policy processes in line with the World Health Organisation’s convention on tobacco control.

Ultimately, the centre ensures that the role of African governments in setting and implementing public health policies to combat the tobacco epidemic are not undermined.


Terms and conditions

The Africa Centre for Tobacco Industry Monitoring and Policy Research provides an overview of tobacco control and public health, with a particular focus on the role of the tobacco industry. The making of ATIM was funded by The Union. This funder has had no input into the research or its conclusions. They are not responsible for any content on or the publication of the website, and they do not necessarily endorse any of it.

Although we work to rigorous standards, there is no undertaking by either ATIM or Sefako Makgatho Health Science University that any part of this site is accurate, complete or up to date. You use this site at your own risk, and for guidance only.

None of the authors, contributors, sponsors, administrators, or anyone else connected with ATIM or Sefako Makgatho Health Science University will be responsible for the appearance of any material considered defamatory, offensive, inaccurate, unlawful or misleading, nor will they be responsible for your use of the information contained in these web pages, or the pages ATIM links to.

The centre retains the right to invite and accept contributions at its discretion.


Right of Reply

The centre relies on contributions from third parties to provide information and data in good faith. All content is monitored by the managing editors. There is a Right of Reply procedure to complain about information considered to be misrepresenting any person or organisation at this website. Let us know exactly which information on ATIM you believe is not factually correct, and explain the potential errors it contains.

Please email  info@atim.co.za with as much detail, references and supporting material as possible. We will consider your complaint and – if appropriate – correct the information as soon as possible.  The managing editors of ATIM might ask for additional information and proof. We will also invite the relevant contributing editors to substantiate their original claim(s).