Tuba Saygın Avşar

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Tuba Saygın Avşar is a Health Economist, working at the National Institute for Health and Care Institute (NICE) in the UK. Tuba provides scientific and technical advice to support the development of NICE guidelines, standards, and other products. This includes interpreting and evaluating clinical and economic evidence. She has in-depth expertise in applying appropriate and innovative health economics research methods to evaluate health, social care, and population health interventions and policies, focusing on national upscaling and implementation research. Tuba is especially interested in digital health innovations, AI-based technologies, smoking cessation interventions and implementation. Before joining NICE, Tuba worked at University College London and University of Birmingham. She has a PhD in health economics from the University of Birmingham, which evaluated smoking cessation interventions for pregnant women. She also holds two masters’ degrees from Swansea University and Suleyman Demirel University (Türkiye), focusing on topics related to Health Economics, Health Policy, and Healthcare Management. Any views expressed are of the authors not the affiliated institutions’.


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Are e-cigarettes more addictive than tobacco?


Tuba Saygin Avsar reviews a study on the perceived addiction of e-cigarettes, which used data from the International Tobacco Control Smoking and Vaping England Survey, to suggest that most UK vapers consider e-cigarettes less addictive than tobacco.

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E-cigarettes vs nicotine patches: are either adequate to support pregnant smokers?


In her debut blog, Tuba Saygın Avşar summarises a recent RCT, which finds that “E-cigarettes might help women who are pregnant to stop smoking, and their safety for use in pregnancy is similar to that of nicotine patches.”

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