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2017 Press Releases

Review confirms link between drug use and poor dental health

Dental patients with substance use disorders have more tooth decay and periodontal disease than the general population, but are less likely to receive dental care. With drug use increasing by approximately three million new users each year, this is a problem that won't disappear soon.

Current controls on alcohol marketing are not protecting youth, warn public health experts

Leading public health experts warn that youth around the world are exposed to extensive alcohol marketing, and that current controls on that marketing appear ineffective in blocking the association between youth exposure and subsequent drinking.

2016 Press Releases

US and Mexican controls on precursor chemicals may reduce cocaine and methamphetamine use in the US

The USA's 2006 regulation of sodium permanganate and Mexico's 2007 closure of a chemical company accused of illicitly importing pseudoephedrine were associated with large, extended reductions in cocaine users and methamphetamine users in the USA.

New study supports link between alcohol advertising and adolescent drinking

A study has found that exposure to several different types of alcohol marketing is positively associated with the amount and frequency of drinking among adolescents across Europe.

New review concludes that evidence for alcohol causing cancer is strong

A new review of epidemiological evidence supports a causal association between alcohol consumption and cancers at seven sites in the body: oropharynx, larynx, oesophagus, liver, colon, rectum and female breast. This is a stronger statement than the long-recognised association between alcohol and cancer.

UK government should fund media campaigns that promote quitting, not films that promote smoking

A letter from leading international tobacco researchers calls for the UK government to stop subsidising films that they claim promote smoking and spend more on media campaigns that promote quitting.

New study shows a generational shift toward lighter drinking in Australia

Alcohol consumption in Australia has declined steadily during the past decade, with per capita consumption in 2013-14 reaching its lowest level since the early 1960s. A new study shows that the overall decline in drinking is due mainly to less drinking among people in their teens and early twenties.

Prohibition 2016: Assessing the UK's Psychoactive Substances Act

Passed in 2016 in the UK, the Psychoactive Substances Act bans all new psychoactive substances (NPS) except those specifically exempted, such as alcohol and tobacco. The Act has attracted much criticism from scientists and experts. But what better alternative exists?

The trouble with drinking guidelines: What, in the world, is a standard drink?

The controversy over the UK's new safe drinking guidelines revealed how much people within a country can disagree about drinking. It turns out that countries disagree with each other, too.

Take-home naloxone should be an additional standard of care for prevention of heroin overdose deaths

A new study found that take-home naloxone programs reduce overdose mortality and have a low rate of adverse events. The study recommends take-home naloxone as a new standard of care for prevention of heroin overdose deaths.

Nearly half of women who stop smoking during pregnancy go back to smoking soon after baby is born

A major new review reveals that in studies testing the effectiveness of stop-smoking support for pregnant women, nearly half (43%) of the women who managed to stay off cigarettes during the pregnancy went back to smoking within 6 months of the birth.

E-cigarettes are estimated to have helped 16,000-22,000 smokers in England to quit in 2014

Researchers from University College London estimate that use of e-cigarettes produced 16K-22K additional long-term quitters in England in 2014. A long-term quitter is someone who has not smoked for at least one year.

How to measure nicotine delivery from e-cigarettes

A new study evaluated a new method for measuring nicotine delivery from e-cigarettes. The authors propose that this protocol could be adopted by the EU regulators as a method for testing consistency in nicotine delivery from e-cigarettes.

Smokers with depression try to quit more often but find it harder

A survey of 6811 participants from Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the USA found that although depressed smokers tried to quit smoking more often than other smokers, they were more likely to return to smoking within a month.

Improvised naloxone nasal sprays lack evidence of absorption and effect

Top researchers at the National Addiction Centre at King’s College London criticise the extensive use of improvised nasal naloxone kits without testing and without regulatory approval.