The University of Aberdeen is also involved in Work Package 2 of TackSHS, which is being led by colleagues in Catalonia. The main goal of this study is to assess the environmental levels of SHS in non-regulated settings such as private (home/car) and outdoor settings (terraces of hospitality venues, playparks and school entrances). This work is being conducted across 12 European countries (Bulgaria, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain and United Kingdom) representing geographical, legislative (country-specific smoke-free policies) and cultural variations across Europe. A total of 1,080 environmental measurements of airborne nicotine will be collected. Work Package 2 received ethical approval from The Clinical Research Ethical Committee of the Parc de Salut Mar, Barcelona (application number 2016/6725/1) in June 2016.
In Aberdeen, we have applied for local ethical approval to measure environmental levels of SHS in Edinburgh and the Lothians. We anticipate that work will begin on this in April 2017.
The TackSHS project is funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Programme (Grant No 681040).