In the area of tobacco and smoking we investigated various aspects of policy and regulation, feasibility, and efficacy related to smartphone technology interaction with health. The studies conducted in this area demonstrating how smartphone apps can be used globally to promote harmful and banned substances, to help smokers quit and improve their health (i.e., as a health promotion tool), and to be used as a cross-country health research tool to investigate their feasibility and efficacy.

The results of these studies, provided for the first time various issues of quality and regulation, and evidence of the feasibility and efficacy of smartphone as a cross-country health promotional tool. Below a list of publications categorised in themes.

Published Articles:

Published Articles:
Published Articles

Policy and Regulations:

1-BinDhim, N. F., Freeman, B., & Trevena, L. (2014). Pro-smoking apps for smartphones: the latest vehicle for the tobacco industry?. Tobacco control, 23(1), e4-e4.

2-BinDhim, N. F., Freeman, B., & Trevena, L. (2015). Pro-smoking apps: where, how and who are most at risk. Tobacco control, 24(2),159-161.

Feasibility:

1-BinDhim, N. F., McGeechan, K., & Trevena, L. (2014). Who uses smoking cessation apps? A feasibility study across three countries via smartphones. JMIR mHealth and uHealth, 2(1).

Efficacy:

1-BinDhim, N. F., McGeechan, K., & Trevena, L. (2014). Assessing the effect of an interactive decision-aid smartphone smoking cessation application (app) on quit rates: a double-blind automated randomised control trial protocol. BMJ open, 4(7), e005371.

Ongoing Projects:

1- Assessing the effect of an interactive decision-aid smartphone smoking cessation application (app) on quit rates: a double-blind automated randomised control trial. (principal investigators: BinDhim, N. F. & Trevena, L)

Stage: Data Analysis & Reporting

2- Factors related to water-pipe initiation in Saudi Arabia. (principal investigator: BinDhim, N. F.)

Stage: Data Analysis & Reporting

3- Evaluating the effect of pictorial warnings on tobacco products in gulf region. (principal investigators: BinDhim, N. F. & Basyouni, M.H.)

Stage: Recruitment & Data Collection