History of the panels

Public engagement is an important element of the Centre’s work, as hearing public opinion can effect various aspects of our researchers work. Orginally 'UKCTCS' developed a panel of active smokers and recent quitters that met twice a year in Bath from 2008. In 2014 this panel moved to Nottingham and continues to run, meeting 2-3 times/year.

including alcohol

A public engagement panel on alcohol was established in 2015 in Stirling and has met twice so far, and will meet again in February 2016. Both smokers and alcohol panel members comment on the Centre’s work, become involved in studies as advisory group members or co-investigators, and also assist with dissemination.

E-cigarettes

UKCTAS is now involving members of the New Nicotine Alliance (NNA), a not-for-profit organisation that does not accept funds from the tobacco, e-cigarette or pharmaceutical industries, in a number of studies. NNA e-cigarette users have played a valuable role in informing the Centre’s work in this area.




Researchers from the University of Nottingham would like to engage with current smokers or those trying to quit smoking, to hear about smoking and vaping from your perspective.

This group meets regularly to discuss tobacco, tobacco policy, nicotine replacement therapy and from 2015 there has been a particular focus on E-cigarettes.

Each participant will receive a £20 high street voucher for each meeting!
(In order to reccive your shopping voucher you must attend the whole session)

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We would like your views on alcohol policy and research ideas, as well as current research projects and alcohol policies in Scotland and the UK. We hope to learn from your perspective so that our research can take into account the needs and views of the general public.

We're looking for occasional or regular drinkers, aged 18 years or over, living within 10 miles of Stirling who're willing to attend 2 meetings a year.

Group members will receive £25 in shopping vouchers for each meeting they attend plus we will refund any reasonable travel costs of attending.

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