Skip to main content

Research Faculty

Kevin Tzu Tsun LUK

Dr Kevin Luk is currently a Research Assistant Professor at School of Nursing, The University Hong Kong, where he obtained his bachelor’s and doctoral degree. His research focuses on eliminating tobacco use––the world’s single most preventable cause of disease and death. He has extensive experiences in conducting large-scale randomised controlled trials of novel smoking cessation treatment in both community and clinical settings, with findings published in leading international journals. His research also includes public health issues of growing importance, from overuse of digital devices to vaccination against COVID-19, and applies a wide spectrum of research methods, including population-based surveys, qualitative interview, and psychometric validation.

Dr Luk’s doctoral study on chat-based intervention for smoking cessation using mobile instant messaging apps like WhatsApp has laid the groundwork for developing similar treatment models to tackle smoking and other health problems. Presently, he is working on developing chatbots to promote the uptake of smoking cessation treatment and COVID-19 vaccination.

Funding Scheme Project Title Approved Amount (HK$)
Tung Wah Group of Hospitals Integrated Centre on Smoking Cessation Developing and evaluating a chatbot for increasing accessibility of smoking cessation services. 265,341
  1. Luk TT, Weng X, Wu YS, Chan HL, Lau CY, Kwong AC, Lai VW, Lam TH, Wang MP. Association of heated tobacco product use with smoking cessation in Chinese cigarette smokers in Hong Kong: a prospective study. Tobacco Control. 2021 Nov;30(6):653-659. Available from: doi: 10.1136/tobaccocontrol-2020-055857
  2. Luk TT, Zhao S, Weng X, Wong JY, Wu YS, Ho SY, Lam TH, Wang MP. Exposure to health misinformation about COVID-19 and increased tobacco and alcohol use: a population-based survey in Hong Kong. Tobacco Control. 2021 Nov;30(6):696-699. Available from: doi: 10.1136/tobaccocontrol-2020-055960
  3. Luk TT, Lam TH, Leung W, Leung K, Cheung KW, Kwa C, Siong K, Tang K, Lee K, Hsieh CJ, Wu Y, Li WHC, Wang MP. Brief advice, nicotine replacement therapy sampling, and active referral for expectant fathers who smoke cigarettes: a randomized clinical trial. JAMA Internal Medicine 2021 Jun 14 (Epub ahead of print). Available from: doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2021.2757
  4. Wang MP, Luk TT*, Wu Y, Li WHC, Cheung DYT, Kwong ACS, Lai VWT, Chan SSC, Lam TH. Chat-based instant messaging support integrated with brief intervention for smoking cessation: a community-based, pragmatic, cluster-randomized controlled trial. The Lancet Digital Health. 2019 Aug 1;1(4):e183-e92. Available from: doi:10.1016/S2589-7500(19)30082-2
  5. Weng X, Luk TT, Suen YN, Wu Y, Li WHC, Cheung YTD, Kwong ACS, Lai VWY, Chan SSC, Lam TH, Wang MP. Effects of simple active referrals of different intensities on smoking abstinence and smoking cessation services attendance: a cluster randomised clinical trial. Addiction 2020 Oct;115(10):1902-12. Available from: doi:10.1111/add.15029
  6. Luk TT, Wong SW, Lee JJ, Chan SSC, Lam TH, Wang MP. Exploring community smokers’ perspectives for developing a chat-based smoking cessation intervention delivered through mobile instant messaging: a qualitative study. JMIR mHealth and uHealth. 2019 Jan 31;7(1):e11954. Available from: doi:10.2196/11954
  7. Luk TT, Wang MP, Shen C, Wan A, Chau PH, Oliffe J, Viswanath K, Chan SSC, Lam TH. Short version of the Smartphone Addiction Scale in Chinese adults: psychometric properties, sociodemographic and health behavioral correlates. Journal of Behavioral Addictions. 2018 Dec 1;7(4): 1157–65. Available from: doi:10.1556/2006.7.2018.105
  8. Luk TT, Wang MP, Suen YN, Koh DS, Lam TH, Chan SSC. Early childhood exposure to secondhand smoke and behavioural problems in preschoolers. Scientific Reports. 2018 Oct 18;8(1):15434. Available from: doi:10.1038/s41598-018-33829-6
  9. Luk TT, Wang MP, Leung LT, Chen J, Wu Y, Lam TH, Ho SY. Perceived family relationship quality and use of poly-tobacco products during early and late adolescence. Addictive Behaviors. 2018 Oct;85:38-42. Available from: doi:10.1016/j.addbeh.2018.05.011
  10. Luk TT, Zhao SZ, Wu Y, Wong JY, Wang MP, Lam TH. Prevalence and determinants of SARS-CoV-2 vaccine hesitancy: a population-based survey in Hong Kong. Vaccine 2021 June16;39(27):3602-7. Available from: doi:10.1016/j.vaccine.2021.05.036