The ECtra Study provided much needed evidence on e-cigarette use in relation to smoking relapse. It will inform  the future development of e-cigarette based 'stop smoking' interventions.

Our findings were important for policy and practice recommendations, particularly 'stop smoking 'services. We identified the best ways to advise the public who wished to stop and stay stopped from smoking (with the assistance of e-cigarettes).

Our in-depth data significantly contributed to the understanding of relapse to smoking following a quit attempt using e-cigarettes.

UK Health Professional and Vaping Industry Survey

We are currently developing an e-cigarette relapse prevention intervention for which we will apply for funding to evaluate. As part of the intervention development, we are surveying UK health professionals and people who work in the UK vaping industry, about their views on working together.

Please take our survey if you fall into one of these categories


Thank you to everyone who took part in an in-depth interview, online interview survey, or observation!

We have finished collecting in-depth interview data for the first and second phase of the study. We are currently collecting second phase online interview survey data from people who completed the first phase survey.

For further information please email Emma Ward or call 01603 592304.

Debunking the myths of e-cigarettes with research

Many of our participants had questions about vaping such as 'Is vaping safe?' and 'Am I vaping more frequently than I used to smoke?' Our 11-minute video gives evidence-based answers to these questions.


ECtra Research Team

This study is led by a team of researchers at the UEA Norwich Medical School. We are working with colleagues at London South Bank University.

The study is funded by Cancer Research UK and supported by the Society for the Study of Addiction.