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Smoking is one of the most important causes of premature death. Quitting smoking, even in middle-age, is considerably more beneficial to health than previously thought (see Pirie et al, Lancet, 2013).

Research Experience, Research Methods and Training

The project will primarily involve analysis of data from the Million Women Study, which includes 1.3 million UK women recruited, in 1998, on average. Questionnaire data on smoking was collected at recruitment and subsequently at 3-5 yearly intervals. About half the participants had smoked at some time. About 20% were current smokers at recruitment and half of them have given up in the last 20 years. The aim of the project is to identify personal and other factors associated with giving up smoking, especially among women who smoked for most of their life, and what factors are associated with continuing smoking. Data on e-cigarette use, why and for how long, is being collected and linked to past smoking habits, to provide information on current trends.

Field Work, Secondments, Industry Placements and Training

Training will be provided within the Department in data analysis, record linkage and statistical methods, possibly augmented by external courses.

Prospective Candidate

The candidate should have prior training in statistics and/or epidemiology.