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We produce and help others to produce systematic reviews and meta-analyses of interventions to prevent and treat tobacco addiction. Cochrane is dedicated to making high quality, accurate information about the effects of healthcare readily available worldwide.


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.

2016 is the 20th anniversary of the Cochrane Tobacco Addiction Group.

The work of the group is supported by the UK Department of Health Research & Development Programme.

What should tobacco addiction research focus on next?

Infographic: 8 priority themes for tobacco control research

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