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Research into the dual use of tobacco and e-cigarettes

We are inviting you to take part in a research study to find out about the different times in life that people have used e-cigarettes and tobacco. Please take time to read this information carefully.

About the study

We are inviting you to take part in a research study to find out about the different times in life that people have used e-cigarettes and tobacco. Before you decide whether or not to take part, we would like you to understand why the study is being done and what would be involved. Please take time to read this information carefully. Feel free to ask us about anything that is not clear. Our contact details are at the bottom of the page.

Who is carrying out the research?

This study is being carried out by researchers at ScotCen Social Research. ScotCen is part of the National Centre for Social Research, Britain’s leading independent social research institute. Based in Edinburgh, we have over a decade’s experience of listening to the public and making sure their voice is heard. The study is being funded by Cancer Research UK (CRUK).

Why have I been invited to take part?

You may remember taking part in the Scottish Health Survey between 2017 and 2019. At the time you provided us with your contact details so we could get in touch about future research that might be of interest to you. We are now inviting you to take part in a research project we are conducting about the different times that you used tobacco and e-cigarettes. We are interested in your views even if you no longer smoke or use e-cigarettes.

What will taking part involve?

You are invited to take part in a one-off interview with a trained ScotCen researcher who will ask questions and encourage you to express your views in your own words.

The discussion will last 60-90 minutes and can take place at a date and time the suits you. The interview will be conducted by video call. Telephone interviews are also possible if you’d prefer not to take part in a video call. During the discussion we will ask you to think about the different times that you used tobacco and e-cigarettes and use a visual aid to help with this.

There are no right or wrong answers. We’re just interested in hearing what you think.

What will happen to any information I give?

With your permission, the discussion will be audio recorded. The audio recordings of the discussions with the researcher will be listened to and transcribed. Only members of the research team at ScotCen will have access to these files.

What you tell us will be looked at along with the views of others taking part in the study. No-one will be able to recognise you from any report about the study as you will not be named in any study reports.

We will use information collected from this research to write a report for Cancer Research UK which will be published online. We will treat information you give us in the strictest confidence under the Data Protection Act 2018 and the European Union General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The results collected are used for research purposes only and no one will be able to identify you in any way.

You can find out more about how your information will be used at www.scotcen.org.uk/dualuseprivacy.

Do I have to take part?

Your views are very important, but it’s up to you whether you take part. The researcher will be sensitive to all the issues raised during the discussion but if you find talking to the researcher makes you anxious or upset, you are free to contribute as much or as little as you wish and will be able to stop the conversation with the researcher at any time without giving a reason. You do not have to answer any question that you feel is too personal or makes you uncomfortable.

If you complete the interview, you’ll be given a £25 shopping voucher as a thank you.

What next?

If you would like to take part in an interview, have any questions about the study or want more information about what it involves, please get in touch by contacting the team at dualuse@scotcen.org.uk or by calling Lesley Birse on 020 7549 9529.

We may follow up this email with a phone call using the number you provided when you took part in the Scottish Health Survey, If you do not want us to call you, you can let us know using the contact details above.