UK E-Cigarette Research Forum

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The #QuitforCovid campaign launched in early 2020 in response to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. COVID-19 is a new illness caused by a virus that can affect people’s lungs and airways. Symptoms of COVID-19 include a cough, a high temperature and shortness of breath. There are some groups of people who may be more at risk of serious illness if they catch coronavirus, including older people, people with long term health conditions and people who are immunosuppressed. Emerging evidence suggests people who smoke are at higher risk of severe COVID-19 infection.

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Evidence so far indicates e-cigarettes are far less harmful than tobacco and can help people who smoke to cut down or stop smoking. However, more evidence is needed to help inform smokers and policy-makers looking to reduce the harm from tobacco.

The UK E-Cigarette Research Forum (UKECRF) is an initiative developed by Cancer Research UK in partnership with Public Health England (PHE) and the UK Centre for Tobacco and Alcohol Studies (UKCTAS). The Forum brings together policy-makers, researchers, practitioners and the NGO community to discuss the emerging evidence and knowledge gaps about e-cigarettes. The group also seeks to identify research priorities, generate ideas for new research projects and enhance collaboration between forum participants.

The UKECRF holds three meetings per year, chaired by Professor Ann McNeill (Kings College London) and co-hosted by Professor Linda Bauld (University of Edinburgh) and Martin Dockrell (Public Health England), and coordinated by CRUK’s Tobacco Control Policy team.

See agendas from previous meetings:

January 2019

September 2018

May 2018

January 2018

September 2017

May 2017

January 2017

May 2016

January 2016

October 2015

September 2016

Cancer Research UK is the most active research funder supporting work on e-cigarettes in the UK.  A number of forum members are currently conducting e-cigarette research funded by CRUK. Several research projects have arisen from discussions and collaborations made at these meetings. As far as we are aware, no other equivalent national forum exists in other countries.

Tobacco Advisory Group (TAG) funding

Population Research Committee (PRC) funding


In partnership with Public Health England and UK Centre for Tobacco and Alcohol Studies (UKCTAS)

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