Are you a vaper who also smokes? Would you be willing to help with an important study at QMUL?

How does dual use of e-cigarettes and conventional cigarettes change over time?

The Study:

This study is being run by the Health and Lifestyle Research Unit at Queen Mary University of London, and is funded by Cancer Research UK (CRUK).

Many people who smoke conventional cigarettes also use an e-cigarette and this is called ‘dual use’. Little is known about the way such use develops over time. Most dual users aim to stop smoking altogether, but many people continue using both products. It is not clear at present how many of these dual users stop smoking, at which time point, and what factors help them to stop.

We are inviting up to 500 dual users to take part in a study which aims to gain a greater understanding of these issues. If you take part, we will ask you questions about your vaping and smoking over the telephone or internet at 3 monthly intervals, over a 12-month period. The surveys should take approximately 10 minutes each to complete. You will receive a £15 voucher as compensation for your time. The study is funded for 1 year initially, but if we obtain further funding, we will extend the follow-up period to 10 years.

We hope that the results of this trial will inform what advice doctors and other health professionals give on e-cigarettes in the future.

Who can take part?

You will be able to take part if you are:

  • Aged 18 years or over.
  • Currently using both an e-cigarette and conventional cigarettes either on the same or separate days for at least one day a week, and practiced such use for at least one month.
  • Willing to provide data on your vaping and smoking at baseline, 3, 6, 9 and 12 months.
  • Are not currently taking part in another conflicting study.

Thank you for your interest in this study. It is important that you understand what is involved before you consent to take part. There is information at the end of the information leaflet on how to contact the study organiser if you have any questions or concerns. Your participation is completely voluntary and will not affect any access to treatment or services that you may be currently receiving.

If you are interested in taking part please call: 0207 882 5747 (lines are open Monday-Friday, 9-5pm) Or click the link to email us: health-research@qmul.ac.uk

For more information and to apply to take part in this study click here!

 

 

 

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#7cancers campaign raising awareness of alcohol related harm!

In the latter part of June, Balance North East launched a four-week campaign highlighting the links between alcohol and cancer.

The campaign focuses on the links between alcohol and seven different types of cancer:
• Pharyngeal (upper throat)
• Mouth
• Oesophageal (food pipe)
• Laryngeal (voice box)
• Bowel
• Breast
• Liver

The #7cancers campaign features TV advertising, media relations, digital and social media activity.

Over 800,000 people in the North East are drinking above the daily recommended limits and increasing their risk of developing seven types of cancer.

Visit their Facebook page or check out www.reducemyrisk.tv to find out more.

You don’t need to be a heavy drinker to be at risk of the harms associated with alcohol. Drinking a pint of beer or a standard glass of wine every day can increase the risk of seven types of cancer.

Cancer Prevention Fellowship – CRUK

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This Fellowship funds outstanding postdoctoral researchers and health care professionals to research changes that can prevent people getting cancer.

Applications are considered on the basis of:

  • academic achievements to date and future potential,
  • scientific merit, novelty and potential for translation of the research proposal,
  • research environment provided by the sponsoring department.

Applicants should have:

  • at the time of submitting the application, between three and five years of research experience since completing a PhD (or equivalent higher research degree),
  • an excellent track record in previous postdoctoral position(s).

We expect successful Fellows to:

  • Engage with the overall Cancer Prevention Initiative, working alongside CRUK’s Policy Research Centre for Prevention, and/or involvement with the Innovation Fund scheme.
  • Have a clear training and development plan for the duration of the Fellowship, which demonstrates how skills and knowledge will have increased by the end of the Fellowship.
  • Have a clear plan as to how they will increase their collaborations and scientific networks – including outside of their immediate research field – over the course of the Fellowship. This may be through time spent working in other research groups, or remote collaboration.