International Tobacco and Vaping Policy Survey

There is vigorous debate in public health communities and governments about e-cigarettes and whether they will have a net positive or negative impact on population health. This research aims to collect evidence that can inform public policies and regulations globally.

Participants who complete the survey will be entered into a prize draw to win a $1000 gift voucher. The prize will be drawn on 26th July 2018. View the Terms and Conditions.

What is this research about?

We are interested in understanding the similarities or differences between those who have been vaping for quite some time and those who are just starting out or experimenting with this new technology.

We also want to understand beliefs, attitudes and behaviours of vapers (i.e., users of vaporised nicotine products either exclusively or in combination with smoking), factors that affect the likelihood of transitioning out of smoking completely and what affects their likelihood of success, including how the regulations in different countries affect this.

This survey is part of the International Tobacco and Vaping Policy Survey and will survey early adopters of vaporised nicotine products (e-cigarettes) in Australia, England, United States and Canada.

Learn more about The International Tobacco Control Policy Evaluation Project

Who can participate?

If you are 18 or older and currently vape at least weekly you can participate. It does not matter whether you also smoke tobacco or not.

Register for the Survey

Already completed the survey?

If you participated in the baseline survey in 2016, you should have received a unique URL link via email to complete the second second survey. Please check your bulk (or “junk”) email folder if you do not see this email in your inbox or contact the research team on

What are we asking of you?

This research involves completing three online surveys over five years. The first survey was completed in 2016. There are two more surveys to complete and you can still participate in these surveys even if you did not complete the first survey. The survey questions ask about your beliefs, attitudes, and behaviours related to both smoking and use of vaporised nicotine products. One of our key interests is on the effects of the emergence of vaporised nicotine products on smoking, and how their impact compares with the impacts of other strategies for discouraging smoking. You are free to decline answering any questions you don’t wish to answer.

The aims of the subsequent surveys are to find out if your behaviour and/or any of your thinking about smoking and vaping has changed.

Involvement in this research is voluntary and you are free to withdraw at any time. We encourage you to remain in the research study and complete all three online surveys. Before the first survey, we will ask you some questions to determine if you are eligible.

If you are eligible, you will be asked to complete the first survey which takes about 35-45 minutes. At the end of the first survey, as a token of our appreciation for your assistance with the research, you will be offered the opportunity to enter into a lottery draw for a prize valued at $1000 which will be drawn on 26th July 2018. View the Terms and Conditions.

We are hoping to recruit around 600 people for this study.

Who is conducting this research?

The research team includes:

  • Professor Ron Borland, PhD (Principal Investigator), Cancer Council Victoria, Melbourne
  • Associate Professor Coral Gartner, PhD (Co-investigator), University of Queensland, Brisbane
  • Associate Professor Hua Yong, PhD (Co-investigator), Deakin University, Melbourne
  • Dr Kylie Morphett, PhD (Research Fellow), University of Queensland, Brisbane

Confidentiality and security of data

All of the personal information you provide (e.g. name, address) will be kept at the University of Queensland while the survey responses will be kept at the University of Waterloo in Canada, which manages the data storage for all four study countries. The data you provide will remain absolutely confidential as per privacy requirements for survey research. Identifying data will be kept separate from the survey responses and a unique ID number will be used to link your responses for each of the three surveys. The survey data without your name and other identifying information will be held in secure storage at the University of Waterloo, Canada, in password protected data files that can only be accessed by the research team. After two years, the de-identified survey data will be shared with researchers in other countries, as it will be used to make comparisons of vaping and smoking behaviour and attitudes across countries.

Benefits and risk

There are no known risks to completing this survey. The results from our study are likely to lead to improvements in efforts to reduce smoking-related harms both in Australia and throughout the world. Thus, the anticipated benefits to the scientific community and society are very high. There is no real benefit to you, except knowing that you have contributed to increase scientific understanding of this topic.

Ethics clearance

This study has received ethics clearance from the University of Queensland and Cancer Council Victoria in Australia and also from the University of Waterloo, Canada. If you have any concerns about your participation in this survey that have not been addressed to your satisfaction by the research team, you can contact the Research Ethics Committee listed below.


This is an ongoing study. If at any time you wish to receive information about the study findings, please contact Assoc Prof Gartner or Dr Kylie Morphett (contact details below). Some general findings may also be posted on the HABIT webpage.


Questions about the study: 

Assistance in completing the online survey: 

Concerns or complaints about the study can be directed to the Ethics Committee:
Ms. Cathy Schapper (Research Ethics):;
Cancer Council Victoria, 615 St Kilda Road, Melbourne Vic 3004, Ph 03 9514 6318.
Ethics Coordinator:;
University of Queensland, Brisbane, QLD 4072, Ph 07 3365 3924.