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.

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

Relapse prevention leaflet

Please click on the link below to access a relapse prevention leaflet we have developed with Cancer Research UK, National Centre for Smoking Cessation Training (NCSCT), and the New Nicotine Alliance (NNA). The leaflet is based on findings from the ECtra study.

Download the Staying Switched leaflet

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 UEA's 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.