Do You Smoke? Join This Virtual Study & Practice Quitting Smoking!

Research Center: Yale University
Location: This a virtual research study open to the Greater New Haven Area
Lead Researcher: Professor Ian Ayres    
IRB Committee: This study has been reviewed and approved by the Yale University Institutional Review Board

About the Study

Are you trying to quit smoking? Researchers at Yale University are conducting a virtual study open to the general New Haven public. They are inviting interested individuals who smoke more than 3 cigarettes a week. This study involves quitting smoking for 2 weeks.

This virtual research study explores a new approach to “practice”  quitting smoking. By participating in the practice to quit, individuals may learn that smoking cessation is possible. Participants may also learn more about cravings and properly manage them to successfully abstain from smoking.

If you are interested in this research study, read on! 

Why Participate? 

  • Participants may build the confidence and skills needed to quit smoking for good. 
  • Participants may learn that resisting initial temptations can make it easier for them to stay committed in the longer term to achieve a personal goal.
  • Participants will be introduced to this potential approach at no cost.
  • Participants will receive information on the potential benefits of a “practice quit” experience and suggestions on how to successfully participate in the program.
  • Participants will be contributing valuable information that may benefit others in the future.
  • Participants will be helping to advance smoking cessation research and strategies.

Your Rights

  • If you decide to participate in the study and later feel that you no longer wish to be part of it, you can withdraw at any time.
  • Any information that you provide will be kept strictly confidential, except as required by law.

Who Can Participate?

  • Men and women aged 18-65 years old
  • Must smoke more than 3 cigarettes per week 
  • Must be trying to quit smoking or are willing to try to quit smoking
  • Must have access to a Bluetooth-enabled smartphone
  • Must have internet access
  • Must not have mental or physical disorders (e.g., dementia, severe alcohol dependence, acute psychosis)
  • Must be able to attend 6 zoom meetings over the course of 2 weeks

Key Study Details 

The study team will explain the research study in its entirety but some details are:

  • Participation in this study will take about 2 and a half hours (about 150 minutes) in total.
  • This study is being paid by the Yale Law School.
  • This study has two parts:
    • An intake session 
      • Before entering the study, individuals will have a virtual meeting with a member of the research team that will involve an eligibility screening. 
      • During this interview, participants will be asked about their smoking history and several demographics questions. 
    • A CO testing phase 
      • This phase involves 6 appointments. 
      • Participants will meet research staff (virtually) 6 times over a 2 week period, to perform a Carbon Monoxide (CO) breath test. 
      • These meetings will be conducted every two or three days. 
      • The study team will make sure that these appointments are as convenient as possible for the participant.

About the Research Center:

Yale University
Yale University is widely recognized as one of the world’s leading research universities. Yale’s excellence in research and scholarship helps solve real-world problems and furthers its mission to improve the world today and for future generations. Through academic leadership and strategic partnerships around the world Yale works to advance research, create knowledge, and further innovation.

What’s Next?

  1. Click the link to enter your contact details and take the study questionnaire.
  2. If eligible, a member of the research team will contact you to discuss the study and answer any questions you may have.
Click Here to Check Your Eligibility for This Study