You are being invited to take part in an online survey about your attitudes, beliefs and experiences of smoking cigarettes, and your views and opinions of electronic cigarettes (‘e-cigarettes’). Before you decide whether to take part, it is important for you to understand why this survey is being conducted and what it will involve. Please read the information in the boxes below before deciding whether you wish to take this survey.
To obtain information about smokers’, non-smokers’ and ex-smokers’ attitudes, beliefs, knowledge and perceptions of regular tobacco cigarettes and electronic cigarettes.
Can I take part?
To take this survey, you must: (1) be aged 18 years or older; and (2) not be pregnant and/or breastfeeding.
Who are the investigators?
Principal Investigator: Dr. Christopher Russell, Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Substance Use Research, 19 Keith Street, Glasgow, United Kingdom, G11 6QQ. Tel: ( 44)-141-357-2744. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Other Investigators: Professor Neil McKeganey (Ph.D.), Director, Centre for Substance Use Research; Tiffany Hamilton-Barclay (M.Res)., Research Fellow, Centre for Drug Misuse Research.
What does this survey ask me?
You are being invited to complete an online survey, which typically takes around 20 minutes to complete. The survey includes questions about your attitudes, beliefs, knowledge and experiences in relation to smoking cigarettes and using electronic cigarettes. You will be asked questions about any past or current use of tobacco products, and there are a few questions about your current health. You will also be asked for some demographic information (e.g., your age, gender).
Why should I take part?
We will pay you £20 as a ‘thank you’ for completing this survey. The lead investigator will contact you shortly after you complete this survey to arrange your payment (typically within 2-3 working days). This payment is normally received between 3-5 working days after you complete the survey.
What are the possible disadvantages and risks of taking part?
There are no risks involved in taking part.
Are my answers confidential?
Yes! We make several promises to everyone who participates in this survey.
Your responses will be kept completely confidential at all times. When you complete the survey, we will ask you to provide a contact email address so that we can contact you to pay your £20 fee for completing the survey. However, your contact email address will not be stored with your survey responses. Instead, you will be assigned a unique participant number, and only the participant number will appear with your survey responses. We will never be able to match any individual’s contact details to his/her survey responses. The list of contact details for all of our participants will be stored electronically in a password-protected file. Your confidentiality will be kept to the degree permitted by the technology being used. No guarantees can be made regarding the interception of data sent via the Internet by any third parties. All possible steps have been taken to assure your privacy.
All information concerning your identity (e.g. name or phone number) and your health data that is obtained during this research study will remain confidential and will only be accessed by the study team. No other research personnel will have access to your identity in recorded data.
Research data, including your health data recorded, reviewed, filed and analysed will only refer to volunteers in a coded format, which can only be linked to your identity by the CDMR staff conducting the study. Information that is disclosed publicly (e.g. reports, presentations or publications) concerning this research will not contain your identity and will not contain information that will allow your identity to be revealed.
Who funded this research?
British American Tobacco (Investments) Ltd.
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British American Tobacco (Investments) Ltd (BAT). provided funding for this study to be conducted; however this study is being conducted entirely independently of BAT by Dr Christopher Russell and his research team at the Centre for Substance Use Research in Glasgow, United Kingdom. Dr Russell alone is responsible for the data management, analysis, interpretation and production of the final study report.
What if I change my mind?
Your participation is in this survey is voluntary; you are free to leave the survey at any time. If you do not want to continue, you can simply leave this website.
How can I find out more?
If you have any questions about this research study, please contact Dr. Christopher Russell at (+44)-0141-357-2744 or email email@example.com. If you would prefer, you can write to us at: Centre for Substance Use Research, 19 Keith Street Glasgow, Scotland, G11 6QQ.
How do I start this survey?
Click the green START button below to begin the survey. By clicking this button, you are confirming that you have read this information page and understand the purpose of the research; you understand that you are free to withdraw from the research at any time without having to give a reason; and you confirm that you have read the eligibility criteria stated and confirm that you are eligible to participate.