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Latest updates from SPECTRUM

Tobacco and tobacco branding in popular films in the UK

New study finds tobacco content continues to appear in UK Box Office films and is widely seen by young people, representing a major driver of smoking uptake.

ASH and SPECTRUM joint representation to the Comprehensive Spending Review 2020

Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) and SPECTRUM submit joint representation to to HM Treasury’s Comprehensive Spending Review 2020

New report details hundreds of examples of unhealthy commodity industries leveraging the COVID-19 pandemic

“Signalling Virtue, Promoting Harm: Unhealthy commodity industries and COVID-19” details hundreds of examples of unhealthy commodity industries, led by Big Alcohol, Big Food, and Big Soda, leveraging the COVID-19 pandemic for commercial gain.

Over 70 health organisations unite to raise serious concerns with Government about plans to reorganise the public health system

Today over 70 health organisations and alliances have sent a joint statement to the Prime Minister, the Secretary of State for Health, and the interim leadership of Public Health England, raising serious concerns about the reorganisation of public health now underway.

Cigarette-like ‘cigarillos’ flout efforts to curb smoking

The introduction of cigarette-like mentholated ‘cigarillos’ (mini cigars which are leaf-wrapped) to the UK is helping big tobacco companies to bypass strict public health measures intended to reduce smoking, say researchers.

Millions of children are being exposed to alcoholic imagery during televised sporting events

Young people in the UK are being exposed to excessive alcohol advertisements during televised sporting events, which could lead to increased alcohol consumption in under 16s, according to new research from the University of Nottingham.

Alcohol Health Alliance launches survey on COVID-19 and alcohol harm

The Alcohol Health Alliance (AHA) is seeking views about how COVID-19 has affected alcohol harm and what the government should do to tackle it

Pervasive and inescapable: parents’ and children’s views of online advertising of unhealthy food and drink to children

Dr Lauren White has written a blog on her PhD, which examined parents’ and children’s views on the regulation of online advertising of unhealthy food and drink to children

Betting and gaming: the COVID-19 impact study

A major new study has been launched to understand how the COVID-19 lockdown has impacted gambling behaviour, including among potentially ‘high risk’ groups.

Tobacco and alcohol in British soap operas

New publication examines tobacco and alcohol content in soap operas broadcast on UK television

Monitoring and Evaluating Scotland's Alcohol Strategy

SPECTRUM contribute to evaluation of the minimum unit pricing for alcohol in Scotland

What next for tobacco control in Scotland?

Professor Niamh Shortt queries the next steps for tobacco control in Scotland, in a blog for The Centre for Research on Environment Society and Health (CRESH)

The positive effects of COVID-19 and the social determinants of health: all in it together?

SPECTRUM members highlight concerns about the unequal impact of both the COVID-19 pandemic and policies to address it

Help map unhealthy commodity industries' responses to COVID-19

SPECTRUM and the NCD Alliance launch tool to collect examples of activities undertaken or presented by businesses as a response to the COVID-19 crisis

UCL launch new study into health behaviours

A new study conducted by researchers from the UCL Tobacco and Alcohol Research Group, UCL Department of Behavioural Science and Health and UCL Centre for Behaviour Change has launched today.

Usher Institute COVID-19 webinars: COVID-19 and Tobacco

The Usher Institute at the University of Edinburgh has launched a COVID-19 webinar series, including an upcoming webinar on COVID-19 and tobacco

COVID-19 and tobacco study launched

A new study involving members of the SPECTRUM Consortium has been launched at the University of Edinburgh.

Minimum tobacco pricing could significantly improve the health of people living in Scotland’s most economically disadvantaged areas

New research involving SPECTRUM members and partners has investigated variations in tobacco price across Scottish convenience stores