Research Study FAQs

To read or print the detailed information page about the study, click here.


Where do my survey answers go?

Today, when you finish your survey, a personal identification number (PIN) will appear on your screen. This number along with your survey answers will be downloaded into a database that’s accessible only to the researchers. At the same time, your PIN and contact information (address, email, phone number) will be downloaded into a separate database that’s accessible only to an Administrative Assistant who works with the researchers. This second database will be used to email you the follow-up surveys, contact you if you win a prize draw, and possibly re-contact you about opportunities to receive other quit-smoking aides and/or related surveys in the future. The same procedures are repeated for the 8-week and the 6-month survey.

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How is my privacy protected?

During data collection and transmission, all databases are encrypted and protected with numerous security features. The database with your answers (not your name) will be securely maintained, for up to 15 years, under strict password protection. The completely separate database containing your contact information will be destroyed at the end of the study unless you agree to be contacted in the future about quit-smoking aides or opportunities to participate in other studies like this one. In that case, your contact information will be securely retained until which point you decide to discontinue your involvement. All of your information will always be held confidentially to the limits of the law.

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How do the prize draws work?

After submitting your survey (or declining to do so), the prize draw entry form will automatically appear. Click it to enter the draw. Your entry will download into the database that contains just your PIN and contact information. The Administrative Assistant who works with the researchers will use that database to conduct the prize draw. If your PIN is drawn as the winner, she will email you to make arrangements for receiving your prize. You will have to reply by a specified date in order to claim your prize.

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Are there benefits or risks of participating?

The benefit of joining the study is that you will get 8 weeks of free nicotine patches or gum, and weekly email support. This will increase your chances of quitting smoking. Your answers will give health professionals and researchers important feedback about your views and use of the nicotine patch or gum. The risk of being in the study is that you might get a mild skin rash from wearing the patch, or some stomach upset from using the gum. These side effects usually go away on their own. You might also find it hard to quit and feel discouraged. Talking to a health professional or calling Smokers’ Helpline [877 513-5333] can help you feel better.

IMPORTANT. Carefully read the package insert for specific and important information about whether and how to use the nicotine product, and any possible side effects you might experience. If you are not sure the product is right for you, or if you experience any negative side effects or a change in your health/medical condition (e.g., become pregnant, start using new medications, etc.), please stop using the gum/patch and see your doctor.

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How are my answers analyzed & reported?

The database with your survey answers (not your name) will be analyzed by the researchers and their colleagues. They will report results of this study at conferences, in print reports, and on the web. You and your answers will never be identified. Only group answers will be reported. You can read a summary of the surveys in the Fall of 2014 at

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How can I stop being in the study?

You can stop the study for any reason with no penalty. To withdraw now, click DECLINE. To withdraw from the study after doing a survey, send an email to stating your name OR your PIN and your desire to withdraw. (This is the email address for the Administrative Assistant, not the researchers. So, your privacy is protected). The Administrative Assistant will tell the researchers your PIN (not your name) and advise them to delete all your answers from their database. She will permanently erase your email request.

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What else should I know?

This study is funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care. The researchers leading the study are: Dr. Kelli-an Lawrance (Brock University) and Dr. Peter Selby (Centre for Addiction and Mental Health). The study has been reviewed by and received clearance from the Brock University (File: 13-004) and The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (File: 111-2013) Research Ethics Boards. There are no foreseeable serious risks posed by this study, and should any emerge, you will be informed immediately. This study should in no way be taken as a form of medical consultation or substitute for consultation with a health professional.

If you have general questions about the study or nicotine patches or gum, please contact Leave The Pack Behind at: T 905-688-5550 x4992 E

If you have concerns about the study or nicotine patches/gum, you can contact the researchers (Dr. Kelli-an Lawrance, PhD [905-688-5550 x4288,], or Dr. Peter Selby, MD [416-535-8501 x6859,]), or the Research Ethics Board at Brock University [905-688-5550 x3035], or at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health [416-535-8501 x6876].

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