Investigating interventions to reduce tobacco use

Supporting evidence based tobacco control through intelligence, evaluation and research.

The Public Health Institute has undertaken a range of projects to provide policymakers and practitioners with the latest evidence on tobacco control policy and practice.

Original research and reviews of published literature are used to understand a range of topics including tobacco industry denormalisation interventions to reduce tobacco use in young people and the relationship between smoking behaviours and demographics, income, parental smoking, leisure activities and alcohol consumption.

Tobacco control forms a part of other areas of work undertaken by the Public Health Institute including population health surveys.


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Further information:


McGee C., Trigwell J., Murphy R. Porcellato, L., Ussher M., Foweather L., 2015. Influence of family and friend smoking on intentions to smoke and smoking-related attitudes and refusal self-efficacy among 9–10 year old children from deprived neighbourhoods: a cross-sectional study BMC Public Health 15:225.

Hughes K., Bellis M., Hardcastle K., McHale P., Bennett A., Ireland R., Pike K., 2015. Associations between e-cigarette access and smoking and drinking behaviours in teenagers BMC Public Health 15:244.

Bellis M., Hughes K., Leckenby N., Hardcastle K., Perkins C, Lowey H., 2014. Measuring mortality and the burden of adult disease associated with adverse childhood experiences in England: a national survey Journal of Public Health, published online.

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The impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) in Eastern Europe
Professor Mark Bellis, Professor Karen Hughes

Evaluation of the Wirral Health Services in School Programme
Hannah Madden, Lisa Jane Hughes, Dr Hannah Timpson

“Most people I know have got one” – Young people’s perceptions and experiences of electronic cigarettes
Katie Hardcastle, Professor Karen Hughes, Joanne Worsley, Andrew Bennett, Robin Ireland, Suzanne Sweeney

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Alice Rap
What works to address young people’s addictive behaviours? These webpages present a summary of the findings of ALICE-RAP project Workpackage 16 “Adolescents as Customers of Addiction”. The aim of this research was to investigate the range of policies adopted by EU Member States to address addictive behaviours in young people. This included use of alcohol, tobacco, and illegal drugs, and gambling.

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