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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.


2013 publications

Langley T, Szatkowski L, Lewis S, McNeill A, Gilmore AB, Salway R, Sims M. The freeze on mass media campaigns in England: a natural experiment of the impact of tobacco control campaigns on quitting behaviour. Addiction. 2013 Dec 11. doi: 10.1111/add.12448. [Epub ahead of print].

Stead M, Moodie C, Angus K, Bauld L, McNeill A, Thomas J, Hastings G, Hinds K, O'Mara-Eves A, Kwan I, Purves RI, Bryce SL. Is consumer response to plain/standardised tobacco packaging consistent with framework convention on tobacco control guidelines? A systematic review of quantitative studies. PLoS One. 2013 Oct 16;8(10):e75919. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0075919.

Jawad M, McEwen A, McNeill A, Shahab L. The importance of addressing waterpipe tobacco smoking: research and policy responses. Addiction. 2013 Nov;108(11):1887-8. doi: 10.1111/add.12341.

Docherty G, McNeill A, Gartner C, Szatkowski L. Did hardening occur among smokers in England from 2000 to 2010?Addiction. 2013 Sep 17. doi: 10.1111/add.12359. [Epub ahead of print].

Stead M, Jones L, Docherty G, Gough B, Antoniak M, McNeill A. 'No-one actually goes to a shop and buys them do they?': attitudes and behaviours regarding illicit tobacco in a multiply disadvantaged community in England. Addiction. 2013 Dec;108(12):2212-9. doi: 10.1111/add.12332. Epub 2013 Oct 9.

McNeill A, Iringe-Koko B, Bains M, Bauld L, Siggens G, Russell A. Countering the demand for, and supply of, illicit tobacco: an assessment of the 'North of England Tackling Illicit Tobacco for Better Health' Programme. Tob Control. 2013 Aug 28. doi: 10.1136/tobaccocontrol-2013-050957. [Epub ahead of print].

Lyons A, McNeill A, Britton J. Alcohol imagery on popularly viewed television in the UK.J Public Health (Oxf). 2013 Aug 8. [Epub ahead of print].

Langley T, Lewis S, McNeill A, Gilmore A, Szatkowski L, West R, Sims M. Characterizing tobacco control mass media campaigns in England. Addiction. 2013 Nov;108(11):2001-8. doi: 10.1111/add.12293. Epub 2013 Aug 14.

Britton J, McNeill A. Nicotine regulation and tobacco harm reduction in the UK. Lancet. 2013 Jun 1;381(9881):1879-80. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(13)61122-8. No abstract available.

Gough B, Antoniak M, Docherty G, Jones L, Stead M, McNeill A. Smoking, self-regulation and moral positioning: a focus group study with British smokers from a disadvantaged community. Psychol Health. 2013;28(10):1171-91. doi: 10.1080/08870446.2013.799160. Epub 2013 May 28.

Dockrell M, Morrison R, Bauld L, McNeill A. E-cigarettes: prevalence and attitudes in Great Britain. Nicotine Tob Res. 2013 Oct;15(10):1737-44. doi: 10.1093/ntr/ntt057. Epub 2013 May 23.

Nagelhout GE, van den Putte B, Allwright S, Mons U, McNeill A, Guignard R, Beck F, Siahpush M, Joossens L, Fong GT, 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. Tob Control. 2013 Nov 6. doi: 10.1136/tobaccocontrol-2012-050838. [Epub ahead of print].

Beard E, Bruguera C, Brown J, McNeill A, West R. Was the expansion of the marketing license for nicotine replacement therapy in the United Kingdom to include smoking reduction associated with changes in use and incidence of quit attempts? Nicotine Tob Res. 2013 Oct;15(10):1777-81. doi: 10.1093/ntr/ntt044. Epub 2013 Apr 10.

Szatkowski L, McNeill A. The delivery of smoking cessation interventions to primary care patients with mental health problems. Addiction. 2013 Aug;108(8):1487-94. doi: 10.1111/add.12163. Epub 2013 Mar 27.

Atkinson O, Coleman T, McNeill A, Lewis S, Jones LL. The role of nicotine replacement therapy for temporary abstinence in the home to protect children from environmental tobacco smoke exposure: a qualitative study with disadvantaged smokers. BMC Public Health. 2013 Mar 22;13:262. doi: 10.1186/1471-2458-13-262.

Lyons A, McNeill A, Britton J. Tobacco imagery on prime time UK television. Tob Control. 2013 Mar 11. [Epub ahead of print]

Piné-Abata H, McNeill A, Murray R, Bitton A, Rigotti N, Raw M. A survey of tobacco dependence treatment services in 121 countries. Addiction. 2013 Aug;108(8):1476-84. doi: 10.1111/add.12172. Epub 2013 Apr 10.

Spanopoulos D, Britton J, McNeill A, Ratschen E, Szatkowski L. Tobacco display and brand communication at the point of sale: implications for adolescent smoking behaviour. Tob Control. 2014 Jan;23(1):64-9. doi: 10.1136/tobaccocontrol-2012-050765. Epub 2013 Feb 28.

Piné-Abata H, McNeill A, Raw M, Bitton A, Rigotti N, Murray R. A survey of tobacco dependence treatment guidelines in 121 countries. Addiction. 2013 Aug;108(8):1470-5. doi: 10.1111/add.12158. Epub 2013 Apr 22.

Adkison SE, O'Connor RJ, Bansal-Travers M, Hyland A, Borland R, Yong HH, Cummings KM, McNeill A, Thrasher JF, Hammond D, Fong GT. Electronic nicotine delivery systems: international tobacco control four-country survey. Am J Prev Med. 2013 Mar;44(3):207-15. doi: 10.1016/j.amepre.2012.10.018.

Rooke C, McNeill A, Arnott D. Regulatory issues concerning the development and circulation of nicotine-containing products: a qualitative study. Nicotine Tob Res. 2013 Jun;15(6):1052-9. doi: 10.1093/ntr/nts235. Epub 2012 Nov 5.

McNeill A, Munafò MR. Reducing harm from tobacco use. J Psychopharmacol. 2013 Jan;27(1):13-8. doi: 10.1177/0269881112458731. Epub 2012 Oct 3.

Lund KE, McNeill A. Patterns of dual use of snus and cigarettes in a mature snus market. Nicotine Tob Res. 2013 Mar;15(3):678-84. doi: 10.1093/ntr/nts185. Epub 2012 Sep 18.

Kasza KA, Hyland AJ, Borland R, McNeill AD, Bansal-Travers M, Fix BV, Hammond D, Fong GT, Cummings KM. Effectiveness of stop-smoking medications: findings from the International Tobacco Control (ITC) Four Country Survey. Addiction. 2013 Jan;108(1):193-202. doi: 10.1111/j.1360-0443.2012.04009.x. Epub 2012 Aug 14.

Beard E, McNeill A, Aveyard P, Fidler J, Michie S, West R. Association between use of nicotine replacement therapy for harm reduction and smoking cessation: a prospective study of English smokers. Tob Control. 2013 Mar;22(2):118-22. doi: 10.1136/tobaccocontrol-2011-050007. Epub 2011 Dec 1.

Turner J, McNeill A, Coleman T, Bee JL, Agboola S. Feasibility of offering nicotine replacement therapy as a relapse prevention treatment in routine smoking cessation services.BMC Health Serv Res. 2013 Feb 1;13(1):38. [Epub ahead of print].

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