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Dr John Lauterbach

Dr Lauterbach is a leading expert in the chemistry and toxicology of tobacco products and tobacco smoke who was, in April 2010, appointed to the Food and Drug Administration’s Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee.

Dr Lauterbach is a diplomate of the American Board of Toxicology and certified in general toxicology. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, a chartered scientist, and a chartered chemist. Prior to starting his own company, Lauterbach & Associates LLC, in 2004, Dr Lauterbach had been with Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corporation for twenty-four years, where he held senior positions in research and development. 



Shane MacGuill

Shane is Senior Head of Tobacco Research at Euromonitor International, the world’s leading provider of global consumer market intelligence.

Euromonitor, which co-operates exclusively with Tobacco Journal International, has a world-wide network of over 600 market analysts, researchers and consultants. They specialise in researching global consumer markets and undertaking bespoke consultancy projects in industrial, high-tech, business-to-business and service industries.

Sophie Bullen

Having been part of TJI's editorial team for a number of years, Sophie has written widely on all trends, regulations and developments in the tobacco industry. Sophie completed her Masters degree in English Literature at Oxford University in 2013 and is currently working towards a PhD. Sophie's background includes writing both website content and blog articles on a variety of subjects.

Maxim Korolev

Maxim Korolev is the publisher of Russian Tobacco Media Group, an industrial news agency providing reports, conferences, tobacco market analysis and statistics, and other information services for the tobacco industry.

Russian Tobacco and the online portal of the same name aggregate, verify, and disseminate specialised information with focus on the Russian, CIS and Eastern Europe tobacco industry. The English version of the Russian Tobacco portal ( which went online in 2010 contains translations of key articles.

Dr Terry Mabett

A consultant and journalist in the production, storage and processing of tropical crop commodities, including tobacco, Dr Mabett has wide experience of research and development throughout the tropics in West Africa, India, South East Asia and the West Indies.

His particular areas of expertise, on which he is writing this exclusive series for TJI, are pest, disease and weed control, plant nutrition, post harvest storage and processing.