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Hayden McRobbie MB ChB PhD
Reader in Public Health Interventions

Dr Hayden McRobbie is a Reader in Public Health Interventions in the Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine, Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry.

He has international experience in smoking cessation research, teaching and training, planning, policy and implementation and treatment.  Hayden is widely published and has contributed to numerous national and international expert bodies, committees and conferences.

Hayden’s research interests are in the treatment of tobacco dependence and he is developing a focus on the “hard to treat” smoker.  He also works as a Senior Clinician in the NHS Stop Smoking Services, where he specialises in group based smoking cessation treatment. He is also involved in training healthcare professionals in smoking cessation.

Hayden also holds academic posts in New Zealand, where he is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Public Health and Psychosocial Studies, Auckland University of Technology and an Honorary Senior Lecturer in the School of Population Health at the University of Auckland.

Current Research Projects
See TDRU page.

Professional Membership
Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco
General Medical Council
Vice President, Association for the Treatment of Tobacco Use and Dependence

Editorial work
Assistant Editor of Nicotine and Tobacco Research
Deputy Editor of the Journal of Smoking Cessation


  1. Myers K, Hajek P, Hinds C, McRobbie H. Does stopping before surgery lead to post-operative complications? A systematic review and meta-analysis. Archives of Internal Medicine. IN PRESS
  2. Hajek P, McRobbie H, Myers K, Stapleton J, Dhanji A. Varenicline treatment for four weeks prior to quitting reduces ad-lib smoking and increases smoking cessation rates. Archives of Internal Medicine. 2011 171(8):770-7
  3. Whittaker R, Dorey E, Bramley D, Bullen C, Denny S, Elley CR, Maddison R, McRobbie H, Parag V, Rodgers A, Salmon P. A theory-based video messaging mobile phone intervention for smoking cessation: randomized controlled trial. J Med Internet Res. 2011 Jan 21;13(1):e10.
  4. Walker N, Howe C, Bullen C, Grigg M, Glover M, McRobbie H, Laugesen M, Jiang J, Chen MH, Whittaker R, Rodgers A. Does improved access and greater choice of nicotine replacement therapy affect smoking cessation success? Findings from a randomized controlled trial. Addiction. 2011 Mar 3. [Epub ahead of print]
  5. Walker NK, Howe C, Bullen C, Grigg M, Glover M, McRobbie H, Laugesen M, Vander Hoorn S, Whittaker R. Study protocol for a randomised trial of nicotine-free cigarettes as an adjunct to usual NRT-based cessation practice, in people who wish to stop smoking. BMC Public Health. 2011 Jan 14;11(1):37
  6. Barnes J, Dong CY, McRobbie H, Walker N, Mehta M, Stead LF. Hypnotherapy for smoking cessation. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2010 Oct 6;(10):CD001008
  7. Bullen C, Howe C, Lin R-B, Grigg M, Laugeson M, McRobbie H, Glover M, Walker N, Wallace-Bell M, Whittaker R. Pre-cessation nicotine replacement therapy.  Pragmatic randomised trial. Addiction 2010 Aug;105(8):1474-83
  8. Bullen C, McRobbie H, Thornley S, Glover M, Lin R, Laugesen M. Effect of an electronic cigarette on desire to smoke and withdrawal, user preferences and nicotine delivery: randomised cross-over trial. Tob Control. 2010 Apr;19(2):98-103
  9. Watson D, Bullen C, Glover M, McRobbie H, Parag V, Walker N. Impact on quit attempts of mailed general practitioner ‘brief advice’ letters plus nicotine replacement therapy vouchers.  Journal of Primary Health Care. 2010 Mar;2(1):4-10
  10. West O, McRobbie H, Hajek P. How addictive can cigarettes be? Two case reports. Journal of Smoking Cessation. 2010 5(1) 102-105.
  11. McRobbie H, Thornley S, Bullen C, Lin RB, Senior H, Laugesen M, Whittaker R, Hajek P. A randomised trial of the effects of two novel nicotine replacement therapies on tobacco withdrawal symptoms and user satisfaction. Addiction 2010 Jul;105(7):1290-8
  12. Thornley S, Jackson G, McRobbie H, Sinclair S, Smith J. Few smokers in South Auckland access subsidised nicotine replacement therapy. NZMJ 2009; 123(1308)
  13. Fraser T, McRobbie H, Bullen C, Whittaker R, Barlow D. Acceptability and outcome of an internet-based smoking cessation programme. Int J Tuberc Lung Dis. 2010 Jan;14(1):113-8.
  14. Hajek P, Humphrey K, McRobbie H. Using group support to complement a task-based weight management programme in multi-ethnic localities of high deprivation. Patient Educ Couns. 2009 Dec 3. [Epub ahead of print]
  15. West R, May S, McEwen A, McRobbie H, Hajek P, Vangeli E. A randomised trial of glucose tablets to aid smoking cessation. Psychopharmacology (Berl). 2009 Oct 27. [Epub ahead of print]
  16. Whittaker R, Borland R, Bullen C, Lin RB, McRobbie H, Rodgers A. Mobile phone-based interventions for smoking cessation. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2009 Oct 7;(4):CD006611.
  17. Walker N, Bullen C, McRobbie H. Reduced-nicotine content cigarettes: Is there potential to aid smoking cessation? Nicotine Tob Res. 2009 Sep 30. [Epub ahead of print]
  18. Thornley S, McRobbie H, Lin RB, Bullen C, Hajek P, Laugesen M, Senior H, Whittaker R. A single-blind, randomized, crossover trial of the effects of a nicotine pouch on the relief of tobacco withdrawal symptoms and user satisfaction. Nicotine Tob Res. 2009 May 19
  19. Sheck LH, Field AP, McRobbie H, Wilson GA. Helping patients to quit smoking in the busy optometric practice. Clin Exp Optom. 2009 Mar;92(2):75-7.
  20. Whittaker R, Maddison R, McRobbie H, Bullen C, Denny S, Dorey E, Ellis-Pegler M, van Rooyen J, Rodgers A. A multimedia mobile phone-based youth smoking cessation intervention: findings from content development and piloting studies. J Med Internet Res. 2008 Nov 25;10(5):e49
  21. McRobbie H, Hajek P, Locker J. Does the reaction of abstaining smokers to the smell of other people’s cigarettes predict relapse? Addiction 2008 103(11) 1883-7.
  22. Thornley S, McRobbie H, Eyles H, Walker N, Simmons G. The obesity epidemic: Is glycaemic index the key to unlocking a hidden addiction? Medical Hypotheses. 2008; 71: 709-714.
  23. McRobbie H, Bullen C, Glover M, Whittaker R, Wallace-Bell M, Fraser T. New Zealand smoking cessation guidelines. New Zealand Medical Journal. 2008; 121(1276): 57-70.
  24. Bullen C, Walker N, Whittaker R, McRobbie H, Glover M, Fraser T. Smoking cessation competencies for health workers in New Zealand. New Zealand Medical Journal. 2008; 121(1276): 48-56
  25. McRobbie H, Hajek P, Feder G, Eldridge S. A cluster-randomised controlled trial of a brief training session to facilitate general practitioner referral to smoking cessation treatment. Tobacco Control. 2008;17(3):173-6
  26. McRobbie H, Thornley S. The importance of treating tobacco dependence. Revista Espanola de Cardiologica. 2008. Issue 6
  27. Bullen C, Howe C, Grigg M, Phillips F, Silcock R, Glover M, McRobbie H, Whittaker R. Recruitment into a cessation trial via the New Zealand Quitline: Many Benefits, Few Limitations. Journal of Smoking Cessation. 2008 3(1): 30-34
  28. McRobbie H, Bullen C, Whittaker R, Barlow D, Eadie S, Wallace-Bell M. An Evaluation of the activity of smoking cessation Practitioners in New Zealand following smoking cessation training. Journal of Smoking Cessation. 2008 3(1): 35-39.
  29. Cooke F, Bullen C, Whittaker R, McRobbie H, M Chen, Walker N. Diagnostic accuracy of NicAlertTM Cotinine Test Strips in saliva for verifying smoking status. Nicotine & Tobacco Research. 2008 Apr;10(4):607-12
  30. McEwen A, West R, McRobbie H. Motives for smoking and their correlates in clients attending stop smoking treatment services. Nicotine & Tobacco Research. 2008; 10(5): 843-850
  31. McRobbie H. NICE Review of Brief Interventions: What does it Mean For You? The Journal of Smoking Cessation. 2007; 2(Supplement 1): 23
  32. McEwen, A. & McRobbie, H. UK National Smoking Cessation Conference (UKNSCC) 2007. The Journal of Smoking Cessation. 2007; 2(Supplement 1): 1
  33. May, S., West, R., Hajek, P., McEwen, A., McRobbie, H. Social support and success at stopping smoking. The Journal of Smoking Cessation. 2007; 2(2): 47-53
  34. Bullen C, Whittaker R, McRobbie H, Fagerstrom K.  A clinical imperative: assisting patients who smoke to reduce their risk of cardiovascular disease. Prev Cardiol. 2007;10(2 suppl 1):5–9
  35. McRobbie H, Hajek P. Effects of rapid smoking on post-cessation urges to smoke. Addiction. 2007 Mar;102(3):483-9
  36. Hajek P, McRobbie H, Gillison F. Dependence potential of nicotine replacement treatments: Effects of product type, patient characteristics, and cost to user. Prev Med 2007
  37. McRobbie H, Whittaker R, Bullen C. Using Nicotine Replacement Therapy to Assist in Reducing Cigarette Consumption before Quitting Another Strategy for Smoking Cessation? Dis Manage Health Outcomes 2006;14(6):335-340
  38. Lee M, Hajek P, McRobbie H, Owen L. Best practice in smoking cessation services for pregnant women: results of a survey of three services reporting the highest national returns, and three beacon services. The Journal of the Royal Society for the Promotion of Health 2006 126: 233-238
  39. May, S., West, R., Hajek, P., McEwen, A., McRobbie, H. Randomised controlled trial of a social support (‘buddy’) intervention for smoking cessation. Patient Education and Counseling. April 5 [Epub ahead of print] 2006.
  40. McEwen, A., West, R., McRobbie, H. Effectiveness of specialist group treatment for smoking cessation vs one-to-one treatment in primary care. Addictive Behaviors. Jan 26 [Epub ahead of print] 2006.
  41. McRobbie H, Lee M, & Juniper Z. Non-nicotine pharmacotherapies for smoking cessation. Respir Med. 2005 99, 1203-1212.
  42. McRobbie, H. Current insights and new opportunities for smoking cessation. British Journal of Cardiology, 2005; 12(1) 37-44.
  43. McRobbie, H., Hajek, P., & Gillison, F. The relationship between smoking cessation and mouth ulcers. Nicotine & Tobacco Research 2004; 6(4): 655-659.
  44. McRobbie, H & Hajek, P. Effect of glucose on tobacco withdrawal symptoms in recent quitters using bupropion or nicotine replacement. Human Psychopharmacology 2004;19(1):57-61.
  45. Percival, J., McRobbie, H., Sutherland, G., ‘Nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) in smoking cessation’. Prescriber Supplement, 2003.
  46. Hajek, P., Gillison. F. & McRobbie, H. Stopping smoking causes constipation. Addiction 2003; 98 (11): 1563-1567.
  47. McRobbie, H., Hajek, P., ‘Nicotine replacement therapy in patients with cardiovascular disease: guidelines for health professionals’. Addiction 96(11),1547-51, 2001.
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