Dr Allison Ford

Research Fellow

Institute for Social Marketing University of Stirling, Stirling, FK9 4LA

Dr Allison Ford

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Dr Allison Ford is a Research Fellow at the Institute for Social Marketing and Health. Specialising in qualitative methods, Allison’s previous research has focused on public health interventions and policy, particularly among vulnerable groups, for tobacco prevention, cessation and harm reduction, alcohol, food and substance use. She currently leads two qualitative work packages, one exploring public attitudes towards COVID-19 vaccination and one exploring ambulance clinicians’ experiences of drug-related overdose call-outs in Scotland. Allison has been a co-investigator of the Youth Tobacco Policy Survey which monitors youth response to tobacco, e-cigarettes and their marketing since 2011.

Allison recently led the Scottish arm and process evaluation of an NIHR-funded feasibility study exploring the uptake and use of e-cigarettes provided to smokers accessing homeless centres. Other recent studies include a content analysis of e-cigarette advertising to assess compliance with UK advertising regulations and a qualitative study exploring the factors affecting adherence to an e-cigarette intervention during pregnancy.

Allison is an Associate Editor for Nicotine and Tobacco Research and a member of Stirling University’s NHS, Invasive or Clinical Research (NICR) Ethics Committee. She was previously a board member for the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco Europe (SRNT-E) and module co-ordinator for the UK Centre for Tobacco and Alcohol Studies (UKCTAS)/SPECTRUM continuing professional development course – Nicotine and Tobacco: Current Issues, Policy and Practice - from 2015-2020.

Research (15)

Tobacco control, smoking cessation, adolescent smoking, tobacco and e-cigarette marketing, harm reduction, electronic cigarettes, qualitative research, vulnerable groups

Projects

Youth Response to E-cigarettes and Emerging Nicotine Products
PI: Ms Anne Marie MacKintosh
Funded by: Cancer Research UK

Youth Tobacco Policy Survey (YTPS) - Wave 9 (2020)
PI: Ms Anne Marie MacKintosh
Funded by: Cancer Research UK

Improving our understanding of e-cigarette and refill packaging in the UK (E-PACKS): How is it used for product promotion, how is it perceived by consumers, and could it be changed to discourage youth while encouraging adult smokers to quit?
PI: Dr Crawford Moodie
Funded by: Cancer Research UK

Ambulance Call-Outs to Drug Overdoses in Scotland: Patterns and Practice
PI: Professor Niamh Fitzgerald
Funded by: Scottish Government

Evaluating Possible Intended and Unintended Consequences of the Implementation
PI:
Funded by: National Institute for Health Research

Exploring the Uptake and Use of Electronic Cigarettes Provided to Smokers Accessing Homeless Centres: A feasiblity Study
PI: Dr Allison Ford
Funded by: National Institute for Health Research

A Qualitative Study of Factors Influencing Adherence among Pregnant Women Attempting to Stop Smoking with the aid of electronic cigarettes
PI: Professor Michael Ussher
Funded by: Cancer Research UK

2019 Nicotine and Tobacco CPD
PI: Dr Allison Ford
Funded by: Delegates - Short Courses

Centre for Tobacco Control Research 2015
PI: Ms Anne Marie MacKintosh
Funded by: Cancer Research UK

The Uk Centre for Tobacco & Alcohol Studies (UKCTAS)
PI: Dr Allison Ford
Funded by: Medical Research Council

Exploring the impact of removing less healthy food from retail checkouts
PI: Ms Martine Stead
Funded by: Department of Health

Smoking Prevention in Action: The Smokefree Partnership Coalition
PI:
Funded by: Smoke Free Partnership

UKCTAS CPD Course
PI: Dr Allison Ford
Funded by: Delegates - Short Courses

Electronic Cigarette Marketing: Current Research and Policy
PI:
Funded by: Cancer Research UK

Process evaluation of the implementation of universal free school meals (FSM)
PI:
Funded by: NHS Health Scotland

Outputs (62)

Outputs

Article

Cox S, Bauld L, Brown R, Carlise M, Ford A, Hajek P, Li J, Notley C, Parrott S, Pesola F, Robson D, Soar K, Tyler A, Ward E & Dawkins L (2022) Evaluating the effectiveness of e-cigarettes compared with usual care for smoking cessation when offered to smokers at homeless centres: Protocol for a multi-centre cluster-randomized controlled trial in Great Britain. Addiction, 117 (7), pp. 2096-2107. https://doi.org/10.1111/add.15851

Article

So V, Millard AD, Katikireddi SV, Forsyth R, Allstaff S, Deluca P, Drummond C, Ford A, Eadie D, Fitzgerald N, Graham L, Hilton S, Ludbrook A, McCartney G & Stead M (2021) Intended and unintended consequences of the implementation of minimum unit pricing of alcohol in Scotland: a natural experiment. Public Health Research, 9 (11), pp. 1-210. https://doi.org/10.3310/phr09110

Article

Mitchell D, Moodie C, Ford A, MacKintosh AM, Critchlow N & Bauld L (2021) Youth perceptions of brand variant names on standardised cigarette packs, and responses to replacing these with numbers: A focus group study in Britain [Numbered packs for tobacco]. Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy. https://doi.org/10.1080/09687637.2021.1902479

Article

Brown A, O'Donnell R, Eadie D, Purves R, Sweeting H, Ford A, Bauld L & Hunt K (2021) Initial views and experiences of vaping in prisons: a qualitative study with people in custody preparing for the imminent implementation of Scotland's prison smokefree policy. Nicotine and Tobacco Research, 23 (3), pp. 543-549. https://doi.org/10.1093/ntr/ntaa088

Research Report

Stead M, Hitchman SC, Angus K, Aleyan S, Ford A, MacKintosh AM, Purves R, Mitchell D, Hammond D, Fong GT, Driezen P, Reid J, Craig L, Chung-Hall J & Cummings KM (2021) E-cigarette marketing in the UK: evidence from adult and youth surveys and policy compliance studies. Cancer Research UK. London. https://www.cancerresearchuk.org/sites/default/files/e-cigarette_marketing_in_the_uk_fullreport_march_2021.pdf

Article

Ford A, Uny I, Lowes J, Naughton F, Cooper S, Coleman T, Hajek P, Przulj D, Myers Smith K, Bauld L, Sinclair L, Walton R, Clark M & Ussher M (2021) A Qualitative Study of Factors Influencing Adherence Among Pregnant Women Taking Part in a Trial of E-cigarettes for Smoking Cessation. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18 (2), Art. No.: 430. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18020430

Article

Dawkins L, Bauld L, Ford A, Robson D, Hajek P, Parrott S, Best C, Li J, Tyler A, Uny I & Cox S (2020) A cluster feasibility trial to explore the uptake and use of e-cigarettes versus usual care offered to smokers attending homeless centres in Great Britain. PLoS ONE, 15 (10), Art. No.: e0240968. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0240968

Article

Ford A, MacKintosh AM, Moodie C, Kuipers M, Hastings G & Bauld L (2020) Impact of a ban on the open display of tobacco products in retail outlets on never smoking youth in the UK: findings from a repeat cross-sectional survey before, during and after implementation. Tobacco Control, 29 (3), pp. 282-288. https://doi.org/10.1136/tobaccocontrol-2018-054831

Article

Katikireddi SV, Beeston C, Millard AD, Forsyth R, Deluca P, Drummond C, Eadie D, Graham L, Hilton S, Ludbrook A, McCartney G, Phillips T, Stead M, Ford A, Bond L & Leyland A (2019) Evaluating possible intended and unintended consequences of the implementation of alcohol minimum unit pricing (MUP) in Scotland: a natural experiment protocol. BMJ Open, 9 (6), Art. No.: e028482. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2018-028482

Conference Proceeding

Ford A, MacKintosh AM & Moodie C (2019) Young people’s responses to standardised packaging one year after full implementation in the UK: a qualitative study. In: SRNT: 25th Anniversary - Abstracts. Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco (SRNT) 25th Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA, USA, 20.02.2019-23.02.2019. SRNT, p. 122. https://cdn.ymaws.com/www.srnt.org/resource/resmgr/SRNT19_Abstracts.pdf

Conference Proceeding

Stead M, Eadie D, Purves R, Haw S, Pierce J, Amos A, Best C & Ford A (2018) Point of sale display ban in Scotland: retailers' views of the effects on customer transactions, sales, youth and feelings about selling tobacco. In: 17th World Conference on Tobacco or Health Abstract Book. Tobacco Induced Diseases, 16 (Supplement 1) 17th World Conference on Tobacco or Health, Cape Town, South Africa, 07.03.2018-09.03.2018. Heraklion, Crete, Greece: International Society for the Prevention of Tobacco Induced Diseases, p. A184. https://doi.org/10.18332/tid/84248

Conference Proceeding

Ford A, MacKintosh AM, Moodie C, Hastings G & Bauld L (2018) The impact of a tobacco point-of-sale display ban on youth in the United Kingdom: findings from a repeat cross-sectional survey pre-, mid- and post-implementation. In: 17th World Conference on Tobacco or Health Abstract Book. Tobacco Induced Diseases, 16 (Supplement 1) 17th World Conference on Tobacco or Health, Cape Town, South Africa, 07.03.2018-09.03.2018. Heraklion, Crete, Greece: International Society for the Prevention of Tobacco Induced Diseases, p. A539. https://doi.org/10.18332/tid/84517

Conference Proceeding

Ford A, Sinclair L, McKell J, Harrow S, Macphee J, Morrison A & Bauld L (2018) Feasibility and acceptability of e-cigarettes as an aid to quitting smoking among lung cancer patients: a pilot study. In: 17th World Conference on Tobacco or Health Abstract Book. Tobacco Induced Diseases, 16 (Supplement 1) 17th World Conference on Tobacco or Health, Cape Town, South Africa, 07.03.2018-09.03.2018. Heraklion, Crete, Greece: International Society for the Prevention of Tobacco Induced Diseases, p. A512. https://doi.org/10.18332/tid/84428

Lecture

McKell J, Ford A, Sinclair L, Harrow S, MacPhee J, Morrison A & Bauld L (2017) E-cigarettes and lung cancer patients: smoking cessation during chemotherapy treatment (Presentation) 13th UK Society for Behavioural Medicine (UKSBM) Annual Scientific Meeting: Working together for healthy living: Multidisciplinary behavioural medicine, Liverpool, 13.12.2017-14.12.2017. https://www.kc-jones.co.uk/files/uploads/1513682026.pdf

Book Chapter

Ford A, McKell J, Templeton L & Valentine C (2017) The impact of a substance-related death. In: Valentine C (ed.) Families Bereaved by Alcohol or Drugs. Explorations in Mental Health. London: Routledge, pp. 43-66. https://www.routledge.com/Families-Bereaved-by-Alcohol-or-Drugs-Research-on-Experiences-Coping/Valentine/p/book/9781138947085

Book Chapter

Walter T & Ford A (2017) Managing stigma. In: Valentine C (ed.) Families Bereaved by Alcohol or Drugs: Research on Experiences, Coping and Support. Explorations in Mental Health. London: Routledge, pp. 67-89. https://www.crcpress.com/Families-Bereaved-by-Alcohol-or-Drugs-Research-on-Experiences-Coping-and/Valentine/p/book/9781138947085

Article

Bauld L, Graham H, Sinclair L, Flemming K, Naughton F, Ford A, McKell J, McCaughan D, Hopewell S, Angus K, Eadie D & Tappin D (2017) Barriers to and facilitators of smoking cessation in pregnancy and following childbirth: literature review and qualitative study. Health Technology Assessment, 21 (36), pp. 1-158. https://doi.org/10.3310/hta21360

Research Report

Eadie D, Ford A, Stead M, Chambers S, Boydell N, Moore L & Anderson A (2016) Process evaluation of the implementation of Universal Free School Meals (UFSM) for P1 to P3: Research with Schools and Local Authorities. NHS Health Scotland. Edinburgh. http://www.healthscotland.scot/media/1309/universal-free-school-meals-main-report_march-2016.pdf

Conference Proceeding

Ford AJ, Sinclair LA, Flemming K, McKell J, Angus K, Mccaughan D, Graham H & Bauld L (2015) The barriers and facilitators to smoking cessation during pregnancy from the perspectives of both pregnant women and their partners: a synthesis of qualitative studies and evidence from exploratory interviews. In: SRNT-Europe 16th Annual Conference Programme and Proceedings Book. SRNT-Europe 16th Annual Conference, Maastricht, The Netherlands, 10.09.2015-12.09.2015. Utrecht, The Netherlands: NNVT - Nederlands Netwerk voor Tabaksonderzoek, p. 118. https://cdn.ymaws.com/www.srnt.org/resource/resmgr/srnt_europe/SRNTE2015Programme.pdf

Conference Paper (unpublished)

Ford A, Moodie C & MacKintosh AM (2014) Female perceptions of cigarette design: a qualitative study. SRNT Europe, Santiago de Compostela, 18.09.2014-20.09.2014. https://cdn.ymaws.com/www.srnt.org/resource/resmgr/srnt_europe/SRNTE2014Programme.pdf

Research Report

Ford A (2012) The packaging of tobacco products. Cancer Research UK. The Centre for Tobacco Control Research. http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/prod_consump/groups/cr_common/@nre/@new/@pre/documents/generalcontent/cr_086687.pdf