(International Consortium for the Population Impact of Electronic CigarEttes)
A global effort to determine the population impact of e-cigarettes
Ann McNeill King’s College London UK Peter Shields Ohio State University, US
UK, US, Australia, Canada, Mexico, Pakistan, New Zealand, and collaborating across Brazil, Germany, Russia
The IC-PIECE team hopes to address a major barrier to e-cigarette research: the need for additional rigorous, multidisciplinary studies to generate high quality international data sets. By establishing necessary research tools and sustainable infrastructure, including a novel tracking app to develop an international cohort of people with different vaping and smoking histories, they plan to investigate the population impact of e-cigarettes – from their use in smoking cessation to health outcomes and even their influence on climate and the economy.
Different countries vary widely in their response to e-cigarettes, from outright bans to encouraging their use for smoking cessation. This ambitious team plans to collaborate across 10 countries with divergent approaches to e-cigarette regulation – which will be key when assessing their impact on different societies. With expertise ranging from tobacco control and addiction to behaviour and public health, IC-PIECE hopes to support world-wide population health by better informing the global regulation of these devices.
“By bringing together a community of investigators with very different perspectives, who’ve never worked together, we’ve enabled blue-sky thinking and triggered some really creative ideas.”