UQLD Researchers Seeking participants for the International Tobacco and Vaping Policy Survey October 16 2016, 1 Comment

Dr. Coral Gartner (Universiversity of Queensland) , Ron Borland and Hua Yong (Cancer Council Victoria) and other harm reduction advocates are seeking participants for the Australian component of 5 year International study of the effects of vaping as harm reduction and the effect of government policy on the accessibility and effectiveness of such harm reduction. The deadline for baseline participants is Oct 28, so please take the time to answer their survey found below. It is very comprehensive and takes a bit of time, but it is very important to get statistics on the number of folks benefitting from a better life after giving up smoking by using personal vaporisers or e-cigarettes!

Register your interest below:

The International Tobacco and Vaping Policy Survey


If you would like to participate, please complete the registration survey at the following link: http://bit.ly/uqvape

Australians aged 18 and over who currently vape regularly (with or without nicotine) are invited to participate in the Australian arm of the International Tobacco and Vaping Policy Survey. At the end of the first survey, as a token of our appreciation for your assistance with the research, participants will be offered an entry in a lottery draw for a prize valued at $1,000 which will be drawn on 28th October, 2016. Participant information including terms and conditions of the prize draw for participants can be viewed here.

The research will explore the impact of policies on tobacco use and vaping in four countries: the U.S., Canada, Australia and England. There is vigorous debate in public health communities and governments throughout the world about whether e-cigarettes will prove to have a net positive or negative impact on population health. This research is very important because many governments are currently developing regulations and policies about vaping.

This research will examine how different policies are likely to influence the use of e-cigarettes and smoked tobacco products, with the goal of understanding the population health impact of different policies and regulations.

Tobacco harm reduction

It has been known for a long time that the nicotine in tobacco smoke is the main reason that people often become addicted to tobacco smoking, but it is not the main cause of the many tobacco-related diseases that smokers develop.  These are caused by other toxins in the smoke.

Stopping smoking and nicotine use is the best way for smokers to reduce their health risk. However, switching from cigarettes to less harmful nicotine products can also provide large health benefits.

Researchers at the University of Queensland's School of Public Health are conducting research on tobacco harm reduction with the aim of better understanding how lower risk nicotine products could reduce the harm that is caused by tobacco smoking. The research also seeks to understand how health policy and regulation impacts both smoking and switching to a lower risk product.


Electronic cigarettes, or personal vaporisers, allow people to use nicotine with far fewer of the toxins that are in tobacco smoke. This makes them less harmful than traditional tobacco cigarettes. Some people also use these devices without nicotine as a replacement for cigarettes as they simulate some of the behavioural aspects of smoking, such as inhaling and exhaling a mist.

Vaping Research Consumer and Community Advisory Committee (VRCCAC)

We are currently recruiting people who vape for the VRCCAC. The purpose of the committee is to provide a way for vapers to contribute to the design, conduct and reporting of research findings. It acknowledges the central role of community members and consumers in research and translation of research findings and seeks to build a partnership between health researchers at the University of Queensland and the vaping community. 

To find out about the VRCCAC, download the information sheet here.

Please complete the Expression of Interest form if you are interested in becoming a member of the VRCCAC.