The Ontario Tobacco Research Unit (OTRU) is an academic research organization. It has many offices in Ontario. Some are at the University of Toronto, others at the University of Waterloo, and others at the Center for Addiction and Mental Health. OTRU conducts tobacco research on the ways that people smoke and on secondhand smoke in order to find ways that might help reduce tobacco-related illness and death in Ontario.
Right now OTRU is carrying out a study to establish a smokers’ panel that asks you about your smoking behaviours, as well as intentions to quit. As a participant you will receive information about special studies that you can take part in and the latest information about services and products to help people quit smoking. Your opinion is important to OTRU. You are being asked to participate in a voluntary survey. The results from this study will be used to help us understand your smoking behaviours and quit intentions.
The following information describes the purpose, procedures, benefits, discomforts, risks and precautions associated with this survey. In order to decide whether you wish to participate, you should understand enough about its risks and benefits to be able to make an informed decision. This is known as the informed consent process. If you have any questions or require further information, please feel free to contact the lead study investigator. Make sure all your questions have been answered to your satisfaction before agreeing to participate.
As a participant in this study, you will be asked to take part in a survey which will ask you about your smoking behaviours, as well as intentions to quit. The survey should take no more than fifteen minutes. As a participant you will receive information about special studies that you can take part in and the latest information about services and products to help people quit smoking.
Your participation in this study is voluntary. You can choose not to participate or you may withdraw at any time without penalty. If you decide to participate, you may choose not to answer specific questions and may end the survey at any time. If you choose to end your participation, your name will be removed from the distribution list and you will no longer recontacted. All of your previous data will be retained, unless you specifically request that your data not be used in the study. Smokers’ Panel is an ongoing study where participants will be invited to participate in many different surveys. As such, participants can ask to have their data withdrawn from any survey where the results have not yet been analyzed. Usually, data can be removed up to one month after the close of the survey. With the Initial Baseline Survey, participants have a month from the time of survey completion to contact the research team to request that their data be removed. Any requests for data removal should be made to Study Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or toll free 1-855-311-2264.
Except for the time required to complete the survey, there are no known or anticipated risks associated with participating in the survey. Although, you may not receive any direct personal benefit from participating in this survey, you may find it worthwhile to share your experiences with the research team.
All information gathered during the survey will be held in strict confidence. No information identifying you will be used in any publication or presentations. Final reports will not contain any information that could identify specific individuals. Electronic data will be encrypted and kept on computer equipment with passwords at OTRU at the University of Toronto. Information that has not been analyzed will only be accessible to researchers working at OTRU, including senior management, scientists, research associates, and research assistants. Your data will be retained by OTRU after the study is completed, unless you specifically request that your data not be used in the study.
Information from your survey may be combined with information from other survey respondents’ information to be presented and published; all information will be anonymous.
This is a voluntary free activity. All participants have a chance to win different prizes depending on which surveys they complete. For completion of the baseline survey, participants will be eligible to win 1 $500 Visa or Mastercard gift card; for the registration survey, participants will be eligible to win 1 $100 Visa or Mastercard gift card. For completing the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th follow-up surveys, participants will be eligible to win 1 $400 Visa or Mastercard gift card or 1 of 2 $50 Visa or Mastercard gift cards, over each 12 month period. Start and end dates for each contest are set out by the anniversary date of the study launch. That is, draws will occur yearly on the anniversary of the study launch date. The odds of winning depend on how many eligible entries are received. We anticipate recruiting 10,000 participants.
If you feel uncomfortable during or after the survey, or if you have any general questions about the evaluation, please call the Study Coordinator at 1-855-311-2264.
If you have any questions about your rights as a research participant, please contact Rachel Zand, Director, Office of Research Ethics, email@example.com or at 416-946-3389.
If you have any questions about your rights, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 416 946 3273.
Stay tuned! Upcoming special studies are currently in development.