Smoking Cessation Methods Study

Posted By: Staff | Jan 2 2013

Up to 800 smokers from the Madison and Milwaukee areas are being recruited for a study of whether a pill, a patch or a patch and a lozenge best help people quit smoking.

“We’ll not only determine which works better,” Dr. Timothy Baker, associate director of the UW Center for Tobacco Research and Intervention, said in a statement, “but also whether one approach works better with some types of smokers than does the other.”

The center received a $10 million, five-year grant from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute to continue the Wisconsin Smokers’ Health Study, started in 2004.

Researchers are looking for 600 to 800 new participants to join roughly the same number of people from the previous study.

All 1,500 people in the new study will get the drug Chantix, a nicotine patch or a patch and a nicotine lozenge to help them stop lighting up.

They will also receive free counseling and tests to see how much quitting affects cardiovascular disease, lung disease and diabetes. The tests include a carotid artery ultrasound, an electrocardiogram and arterial tonometry, which measures blood pressure.


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