University of Oxford PhD Studentship ~ Developing and testing peer-led interventions to promote switching from smoking to vaping.

Developing and testing peer-led interventions to promote switching from smoking to vaping.

PhD Studentship ~ Closing date: 26th May 2017

Applications are invited from individuals with a strong academic record who wish to develop a career in behavioural or primary care research. The student will join the thriving Health Behaviours team in the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences who are working on range of interventions to support harm reduction and smoking cessation.

The project: The rise in popularity of electronic cigarettes (‘e-cigarettes’) in recent years has been accompanied by a growth in the number of virtual ‘vaper’ communities, with people sharing their advice and experiences of e-cigarettes with peers on internet support groups and discussion forums, many of which address ways of reducing or stopping smoking. The rise of peer to peer support is unique to e-cigarettes; no other means of stopping or reducing smoking attracts such passionate engagement from members of the public. This raises the possibility that we could better harness this peer support to enable more people to reduce or stop smoking using e-cigarettes and this project examines this. Continue reading

Have your say: What should Tobacco Addiction Research focus on next?

Are there any questions in tobacco control you would like to see answered?

The Cochrane Tobacco Addiction Group would like to ask you where you would like to see further research, or where you feel that there is still uncertainty about ways to prevent or treat tobacco addiction. The prioritisation survey will be the first of its kind to identify pressing unanswered questions about the prevention and treatment of tobacco addiction.


Your questions can be in any order of importance, and they can be about policies or interventions for smoking tobacco, smokeless tobacco (e.g. snus, chewing tobacco) or waterpipe tobacco use (e.g. hookah, shisha).

The views gathered in this survey will be published in a reputable journal, and will be used to inform the future research priorities for the entire tobacco addiction research community.

Find out more about the project here.

Complete the online survey to see your questions answered!


2016 is the 20th anniversary of the Cochrane Tobacco Addiction Group.
The Cochrane Tobacco Addiction Group forms part of The Cochrane Collaboration, an international not-for-profit and independent organisation which produces and disseminates systematic reviews of healthcare interventions and promotes the search for evidence in the form of clinical trials and other studies of interventions. The major product of the Collaboration is the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews which is published monthly as part of The Cochrane Library.
The Tobacco Addiction Group reviews the evidence on interventions to prevent and treat tobacco addiction.  We include interventions for smoking cessation, for preventing uptake, and public policy interventions to reduce smoking prevalence. We also provide editorial support for a limited number of reviews that do not fit the remit of other Cochrane Review Groups.
The co-ordinating editor is Dr Tim Lancaster, Reader in Primary Health Care, University of Oxford. The other editors of the group are Professor Robert West, Cancer Research UK Health Behaviour Unit, Dr Paul Aveyard, University of Oxford and Professor John Hughes, University of Vermont.
The work of the group is supported by the UK Department of Health Research & Development Programme.

20th anniversary of Cochrane Tobacco Addiction Group! @CochraneTAG


The Cochrane Tobacco Addiction Group (TAG) was founded in 1996, making 2016 their 20th anniversary!!

To hear more about the history of the Cochrane Group Click here!

The group will be using this year to look back on the last twenty; by highlighting their achievements, holding various promotional events and planning for the future! 

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“More specifically our plans for 2016 are:

  • To disseminate our work and achievements more through blog posts, other social media, journal editorials and promotion at conferences.

  • We are putting together a programme of conference promotion & dissemination. For more information on what we are getting up to and the outcomes click here.
  • We are happy to announce that we have won funding from the NIHR School for Primary Care Research to carry out a project called CTAG taps. CTAG taps stands for Cochrane TAG twentieth anniversary priority setting project. For more information about this project, which will run throughout 2016 please click here
  • A one day priority setting workshop at the University of Oxford on Friday 17th June 2016. This workshop is part of the CTAG taps project and will bring together tobacco control experts across research, policy making, commissioning, clinical practice and the public. The aim of the workshop is to celebrate and publicise the work of the group so far,  but most importantly to help guide the aims of Cochrane TAG so our reviews meet a wide range of needs, are relevant to current trends in smoking, and therefore create the highest possible impact, whilst guarding against research wastage. For more information on our workshop please click here

Click here for more information and to keep up to date with Cochrane’s 20 year anniversary!

Promoting Evidence Based Practice at UKNSCC 2015 by Nicola Lindson-Hawley

Nicola Lindson-Hawley – Managing Editor for the Cochrane Tobacco Addiction Group, University of Oxford

Earlier this month (11th – 12th June) I attended the UK Nicotine and Smoking Cessation Conference (UKNSCC) 2015 in Manchester to promote the Cochrane Tobacco Addiction Review Group (TAG). The Cochrane TAG team support authors to identify relevant clinical trial evidence to answer research questions regarding the efficacy of smoking prevention and cessation interventions, and synthesise this into a literature review, and meta-analysis if possible. So far the group have over 70 reviews, which can be found here: Many of the attendees at UKNSCC are smoking cessation service providers and counselors who are one of the key audiences for these reviews, so that they can use the findings to support their clinical practice and ensure that they are using the most efficacious evidence based methods. Conference attendees visiting the Cochrane stand were able to take away two page summaries of five of our reviews on pharmacological treatments, combination behavioral and pharmacological support, the prevention of weight gain after stopping smoking, reduction versus abrupt quitting and electronic cigarettes.

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Whilst at the conference I also attended lots of interesting sessions and there were plenaries by UKCTAS members Robert West, Linda Bauld and Andy McEwan.  There was (perhaps non-surprisingly) a large emphasis on electronic cigarettes at the conference and it was great to get the perspective of an avid vaper- Lorien Jollye- in the session ‘What we’ve learnt from service users who vape’.   Another highlight was hearing Deborah Arnott of Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) discussing their very recently published report, ‘Smoking Still Kills’. The aim of the report is to keep tobacco issues high on the public health agenda. Deborah reported that on the day the report was published (10/06/2015) shares in tobacco companies fell. Now, that’s impact! One of the key proposals made is that tobacco companies should be made to pay a levy on all their profits to contribute to the cost of the harm caused by their industry. Click here for more information.

UKNSCC provided a great opportunity to get the findings of our reviews out there to the people who matter most- those actually implementing the interventions we investigate- whilst also giving me the time to get up to date with what is going on in the practical world of smoking cessation support.

If you’d like a copy of any of the summaries we created for UKNSCC 2015 please email me at, and for more information about Cochrane TAG and our reviews keep up to date on Twitter @CochraneTAG.