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: Access it here. 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.
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'
We are currently recruiting e-cigarette users into our research study.
You can get involved by completing an online electronic interview about your use of e-cigarettes to give up smoking, whether you remained stopped or relapsed.
To access and complete the online electronic interview please click this link: ECtra Electronic Interview
There may also be opportunity to take part in a more in-depth face to face interview. We are particularly interested in people who tried to quit smoking using an e-cigarette but were not successful.
For further information about taking part in either interview please email Emma at email@example.com or phone 01603 592304.
If you work for an e-cigarette shop or company, and would be willing to promote the ECtra Study to your customers, please get in touch to discuss further.
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: