News and updates from the SPECTRUM consortium in 2023.

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Researchers from King's College London, University College London and SPECTRUM publish research shedding light on the rising levels of severe distress experienced by individuals in England since the onset of the pandemic.

Mapping Tool for Alcohol and Tobacco in Scotland

CRESH (Centre for Research on Environment, Society and Health) launches new open-access web map in Scotland allowing users to explore the availability of alcohol and tobacco at neighbourhood level.

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SPECTRUM Director elected as Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences in recognition of research aimed at addressing some of society’s most significant health challenges.

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SPECTRUM joins over 30 organisations in signing an open letter calling for government to increase tobacco control investment in order to achieve a Smokefree 2030.

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New three-paper series from The Lancet shines light on the commercial determinants of health, calling for a radical rethink on what role business plays in public health.

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Tobacco tax rises welcomed by ASH and SPECTRUM but concerns raised about failure to reinstate funding to help smokers to quit and prevent youth uptake.

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SPECTRUM’s response recommends a complete and comprehensive ban on alcohol marketing in Scotland in order to prioritise public health and protect the population.

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Watch the new animation from SPECTRUM, introducing the consortium and our research into the commercial determinants of health.

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Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) publishes new evidence on the extent of the burden smoking puts on the public finances as part of joint budget representation with SPECTRUM.

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New research using data from the Smoking Toolkit Study further highlights the mental health benefits of quitting smoking.