Who can join QuitBot?
- Individuals who are over 18, who live in the U.S., who smoke daily, can read English, and have a smartphone with the ability to receive text messages and use the mobile apps.
- And who want to quit in the next 14 days!
What do I have to do?
- Fill out a short (3- to 5-minute) survey online to find out if you are eligible to join QuitBot.
- If you are eligible, fill out another online survey (30 to 40 minutes) about you and your smoking. You'll have 2 weeks to do it.
- Next, you'll be randomly assigned (like tossing a coin) to 1 of 2 groups. Both groups will have a quit-smoking program to support you and help you quit.
- Fill out 3 more surveys (15 to 20 minutes) after 3, 6, and 12 months. You can fill it out online, by phone, or by mail.
- You will get $25 for completing each survey.
- You'll get a $10 bonus if you fill out the survey within 24 hours of when it's emailed to you (so you would get $35 total per survey).
- You may be randomly selected to take a test of your smoking status. We will mail you a saliva testing device and you will do an online survey and photo upload of your results or a secure video call with you where you take the saliva test and show us the results. These tests would happen at the times you do your 3 follow-up surveys at 3, 6, and 12 months. Since these tests will help us learn more about each of the programs for quitting smoking, you would get paid $35 for doing each of the tests whether or not you are smoking.
Keeping your information private is important us. Your survey information will be entered on this secure website and kept confidential by QuitBot staff. More on confidentiality...
- Who is the Principal Investigator of the study?
- When will the study results be published?
- How long will participation in the study take?
- Do I get anything for doing this?
- What is the difference between the 2 programs in the study?
- On the survey, why do you ask about race and ethnicity separately?
- What information is being tracked when I sign up for the study?
- Who can I contact if I have further questions about the study?
Jonathan Bricker, PhD, is the Principal Investigator for the QuitBot study. Dr. Bricker is a scientist who specializes in smoking cessation research. He is a Full Professor at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center and Affiliate Professor at the University of Washington. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed scientific articles.
Generally it takes a year or two after a study is finished before results are published.
You will be asked to use your assigned program for the next 12 months. You will also be asked to complete 3 surveys online, by phone, or by mail after 3, 6, and 12 months. The surveys should take about 15-20 minutes. If you are selected to do the saliva smoking test, doing the test should take about 5-10 minutes.
Yes, you will get access to a free quit-smoking program app during the study and up to $105 if all 3 follow-up surveys are completed, and an additional $105 if all 3 smoking tests are completed.
We want to compare 2 tools for automated quit smoking assistance. Both programs (you’ll be assigned to one) will teach you the skills you need to learn how to stop smoking, but the format that presents the skills is different between the programs. You could be assigned to get text messages, or you could be assigned to get messages through the mobile app.
Everyone in the study, no matter which program you are assigned to, will get guidance on quitting, tools to help deal with urges to smoke, and help on staying motivated to quit. You will also receive scientifically-based recommendations for how to select medications to help you in quitting smoking (however medication will not be provided by the study).
This is a requirement from the National Institutes of Health. They consider Hispanic/Latino as an ethnicity, not a race. So, we are required to ask about race and ethnicity separately.
We use tracking tools to inform us of how well we are doing attracting potential participants so that we can adjust our ads as necessary. No personal information is collected from using this tool.
Please email Quitbot@fredhutch.org if you have any questions about the study.