Help Required

Posted 21st May 2019 by Dave Cross
The UK Centre for Tobacco & Alcohol Studies (UKTAS) is conducting work to help identify the top 10 unanswered questions for future research into topics related to vaping. Dr Abby Hunter has completed the first phase, and is now seeking support to prioritise the list of topics.

UKTAS writes: “Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death. Although not yet available on the NHS, electronic cigarettes are now the most popular aid to smoking cessation, with 37% of smokers using them for quit attempts, and approximately 2.6 million adults currently using them. However, as the popularity of electronic cigarettes have increased, so has the controversy associated with using them, and media scare stories may deter their use. The current evidence base is small and there is much we do not know.”

‘Top Ten’ research priority survey – [link]

The first phase called on vapers (and others) to have their say about what questions should be answered by research. Dr Hunter said: “We want to find out what the public want to know about ecigs. It doesn't matter if you are a smoker, vaper, dual user, or have never smoked in your life. We want ideas and questions about electronic cigarettes from people with different experiences and backgrounds.”

With that phase completed, there is now a list of valid topics that demand attention. Now Dr Hunter would like your assistance in selecting the ones you think are most important – then pulling your top ten from that list.

Why is this important? UKTAS says: “We want people to tell us what they think are the priorities for research into electronic cigarettes. It is important that we get responses from lots of different people, especially smokers and vapers, and healthcare professionals.”

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“Your responses will help us decide the Top 10 research priorities for electronic cigarettes and we will share this Top 10 list widely, including with organisations that fund research.”

‘Top Ten’ research priority survey – [link]

This latest survey should take about 10-15 minutes for you to consider the questions and choose your personal ‘top ten’ research priorities. Everybody responding will remain anonymous.

Dr Abby Hunter is looking for around 30 people to come to a final “prioritisation workshop”, to be held in Nottingham in the autumn 2019. It will be a full day event to agree the final top ten research questions on electronic cigarettes. There is no payment but expenses will be paid.

If you are interested in taking part in the prioritisation workshop, please email Dr Hunter directly on: [email protected]


‘Top Ten’ research priority survey – [link]



  • ‘Top Ten’ research priority survey – [link]
  • UKTAS – [link]
  • Electronic Cigarette Priority Setting Partnership – [link]
  • Dr Hunter‏ on Twitter - [link]
  • Expressing interest about the prioritisation workshop

 Dave Cross
Article by Dave Cross
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