Terms and Conditions

These are the terms of use for the iOS and Android App.

1.1 Information Sheet

Participant information about the 'Optimization of a modular smoking cessation smartphone application (SmokeFree Baby) for pregnant women' study

Before you decide whether or not to take part in this study it is important for you to understand why the research is being done and what it will involve. Please read the following information and email us if anything is unclear or if you would like more information.

1. The purpose of the study and eligibility

This study aims to evaluate a smartphone application (SmokeFree Baby) to help pregnant women stop smoking completely or, if that is not possible, to substantially reduce smoking during pregnancy. We want to learn more about how effective different intervention components are compared with each other and we want to learn more about your experiences with using the app. Pregnant women (gestational age: min. 8 weeks) aged 18 and over who currently smoke cigarettes daily or at least once a week can participate in the study.

2. What will happen if you decide to take part?

First, you will be asked to fill out a background questionnaire. Your answers in the background questionnaire will help us personalize the content of the intervention and to inform the further improvement of the programme. If you decide you want to take part, the programme will randomly allocate you into a group, and you will receive behavioural support, which will be based on a combination of evidence-based behaviour change techniques. You will be encouraged to log in to the app daily throughout your pregnancy, and to keep a record of your smoking.

3. Possible risks or discomfort

You may experience withdrawal symptoms such as irritability when you abstain from smoking, which you will be familiar with if you have previously attempted to stop.

4. Possible benefits

Stopping smoking during pregnancy is the most important thing that you can do to improve your and your baby's health and wellbeing. The app was designed to give you expert advice on ways in which you can improve your chances to remain smokefree.

5. Financial considerations

There are no financial costs to you for taking part.

6. Confidentiality

Data collected and stored in this study will be done so in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998. For your protection, we will assign you a number that will be used to label all information. All information will be kept as strictly confidential. Results of this study will be written up for scientific publications, PhD thesis and conference presentations. Results will be available upon request via e-mail (), and through open access scientific literature. However, any records or data obtained as a result of your participation may be checked by the group that oversees research to make sure that human participants are protected.

7. Termination of research study

You are free to choose whether or not to take part in this study. You can choose to stop participating at any time without giving a reason.

8. Ethics review

This study has been approved by University College London's Psychology and Language Sciences Departmental Ethics Committee (Project ID: CEHP/2013/508). Principal Investigator: Professor Susan Michie ()

9. Further information and contact details

If you would like to receive any further information about the research, the SmokeFree Baby app or you would like to discuss whether you should participate in the study, please contact Professor Robert West or Ildiko Tombor via email ( or ).

10. Comments or concerns during the study

If you have any comments or concerns you should discuss these with the Principal Investigator (). If you wish to go further and complain about any aspect of the way that you have been approached or treated during the course of this study, you should email the Chair of the UCL Committee for the Ethics of Non-NHS Human Research () or send a letter to: The Graduate School, North Cloisters, Wilkins Building, UCL, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT who will take the complaint forward as necessary.

1.2 Consent form

Consent form for the 'Optimization of a modular smoking cessation smartphone application (SmokeFree Baby) for pregnant women' study (Project ID: CEHP/2013/508)

If you do not want to take part in this study, please do not download the app. If you would like to take part, please indicate that you consent to do so in the app introduction tunnel. By using the app you are indicating that:

  • You have read the information pages and had an opportunity to ask questions and are happy that you understand the study and what it involves for you.
  • You realise that you can withdraw from the study at any time.
  • You agree that the findings of the study can be published but that you will not be identified.
  • All the information you provide will be treated as strictly confidential and handled in accordance with the provisions of the Data Protection Act 1998.
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