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2016 Press Releases

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.

2015 Press Releases

New study finds financial incentives to help pregnant women stop smoking are highly cost-effective

A cost-effectiveness analysis of financial incentives to help pregnant women stop smoking found that financial incentives are highly cost-effective, with an incremental cost-effectiveness ratio (ICER) of £482 ($734) per quality-adjusted life year (QALY), which is well below recommended thresholds in high income countries.

The alcohol industry is not meeting its'Responsibility Deal' labelling pledges

A new study from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine has found that the signatories to the Public Health Responsibility Deal alcohol labelling pledge are not fully meeting their pledge. Labelling information frequently falls short of best practice.

The drug situation in Europe: Opioid misuse continues to dominate the picture

The European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA)'s summary of the most important findings from its annual report of the latest data available on drug demand and drug supply in all 28 EU Member States plus Norway and Turkey.

UK drinking guidelines are a poor fit with Britain's heavy drinking habits

The UK government’s current alcohol guidelines are unrealistic and largely ignored because they have little relevance to people’s drinking habits, according to a new report by the Sheffield Alcohol Research Group (SARG) in collaboration with the University of Stirling.

Every country in the world can afford to support its smokers to stop

A major new review offers a new tool to help governments and healthcare administrators calculate the cost – and affordability – of stop smoking treatments.

Progressively reducing the nicotine content of cigarettes may not lead smokers to quit

New research shows that reducing the nicotine content of cigarettes may not be enough to eliminate smoking dependence.

Children's exposure to second-hand smoke in England has dropped 80% since 1998

A new study found that in England, children's exposure to second-hand smoke has declined by approximately 80% since 1998. The proportion of children living in a home reported to be smoke-free increased from 63% in 1998 to 87.3% in 2012.

New study challenges claims on aldehyde contentof third generation e-cigarettes

Third generation e-cigarettes can produce high levels of aldehydes, but only under extreme conditions which human smokers can be expected to avoid because of the immediate unpleasant sensory effects.

A sobering thought: One billion smokers and 240 million people with alcohol use disorder worldwide

Almost 5% of the world’s adult population (240 million people) have an alcohol use disorder and more than 20% (1 billion people) smoke tobacco. For comparison, the number of people injecting drugs is estimated at around 15 million worldwide.

The more friends you drink with ... the more you drink

Sometimes it is useful to show in a well conducted study something which one suspects could well be true. This new study shows that alcohol consumption of individuals appears to increase with the number of friends in their drinking group.

The growing evidence on standardised packaging of tobacco products

Announcing a collection of peer-reviewed research papers and commentaries that bring together key parts of the evidence base for standardised packaging of tobacco products from 2008 to 2015.

Plain packaging reduces 'cigarette-seeking' response by almost a tenth, says study

Plain tobacco packaging may reduce the likelihood of smokers seeking to obtain cigarettes by almost 10% compared to branded packs, according to research from the Universities of Exeter and Bristol.