The Smoking Cessation & Health Conference UK (SCaH) is the only dedicated national event for professionals working in smoking cessation and related services in the UK, that focuses on how to reduce the burden of smoking related death and disease for all sections of the population.

We are excited to be planning for an in-person conference to be held in Manchester on 14th September 2023 with a virtual component.  This year’s over-arching theme is ‘The Sustainability of Treating Tobacco Dependency ’. 

The current details on this site (programme, speakers and sponsors) relates to the 2021 event, and we will be updating this regularly over the next few months.

The inaugural Smoking Cessation and Health (SCaH) conference was held in February 2020, as a one day live event in Birmingham and following COVID restrictions the 2021 conference was held virtually in June 2021.  We were overwhelmed with the response.  SCaH 2021 welcomed over 1000 delegates and the Programme hosted local and national speakers including Public Health England and NHS England and welcomed stakeholders from across  smoking cessation fields.

From commissioners to practitioners and researchers to policy makers, SCaH set out with a mission to provide the practical tools and an opportunity to share experiences that will drive down smoking rates and achieve the Smokefree ambition of a 5% smoking prevalence by 2030.

Approximately £29.7 million is filtering down to your local transformations budgets across England to help us reach priority groups.  Treating tobacco dependence whether for in-patients (including mental health) or with separate pathways for pregnant smokers and their partners.  We now have a unique opportunity to plan, deliver and embed our services. However the Long Term Plan funding is not secure past 2024, so are you talking with your local Integrated Care Boards to ingrain your services?

Smokefree 2030 – are you ready?

In order to accelerate progress towards Smokefree 2030, we need to make up for lost time during the pandemic and find the innovative solutions to reach each and every smoker.  The emergence of new technologies from digital behavioural support platforms and reduced risk nicotine products, such as e-cigarettes, create new learning opportunities for us and the ability to reach the right people at the right time, with the right tools.  This is about prevention at scale and pace to save 500,000 lives over the next decade. We hope you share our ambition and are able to join us for SCaH 2023

As we continue to develop the programme for Smoking Cessation and Health 2023 we  welcome Abstract applications.  Please use the button below.



Testimonials from Smoking Cessation and Health Conference 2021 - Virtual

“It was great to be able to share and talk about the Maternity EIS work, and connect with so many people across the nation all working on the same tasks and sharing the same ambitions – thank you”

“One of the best conferences I have attended”

“I found it the most informative, motivating and energising smoking cessation conference that I have been too in a very long time, certainly the best online”

“Congratulations on a well-run, interesting and entertaining conference”

“Even though it was done virtually, everything worked so well, no technical issues and it was really good to be able to watch so many videos throughout the day and listen to other streams of work, as well as still being able to answer questions and hear from a live panel, and message other attendees!”





Dr Roger Henderson

GP and Health Broadcaster

Rebecca Robb

NHS Partnerships Manager

Jennifer Percival

Smoking Cessation and Behaviour Change Trainer

Deborah Arnott

Chief Executive

Action on Smoking and Health

Katherine Sawyer

Research Assistant

Addiction and Mental Health Group, University of Bath

Mary Yates

Nurse Consultant – Health Promotion & Wellbeing & Smoke-Free lead

Addictions Management Team, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust

Rachael Hodges

Senior Policy Officer

Asthma UK and the British Lung Foundation

Jon Foster

Asthma UK and the British Lung Foundation

Rafik Hamaizia

Expert by Experience

Cygnet Health Care

Chris Pitt

Health and Wellbeing Manager

Dorset HealthCare

Cecilia Farren


GASP Consultancy & Chair South West ASH

Jayne Coyne

Strategic Lead for the Smokefree Pregnancy Programmes

Greater Manchester H&S Care Partnership

Freya Howle

CURE Programme Lead

Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership

Hilary Wareing

Director of iPiP

Improving Performance in Practice

Prof Ann McNeill

Professor of Tobacco Addiction

Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, Kings College London

Mira Osinibi

Paediatric Respiratory Specialist Nurse

Kings College Hospital

Dr Debbie Robson

Senior Research Fellow

Kings College London

Matthew Moden


Liberty Flights

Dr Nandita Divekar

Consultant in Anaesthesia and Critical Care

Medway Hospital

Dr Andy McEwen

Chief Executive

National Centre for Smoking Cessation and Training

Kate Grant

Project Manager Maternity EIS

NHS Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire CCG

Dr Paul Cilia La Corte

Senior Programme Manager - Prevention

NHS England

Anne Joshua

NHSE&I Head of Pharmacy Integration

NHS England & NHS Improvement

Prof Jacob George

Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine and Therapeutics

Ninewells Hospital

Darush Attar-Zadeh

Respiratory Lead Pharmacist

North Central London CCG (Barnet Borough)

Lisa Fendall

Freelance Consultant & National Trainer

Project Global Solutions Ltd

Ruth Sampson

Health Improvement Officer

Public Health & Preventative Services, Bath & North East Somerset Council

Heidi Croucher

Dorset Integrated Care System Treating Tobacco Dependency Programme Manager

Public Health Dorset

Martin Dockrell

Tobacco Control Lead

Public Health England

Joanna Feeney

Tobacco Control Programme Manager

Public Health England

Rachel Swindells

Tobacco Control Programme Manager

Public Health England

Jemima Dudgeon

Healthy Pregnancy Team Lead

Public Health Medway Council

Hanifa Ditta

Project Manager for Tobacco Control

Public Health Medway Council

Melanie Perry

Acute Care Smoking Cessation Specialist/Freelance Trainer

Public Health, Leicester City

Dr Ruth Sharrock

Respiratory Consultant

Queen Elizabeth Hospital

Dr Ashish Mandavia

Commercial Director

Quit Genius

Dr Frances Thirlway

Research Fellow

Sociology Department, University of York

Gráinne Ní Eidhin

Health Promotion Student, Department of Preventative Medicine and Health Promotion

St. Vincent’s University Hospital, Dublin.

Liam Humberstone

Technical Director

Totally Wicked

Dr Sharon Cox

Senior Research Fellow

University College London

Dr Loren Kock

Research Fellow in Behavioural Science and Epidemiology

University College London

Faye Ballard

Smoking in Pregnancy Liaison Midwife

University Hospital Dorset

Prof Sanjay Agrawal

Professor of Respiratory Science,

University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust

Lesley Sinclair

Research Fellow/Trial Manager

Usher Institute, University of Edinburgh

Brian Watts

Stop Smoking Practitioner

Vape Dinner Lady

Dave Simpson


Venta SvS Ltd

Louise Ross


Vice Chair

Katerina Manginas

Tobacco Dependence Specialist in Mental health

West London NHS


  • TTD Practitioners as part of the Long Term Plan
  • Policymakers
  • Scientific / Research / Academic communities
  • Primary & secondary care commissioners
  • Medical/healthcare practitioners
  • Public health professionals
  • Stop smoking specialist services


  • Licensed pharmacotherapy and tools for the job
  • Non medicalised alternatives to smoking
  • Bridging the gap in health inequalities and Core20PLUS5
  • “The Long Term Plan” embedding services post national funding to reach a smokefree 2030
  • No artificial division with mental and physical health