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Nicotine replacement in school-based cessation

Institution: University of Southern California
Investigator(s): Clyde Dent, Ph.D. Rita Leeseman,
Award Cycle: 2000 (Cycle 9) Grant #: 9HT-3201 Award: $961,266
Subject Area: Tobacco-Use Prevention and Cessation
Award Type: Full SARA

Initial Award Abstract
Currently, their exists little research on how to get teenagers to stop using tobacco. The research that does exist does not include looking at the usefulness of nicotine gum as an aid to quitting. This study will provide that evidence. Coordinated through the Humboldt County Office of Education, the study will offer a quit program to all high school students and staff in Humboldt county in their schools. We hope to involve approximately 300 students in the program. Half of the students will be offered nicotine gum, and half will be offered an herbal gum, both of which are sold in stores as an aid to stop smoking. They will use the gum for 6 weeks, in lesser and lesser amounts. We will determine how many in each group have quit using tobacco 8 weeks and 6 months after they start using the gum.

School teachers and school nurses will lead classes on how to deal with the gum and quitting. Through their experience working with the study, they will be able to continue the effective parts of the program after the study is over. They may also be encouraged to conduct more studies on their own on ways to get students to quit using the results and experiences they gain in this study.