frequently asked questions
Focus groups have around 7-10 people who have some things in common and can answer questions together in a group. Focus groups last about 60 to 90 minutes. One adult at the focus group will ask some questions and will keep everyone talking. Another adult will take notes to be sure to get down the things you say. When we start, we will ask if we can record the group so that we can listen to it again if needed. We will not share the recording with anyone who is not on the study team.
If you join our focus group, you will be asked to take part in a group discussion. We want to hear your ideas and thoughts about tobacco and smoking cigarettes. The discussion will only happen one time.
We are doing one-on-one interviews with participants to try out our questionnaire. Interviews last about 60 to 90 minutes. One adult at the interview will ask you some questions about your experience completing the questionnaire and gain feedback to make sure our questionnaire is user-friendly. The person conducting the interview will take notes to be sure we get down the things you say. When we start, we will ask if we can record the interview so that we can listen to it again if needed. We will not share the recording with anyone who is not on the study team. The interview will help us test the questionnaire and learn about ways to improve our questionnaire
None. Being in the study is free. The only cost to you is the time and resources that you may need to get to the focus group, like bus fare. You will not have to pay for parking.
You will get $50 as a gift card at the end of a focus group or a $40 gift card at the end of a one-on-one interview.
Hookahs, cigarillos and little cigars and electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes).
No. The point of the focus groups are to hear your ideas and thoughts about tobacco and smoking cigarettes. The point of the one-on-one interviews are to have you test our questionnaire and make sure it is user-friendly.
No. You can be a non-smoker, former smoker or non-user of other tobacco products. We also need smokers in some focus groups to participate in the research study.
No. Parents of kids that are between 13 and 17 years of age will have to say it is okay for their child to be in the focus group but we will not share information with the parents of children who participate in the study or anyone outside of our research team. Only the research team will see your personal information. Things you say during the focus group will not be connected with your name.
The focus group will help us learn about ways to develop messages to warn people about the dangers of using tobacco products. We hope that the information we learn from the focus group will benefit others.
If you want to participate, sign up for the study on this website. Click here. You will learn more about the study on the day of your focus groupor one-on-one interview. You can also ask questions before the focus group starts. in-person before your research activity starts.
If you have more questions about the study, you can contact our research team here: Quirina Vallejos, 919-843-2248