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Latest Press Releases

Addiction publishes press releases throughout the year.  Please see the date-sorted list below for more information, and consult our archive for older press releases.

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

12 November 2015

The scientific journal Addiction has today published the first cost-effectiveness analysis of financial incentives to help pregnant women stop smoking. The report 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

16 October 2015

A new study from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, published online today in the journal Addiction, 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, with fonts and logos smaller than would be accepted on other products with health effects.

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

01 October 2015

The European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) produces an annual report of the latest data available on drug demand and drug supply in all 28 EU Member States plus Norway and Turkey, available at The scientific journal Addiction has today published the EMCDDA's summary of the most important findings from that report.

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

05 August 2015

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

30 July 2015

That is the conclusion of a major new review, written by leading world experts and published in the medical journal, Addiction. The review examined a wide range of measures that healthcare systems in different countries can adopt to help smokers to stop. It reviewed how effective they are and how much they cost, and offers a new tool to help governments and healthcare administrators calculate the cost - and affordability1 - of stop smoking treatments.

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

22 July 2015

New research published today in the scientific journal Addiction shows that simply 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

11 June 2015

A new study published today by the scientific journal Addiction finds that in England, children's exposure to second-hand smoke has declined by approximately 80% since 1998.

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

21 May 2015

In January 2015 a report published as a research letter to the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) (1) found that a 3rd generation e-cigarette (an e-cigarette with variable power settings) set to the maximum power and long puff duration generated levels of formaldehyde that, if inhaled in this way throughout the day, would several times exceed formaldehyde levels that smokers get from cigarettes. A new study published online today in the scientific journal Addiction concludes that 3rd generation e-cigarettes can indeed 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

12 May 2015

A new study published today in the journal Addiction has compiled the best, most up-to-date evidence on addictive disorders globally. It shows that 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. Getting good data on other drugs such as heroin and cannabis is much more difficult but 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

03 March 2015

Sometimes it is useful to show in a well conducted study something which one suspects could well be true. A new study published today by the scientific journal Addiction shows that alcohol consumption of individuals appears to increase with the number of friends in their drinking group. The impact of drinking group size on alcohol use is stronger for men than women.