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By Maike Klein (University of Bath, UK)

Session 5.1 of the PhD Symposium focused on smoking and gambling and included three presentations. First up was Harry Tattan-Birch from University College London. He presented on how perceptions of e-cigarettes changed following the US outbreak of vaping-associated lung injury. His results showed that the proportion of smokers who perceived e-cigarettes as less harmful decreased with an overall increase in smokers who perceived e-cigarettes as more or equally harmful after the outbreak. Harry explained that these findings show a need for public health bodies to be clearer in communicating risk implications of different nicotine products. 

Afterwards, Laura Hughes from Deakin University presented a randomized controlled trial study on online Inhibitory Control Training (ICT) for smoking cessation. Her results indicated no intervention effects across any of the outcomes, however an overall reduction of smoking, craving and nicotine-dependence over time. Laura concluded that additional experimental research is required to fully understand the benefits of ICT for smokers.

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Lastly, Jodie McGarry from Glasgow Caledonian University presented preliminary results of her qualitative study on women’s gambling and drinking behaviour. Her findings showed that women who engaged in gambling behaviour perceived this as normal and that drinking and gambling were connected in these women’s lives. Additionally, her findings indicated that participants were aware, and critical, of the gambling marketing techniques used.  

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