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2023 Press Releases

Leading addiction researchers denounce Australia’s NHMRC statement on e-cigarettes

Eleven top international addiction scientists argue that the 2022 statement on e-cigarettes issued by Australia’s peak health and medical body, the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), fails to meet the high scientific standard expected of a leading national scientific body.

When alcohol becomes cheaper, abortions and adverse birth outcomes increase, new research shows

When Finnish policymakers cut taxes on alcohol and made importing alcohol easier, rates of abortion, pre-term birth, and low birthweight all rose.

2022 Press Releases

The Affordable Care Act linked to reduced smoking among US adults with mental health and substance use disorders

A new study has found that increased health insurance coverage and improved smoking outcomes for US adults with mental health and substance use disorders appear to be linked.

Legalizing recreational cannabis in the U.S. has increased frequency of use by 20%

A new study has found that the legalization of recreational cannabis in U.S. states appears to have caused a 20% average increase in cannabis use frequency in those states.

New research identifies a simple trick that may reduce drinking

A new study has found that households in the United Kingdom consumed about 6.5% less wine when drinking from smaller (290 ml) glasses than from larger (350 ml) glasses.

Over 10 million adults have sought help for problem gambling

A new systematic review published today by the scientific journal Addiction has found that, globally, around one in every 400 adults (0.23% of the current general adult population) has sought help for gambling problems, either during the past 12 months or at some point in their lifetime.

Residents of US states that legalize recreational cannabis are more likely to start using the drug

A new study of more than 20,000 Americans has found that once a state legalizes recreational cannabis, state residents are more likely to start using the drug.

New study finds global adolecent vaping is low

A new study has found that approximately 8.6% of adolescents reported using e-cigarettes (vaping) in the past 30 days, but only 1.7% engaged in frequent vaping. This suggests most adolescents who vape are experimenting but not making it a habit.

New brain stimulation treatments help smokers quit

A new systematic review has found that non-invasive brain stimulation (NIBS) may improve smoking abstinence rates 3 to 6 months after quitting, compared with sham brain stimulation.

Smoking during pregnancy may not cause ADHD in children after all

A new systematic review and meta-analysis shows that maternal prenatal smoking is associated with offspring attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) but is unlikely to be the cause of it.

Young people’s e-cigarette use is not a substantial gateway to regular smoking

The prevalence of e-cigarette use in England among young adults between 2007 and 2018 did not appear to be associated with substantial increases or decreases in the prevalence of smoking uptake.

Combined cannabis and alcohol use make driving particularly dangerous

New research has found that cannabis combined with alcohol is more detrimental to driving performance than either used in isolation.

Cannabis use produces persistent cognitive impairments

A systematic review has found that cannabis use leads to acute cognitive impairments that may continue beyond the period of intoxication.

No convincing scientific evidence that hangover cures work, according to new research

A new systematic review has found only very low-quality evidence that substances claiming to treat or prevent alcohol-induced hangover work.

2021 Press Releases

Black smokers can quit with a smartphone app

The iCanQuit smartphone application was more effective than a more conventional smartphone application (QuitGuide) at getting Black US adults who smoke to quit and remain abstinent over 12 months.