Smoking cessation trial at the Drop In
Researchers from the University of East Anglia (UEA) have been working with Drop In guests to provide support and advice about stopping smoking. UEA asked involved guests to complete a questionnaire asking about their smoking and health. In addition, they were asked to breathe into a breathalyser which measures carbon monoxide to tell them if the person had recently smoked. The study formed of two groups; stop smoking with the standard NHS/GP support, whilst the other group uses e-cigarettes and e-liquid as a smoking aid. The charity was identified as an NHS/GP study support group. Every participant’s progress is monitored, asking them about their quit attempts, current smoking, e-cigarette use, health, and CO level. Upon completion of the programme, every participant receives a gift voucher for taking part in the trial (alcohol and tobacco purchases excluded). The study support from the participants is exceptional.
Pictured : Anna Varley, Research Associate, University of East Anglia, Norwich attends the Drop In on a weekly basis to support guests with the study.