Dr Hayden McRobbie

Senior Lecturer

Phone: 64+ 9 921 9999 Ext 7750

Email: hayden.mcrobbie@aut.ac.nz

Physical Address:
Room AR346
AUT University
North Shore Campus
90 Akoranga Drive
Northcote, Auckland 0627
New Zealand 

Postal Address:
Department of Public Health, Mail Code A12
AUT University
North Shore Campus
Private Bag 92006
Auckland 1142
New Zealand 


MB, ChB, PhD

Memberships and Affiliations:

Associate Editor for Nicotine and Tobacco Research (one of the leading peer reviewed journals for smoking cessation research)

Deputy Editor for The Journal of Smoking Cessation (a journal dedicated to smoking cessation clinical practice)

Member of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco

Vice president of the Association for the Treatment of Tobacco Use and Dependence

Professional Medical Registration with the General Medical Council of Great Britain (Registration Number 4527093)


Hayden McRobbie has extensive 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 is a Medical Practitioner and is based both in London, where he holds a Senior Clinical Research Fellow post at Queen Mary University of London, Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, and in New Zealand, where he is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Public Health and Psychosocial Studies, Auckland University of Technology.

Dr McRobbie is a lead author of the New Zealand Smoking Cessation Guidelines and the “ABC” approach to smoking cessation, which he is helping to implement within New Zealand healthcare settings. When in the UK Hayden works as a Senior Clinician in the NHS Stop Smoking Services, in a deprived part of London, where he specialises in group based smoking cessation treatment. He is also involved in training healthcare professionals in smoking cessation.  Hayden continues to contribute to numerous expert bodies, committees, working groups and conferences. He currently provides advice on smoking cessation treatment and policy to the New Zealand Ministry of Health and the UK Department of Health.

Dr McRobbie’s research interests are in the treatment of tobacco dependence and he is developing a focus on the “hard to treat” smoker.  He is Assistant Editor of Nicotine and Tobacco Research, Deputy Editor of the Journal of Smoking Cessation, a member of the Society for Research of Nicotine and Tobacco (SRNT) and Vice President of the Association for the Treatmemnt of Tobacco Use and Dependence (ATTUD).

Teaching Areas:

Tobacco control; smoking cessation

Research Areas:

Smoking cessation

Weight management 

Research Summary:

Hayden McRobbie has undertaken a mix of randomised controlled trials (RCT), evaluative research and systematic reviews.  

Current Research Projects:

Complementing current pharmacological treatments for smokers with sensory replacement: the role of low nicotine cigarettes    
McRobbie H & Myers K.

Electronic cigarettes for smoking cessation: A randomized controlled trial    
Bullen C, Walker N, McRobbie H, Laugesen M, Vanderhoorn S.

Does cytisine help people stop smoking?    
Walker N, Barnes J, Glover M, Bullen C, McRobbie H, Vanderhoorn S, Nosa V.

Effects of a combination of varenicline and transdermal nicotine patch on post-quitting urges to smoke    
Hajek P, McRobbie H, & Myers K.

Effects of a tailored dose of varenicline on post-quitting urges to smoke    
Hajek P, McRobbie H, & Myers K.

Relapse prevention in smoking cessation    
McRobbie H, Hajek P, & Myers K.

Exercise to enhance smoking cessation outcomes    
Maddison R, McRobbie H, Glover M, Vander Horn S, Taylor S, Prapavessis H



Journal Articles

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

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. IN PRESS

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

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

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

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

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

West O, McRobbie H, Hajek P. How addictive can cigarettes be? Two case reports. Journal of Smoking Cessation. 2010 5(1) 102-105.

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

Thornley S, Jackson G, McRobbie H, Sinclair S, Smith J. Few smokers in South Auckland access subsidised nicotine replacement therapy. NZMJ 2009; 123(1308)

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.

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]

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]

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.

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]

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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

McRobbie H, Thornley S. The importance of treating tobacco dependence. Revista Espanola de Cardiologica. 2008. Issue 6

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

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.

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

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

McRobbie H. NICE Review of Brief Interventions: What does it Mean For You? The Journal of Smoking Cessation. 2007; 2(Supplement 1): 23

McEwen, A. & McRobbie, H. UK National Smoking Cessation Conference (UKNSCC) 2007. The Journal of Smoking Cessation. 2007; 2(Supplement 1): 1

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

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

McRobbie H, Hajek P. Effects of rapid smoking on post-cessation urges to smoke. Addiction. 2007 Mar;102(3):483-9

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

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

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

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.

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.

McRobbie H, Lee M, & Juniper Z. Non-nicotine pharmacotherapies for smoking cessation. Respir Med. 2005 99, 1203-1212.

McRobbie, H. Current insights and new opportunities for smoking cessation. British Journal of Cardiology, 2005; 12(1) 37-44.

McRobbie, H., Hajek, P., & Gillison, F. The relationship between smoking cessation and mouth ulcers. Nicotine & Tobacco Research 2004; 6(4): 655-659.

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.

Percival, J., McRobbie, H., Sutherland, G., ‘Nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) in smoking cessation’. Prescriber Supplement, 2003.

Hajek, P., Gillison. F. & McRobbie, H. Stopping smoking causes constipation. Addiction 2003; 98 (11): 1563-1567.

McRobbie, H., Hajek, P., ‘Nicotine replacement therapy in patients with cardiovascular disease: guidelines for health professionals’. Addiction 96(11),1547-51, 2001.

Books and book chapters

McRobbie H, Thornley S. Nicotine delivery systems for smoking cessation. Encyclopaedia of Drugs, Alcohol, and Addictive Behaviour 3rd Eddition. Gale. ISBN 13: 9780028660646

Glover M, McRobbie H.  ‘Smoking Cessation’ In Heggenhougen, H.K. (ed.) International Encyclopedia of Public Health, First Edition. vol. 6. Oxford: Elsevier, 37-50, 2008.

Whittaker R, McRobbie H. Metodos psicologicos para el diagnostico y el tratamiento de los fumadores. In: Jimenez-Ruiz CA, Fagerstrom KO, editors. Tratado de Tabaquismo. Madrid: Ergon, 2007

McEwen, A., Hajek, P., McRobbie, H., West, R. Manual Of Smoking Cessation: A Guide For Counsellors And Practitioners. Blackwell Publishing. 2006 ISBN-10: 1-4051-3337-6

McRobbie H, Wehbe L. Tratamiento rapido y ortras tecnicas aversivas. In: Muller FW, editor. Cesacion tabaquica. Tiempp de intervenir. Buenos Aires: Polemos, 2006


Bullen C, McRobbie H, Thornley S, Walker N, Whittaker R. Working with what we have before getting into bed with the tobacco industry. N Z Med J. 2006 Aug 18;119(1240):U2139.

McRobbie, H., Bullen, C., Whittaker, R. Blame it on Big Tobacco, but do what you can to help smokers stop. New Zealand Medical Journal 118(1224), 2005.

McRobbie, H., Darwin, C., Hajek, P., ‘Smoke free hospitals: rising to the challenge’.  British Medical Journal 327(7418), 811-2, 2003.


Smoking Cessation Review Team. (Fraser T, McRobbie H, Wallace-Bell M, Bullen C, Whittaker R). Report on Smoking Cessation Review – Tasmania. A report commissioned by the Department of Human and Health Services, Tasmania, Australia. September 2007. 26 pages.

Bullen C, Fraser T, Glover M, McRobbie H, Walker N, Whittaker R. Smoking Cessation Competencies for New Zealand. A report commissioned by the New Zealand Ministry of Health, Wellington. August, 2007. ISBN .978-0-478-19169-1 (print) ISBN 978-0-478-19170-7 (online).

Wong G, Fishman Z, McRobbie H, Arroll B, Clair S, Freeman B, Glover M, Jull A. Smoking and nurses in New Zealand. ASH-KAN Aotearoa: Assessment of smoking history, knowledge and attitudes of nurses in New Zealand. ASH New Zealand, August 2007

Smoking Cessation Guidelines Consortium (Bullen C, Fraser T, McRobbie H, Whittaker R, Baibe H, Wallace-Bell M, Barlow D, K Beverley, D Sellman) . New Zealand Smoking Cessation Guidelines. Wellington: Ministry of Health, August 2007. ISBN 978-0-478-19169-1. 54 pages.

Glover M, Bullen C, McRobbie H, King A. Prioritising actions for the framework for reducing smoking initiation in Aotearoa/New Zealand. A Report for the Health Sponsorship Council. University of Auckland, July 2007.

McRobbie H, Bullen C, Whittaker R, Wallace-Bell M, Fraser T. Best practice for smoking cessation: Background Report for the Tasmanian Department of Health and Human Services, Tasmania, May 2007.

McRobbie H, Bullen C, Whittaker R, Barlow D, Eadie S, Wallace-Bell M. ‘An Evaluation of the activity of smoking cessation Practitioners Following National Heart Foundation Cessation Practitioner Training’. Report to the Ministry of Health, July 2007

McRobbie H, Bullen C, Whittaker R, Glover M, Baiabe H, Barlow D, Beverley K, Eadie S, Fraser T, Glover M,  Sellman D, Wallace-Bell M. Literature Review for the New Zealand Smoking Cessation Guidelines. Ministry of Health, May 2007.

McRobbie H, Hajek P, Bullen C, Feigin, V. Rapid review of non NHS treatments for smoking cessation. National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence. 203 pages, May 2006.

McRobbie, H., McEwen, A. Helping smokers to stop: guidance for pharmacists in England. A joint publication of the Health Development Agency, The Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain and PharmacyHeathLink. London 2005.

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