Matilda Nottage

Thesis Title: Examining population-level policy strategies to reduce smoking-related harms among people using tobacco and cannabis, with emphasis on mental health

Abstract: My project focuses on public health interventions to address the harms caused by smoking tobacco and smoking cannabis. Specifically, it aims to assess the effectiveness of and public support for various population-level policy approaches to reduce smoking-associated harm, considering the complex relationship between tobacco, cannabis, and mental health conditions.

While the prevalence of tobacco smoking has greatly reduced over the past decades in Great Britain, it remains a leading cause of hospital admissions and mortality. Cannabis is most frequently smoked and often co-used with tobacco, exposing people to smoking-related respiratory and cardiovascular harms. Prevalence rates for tobacco and cannabis use are particularly high among individuals with mental health conditions, and co-use is associated with higher occurrence of certain mental health conditions compared to single use of either substance. There is a lack of evidence on interventions targeting co-use at the population level. Because interventions are most effective when they are tailored to the most affected demographic groups, population-level policies which include consideration for co-use and mental health status are necessary to address these harms.

First Supervisor: Dr Leonie Brose

Publications: Simonavičius, E, et al. 2023. Impact of E-liquid Packaging on Vaping Product Perceptions Among Youth in England, Canada, and the United States: A Randomized Online Experiment. Nicotine and Tobacco Research. doi: 10.1093/ntr/ntad144

Nottage, M, et al. 2023. Marketing claims on the websites of leading e-cigarette brands in England. Tobacco Control. doi: 10.1136/tc-2023-057934

Nottage, M, et al. 2022. Cross-country content analysis of e-cigarette packaging: a codebook and study protocol. PsyArXiv (preprint). doi: 10.31234/

Nottage, M, et al. 2022. Loneliness mediates the association between insecure attachment and mental health among university students. Personality and Individual Differences. doi: 10.1016/j.paid.2021.111233

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