The goal of the study is to understand how smoking and not smoking fits into the daily lives of young adults. We also want to learn about the many factors that may influence young adults’ attitudes towards and experiences with cigarette smoking. Why is it that some young adults have never smoked? Why do some people who started smoking as teenagers continue smoking into adulthood, whereas others quit? How do other health habits relate to cigarette smoking? With the information gathered from this study, we hope to develop more effective smoking prevention, stop smoking, and general health programs or young adults.
We plan to invite all the young adults who participated in this study starting during their high school years. For this study we are not recruiting new participants.
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Approximately 1200 young adults will participate.
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Yes. You will be paid for completing each questionnaire and interview with the possibility of earning an added incentive for timely participation in study visits.
Responses to the questionnaires and interviews are kept completely confidential. All completed questionnaires and interviews are stored in locked storage. Only authorized project staff have access to them. In addition, we issue ID numbers to mark these materials instead of using participants’ names. The only people who can match the names to the ID numbers are authorized members of our research team. No one else will be able to connect an individual participant with his/her responses on the questionnaires or interviews.
You can stop at any time, but you will only be paid for the parts of the study that you have completed.
Yes. You can continue being involved in the study even if you move away from the Chicago Metropolitan area. If you moved outside of the Chicago Metropolitan area and are not planning to return over the next year, you can continue the Health Habits questionnaire by mail and complete the brief interview over the phone. Upon completion of your questionnaire and interview, we will mail you a check.
Yes, if you request the results, we will provide copies of our major findings after the data are analyzed. Information will be compiled for the entire study group—no individual information will ever be shared.