Moffitt Cancer Center received a $3.6 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to study the use of electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, over the next five years. The goal of the new Moffitt grant is to learn how e-cigarettes are used over time and whether users are eventually successful at quitting smoking. During the first year of the study, Moffitt researchers will be interviewing e-cigarette users to learn about their experiences and their perceptions of the pros and cons of e-cigarettes. The researchers want to interview current and former smokers who are also current or former e-cigarettes users.
According to lead investigator on the project Thomas Brandon, Ph.D, director of the Tobacco Research & Intervention Program at Moffitt, “Public health researchers are really playing catch-up with the explosion of e-cigarettes onto the marketplace.” During the final four years of the study, Moffitt researchers plan to enrol 2,500 e-cigarette users throughout the United States, and follow them for 24 months by sending them surveys every three months. The research is expected to provide valuable data about the long-term use of e-cigarettes and their value for quitting smoking. Read full article
Phys.Org (30 June 2015) Moffitt Cancer Center receives $3.6 million grant to study e-cigarettes [journal]. Retrieved from http://tinyurl.com/qgpvtkb