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I am a current PhD student at Cardiff University. SASH: Study of Attitudes towards Smoking and Health is a research study that aims to understand smoking beliefs, attitudes and behaviours in current smokers who are aged 50 years and older and living in the UK. The purpose of this study is not to make you quit smoking.

Before starting the full questionnaire you will answer a few 'about you' questions to see if you are eligible to take part. If you are eligible, the questionnaire will take around 15-20 minutes to complete. Your time and input into this research is important and I would be very grateful. Therefore, as a thank you, you have the choice to be entered into a prize draw with the chance to win a £50 shopping voucher. Even if you are not eligible you still have the chance to win a £50 shopping voucher.

What do I have to do if I am eligible?

We would like you to fill out a short questionnaire to tell us what about your beliefs, attitudes and behaviour around smoking and lung cancer.

What will happen after the study?

We will look at the questionnaire to see what people’s beliefs, attitudes and behaviours are. The results will help us to understand more about smoking and help us to understand what smokers might need in the future if they want to quit smoking.

What are the risks of taking part?

Parts of the questionnaire are about smoking and cancer. Some people don’t like talking about cancer or find talking about cancer upsetting. If you do get upset you can stop the doing the questionnaire at any point. If you want to talk to someone about cancer, you can contact Tenovus Cancer Care on 0808 808 1010.

What are the benefits of taking part?

Your thoughts and views are very important to us and this survey will help to further understand smoking. If you decide to take part, you will have the chance to be entered into a prize draw with the opportunity to win a £50 shopping voucher. Please leave your contact details at the end of the questionnaire.

What will happen to my personal details?

Your name, contact details and postcode will be kept on secure, password protected university computers. Your name, contact details and postcode will only ever be seen by members of the research team at Cardiff University. Your details will not be used for anything other than contacting you as part of this study.

If I have a question about the study, who do I contact?

If you have a question about the study or would like to complete a paper verision of the questionnaire you can contact the researcher (Pamela Smith) at:


What do I do if I want to take part?

By starting the survey this means that you have consented and agreed to the following:

  1. I have read and understood the present information
  2. I understand that my participation is voluntary and that I am free to withdraw at any time, without giving any reason.
  3. I agree to take part in the study.