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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 Cochrane, 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. Cochrane's major product 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 Professor Paul Aveyard, University of Oxford. The other editors of the group are: 

Professor Robert West (Tobacco specialist editor), Professor of Health Psychology, UCL & Director of Tobacco Studies at the Cancer Research UK Health Behaviour Unit

Professor Tim Coleman (Tobacco specialist editor), Professor of Primary Care, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences, University of Nottingham

Dr Jodi Prochaska (Tobacco specialist editor), Associate Professor of Medicine, Stanford Prvention Research Center, Stanford University

Dr Jamie Brown (Tobacco specialist editor), Principal Research Associate, Clinical, Educational, and Health Psychology, University College London

Professor Rafael Perera (Statistical editor), Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, University of Oxford

Dr Kamal Mahtani (Clinical editor), Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, University of Oxford

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

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) is the largest single funder of the Cochrane Tobacco Addiction Group and provides core funding for the Editorial Base. 

What should tobacco addiction research focus on next?

Infographic: 8 priority themes for tobacco control research

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