UK E-Cigarette Research Forum


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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 led by Cancer Research UK in collaboration with leading experts in the field of e-cigarettes and tobacco control. 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.

Upcoming UK Electronic Cigarette Research Forum (UKECRF)

Sign up for the upcoming forum which is taking place virtually on Thursday 23rd May 2024. Please complete the form below to register your interest in attending.


The UKECRF holds three meetings per year, co-chaired by Professor Lion Shahab (University College London) and Professor Caitlin Notley (University of East Anglia). The meetings are co-hosted by Martin Dockrell (The Office of Health Improvement and Disparities), Alizee Froguel (Cancer Research UK), Dr Frances Thirlway (University of York), Dr Katie East (Kings College London), Dr Amanda Farley (University of Birmingham) and Professor Jamie Hartmann-Boyce (University of Oxford).

See agendas from previous meetings:

May 2024

January 2024

September 2023

January 2023

September 2022

May 2022

January 2022

September 2021

May 2021

January 2021

September 2020

May 2020

January 2020

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.

Population Research Committee (PRC) funding

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