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The Scottish 'Adolescent Lifestyles In Contemporary Europe' ('ALICE') project is part of a larger, European-wide project called 'Smoking in Movies', led by colleagues in Kiel, Germany.

'ALICE' is part of the Gender Programme, at the MRC Social & Public Health Sciences Unit. It is funded by both the European Union's Second Programme of Community Action in the Field of Health 2008-2013 and the UK Medical Research Council, a government-funded but independent body. The study was approved by Glasgow University, all relevant local authority education departments, and by the head-teachers of all the schools involved. Permission for individual pupils was obtained from both parents and participating pupils, who completed consent forms.

In order to collect data for 'ALICE', we surveyed pupils in the first three years of secondary education (Scottish Secondary 1-3 – S1-S3, aged 12-14) in 7 schools in Scotland's central belt in early 2010, and followed them up one year later.