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Survey Guide

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    Log in using the unique PIN that we have provided you.

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    Answer the questions to the best of your ability. There are no right or wrong answers.

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    Use the NEXT or BACK buttons to go between questions.

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    When you have finished the survey, select "Submit Survey."

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    At the end of the survey, you will be able to activate your PATH Study debit card as a thank-you for your participation.

Frequently Asked Questions

The National Institutes of Health (NIH), in partnership with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), is sponsoring an exciting national study on tobacco and health, called the PATH Study. This study includes people ages 12 and older, whether or not they use tobacco.

The study informs us about why and how people are using–or not using–different types of tobacco products (not just cigarettes) and how use may affect health. Because we want to know why people do not use tobacco products, including people who don’t use tobacco is critical. The PATH Study has interviewed about 49,000 people, making it one of the most important tobacco and health studies ever done in the United States.

The information we collect is for research purposes only. The study reports its findings for large groups of people across the U.S., not for individuals. For more information on how the study protects your privacy, see "How will you protect my privacy?" below.

We’d like you to complete the PATH Study online this year. We hope this makes participation easier and more convenient for you.

For adults and youth: The online interview will ask about your attitudes, knowledge, and personal experiences with tobacco, substance use, mental health, your relationships with friends and family, and your general health. You can skip any questions you don’t want to answer.

  • The adult online interview takes about 60 minutes to answer.
  • Youth must have permission for a parent to complete the PATH Study online and the youth online interview takes about 40 minutes to answer.

For parents: The online interview will ask you a few questions about your child and takes about 15 minutes to answer. If you have more than one child participating in PATH, you will be able to complete the online parent survey for each child. We are also asking your permission for your child to participate in PATH Study. If you give permission, we mailed you an envelope for you to hand to your child that contains their unique log-in information to complete the online survey and their debit card.

All the information you give to the PATH Study is kept private.

  • Your answers are never connected with your name.
  • We identify your answers by a number only.
  • Your name and contact information are kept separately from study data in secure computer files.

Debit cards are activated once the online interview is completed.

  • Adults who complete the online interview receive $50 as a thank-you for participating.
  • Parents who complete the online interview receive $15 as a thank-you for participating.
  • Youth who complete the online interview receive $35 as a thank-you for participating.

You can receive additional thank you gifts for participating in future interviews and other study activities.

Each form is linked below. Click on the file name to open the PDF that you can print.

If you have any questions about the study, you may call Westat’s toll-free number, 1-888-311-1819, weekdays between 9:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. and weekends between 11:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time. You may also email the project team at pathinfo@westat.com.

If you have any interest in resources to help with quitting tobacco, or help with substance use or mental health concerns, please click on the PDF.

Go to https://www.prepaiddigitalsolutions.com/cardlogin to view your card balance and transaction history online. You will need the 16-digit card number and the security code (CVV) from the back of the card.


If you need assistance, please contact 1-888-311-1819 or pathinfo@westat.com.