You are registering to enroll in the VERITAS cohort study of vapers with limited smoking history. By completing this form you are agreeing that you wish to be enrolled as a participant in the study. Your answers to these questions and all future surveys will be kept confidential; they will be stored and used as part of the study.
Please confirm that you have read the background information about the study on this website, and what you will need to do as a study participant, particularly making use of a phone or similar device *
The VERITAS (Vaping effects: Real-world international surveillance) cohort study will be a 20-site, multi-country, 6+ year study of daily vapers who have smoked very little. The goal is to, for the first time, observe the health outcomes of exclusive vapers compared to controls with a history of no tobacco use. Outcome measures will include health status and changes in behavior over time.
To date, almost all assessments of the health of vapers have been among ex-smokers, where it is impossible to distinguish any small effects from vaping from the residual effects of long-term smoking. This study will allow us to test the hypothesis that vaping alone poses no measurable health effects. Please confirm that you have read and accepted the informed consent and confidentiality statement * Informed consent and confidentiality statement
You are agreeing to enroll in the VERITAS cohort study of vapers who have limited smoking history. Your participation will include primarily answering survey questions, about once every three months, and some additional photographic recording (e.g., taking pictures of your vapes). This will require installing an app on your mobile phone or similar device.
This study is purely observational. This means that we will not ask you to change your preferred behavior in any way. We will not encourage or discourage any behavior. We will not provide cessation services or any other advice.
No compensation will be provided to participants. You are free to drop out of the study at any time. You do not need to drop out of the study if you stop vaping or otherwise change your tobacco/nicotine use behavior. Indeed, we want you to stay and answer questions about your new behavior.
By becoming a study participant, you are agreeing to let the research team collect, store, and analyze the data you provide, and publish results based on that data. Your data will be collected and stored securely. The data will eventually be shared with other researchers, but all identifying information about you will be removed from the shared data. This means your name and contact information will be removed. Anything we publish will also avoid disclosing any identifying information. We will also protect your identity by excluding (from shared data and publications) any demographic information that might allow associating the data with a particular participant (e.g., for countries that have few participants, we will remove the specific country and group those together as “other”).
The risks to you from participation are minimal. As with any data about you held by anyone, there is some risk of a data security breach. Thus it is possible -- despite all our efforts to avoid this -- that your identified data might be acquired by someone else. This creates a tiny risk of your contact information and health data being stolen. To reduce concerns about this, we will make most questions that might create legal risk for you (i.e., those about illicit drug use) optional, and you can choose to not answer them. However, we cannot do this research without your answers about vaping and most such answers will be mandatory. Thus if vaping is illegal where you live and you are worried about providing data about your vaping, please choose to not participate in the study.
This study has received external ethics approval. You can see the statement of approval and the full protocol at https://osf.io/xfksa/
Please direct any questions or concerns about this informed consent statement to project director Carl V Phillips at email@example.com. Please confirm that you understand that we are recruiting people who currently vape and not planning to quit in the near future, but we are not asking you to continue vaping nor will we ever suggest you change your behavior. This is a purely observational study * Please confirm that you can answer surveys -- like this one -- in English. It is fine if you need limited assistance (such as looking up words), but you need to be able to mostly understand the original version. We may be able to provide support for other languages in the future, but we cannot guarantee it *