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The E-Cigarette Registry

You can help contribute to a long-term health data repository of people who have quit smoking with and without using e-cigarettes to further scientific knowledge

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Planet of the Vapes members and newsletter subscribers can help contribute to a long-term health data repository of people who have quit smoking with and without using e-cigarettes. Organisers say: “With lots of people, over a long time, we hope to get a broad picture of the health effects of vaping.”

Researcher Georgia Mannion-Krase was delighted to announce that the E-Cigarette Registry had begun: “Very excited to share the news that the ECigRegistry is now open to the public! Please share among your networks, the more participants who join the more beneficial the Registry will be to researchers.”

The E-Cigarette Registry is the product of combined work between Cancer Research UK, Kings College London, Queen Mary University of London, and the Kings College London Cancer Prevention Trials Unit.

Is vaping safe? That's the question we all want to answer,” say the organisers. “It's 95% less harmful than smoking tobacco, but we don't know for sure what the effects are in 10-20 years. That's what we're trying to find out.

“Over 3 million people in the UK use vapes. Everyone has an opinion on them, but there isn’t enough data to support those opinions yet. The E-Cigarette Registry is a database of health data collected from people who have quite smoking both with and without switching to vaping. The purpose of the database is to help researchers answer their questions about e-cigarettes.”

Organisers are currently looking for adults in England or Wales who have tried to quit tobacco at least once. This presents an opportunity for our 60,000 vaping Planet of the Vapes newsletter subscribers to help out.

They say: “If you join, we’ll send you a questionnaire once a year, to see how you’re doing and what (if anything) you’re smoking. We’ll also collect information about you from organisations like NHS Digital.

“To do this, we need to send them some information like your name and NHS number (so they can find you in their system). When we send this information to them we’ll attach a code and the information they send back will be health data and the code only, which means there will be nothing in that data which identifies you directly, just the code.”

Over time, the data they collect will show if there’s a difference between tobacco use and vaping.

If you have any questions about taking part, you can email the organisers at [email protected].

You can join the E-Cigarette Registry using the link below.


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Dave is a freelance writer; with articles on music, motorbikes, football, pop-science, vaping and tobacco harm reduction in Sounds, Melody Maker, UBG, AWoL, Bike, When Saturday Comes, Vape News Magazine, and syndicated across the Johnston Press group. He was published in an anthology of “Greatest Football Writing”, but still believes this was a mistake. Dave contributes sketches to comedy shows and used to co-host a radio sketch show. He’s worked with numerous vape companies to develop content for their websites.

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