Tong Pei

Graduate Teaching Assistant
Department of Government
Postgraduate Research Student
Department of Sociology
 Tong Pei


Ask me about
  • China study
  • Experience of smoking
  • E-cigarettes use
  • Global tobacco control policy
  • Qualitative research methods


I was born in Tianjin, a coastal city in the northeast China. After four years undergraduate study in law in China, I chose to study abroad. I did my master at the University of York, UK. My master thesis looks at cigarette smuggling in China. This interest led me to continue my research and to explore tobacco use from both macro and micro level. My present research looks at Chinese young adults cigarette smoking trajectory and their attitudes towards the effectiveness of tobacco control policy in China. In particular, I focus on the history of tobacco use and reasons behind the huge gender gap in smoking prevalence in China. I also look at young adults experience and understanding of e-cigarettes use. Conference paper: A qualitative study of how Chinese young people understand smoking behaviour in gender, roundtables presentation at 112th American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Montreal, Canada, 14 August 2017. The experiences of young smokers and non-smokers: motivation and attitudes towards tobacco control policy in China presentation at 11 Asia-Pacific Conference on Tobacco or Health Conference, Beijing, China, 15 September 2016. Tobacco or health: smoking prevalence in Mainland China and global tobacco control strategies, presentation at 28th Graduate Conference, Department of Sociology, University of Essex, UK, 18 February 2016.


  • M.A. in Comparative and International Social Policy University of York, UK (2015)

  • B.A. in Law Hunan University, China (2013)

Research and professional activities


Chinese young adults smoking behaviour and their attitudes towards tobacco control policy in China



Colchester Campus

Working pattern:

Office: 5A. 311