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Professor Ann McNeill

Professor of Tobacco Addiction



Tel: 020 7848 0681


Ann McNeill is a Professor of Tobacco Addiction in the National Addiction Centre. She is Deputy Director of the UK Centre for Tobacco & Alcohol Studies (UKCTAS, an international consortium of 13 universities funded by the UK Clinical Research Collaboration. Ann graduated from the University of Nottingham with a first class joint honours degree in zoology and psychology and then carried out her PhD at the Institute of Psychiatry, focusing on the development of dependence on smoking. Since that time she has held a variety of academic and public sector posts focusing largely on tobacco control research. Ann has an established international reputation, receiving a World Health Organisation World No Tobacco Day award for contributions to tobacco control in 1998. She has published more than 250 academic papers book chapters, reports and opinion pieces on the subject and her research ranges across prevention, cessation, harm reduction and local, national and international policy. Ann was a co-author of the recent systematic review of tobacco product packaging which underpinned the recent government consultation on plain packaging and has a particular interest in the relationship between smoking, mental health and inequalities. Ann is interested in any PhD students with an interest in all aspects of smoking and tobacco control research.

Ann chairs the Addictions Department’s Athena SWAN Working Group and is Deputy Lead for the Athena Swan Self-Assessment Team at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience.

Publications 2014

Gravely S, Fong GT, Cummings KM, Yan M, Quah ACK, Borland R, Yon H-H, McNeill A, Hitchman SC, Hammond D, Thrasher JF, Willemsen MC, Seo HG, Jiang Y, Cavalcante T, Perez C, Omar M, Hummel K, Nagelhout GE. Awareness, Trial, and Use of Electronic Cigarettes Among 10 Countries: Findings from the ITC Project. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 2014 Nov 13;11(11):11691-704. doi: 10.3390/ijerph111111691.

Yong H-H, Borland R, Balmford J, McNeill A, Hitchman S, Driezen P, Thompson ME, Fong GT, Cummings KM. Trends in e-cigarette awareness, trial, and use under the different regulatory environments of Australia and the UK. Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 2014 Oct 30. pii: ntu231. [Epub ahead of print].

Swift E, Borland R, Cummings KM, Fong GT, McNeill A, Hammond D, Thrasher JF, Partos TR, Young H-H. Australian smokers’ support for plain or standardized packs before and after implementation: Findings from the ITC Four Country Survey. Tobacco Control, 2014 Nov 10. pii: tobaccocontrol-2014-051880. doi: 10.1136/tobaccocontrol-2014-051880. [Epub ahead of print]

Bogdanovica I, Szatkowski L, McNeill A, Spanopoulos D, Britton J. Exposure to point-of-sale displays and changes in susceptibility to smoking: findings from a cohort study of school students. Addiction, 2014 Dec 9. doi: 10.1111/add.12826. [Epub ahead of print].

McNeill A, Guignard R, Beck F, Marteau R, Marteau T. Understanding increases in smoking prevalence: case study from France in comparison with England 2000-2010. Addiction, 2014 Nov 13. doi: 10.1111/add.12789. [Epub ahead of print]

Beard, E., Bruguera, C, McNeill, A., Brown, J., & West, R. The association between extent of NRT use for harm reduction with cigarette consumption and motivation to stop: a national survey of smokers in England. Addictive Behaviors, 2014 Aug 30;40C:33-38. doi: 10.1016/j.addbeh.2014.08.008. [Epub ahead of print]

Richardson S, Langley T, Szatksowski L, Sims M, Gilmore A, McNeill A, Lewis S. How does the emotive content of televised anti-smoking mass media campaigns influence monthly calls to the NHS Stop Smoking helpline in England? Preventive Medicine 2014 Sep 6;69C:43-48. doi: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2014.08.030. [Epub ahead of print]

Raupach T, Al-Harbi G, McNeill A, Bobak A, McEwen A. Smoking cessation education and training in UK medical schools: a national survey. Nicotine & Tobacco Research 2014 Sep 25. pii: ntu199. [Epub ahead of print]

Venn A, Dickinson A, Murray R, Jones L, Li J, Parrott S, McNeill A. Effectiveness of a mobile drop-in stop smoking service in reaching and supporting disadvantaged UK smokers to quit. Tobacco Control 2014 Sep 26. pii: tobaccocontrol-2014-051760. doi: 10.1136/tobaccocontrol-2014-051760. [Epub ahead of print]

Szatkowski L, McNeill A. Diverging trends in smoking behaviours according to mental health status. Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 2014 Sep 1. pii: ntu173. [Epub ahead of print].

McNeill A, Etter J-F, Farsalinos K, Hajek P, le Houezec J, McRobbie P. A critique of a WHO-commissioned report and associated article on electronic cigarettes. Addiction, 2014 Sep 5. doi: 10.1111/add.12730. [Epub ahead of print].

Cookson C, Strang J, Ratschen E, Sutherland G, Finch E, McNeill A. Smoking and its treatment in addiction services: Clients’ and staff behaviour and attitudes. BMC Health Services Research. 2014, 14:304. Available at:

Sims M, Langley T, Lewis S, Richardson S, Szatkowski L, McNeill A, Gilmore AB. Effectiveness of tobacco control television advertisements with different types of emotional content on tobacco use in England, 2004-2010. Tobacco Control. 2014 Jul 18. pii: tobaccocontrol-2013-051454. doi: 10.1136/tobaccocontrol-2013-051454. [Epub ahead of print]

Richardson S, McNeill A, Langley TE, Sims M, Gilmore A, Szatkowski L, Heath R, Fong GT, Lewis S. The impact of televised tobacco control advertising content on campaign recall: Evidence from the International Tobacco Control (ITC) United Kingdom Survey. BMC Public Health. 2014 May 7;14:432. doi: 10.1186/1471-2458-14-432.

Bogdanovica I, Szatkowski L, Britton J, McNeill A. Smoking in cars in England: a study of school students in an English city. BMC Public Health. 2014 Jun 5;14:559. doi: 10.1186/1471-2458-14-559.

Sims, M., Salway, R., Langley, T., Lewis, S., McNeill, A., Szatkowski, L. & Gilmore, A. Effectiveness of tobacco control television advertising in changing tobacco use in England: a population-based cross-sectional study. Addiction 2014;109:986-994

Docherty, G., McNeill, A., Gartner, C. E. & Szatkowski, L Response to Winter: 'Hardcore smoking does not necessarily indicate hardening' Addiction2014;109:682-683.

Nagelhout, G. E., van den Putte, B., Allwright, S., Mons, U., McNeill, A., Guignard, R., Beck, F., Siahpush, M., Joossens, L., Fong, G. T., de Vries, H. & Willemsen, MC. Socioeconomic and country variations in cross-border cigarette purchasing as tobacco tax avoidance strategy. Findings from the ITC Europe Surveys. Tobacco Control 2014;. 23(Suppl 1):i30-i38

Brown J, West R, Beard E, Michie S, Shahab L, McNeill A. Prevalence and characteristics of e-cigarette users in Great Britain: Findings from a general population survey of smokers. Addictive Behaviours 2014;39:1120-5. doi: 10.1016/j.addbeh.2014.03.009. Epub 2014 Mar 12.

Taylor G, McNeill A, Girling A, Farley A, Lindson-Hawley N, Aveyard P. Change in mental health after smoking cessation: systematic review and meta-analysis. BMJ 2014;348:g1151

Sims M, Salway R, Langley T, Lewis S, McNeill A, Szatkowski L, Gilmore AB. Effectiveness of tobacco control television advertising in changing tobacco use in England: a population-based cross-sectional study. Addiction 2014 Jan 28. doi: 10.1111/add.12501. [Epub ahead of print]

Bains M, Venn A, Murray RL, McNeill A, Jones LL. ‘You Just Went In and You Got It All Sorted Straightaway’ – What is the Appeal of a Community-Based Mobile Stop Smoking Service? Journal of Smoking Cessation, available on CJO2014. doi:10.1017/jsc.2013.38. 

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