New Study Helps Smokers Quit

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Smokers can take part in a new federally-funded study to work on becoming tobacco-free, and help advance the science of successfully quitting at the same time.

UW Health is collaborating with the University of Wisconsin Center for Tobacco Research and Intervention, a sister organization to the University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center in the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, on UW-PASS, a study that will provide both quit-coaching and nicotine medication.

The National Cancer Institute is funding the research for five years. Beginning in spring 2010, 2,300 smokers will be recruited from UW Health and other health systems to participate in the study for a full year.

Most smokers want to quit, but so many struggle with the addiction. This research is designed to meet smokers where they are in terms of their willingness to try quitting.


Most tobacco-dependence treatments are designed to help the 20 to 40 percent of smokers who visit their doctor and are willing to try quitting right away. This study will offer group treatment options but it goes further by offering motivation to those not yet willing to quit, and will help smokers take all their medication to get its full benefits.