Arizona College of Public Health Teen Quit Smoking Study Continues to Seek Participants and Expands to Phoenix Area
The Teen Quit Smoking Study, based at the Mel and Enid Zuckerman Arizona College of Public Health, continues to seek participants in the Tucson area and now is expanding its study to the Phoenix area, thanks to a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Teen smokers recognize the health risks of smoking, express motivation to quit, and attempt to quit, yet few research studies have examined smoking-cessation treatments to help teen smokers. Arizona College of Public Health investigators, supported by the National Cancer Institute, and now the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, have treated about 300 teens dependent on tobacco in a study to evaluate Zyban versus placebo in conjunction with lifestyle counseling to help teens quit smoking.
Participants in this study receive free study-related medical examinations, study medication/placebo, and compensation for time and travel. Once enrolled, teens will be seen for 11 visits and must be available for 6 months to complete follow-up appointments. Note: Parental consent is required.
Although smoking rates among U.S. high school students have been declining since 1997, one in four still smoke cigarettes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). About 29 percent of high school students in the United States currently smoke, down from 36.4 percent in 1997.
To enroll in the Teen Quit Smoking Study, interested Phoenix and Tucson area teens between the ages of 14 and 17 can call toll-free: 1-877-850-1080. The study is seeking to recruit 30 participants from the Tucson and Phoenix areas.
- Louise Strayer, RN, MS
(520) 410-3759 pager
- Myra Muramoto, MD, MPH, principal investigator
- Kimberley Cohen
(520) 318-7031, (520) 489-5084
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is the nation's largest philanthropic organization devoted exclusively to health and health care. One of the Foundation's goals is to reduce the personal, social and economic harm caused by substance abuse-tobacco, alcohol, and illicit drugs.
Established by the Arizona Board of Regents in January 2000, the Mel and Enid Zuckerman Arizona College of Public Health is the first public health college in the four corner states and represents a tri-university collaborative effort that involves the University of Arizona, Arizona State University and Northern Arizona University. The Arizona College of Public Health's mission is to promote the health of individuals and communities with a special emphasis on diverse populations and the Southwest. Programs concentrate on the reduction of health disparities, the development and maintenance of healthy communities, and the promotion of healthy lifestyles.