Help UCL With COVID Vape Study

Posted 7th May 2020 by Dave Cross
University College London’s (UCL) Dr Lion Shahab and Dr Aleksandra Herbec would like vapers to help with a study looking at lifestyle choices during the COVID pandemic. They are interested to know how your vaping, smoking, drinking, eating and exercise has been affected during lockdown.

The study is being conducted by researchers from the Departments of Behavioural Science and Health at UCL and the UCL Tobacco and Alcohol Research and includes Professor Jamie Brown, Dr Olga Perski, Dr Phillippa Lally and Dimitra Kale.

  • The UCL “Health Behaviours During The COVID Pandemic” study – [link]

They say: “We want to understand physical activity and diet, as well as the use and changes to the use of tobacco (e.g. cigarettes), nicotine (e.g. e-cigarettes) and alcohol during the coronavirus pandemic (Covid-19). We also want to understand how we could create or provide support that may help people to make changes to their behaviours and therefore their health.”

The UCL Tobacco and Research Group (UTARG) aims to advance and integrate population and individual approaches to quitting smoking and reducing alcohol consumption by providing insights into population-wide influences on smoking and alcohol consumption and advancing the scientific foundation, and further the development of interventions aimed at promoting smoking cessation and helping people reduce their alcohol consumption.

The Research Department of Behavioural Science and Health is dedicated to research on how human behaviour impacts health and health outcomes. It carries out cutting-edge research and provides high quality teaching into the impact of behavioural and emotional processes on disease aetiology and health outcomes, and to implement this knowledge to reduce disease risk and improve the health of the population.

  • The UCL “Health Behaviours During The COVID Pandemic” study – [link]

This survey will take around 20 minutes to complete, and then a shorter follow-up surveys taking about half the time after 1 month, 3 months, 6 months and 12 months.

The surveys include questions about:

  • Yourself (e.g. your age, gender and ethnicity)
  • How COVID-19 has impacted different aspects of your life (e.g. work, lifestyle, isolation)
  • Your use of tobacco (e.g. smoking) and nicotine (e.g. vaping)
  • Your alcohol consumption
  • Your physical activity
  • Factors that may influence your health behaviours
  • Your experience and views on any programmes that can help with changing your lifestyle

You need to be 18 or older to take part. Your personal data will be treated as strictly confidential. Email addresses will be stored in a secure server at UCL and only selected study team members at UCL will access it.

The team says: “At the end of this study we will separate your email address from the other data you provide and mark your data with unique ID numbers. Only fully anonymised data will be shared with research collaborators. Only anonymised data will be presented in academic publications, at conferences, and in student theses.”

  • The UCL “Health Behaviours During The COVID Pandemic” study – [link]


 Dave Cross
Article by Dave Cross
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