UCL Repeat Research Call

Posted 28th February 2020 by Dave Cross
Researchers at University College London (UCL) were delighted with the response from POTV in November, but still have space for more vapers to help with a new project involving nicotine, e-cigarettes and heated tobacco products. Sceptics can be assured that the research will place emphasis on scientific rigour as the principal investigator is Dr Lion Shahab.

They are looking for:

  • Ex-smokers who now use an e-cigarette (with nicotine)
  • Live in London (as they need to commute to UCL) - for us to compensate £5 travel expense
  • If it's a female participant, to ensure they are not pregnant

Dr Shahab has extensive expertise in the field of tobacco control and is trained in epidemiology, neuroscience and health psychology. He has worked on numerous studies looking at the impact of vaping and frequently provides comment debunking some of the flawed studies originating from America.

This latest study aims to compare the possible health effects of using nicotine and tobacco-containing products such as e-cigarettes and heated tobacco (i.e. iQOS) when compared to smoking conventional cigarettes. To do this, the research team wants to assess what potentially harmful chemicals enter the bodies of people using these products compared with those not using these products.

The reason for the research is that only tobacco industry data currently exists in this area, and no studies have yet compared exposure in humans using either e-cigarettes or heated tobacco products. The objective is to provide independent data that is needed to inform users, regulators, and health professionals in the UK about these new, harm-reducing, non-combustible nicotine delivery systems.


If you would like to take part:

  1. Complete the screening survey linked below
  2. You will be emailed with more information and asked to schedule a visit to UCL
  3. Before the session, you will be asked not to use any nicotine/tobacco products, eat food, drink alcohol or use the toilet from 1 hour before the visit
  4. At the session, the researchers will ask to take your heart rate, breath measurements, and ask you to provide a urine sample
  5. You will be asked to complete a questionnaire about yourself, your health and smoking/nicotine use behaviour
  6. If you vape or use a heat-not-burn device, you will be asked to use your own product for 5 mins outside and then repeat the heart/breath measurements and a further questionnaire
  7. This will be the end of the study

A £40 Amazon voucher will be given as compensation for your time.


  • UCL screening survey – [link]
  • Further questions: Humairah Arshad by email - [link]

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 Dave Cross
Article by Dave Cross
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