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Professor Ann McNeill

Professor of Tobacco Addiction



Tel: 020 7848 0681


Ann McNeill is Professor of Tobacco Addiction in the National Addiction Centre, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN), King’s College London. The focus of Ann’s research is largely on reducing the population level impact of smoking through the application of tobacco control policies and interventions, including harm reduction strategies. Ann has a particular focus on reducing the health inequalities caused by smoking, including the higher levels of smoking in disadvantaged groups such as those with mental health problems.

Nationally, she is a Deputy Director of the UK Centre for Tobacco & Alcohol Studies (UKCTAS), a consortium of 13 universities funded by the UK Public Health Research Centre of Excellence, established in 2008, which aims to deliver an international research and policy development portfolio and build capacity in tobacco and alcohol research (until 2018). Internationally, she has been involved in the International Tobacco Control Policy Evaluation Project (ITC Project), from its inception, and leads the UK arm. She is also a Member of the Royal College of Physicians Tobacco Advisory Group (beginning with contributing to an RCP report in 1992). She is a Thomson Reuters highly cited scientist in the science and social science category and has an established international reputation in tobacco addiction, receiving a World Health Organisation World No Tobacco Day award for contributions to tobacco control in 1998. Ann is interested in any prospective PhD students with an interest in tobacco control research.

A key focus of McNeill’s work is to increase the diversity of our workforce and Ann chairs the Diversity and Inclusion efforts at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience. She fights for equal pay and recognition, and equitable and transparent processes to support researchers, particularly at the early career stage, with protected characteristics. 

Ann is the Deputy Lead for the IoPPN Diversity and Inclusion Self-Assessment Team (SAT) at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience.

Publications 2017

McNeill, A. D., Hitchman, S. C. B., Cummings, M., Yong, H-H., Gravely, S., Borland, R. & Fong, G. Does the regulatory environment for e-cigarettes influence the effectiveness of e-cigarettes for smoking cessation?: Longitudinal findings from the ITC Four Country Survey. Nicotine and Tobacco Research, 2017 April 4. DOI: 

Simonavicius, E., McNeill, A., Arnott, D. & Brose, L. S.  What factors are associated with current smokers using or stopping e-cigarette use? Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 2017 April 1. DOI:

Eastwood, B., Dockrell, M., Arnott, D., Britton, J., Cheeseman, H., Jarvis, M. J. & McNeill, A. D.  Electronic cigarette use in young people in Great Britain 2013-2014. Public Health, 2017 Mar 31. DOI:

Heckman, B. W., Cummings, K. M., Kasza, K. A., Borland, R., Burris, J. L., Fong, G. T., McNeill, A. & Carpenter, M. J.  Effectiveness of Switching Smoking-Cessation Medications Following Relapse. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 2017 Mar 20. DOI:

Brose, L. S., McNeill, A., Arnott, D. & Cheeseman, H.  Restrictions on the use of e-cigarettes in public and private places-current practice and support among adults in Great Britain. European Journal of Public Health, 2017 Feb 4. DOI:

Publications 2016

McNeill, A. D. Nicotine, carcinogen and toxicant exposure in long-term e-cigarette and nicotine replacement therapy users: a cross-sectional study. Annals of Internal Medicine, 2016 Dec 20. DOI:

Bauld, L., McNeill, A. D., Hajek, P., Britton, J. & Dockrell, M.  E-cigarette use in public places: striking the right balance. Tobacco Control, p. 1-3 3 p. 7 2016 Nov. DOI:

Kasza, K. A., Hyland, A. J., Borland, R., McNeill, A., Fong, G. T., Carpenter, M. J., Partos, T. & Cummings, K. M.  Cross-country comparison of smokers' reasons for thinking about quitting over time: findings from the International Tobacco Control Four Country Survey (ITC-4C), 2002–2015. Tobacco Control, p. 1-8 8 p. 26. 2016 Oct. DOI:

Shahab, L., Dobbie, F., Hiscock, R., McNeill, A. D. & Bauld, L.  Prevalence and impact of long-term use of nicotine replacement therapy in UK Stop-Smoking Services: findings from the ELONS study. Nicotine and Tobacco Research, p. 1-23 23 p. 2016 Sept 24. DOI:

Marsh, J., McNeill, A. D., Lewis, S., Coleman, T., Bains, M., Larwood, A., Purdy, J. & Jones, L. L. Protecting children from secondhand smoke: a mixed-methods feasibility study of a novel smoke-free home intervention. Pilot and Feasibility Studies, 2, 53. 2016 Sept 12. DOI:

Szatkowski, L., Taylor, J., Talyor, A., Lewis, S., Britton, J., McNeill, A., Bauld, L., Wu, Q., Parrott, S., Jones, L. & Bains, M.  Development and evaluation of an intervention providing insight into the tobacco industry to prevent smoking uptake: a mixed-methods study. Public Health Research, 4, 9, p. 1-209 209 p. 2016 Sept 1. DOI:

Sheals, K., Tombor, I., McNeill, A. D. & Shahab, L.  A mixed-method systematic review and meta-analysis of mental health professionals’ attitudes toward smoking and smoking cessation among people with mental illnesses. Addiction. 111, 9, p. 1536-1553 18 p. 2016 Sept. DOI:

Taylor, J., Taylor, A., Lewis, S., McNeill, A., Britton, J., Jones, L. L., Bauld, L., Parrott, S., Wu, Q., Szatkowski, L. & Bains, M.  A qualitative evaluation of a novel intervention using insight into tobacco industry tactics to prevent the uptake of smoking in school-aged children. BMC Public Health. 16, p. 539. 2016 July 11. DOI:

McNeill, A. Should clinicians recommend e-cigarettes to their patients who smoke? Yes. Annals of Family Medicine, 14, 4, p. 300-301 2 p. 2016 July1. DOI:

Hopkinson, N. S., Millett, C., Glantz, S., Arnott, D. & McNeill, A.  UK government should fund stop smoking media campaigns not give tax breaks to films with smoking imagery. Addiction. 2016 Jul 1. DOI:

Wadsworth, E., Neale, J., McNeill, A. & Hitchman, S. C.  How and Why Do Smokers Start Using E-Cigarettes?: Qualitative Study of Vapers in London, UK. International Journal of Environmental Research And Public Health. 13, 7, 661. 2016 Jun 30. DOI:

Brose, L. S., Partos, T. R., Hitchman, S. C. & McNeill, A.  Support for e-cigarette policies: a survey of smokers and ex-smokers in Great Britain. Tobacco Control. 2016 Jun 16. DOI:

Thurgood, S. L., McNeill, A., Clark-Carter, D. & Brose, L. S. A systematic review of smoking cessation interventions for adults in substance abuse treatment or recovery. Nicotine and Tobacco Research, 18, 5, p. 993-1001 9 p., ntv172. 2016 May 1. DOI:

Britton, J., Arnott, D., McNeill, A., Hopkinson, N. & Tobacco Advisory Group of the Royal College of Physicians. Nicotine without smoke-putting electronic cigarettes in context. BMJ (Clinical research ed.), 353, i1745. 2016 Apr 27. DOI:

Robson, D., Yates, M., Craig, T. J. K., Healey, A. & McNeill, A. Time to Smoke: Facilitating Smoking Breaks in Mental Health Inpatient Settings. Nicotine and Tobacco Research. 2016 April 16. DOI:

Hitchman, S. C. B., Calder, R. I., Rooke, C. G. & McNeill, A. D. Small Retailers’ Tobacco Sales and Profit Margins in Two Disadvantaged Areas of England. AIMS Public Health, 3, 1, p. 110-115 6 p. 2016 Mar 14. DOI:

McNeill, A., Bauld, L., Birken, M., Hammond, D., Moodie, C., Stead, M., Hitchman, S. & Hartmann-Boyce, J. Tobacco packaging design for preventing tobacco uptake. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. 2016, 2, CD011245. 2016 Feb 26. DOI:

Kuipers, M. A. G., Beard, E., Hitchman, S. C., Brown, J., Stronks, K., Kunst, A. E., McNeill, A. & West, R. Impact on smoking of England's 2012 partial tobacco point of sale display ban: A repeated cross-sectional national study. Tobacco Control. 2016 Feb 22. DOI:


A full list of Ann's publications can be found here.

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