Smoking Cessation Research Study Looking For Adult Participants

Research Center: Huntsman Cancer Institute-University of Utah
Location: 2000 Cir of Hope Dr #1950, Salt Lake City, UT 84103
Lead Researchers: Cho Y. Lam, Ph.D., and David Wetter, Ph.D., MS
IRB Committee: This study has been reviewed and approved by the University of Utah Institutional Review Board


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that in 2019, almost 14 out of 100 U.S. adults aged 21 years or older smoked cigarettes. This means a predicted 34.1 million adults in the United States currently smoke cigarettes. Although, most smokers know that it’s in their best interest to quit. Actually quitting, however, is a whole other thing.

This study seeks to investigate the influence of various factors (i.e., economic, social, environmental, and psychological) on stress and smoking relapse. This is a smoking cessation study that aims to work with potential participants to set a date to quit smoking, provide them with brief quitting advice, and nicotine replacement therapy (i.e., nicotine patches) to help in quit smoking. 

Researchers are inviting adult smokers aged 18 years old and up who are interested in quitting smoking. Participants must comply with the necessary study requirements. Compensation will be provided to eligible individuals for completing the study visits.  

Why Participate? 

  • You may be able to get help to potentially quit smoking cigarettes. Strategies like nicotine replacement therapy (i.e., nicotine patches) and counseling will be provided at no cost.
  • You may contribute valuable information that may benefit others in the future.
  • You will be compensated a minimum of $160 for completing all study visits. You will also be compensated for completing each smartphone survey.
  • You will be helping to advance smoking cessation-related research.

Your Rights

  • If you decide to participate in the study and later feel that you no longer wish to be part of it, you may withdraw at any time.
  • Your records relating to this study and any other information received will be kept strictly confidential, except as required by law.

Who Can Participate?

  • Adults who are current smokers aged 18 years old or older.
  • Participants must be willing to quit smoking cigarettes.
  • Participants must have a valid home/mailing address (not a PO box) and a functioning telephone number.
  • Participants must be able to attend 4 study visits at the research site over approximately 26 weeks.
    • During these study visits, participants will complete questionnaires, complete a breathalyzer test, may have height and weight measurements, receive brief quitting advice, and receive nicotine patches. 
    • Participants will be provided with a smartphone and will be asked to carry it with them for 7-10 days. This smartphone will be used to answer questions about the participant’s feelings and smoking activity. 
    • Participants may be asked to wear 2 wristbands while using the smartphone for 7-10 days. The wristband is used to measure your hand and arm movements. All of the measurements will be stored on the smartphone. The study team may use a variety of methods to contact the participant about the study including via phone, text, and email. 

About the Research Center:

Huntsman Cancer Institute

Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah is a nationally recognized research center and treatment hospital in Salt Lake City. They serve patients with all types of cancer, who come from throughout the Mountain West, including Utah and parts of Idaho, Montana, Nevada, and Wyoming. Their doctors and scientists include world-renowned experts dedicated to the highest quality standards and driven by the commitment to improve the lives of people affected by cancer.

Please note:

Due to the current situation with the COVID-19 pandemic, the researchers would like to assure the participants that ensuring the safety of the participants as well as the study staff is of utmost importance.

What’s Next?

  1. Click the link below 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.
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