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Research was published by former SPCR doctoral student Dr Jamie Hartmann-Boyce and SPCR researcher Dr Nicola Lindson in the Cochrane Library on 14 October. The updated Cochrane evidence shows that electronic cigarettes containing nicotine could increase the number of people who stop smoking compared to those using nicotine replacement therapy. 

Read the press release:

Earlier news 

In 2016 the Cochrane Tobacco Addiction Group, based at the University of Oxford, carried out a priority setting project (CTAG taps), funded by the NIHR School for Primary Care Research. Drawing on the opinions and experiences of members of the public, health professionals, healthcare commissioners, researchers, guideline developers and funders a clear message emerged- that there are still many unanswered research questions in the areas of tobacco use prevention, harm reduction and cessation. Now the NIHR have put out a large funding call, across a number of its funding streams, for research in these areas. Read more. More about the project: Find out more about the project:

In 2014, Jamie Hartmann-Boyce was lead author on a Cochrane Review which found evidence that electronic cigarettes may help as an aid to smokers who wish to stop or reduce smoking.

In 2016, the review was updated (NIHR Cochrane Review) and provided an independent assessment of the best available evidence to date about electronic cigarettes for quitting smoking. 

Read the NIHR news.

Read the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences news. During this time, Jamie was research associate of the Cochrane Tobacco Addiction Group and a School funded DPhil student.

Co-author of the publication "Electronic cigarettes for smoking cessation and reduction" and SPCR doctoral student Jamie Hartmann-Boyce was interviewed on Radio 4's Today Programme (01:31.27) this morning. She also appeared on Channel 4 news (Can e-cigarettes help you quit smoking?) 

The Cochrane Collaboration have issued a press release and further news is published by the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences at the University of Oxford. 

Although this review was not funded by the SPCR, Jamie Hartmann-Boyce is funded as a SPCR DPhil student to explore the interface between health services and self-management of weight as part of her doctoral research, this study into e-cigarettes is not funded by the School.


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