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23/09/15: Vapers Helping Smokers: An Online Survey of 7,326 Vapers.

We know that e-cigarettes can help smokers quit smoking. Less discussed is the idea that vapers who have quit smoking since they started vaping regularly can further boost quit rates by providing an invaluable source of first-hand experience, information and advice to smokers who may be curious, cautious or contemplating using an e-cigarette to support a quit attempt. We recently completed a study that aimed to connect smokers, who want to hear the stories and experiences of those who have quit smoking with the help of e-cigarettes, with vapers who have quit smoking and are keen to help smokers by sharing their stories of how they did it. Dr Christopher Russell has recently presented the findings of this study (download slides at the link below) at a number of international conferences.
To give a quick overview, we surveyed 7,326 current regular vapers, of whom, 5,000 (75%) were smoking regularly at the point of their first vape. Of these individuals, 4,235 (85.9%) had quit smoking completely since they started vaping regularly, and of the 754 respondents who were still smoking, 56% had reduced their daily smoking by at least 50% since they started vaping regularly.
We retained these 4,235 quitters and 404 reducers and asked: “What could smokers, who are curious about using e-cigarettes to quit smoking, learn from these vapers who have quit or significantly reduced their smoking by using e-cigarettes?”
We elicited data from these ‘successful’ vapers on a range of variables:
  • Smoking history
  • Past quit attempts
  • Vaping history
  • Devices ever used/ currently used/preferred/disliked/recommended
  • Flavours ever used/ currently used/preferred/disliked/recommended
  • Nicotine strengths ever used/ currently used/preferred/disliked/recommended
  • Manufacturing-related adverse events experienced
  • Views on regulation of devices and flavours, effects of advertising of nicotine vapour products, and bans on use.
  • Harm perceptions (e-cigarettes vs. regular cigarettes)
  • Addiction perceptions (e-cigarettes vs. regular cigarettes)
  • Reasons for starting to vape.
  • Reasons for vaping today.
  • Benefits and pleasures of vaping.
  • Health changes you have personally experienced since you started vaping regularly.
  • Advice you would give to a smoker who is thinking about using an e-cigarette to quit smoking.
All the results are summarised in Dr Russell’s slides and are currently being written up for publication. We hope you find them useful and interesting.

21/09/15: VapExpo Paris Presentations

Dr Christopher Russell presented the results of our ‘Vapers Helping Smokers’ survey at the VapExpo Paris on September 20th 2015. In his presentation, Dr Russell talks about the potential public health benefit of connecting smokers, who want to quit and are curious about using an e-cigarette, with vapers who have quit smoking since they started vaping regularly and are passionate about helping smokers to achieve what they themselves have achieved. The video of Dr Russell’s presentation is below.


When Public Health Harm Reduction Becomes Public Health Harm Promotion

Commentary on the recently announced ban on the use of electronic cigarettes within enclosed public space in Wales:


Global Survey of E-Cigarette Users

Have you ever used an e-cigarette or personal vaporiser? We are conducting a global survey of individuals’ views and experiences of using e- cigarettes. The survey can be completed at www.nicotinesurveys.org

Just click on your country flag for a translated version of the survey.

Every vaper’s story is important! Be part of our effort to get good honest information about e-cigarettes out into the world. Please complete our survey and share it with other vapers. Thanks!


2015 Legal High’ National Online Survey for England

The 2015 Legal High National Online Survey for England has now opened and is available for completion at www.mylegalhigh.org. As with the 2014 survey this is a confidential survey collecting information from users and non users of new psychoactive drugs (so called legal highs).  The 2015 survey is funded by the Centre for Drug Misuse Research and has received a favourable ethics assessment. As with the 2014 survey we will rapidly aim to analyse the results of the 2015 survey and provide a summary report of those findings to all of those interested in these substances. Anyone interested in the findings from the 2014 survey can access a presentation of findings prepared by Dr Chris Russell who is the lead on this study by clicking here T: Slides – Survey Findings.

If you would like Dr Russell to present the survey methodology and findings at an event in 2015, please email to chrisrussell@drugmisuseresearch.org.

Welcome to CDMR

The Centre for Drug Misuse Research (CDMR) specialises in undertaking large and small scale studies in a variety of areas to do with substance use and abuse. Our team includes the skills of sociologists and psychologists. Our research capacities encompass the design and execution of large scale surveys based on interviewing substantial numbers of individuals over time and spread across a wide range of locations, as well as carrying out more focussed qualitative work involving semi-structured and focus group interviews with smaller numbers of individuals.

We are expert in carrying out challenging research and understand the need to work flexibly to ensure that  research reaches the most difficult to contact individuals. Our work is conducted to the highest ethical standard and will always respect the confidences of both the funders and participants of our research.  Staff within CDMR are responsible for assessing the impact of the pilot drug recovery wings.

The research team are skilled in discussing with potential funders the nature of their information needs and identifying how these may be met by tailored research. We are able to produce timely and (where funders deem appropriate) confidential reports outlining the results of research undertaken. Where funders are keen to publicise the research undertaken within their organisation, staff within CDMR have extensive experience of working with a variety of media to successfully secure widespread coverage of research results.

We have carried out research for a wide range of public and private organisations and are expert in such areas as:

  • Survey design and analysis
  • Qualitative data collection and its analysis
  • Programme and Service Evaluation
  • Improving Decision Making in Relation to Drug and Alcohol Work
  • Policy Analysis and Horizon Scanning in relation to Future Problems.

The team at CDMR undertake research in a  variety of contexts including  health, criminal justice, social work, and with a wide range of population groups.