Department for Health

Dr Rosemary Hiscock

Research Associate with particular interests in health inequalities, smoking and wellbeing

Research Associate in Tobacco Control



Current research projects
  • Understanding the impact of tobacco tax increases and tobacco industry (TI) pricing on smoking behaviours and inequalities
  • Surveys of Stop Smoking Services' personnel's views of e-cigarettes
  • APISE (Alcohol Policy Interventions in Scotland and England)
  • ELONS (Evaluation of long term outcomes of NHS Stop Smoking Services)


Rosemary Hiscock has been working in the field of health inequalities since 1997 and her PhD from the University of Glasgow was awarded in 2002. Smoking is one of the leading causes of inequalities of health and Rosemary began working in this area by analysing the contribution of a smoking cessation programme in New Zealand to reducing inequalities.

Since joining the University of Bath Rosemary has explored the relationship between health inequalities and smoking through a review of international evidence on socioeconomic status and smoking, statistical analysis of English smoking prevalence by socio economic status and region and evaluations of the UK Stop Smoking Services. Rosemary’s current funding allows her to explore the impact of cigarette pricing on disadvantaged smokers.

Rosemary also has an interest in wellbeing. She added a ‘wellbeing’ element to a prospective study of long term outcomes of the English Stop Smoking Services and also is exploring the impact of e-cigarettes.

Research interests

  • Health inequalities
  • Stop Smoking Services
  • Wellbeing
  • e-cigarettes
  • Cigarette pricing
  • Alcohol



Hiscock, R., Asikainen, A., Tuomisto, J., Jantunen, M., Pärjälä, E. and Sabel, C. E., 2017. City scale climate change policies:Do they matter for wellbeing? Preventive Medicine Reports, 6, pp. 265-270.

Partos, T. R., Hitchman, S. C., Hiscock, R., Branston, J. R., Gilmore, A. and McNeill, A., 2017. Availability and use of cheap tobacco in the UK 2002 - 2014: findings from the International Tobacco Control Project. Nicotine & Tobacco Research

Bauld, L., Hiscock, R., Dobbie, F., Aveyard, P., Coleman, T., Leonardi-Bee, J., McRobbie, H. and McEwen, A., 2016. English stop-smoking services:one-year outcomes. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 13 (12), 1175.

Shahab, L., Dobbie, F., Hiscock, R., McNeill, A. and Bauld, L., 2016. Prevalence and impact of long-term use of nicotine replacement therapy in UK Stop-Smoking Services:findings from the ELONS study. Nicotine & Tobacco Research

Hiscock, R., Bauld, L., Arnott, D., Dockrell, M., Ross, L. and McEwen, A., 2015. Views from the coalface:what do english stop smoking service personnel think about E-cigarettes? International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 12 (12), pp. 16157-16167.

Dobbie, F., Hiscock, R., Leonardi-Bee, J., Murray, S., Shahab, L., Aveyard, P., Coleman, T., McEwen, A., McRobbie, H., Purves, R. and Bauld, L., 2015. Evaluating long-term outcomes of NHS stop smoking services (ELONS):a prospective cohort study. Health Technology Assessment, 19 (95), pp. 9-155.

Gilmore, A. B., Tavakoly, B., Hiscock, R. and Taylor, G., 2015. Smoking patterns in Great Britain:the rise of cheap cigarette brands and roll your own (RYO) tobacco. Journal of Public Health, 37 (1), pp. 78-88.

Hiscock, R., Dobbie, F. and Bauld, L., 2015. Smoking cessation and socioeconomic status:An update of existing evidence from a national evaluation of english stop smoking services. BioMed Research International, 2015, 274056.

Hiscock, R., Goniewicz, M.L., McEwen, A., Murray, S., Arnott, D., Dockrell, M. and Bauld, L., 2014. E-cigarettes:Online survey of UK smoking cessation practitioners. Tobacco Induced Diseases, 12, 13.

Hiscock, R., Murray, S., Brose, L. S., McEwen, A., Leonardi Bee, J., Dobbie, F. and Bauld, L., 2013. Behavioural therapy for smoking cessation:the effectiveness of different interventions types for disadvantaged and affluent smokers. Addictive Behaviors, 38 (11), pp. 2787-2796.

Hiscock, R., Bauld, L., Amos, A. and Platt, S., 2012. Smoking and socioeconomic status in England:the rise of the never smoker and the disadvantaged smoker. Journal of Public Health, 34 (3), pp. 390-396.

Hiscock, R., Moon, G., Pearce, J., Barnett, R. and Daley, V., 2012. Do general medical practice characteristics influence the effectiveness of smoking cessation programs? A multilevel analysis. Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 14 (6), pp. 703-710.

Hiscock, R., Bauld, L., Amos, A., Fidler, J. A. and Munafo, M., 2012. Socioeconomic status and smoking: a review. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1248 (1), pp. 107-123.

Bauld, L., Ferguson, J., McEwen, A. and Hiscock, R., 2012. Evaluation of a drop-in rolling-group model of support to stop smoking. Addiction, 107 (9), pp. 1687-1695.

Hiscock, R., 2012. Why We Should Want to "Subsidize Losers' Mortgages". Housing, Theory and Society, 29 (1), pp. 34-36.

Hiscock, R., Judge, K. and Bauld, L., 2011. Social inequalities in quitting smoking: what factors mediate the relationship between socioeconomic position and smoking cessation? Journal of Public Health, 33 (1), pp. 39-47.

Bauld, L., Boyd, K. A., Briggs, A. H., Chesterman, J., Ferguson, J., Judge, K. and Hiscock, R., 2011. One-year outcomes and a cost-effectiveness analysis for smokers accessing group-based and pharmacy-led cessation services. Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 13 (2), pp. 135-145.

Hiscock, R., Pearce, J., Barnett, R., Moon, G. and Daley, V., 2009. Do smoking cessation programmes influence geographical inequalities in health? An evaluation of the impact of the PEGS programme in Christchurch, New Zealand. Tobacco Control, 18 (5), pp. 371-376.

Pearce, J., Hiscock, R., Blakely, T. and Witten, K., 2009. A national study of the association between neighbourhood access to fast-food outlets and the diet and weight of local residents. Health & Place, 15 (1), pp. 193-197.

Graham, E., Manley, D., Hiscock, R., Boyle, P. and Doherty, J., 2009. Mixing housing tenures: is it good for social well-being? Urban Studies, 46 (1), pp. 139-165.

Pearce, J., Hiscock, R., Moon, G. and Barnett, R., 2009. The neighbourhood effects of geographical access to tobacco retailers on individual smoking behaviour. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, 63 (1), pp. 69-77.

Hiscock, R., Pearce, J., Blakely, T. and Witten, K., 2008. Is neighborhood access to health care provision associated with individual-level utilization and satisfaction? Health Services Research, 43 (6), pp. 2183-2200.

Pearce, J., Mason, K., Hiscock, R. and Day, P., 2008. A national study of neighbourhood access to gambling opportunities and individual gambling behaviour. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, 62 (10), pp. 862-868.

Witten, K., Hiscock, R., Pearce, J. and Blakely, T., 2008. Neighbourhood access to open spaces and the physical activity of residents: A national study. Preventive Medicine, 47 (3), pp. 299-303.

Pearce, J., Witten, K., Hiscock, R. and Blakely, T., 2008. Regional and urban – rural variations in the association of neighbourhood deprivation with community resource access: a national study. Environment and Planning A, 40 (10), pp. 2469-2489.

Pearce, J., Hiscock, R., Blakely, T. and Witten, K., 2008. The contextual effects of neighbourhood access to supermarkets and convenience stores on individual fruit and vegetable consumption. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, 62 (3), pp. 198-201.

Sabel, C., Dorling, D. and Hiscock, R., 2007. Sources of income, wealth and the length of life: An individual level study of mortality. Critical Public Health, 17 (4), pp. 293-310.

Pearce, J., Witten, K., Hiscock, R. and Blakely, T., 2007. Are socially disadvantaged neighbourhoods deprived of health-related community resources? International Journal of Epidemiology, 36 (2), pp. 348-355.

Ellaway, A., McKay, L., MacIntyre, S., Kearns, A. and Hiscock, R., 2004. Are social comparisons of homes and cars related to psychosocial health? International Journal of Epidemiology, 33 (5), pp. 1065-1071.

Ellaway, A., Macintyre, S., Hiscock, R. and Kearns, A., 2003. In the driving seat: psychosocial benefits from private motor vehicle transport compared to public transport. Transportation Research Part F - Traffic Psychology and Behaviour, 6 (3), pp. 217-331.

Macintyre, S., Ellaway, A., Hiscock, R., Kearns, A., Der, G. and McKay, L., 2003. What features of the home and the area might help to explain observed relationships between housing tenure and health? Evidence from the west of Scotland. Health & Place, 9 (3), pp. 207-218.

Hiscock, R., Macintyre, S., Kearns, A. and Ellaway, A., 2003. Residents and residence: factors predicting the health disadvantage of social renters compared to owner-occupiers. Journal of Social Issues, 59 (3), pp. 527-546.

Macintyre, S., McKay, L., Der, G. and Hiscock, R., 2003. Socio-economic position and health: what you observe depends on how you measure it. Journal of Public Health, 25 (4), pp. 288-294.

Hiscock, R., Macintyre, S., Kearns, A. and Ellaway, A., 2002. Means of transport and ontological security: Do cars provide psycho-social benefits to their users? Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment, 7 (2), pp. 119-135.

Hiscock, R., Kearns, A., MacIntyre, S. and Ellaway, A., 2001. Ontological security and psycho-social benefits from the home: qualitative evidence on issues of tenure. Housing, Theory and Society, 18 (1), pp. 50-66.

Macintyre, S., Hiscock, R., Kearns, A. and Ellaway, A., 2001. Housing tenure and car access: further exploration of the nature of their relations with health in a UK setting. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, 55 (5), pp. 330-331.

Clark, A. and Hiscock, R., 2001. Social Exclusion and Housing: Context and challenges (Book review). Scottish Geographical Journal, 117 (1), pp. 69-70.


Black, C., Hiscock, R. and K, S., 2014. Smoking cessation services review. NHS Health Scotland,.

Kearns, A., Ellaway, A., Macintyre, S. and Hiscock, R., 2000. The THAW report: findings of a study of transport, housing and wellbeing in the West of Scotland. Department of Urban Studies, University of Glasgow and MRC Social and Public Health Sciences Unit.

Conference or Workshop Items

Kerssens, J., Denny, C., Galbraith, L., Haw, S., Bauld, L. and Hiscock, R., 2013. Who are the smoking cessation services in Scotland reaching? a secondary analysis of routine data. In: UKNSCC, 2013-06-27 - 2013-06-28.

Hiscock, R., Bauld, L., Amos, A., Fidler, J. and Munafo, M., 2011. Socioeconomic inequalities, smoking and smoking cessation. In: HRB Centre for Health and Diet Research & UKCRC Centres of Excellence, 2011-07-01 - 2011-07-01.

Hiscock, R., Bauld, L. and Judge, K., 2010. Why is it harder for disadvantaged smokers to quit? In: SRNT Europe 12th Annual Meeting, 2010-09-06 - 2010-09-09.

Hiscock, R., 2009. The impact of a New Zealand primary care based cessation programme on health inequalities. In: UK National Smoking Cessation Conference, 2009-06-22 - 2009-06-23.

Hiscock, R., 2001. Are mixed tenure estates likely to enhance the social capital of their residents? In: Housing Studies Association Conference, 2001-09-03 - 2001-09-04.

Macintyre, S., Ellaway, A., Hiscock, R. and Kearns, A., 2000. Research seminar: transport, housing and wellbeing in West Central Scotland. In: Scottish Executive Seminar, 2000-01-01.


Hiscock, R., 2001. The relationship between housing tenure and health: does ontological security play a role. Thesis (Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)). University of Glasgow.

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