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Tobacco Harm Reduction Study

Exploring smokers’ views on giving up smoking

Erikas, a PhD student and member of the Nicotine Research Group, is looking to interview smokers about their recent experiences in quitting smoking and perceptions of smoking cessation support and alternative nicotine products (e.g. electronic cigarettes, heated tobacco products).

You are invited to take part in the study if you

  • are 18 or older,
  • have tried to quit smoking in the last three months
  • but currently smoke at least 5 cigarettes a day
  • and do not use nicotine replacement or e-cigarettes every day

The study involves:

  • A face-to-face audio-recorded interview and completing a short questionnaire at the Addictions department, 4 Windsor Walk, Denmark Hill, London. This would take about an hour in total.
  • And a follow-up telephone call 6 months later. This should take no more than 15 minutes of your time.

As a thank you for sharing your views you will be given a £20 high street shopping voucher after the face-to-face interview and you will receive a £10 high street voucher by post after the follow-up telephone call. If you have questions about the study or are interested in participating, please contact Erikas Simonavicius (


This study has been reviewed and given favourable opinion by King’s Psychiatry, Nursing and Midwifery Research Ethics Panel (LRS-17/18-5458). The study is funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Biomedical Research Centre at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and King's College London.

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