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Welcome to the United States Vapers’ Survey.

You are being invited to take part in an online survey about your experiences of using electronic cigarettes and other nicotine vapor products.This survey will take around 10 minutes to complete. Please read the information below before deciding whether you wish to take this survey.

Once you are sure that you wish to start this survey, click the green START button.

What is the purpose of this survey?

We feel that regulators too often make decisions that affect the future of vapers and the products they use without having duly consulted or listened to the stories and experiences of the people who actually use these products.

We believe that vapers’ voices should be heard by regulators, and they should be central to any decision that affects how vapor products are to be regulated.

We are running this survey to ask the millions of vapers in the United States about their use of e-cigarettes and other vapor products, and to give vapers an opportunity to express their views and experiences of vaping.

The answers that vapers provide on this survey will be put to regulators as evidence of how and why people actually use e-cigarettes in the real world.


Can I take part

To take this survey, you must be:

(1) Aged 18 years or older
(2) A current or past user of an electronic cigarette or personal vaporizer. and
(3) A resident of the United States.

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: ( 0044)-141-357-2744. Email:

Read Christopher’s bio and past work with vapers
Read about Christopher’s other work on tobacco harm reduction

Other Investigators:

(1) Mitchell Nides Ph.D., President, Los Angeles Clinical Trials, CA, USA.
(2) Neil McKeganey Ph.D., Director, Centre for Substance Use Research, United Kingdom.

What does this survey ask me?

The survey asks questions about your views and experiences of using nicotine vapour products. On some questions you will be asked to choose from a list of options, and on other questions you will be free to write whatever you would like say.

Why should I take part?

By taking this survey, you will be giving answers that will be put to regulators, scientists, the media and the general public as evidence of how and why millions of Americans vape.

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 and will not be seen or used by an individual other than the investigators named above. When you complete the survey, we will ask you to provide a contact email address if you wish to take part in a follow-up interview. 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.

Who funded this research?

Fontem Ventures, a company that makes e-cigarettes, and a wholly owned subsidiary of Imperial Brands PLC (formerly Imperial Tobacco) provided funding for this study. Although Fontem Ventures provided funding for this study, it will have no input or control over the study design, implementation, analysis, interpretation or reporting. This study is being conducted entirely independently by Dr Christopher Russell and his research team. Dr Russell’s team alone is responsible for the analysis, interpretation and production of a 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 email Dr. Christopher Russell at

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 above (‘Can I Take Part?’) and you confirm that you are eligible to participate.

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