Updates from the SPECTRUM consortium in 2021.

Public walking across road

New SPECTRUM briefing highlights tactics used by unhealthy commodity industries (UCIs) to influence the policy process.

Prevalence of increasing and higher risk of drinking chart (2014-2017)

A new interactive website will allow users to explore national trends from the Alcohol Toolkit Study.

Banner image saying "Increase Minimum Unit Price to 65p"

SPECTRUM joins 28 organisations supporting calls from Alcohol Focus Scotland (AFS) and Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems (SHAAP) to increase the minimum unit price of alcohol in Scotland.

Turning the tide with Obesity Health Alliance logo

Bold new policies – such as a levy on the food industry and phasing out all forms of junk food marketing – are needed to improve the health of the population.

Smoking Toolkit Study Scotland screenshot of the webpage

A new website will display headline trends from the recently expanded Smoking Toolkit Study.

Addiction cover logo

Those with serious mental health conditions were more likely to overemphasise the risk of harm from nicotine, potentially discouraging the switch from tobacco cigarettes to nicotine-containing products.

Scottish Government building

SPECTRUM Director, Professor Linda Bauld, will take up the post on a part time basis from the end of September 2021.

Photo of Professor Linda Bauld by Lawrence Winram

Professor Linda Bauld is awarded an OBE for services to guiding the public health response to, and public understanding of, COVID-19.

The All Parliamentary Party Group on Smoking and Health publishes its ‘Delivering a Smokefree 2030’ report today, commissioned from Action on Smoking and Health (ASH), and researched and written with support from SPECTRUM.

Building on preliminary work from 2020, SPECTRUM and the NCD Alliance invite you to share examples through our new survey.

The joint submission covers both the effectiveness of the current regulations and proposals for how they could be strengthened, in order to achieve a Smokefree 2030.

A new study describes the frequent use of alcohol, tobacco and high fat, sugar and salt (HFSS) food imagery in Netflix and Amazon Prime Instant Video original films in the UK.

Congratulations to Professor Niamh Shortt who has been awarded the Royal Scottish Geographical Society President’s Medal.

A new first-of-its-kind study has questioned whether pub operators can effectively and consistently prevent COVID-19 transmission – after researchers observed risks arising in licensed premises last summer.

An open letter has been published in Wellcome Open Research, introducing the SPECTRUM Consortium and its research priorities

New paper from SPECTRUM researchers at the Universities of Sheffield and Bath explores the different mechanisms that link tobacco and alcohol policy changes to their effects on smoking and drinking behaviour.