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Dr Leonie Brose
Dr Leonie Brose

Dr Leonie Brose

Reader in Addiction Education and Nicotine Research

Research interests

  • Mental Health

Biography

Leonie Brose joined the National Addiction Centre, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) at King’s in 2013, having previously worked at the National Centre for Smoking Cessation and Training (NCSCT) and University College London. Leonie received her PhD from Royal Holloway, University of London.

Leonie has conducted research into smoking cessation in clinical practice, its effectiveness and ways to improve it. Currently, one area of research is smoking and mental health, the area of her Cancer Research UK Fellowship 2015-2018.

A second area of research is vaping (e-cigarettes); the Nicotine Research Group has been conducting a unique longitudinal survey since 2012. Leonie is a co-author of several reports on e-cigarettes commissioned by Public Health England.

Research Interests

  • Smoking cessation 
  • Smoking and mental health  
  • Vaping/ e-cigarettes  
  • Tobacco control 

Teaching

Leonie is Programme Lead for the MSc Addiction Studies and local academic lead for the International Programme in Addiction Studies (IPAS).

Expertise and Public Engagement

Leonie is Associate Editor for the journals Addiction and Nicotine & Tobacco Research. She is a member of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco (SRNT) and co-chaired its Treatment Research Network Advisory Committee from 2017-2019.

    Research

    Cigarette
    Nicotine Research Group

    Our research is translational, collaborative, impactful and truly international, and you can find out more about the various areas of our work via the project links below.

    stop-smoking-stock-image
    Harm Reduction

    Aiming to reduce the harmfulness of nicotine use for those who wish to continue using it, or those who cannot stop smoking.

    Project status: Ongoing

    vulnerability
    Vulnerable Populations

    Smoking is much more common among vulnerable populations in society. We have a number of projects which aim to reduce smoking among these vulnerable populations

    Project status: Ongoing

    Mental Health Inequalities (SPECTRUM): Disrupting the relationship between mental health, stigma and unhealthy commodities

    SPECTRUM Work Package 7: Disrupting the relationship between mental health, stigma and unhealthy commodities

    Project status: Ongoing

    Vaping evidence reviews for Public Health England

    The NRG leads the annual reviews of the evidence on e-cigarettes commissioned by Public Health England (now Office for Health Improvement and Disparities).

    Project status: Ongoing

    Biomarker
    Vaping and smoking among people aged 16-19 in England

    An NIHR funded study comparing toxicant and nicotine exposure among youth who vape with youth who smoke, youth who vape and smoke, and youth who do neither.

    Project status: Ongoing

    Prevalence and patterns of vaping non-nicotine drugs: a cross sectional survey

    An NIHR-BRC and Addictions Department funded study to assess how common vaping drugs other than nicotine is in UK.

    Project status: Ongoing

    Nicotine Research Group - PhD Projects

    Read more about our current PhD students and their projects.

    Project status: Ongoing

    NIHR 780x440 Thumbnail
    NIHR Policy Research Unit in Addictions

    NIHR Policy Research Unit in Addictions

    News

    £5.5m NIHR funding to shape effective addictions policy across UK

    New NIHR Policy Research Unit will be co-led by King’s College London in collaboration with the University of Sheffield and the University of Glasgow.

    addiction-therapy-meeting-thumbnail

    Levels of those considered “severely distressed” rise steadily since the start of the pandemic

    New research from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) at King’s College London, the Department of Behavioural Science & Health at...

    Woman holding head in distress

    Vaping substantially less harmful than smoking, largest review of its kind finds

    New research from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) at King’s College London has found that the use of vaping products rather...

    New report by King's researchers on vaping in England to inform national policy

    Daily e-cigarette use shows 'clear benefit' in helping smokers to quit

    A new study published Tuesday 10 March, No Smoking Day, from King’s College London highlights the ‘clear benefit’ of using e-cigarettes daily in order to quit...

    Woman vaping

    Evidence strengthens that vaping is effective for stopping smoking but not reaching its full potential with adult smokers

    Smoking remains the largest single risk factor for death and years of life lived in ill-health and is a leading cause of health inequalities in England.

    Three vapes on a wooden table

    380k 'non-smokers' regularly smoke cannabis, putting their health at risk

    A new study published in the journal Addiction finds significant levels of cannabis use among people who classify themselves as non-smokers.

    Picture of a cannabis plant

    New report by King's researchers on vaping in England to inform national policy

    The latest Public Health England (PHE) report on vaping, led by researchers from King’s College London, is published today.

    Vaping is less harmful than smoking and could play a crucial role in helping people quit.

    Spotlight

    Clearing the smoke: the evidence behind vaping

    Cigarettes kill over half of their long-term users. The World Health Organisation (WHO) considers the tobacco epidemic to be one of the biggest public health...

    New report by King's researchers on vaping in England to inform national policy

      Research

      Cigarette
      Nicotine Research Group

      Our research is translational, collaborative, impactful and truly international, and you can find out more about the various areas of our work via the project links below.

      stop-smoking-stock-image
      Harm Reduction

      Aiming to reduce the harmfulness of nicotine use for those who wish to continue using it, or those who cannot stop smoking.

      Project status: Ongoing

      vulnerability
      Vulnerable Populations

      Smoking is much more common among vulnerable populations in society. We have a number of projects which aim to reduce smoking among these vulnerable populations

      Project status: Ongoing

      Mental Health Inequalities (SPECTRUM): Disrupting the relationship between mental health, stigma and unhealthy commodities

      SPECTRUM Work Package 7: Disrupting the relationship between mental health, stigma and unhealthy commodities

      Project status: Ongoing

      Vaping evidence reviews for Public Health England

      The NRG leads the annual reviews of the evidence on e-cigarettes commissioned by Public Health England (now Office for Health Improvement and Disparities).

      Project status: Ongoing

      Biomarker
      Vaping and smoking among people aged 16-19 in England

      An NIHR funded study comparing toxicant and nicotine exposure among youth who vape with youth who smoke, youth who vape and smoke, and youth who do neither.

      Project status: Ongoing

      Prevalence and patterns of vaping non-nicotine drugs: a cross sectional survey

      An NIHR-BRC and Addictions Department funded study to assess how common vaping drugs other than nicotine is in UK.

      Project status: Ongoing

      Nicotine Research Group - PhD Projects

      Read more about our current PhD students and their projects.

      Project status: Ongoing

      NIHR 780x440 Thumbnail
      NIHR Policy Research Unit in Addictions

      NIHR Policy Research Unit in Addictions

      News

      £5.5m NIHR funding to shape effective addictions policy across UK

      New NIHR Policy Research Unit will be co-led by King’s College London in collaboration with the University of Sheffield and the University of Glasgow.

      addiction-therapy-meeting-thumbnail

      Levels of those considered “severely distressed” rise steadily since the start of the pandemic

      New research from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) at King’s College London, the Department of Behavioural Science & Health at...

      Woman holding head in distress

      Vaping substantially less harmful than smoking, largest review of its kind finds

      New research from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) at King’s College London has found that the use of vaping products rather...

      New report by King's researchers on vaping in England to inform national policy

      Daily e-cigarette use shows 'clear benefit' in helping smokers to quit

      A new study published Tuesday 10 March, No Smoking Day, from King’s College London highlights the ‘clear benefit’ of using e-cigarettes daily in order to quit...

      Woman vaping

      Evidence strengthens that vaping is effective for stopping smoking but not reaching its full potential with adult smokers

      Smoking remains the largest single risk factor for death and years of life lived in ill-health and is a leading cause of health inequalities in England.

      Three vapes on a wooden table

      380k 'non-smokers' regularly smoke cannabis, putting their health at risk

      A new study published in the journal Addiction finds significant levels of cannabis use among people who classify themselves as non-smokers.

      Picture of a cannabis plant

      New report by King's researchers on vaping in England to inform national policy

      The latest Public Health England (PHE) report on vaping, led by researchers from King’s College London, is published today.

      Vaping is less harmful than smoking and could play a crucial role in helping people quit.

      Spotlight

      Clearing the smoke: the evidence behind vaping

      Cigarettes kill over half of their long-term users. The World Health Organisation (WHO) considers the tobacco epidemic to be one of the biggest public health...

      New report by King's researchers on vaping in England to inform national policy