Category Archives: Alcohol, Tobacco & Drugs

Tackling multiple unhealthy risk factors: emerging lessons from practice

By The King’s Fund (2018)

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  • Previous research by The King’s Fund has shown that unhealthy behaviours cluster in the population. Around seven in ten adults do not follow guidelines on tobacco use, alcohol consumption, healthy diet or physical activity, yet most behaviour change services address these behaviours separately, not reflecting the reality of people’s lives.
  • This report shares learning and insight from services that are using innovative ways to address the problem of multiple unhealthy risk factors in their populations. It draws on interviews and information from eight case studies in local authorities and the NHS and updates the evidence base on tackling multiple unhealthy risk factors.
  • Most services included in the report are local authority led and are integrated health and wellbeing services. These provide behavioural advice and support to people across a range of different behaviours, including smoking, weight management and physical activity.
  • The NHS is also addressing multiple unhealthy behaviours. We set out learning from two hospitals supporting individuals with multiple risk factors.
  • The evidence for these behaviour change services to draw on, in the context of multiple unhealthy risk factors, remains limited. These services are in a position to develop the evidence base on how best to address multiple unhealthy behaviours.
  • The report makes recommendations on how services can develop and share evidence, and for how the Department of Health and Social Care and Public Health England can support further innovation in such services.

Evidence review of e-cigarettes and heated tobacco products 2018

By Public Health England (2018)

In the government’s Tobacco Control Plan for England, Public Health England (PHE) was asked to update its 2015 evidence review on e-cigarettes and other novel nicotine delivery systems annually until the end of the current Parliament in 2022.

PHE commissioned a group of leading tobacco control researchers from the UK Centre for Tobacco and Alcohol Studies (UKCTAS) to produce this report, which underwent international peer review.

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Substance misuse services: The quality and safety of residential detoxification

By the CQC (2018)

This briefing flags up concerns, identified during the course of CQC’s inspections, about some independent sector services that offer residential care to people undergoing detoxification from drugs and alcohol. In 2016/17, it is estimated that about 1% of people in alcohol and drug treatment received this type of intervention. The briefing, which includes recommendations, is for providers, commissioners and other local and national bodies that play a part in assuring the quality of substance misuse services.

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The regulation of e-cigarettes

By The House of Commons Library (2017)

This briefing provides an overview on the regulation of e-cigarettes in the UK and across Europe. It also outlines new product requirements for e-cigarettes and identifies where national regulations have gone beyond what is in EU regulations.

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Models of delivery for stop smoking services: options and evidence

By Public Health England (2017)

This document supports directors of public health and local healthcare commissioners in rapidly appraising the evidence, to enable informed decisions on the provision of local smoking cessation.

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Big cuts planned to public health budgets

by The King’s Fund (2017)

Central government cuts have forced councils to reduce planned spending on vital public health services such as sexual health clinics and reducing harm from smoking, alcohol and drugs by £85 million, according to new analysis by The King’s Fund.

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Adult drinking habits in Great Britain: 2005 to 2016

By Office for National Statistics (2017)