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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 producing high quality, accurate information about the effects of healthcare readily available worldwide. 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.


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 systematic reviews are all published online in 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. We have three managing editors, who support the day to day running of the group as well as authoring reviews themselves (Dr Nicola Lindson; Dr Jonathan Livingstone-Banks and Dr Jamie Hartmann-Boyce), and a part-time Information Specialist (Lindsay Stead)

Our co-ordinating editor is Professor Paul Aveyard, University of Oxford. We also have a number of expert editors: 

  • 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 & clinical 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

Dr Thomas Fanshawe provides statistical support

The Cochrane Tobacco Addiction Group celebrated their 20th anniversary in 2016. As part of the celebrations the group received funding from the NIHR School for Primary Care Research to carry out a priority setting project called the Cochrane Tobacco Addiction Group Twentieth Anniversary Priority Setting (CTAG taps) project. To find out more about the project visit our dedicated website pages. The infographic below summarises the key areas identified by the project. We have also written up the whole project and results in a research report and journal article, which you can find by clicking here.

What should tobacco addiction research focus on next?

Infographic: 8 priority themes for tobacco control research

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