March 2018: Research team start to collect data for longitudinal follow up study.
February 2018: Vape shop research paper is published: you can read it here. Dr Caitlin Notley was interviewed about the research by BBC Radio Norfolk, BBC Look East and the New Scientist. The paper was featured in news articles in local press and the I, Metro and Daly Mail, as well as being covered widely by social media.
January 2018: The project has secured further funding to undertake a longitudinal follow up of interview participants, as part of Dr Notley's Society for the Study of Addiction Fellowship.
December 2017: The research team submitted a response to the parliamentary select committee e-cigarettes enquiry: you can read it here. Dr Caitlin Notley and Dr Emma Ward presented emergent findings at the UEA Addiction Research Group meeting.
November 2017: Dr Caitlin Notley and Dr Emma Ward presented emergent findings at the Society for the Study of Addiction Annual Symposium, Newcastle, 9th and 10th November 2017. Dr Emma Ward won the prize for best research project for a poster presenting the vape shop observation work.
October 2017: Our video 'Debunking the Myths of E-cigarettes with Research' was launched on social media.
September 2017: Ethnographic observations of vape shops in London completed: Thank you to participating shops and staff. Emergent findings were discussed at CRUK E-Cigarette Forum in London on 15th September 2017.
July 2017: Ethnographic observations of vape shops in London commenced: Thank you to participating shops and staff.
June 2017: Dr Caitlin Notley and Dr Emma Ward presented emergent findings at the Global Forum on Nicotine, Warsaw, 15th-17th June. Ethnographic observations of vape shops in Norwich completed: Thank you to participating shops and staff.
May 2017: Dr Emma Ward presented participant generated photographic data of patterns of vaping to the UEA Qualitative Research Forum on 10th May 2017.
March 2017: Dr Caitlin Notley presented emergent findings at the Society for Research on Nicotine & Tobacco Annual Meeting, Florence, 8th-11th March 2017.
February 2017: Electronic version of the interview is launched online. The ECtra study featured in the Eastern Daily Press. Dr Caitlin Notley was interviewed about the ECtra Study on BBC Radio Norfolk by Matthew Gudgin.
January 2017: Norwich e cigarette shops kindly agree to promote the ECtra Study to their customers. Dr Caitlin Notley gave a brief presentation about the ECtra Study at the UK Electronic Cigarette Research Forum, Edinburgh, 19th January 2017.
December 2016: Dr Caitlin Notley presented emergent findings at the International Symposium Dedicated to Electronic Nicotine Delivery System and Smoking Cessation, La Rochelle, France, 1st and 2nd December 2016
November 2016: Dr Caitlin Notley presented emergent findings at the Society for the Study of Addiction Annual Symposium, York, 10th and 11th November 2016
October 2016: Dr Caitlin Notley presented emergent findings at the Global Addiction Conference, Venice, 2nd to 4th October 2016
September 2016: Data collection commenced.
ECtra Study (E-cigarette Trajectories)
Real world experiences of using e-cigarettes for avoiding relapse to smoking: success or failure. A qualitative study
The ECtra Study will provide much needed evidence on e-cigarette use in relation to smoking relapse which will be of importance by informing future development of e-cigarette based stop-smoking interventions.
Our findings will be important for policy and practice recommendations, in particular Stop Smoking services. We aim to identify the best ways to advise the public who wish to stop and stay stopped from smoking (with the assistance of e-cigarettes).
Our in-depth data will significantly contribute to conceptual understanding of relapse to smoking following a quit attempt using e-cigarettes.
Thank you to everyone who took part in an in-depth interview, online interview survey, or observation!
We have finished collecting data for the first phase of the study. However, we have secured funding to follow up interview participants and will be in touch over the next few months.
For further information please email Emma at email@example.com or phone 01603 592304.
A qualitative exploration of the role of vape shop environments in supporting smoking abstience available here
The benefits and risks of e-cigarettes as a 'stop-smoking' tool, written evidence submitted by Caitlin Notley to the Parlimentary E-Cigarettes Inquiry available here
Vaping as an alternative to smoking relapse following brief lapse
Pathways of e-cigarette use
Photo diaries of how everyday vaping supports smoking abstinence
E-cigarettes for avoiding relapse presented at Global Forum on Nicotine 2017, Warsaw, Poland, June 2017 available here
Redefining understanding of tobacco smoking lapse in the context of vaping presented at the Society for the Study of Addiction Annual Conference, Newcastle, November 2017 available here
A qualitative study of support provided by vape shops to people wanting to use e-cigarettes to quit smoking presented at the Society for the Study of Addiction Annual Conference, Newcastle, November 2017 available here
An ethnographic observational study of smoking cessation advice given in vape shops presented at Global Forum on Nicotine 2017, Warsaw, Poland, June 2017 available here
Many of our participants had questions about vaping such as 'is vaping safe?', and 'am I vaping more frequently than I used to smoke?'. In response to these questions, we have produced an 11 minute video giving evidence based answers.
The video is in 4 sections, debunking 4 common myths:
Myth 1: 'Vaping is just as bad for health as smoking tobacco'
Myth 2: 'Vaping is more addictive than tobacco'
Myth 3: 'E-cigarettes are really dangerous to use'
Myth 4: 'Vaping encourages non-smokers to take up smoking'
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.
ECtra Research Team Members: