Introduction & information about my research

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  1. dan_todd

    dan_todd New Member Member

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    Hi everyone,

    My name is Daniel, and I'm currently undertaking psychology honours with Central Queensland University (CQU) in Australia (I completed a Bachelor of Arts and Social Sciences with an accredited major in psychology at Monash University in 2012). My supervisor Matt has a PhD in psychology, and the project has received ethics approval from CQU. This research is unfunded and has no commercial affiliations whatsoever. Admittedly, I don't vape myself, but became extremely interested in vaping from reading and hearing about people vaping in an effort to stop smoking, and thinking about family and friends that have struggled to quit in the past. I want to understand the patterns of vaping, including the degree to which vaping can effectively substitute for a cigarette-based nicotine habit, the number of vapers trying to wean themselves off nicotine versus those happy with a safer medium to maintain a nicotine habit, and the survey asks questions about this. As part of this, I have been working on developing a questionnaire that could eventually allow users (and researchers) to assess vapers’ nicotine dependence. The questionnaire includes what is essentially a modified Fagerstrom Test for Nictotine Dependence (which many of you will no doubt have heard of), but with questions more relevant to vaping. I currently have only had a small number of Canadian participants, and would certainly love some extras.

    I'm hoping that the work may be published in an academic journal and it will be included in my thesis write-up. All data collected will be totally anonymous. I have read and seen that you have been asked to participate in a bit of research recently. I know that many of you will be thinking "another survey!", but if I can firstly say that it is designed to be quite brief (hopefully 5-10 mins to complete, depending on your smoking history) and not answer all of the questions in one survey, and has had an actual vaper's input. Secondly, if you have questions or feedback, I am here to take them (as is my supervisor). I have seen that some other studies have dropped a link, and are then never seen again. I have been on some of the forums for a number of months, and will actually respond! Finally, you will be welcome to see the summary of results in around October when I complete my work (a link is provided at the completion of the questionnaire, or ask me for it anytime - even if you haven't participated).

    The survey and a detailed information page are available at https://cqu.fluidsurveys.com/surveys/dantodd/vaping/

    Apologies for the long into, but I wanted to cover off some of the most important points. Please feel free to get in touch if you have any questions.

    Thanks for your time.
    Daniel
    --In the interests of full disclosure, I will post this intro on a few of the forums. Apologies to anyone who has now read it more than once!
     
  2. MasterVapes

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    Thanks for sharing and best of luck with your thesis!
     
  3. dan_todd

    dan_todd New Member Member

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    Thanks very much @MasterVapes :)
     
  4. dan_todd

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    Hi everyone,

    A massive thanks again to everyone on here who took the time to participate in my research study a few months ago. In total, 436 people participated which lead to some very useful and interesting findings, many of which won't come as a surprise I'm sure.

    The key findings and recommendations are as follows:

    • The FTND-V (the vaping adaptation of the Fagerstom Test for Nicotine Dependence) showed reliability below recommended levels.
    -This suggests that a simple adaptation of the FTND (smoking) questionnaire may not be appropriate for vaping.
    -This highlights behavioural differences between smoking and vaping.
    -The research team recommend that new and more appropriate methods of assessing addiction from multiple modes of ingestion be explored.​
    • E-cigarette are being used for smoking cessation.
    -Many participants reported success using e-cigarette for smoking cessation and/or reduction.
    -A reduced number of cigarettes smoked per day (after starting vaping) was observed. This finding was statistically significant.
    *Average across the participants reduced from 26.31 to 0.28 daily.
    *Only 22 participants (5%) were currently still smoking (dual-users).​
    • Very few never regular smokers were using e-cigarettes.
    -Only 0.92% prevalence was observed in this study.
    -Of these, ½ used zero nicotine e-juice and ½ used 1-6mg/ml.​

    A bit more detail is available on the results site https://vapingstudy.wordpress.com, or let me know if you have any questions. We're still going to be working towards getting the study published, and are looking to more vaping research for next year.

    A massive thank you again to everyone who participated.

    Dan
     
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    EmmettNorman New Member Member

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    Thanks Dan for sharing out such vital details and your experiences..It will definitely help new vapers like me..
     

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