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Smokers, e-cigarette users and nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) users needed for UCL Department of Epidemiology and Public Health research study

21 January 2014

Researchers in the UCL Department of Epidemiology and Public Health are investigating the health effects of using nicotine-containing products long-term.

We are currently recruiting smokers, e-cigarette users and nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) users to participate in this research.

Whilst NRT and e-cigarettes are likely to be much less harmful to health than tobacco cigarettes, there is little research available on the long-term health effects of using these products. We therefore want to investigate what potentially harmful chemicals are entering the bodies of people who smoke and/or use NRT or e-cigarettes long term. We hope that findings from our study will provide the basis for further research into the effects long-term nicotine consumption and be able to inform practice and policy in this area.

We are looking for people who:

  • Have reliable transportation (the study will be held at UCL, Bloomsbury Campus)
  • Are over the age of 18
  • Are in good health
  • Fits into one of the following categories: 1) a regular smoker; 2) a regular smoker who also uses e-cigarettes or NRT; 3) an ex-smoker who uses e-cigarettes or NRT regularly.

If you decide to participate, you will be asked to attend a single laboratory session (about 30 minutes), which will take place at UCL, Department of Epidemiology & Public Health, 1-19 Torrington Place. You will be asked to answer some questions about your smoking history and your use of nicotine-containing products, and to provide urine, saliva and breath samples. Participation is paid (£25). Please note that travel costs are not covered.

If you would like more information about the study, please email k.sheals.12@ucl.ac.uk or call 020 7679 1979, Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm and ask for the Nicotine Study.

If you would like to take part in the study, please click the following link and answer a few questions so that we can confirm that you are eligible to take part. This should take no longer than a few minutes of your time. https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/FTT8YSS

This study has received UCL ethical approval (No.: 0483/002). Data will be collected and stored in accordance with Data Protection Act 1998

Kate Sheals, Research Assistant, UCL Department of Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology