Online Help Required

Posted 29th November 2019 by Dave Cross
Mark Lucherini, a lecturer in Human Geography at Keele University, would like UK vapers to assist with an online study. The study is funded by a Research Development Fund award scheme from the Faculty of Natural Sciences at Keele University and aims to discover what people think of electronic cigarettes.

Mark explains: “The aim of this study is to understand the role of e-cigarettes in your everyday life. Most research so far, has been focused on how e-cigarettes can help people stop smoking. This is important research but there has been less work on how people feel about e-cigarettes, especially if they have helped long-term smokers stop smoking. Therefore, with this project I want to understand what e-cigarettes mean to people who use them and how they have changed peoples’ lives.”

He is interested in the views from members of the POTV forum and recipients of the newsletter and also from anyone else with an interest in vaping.

If you decide to participate the questionnaire is linked to below. You will be asked a series of questions about what e-cigarettes mean to you and how their use has changed your everyday life. Mark is particularly interested in the emotional significance of e-cigarettes in people’s lives, so it would be great if you were able to write about any emotions you associate with e-cigarette use. Some of these experiences might be quite personal and sensitive, you are free to skip questions or withdraw from answering altogether if you would prefer not to answer. Mark says: “You can spend as much time as you wish on the questionnaire, but if you were able to spend about 30 minutes, and include as much detail as possible, that would be great.”

The identity and personal information from all respondents will be kept completely confidential. The analysis will be written up for presentations, academic papers and funding reports, and direct quotes from responses may be included, but they will not be identifiable and will be attributed to a fake name.


Mark adds: “By taking part, you will be providing valuable information to help understand the significance of e-cigarettes in people’s lives.”

If you have any questions you can contact Mark via his details on the page linked below.


  • The Significance of E-cigarettes in Everyday Life Study – [link]
  • Keele University – [link]

Image from Keele University and Pixabay

 Dave Cross
Article by Dave Cross
Freelance writer, physicist, karateka, dog walker