Live for Life Smoking Cessation Study 

(Duke Employees Only)

What is the study about?

The purpose of this study is to evaluate a tailored quit smoking program that seeks to provide you with the treatment most likely to work for you. The study will also investigate how inherited genes affect the likelihood of success in smoking cessation.

Who can join?

If you are a) enrolled in one of Duke’s health plans, b) not currently pregnant, c) not planning to leave Duke in the next six months, and d) interested in joining the Tobacco Cessation Program, you may be eligible.

How can I find out more or see if I am eligible?

To find out more, simply contact our tobacco specialist, Diane Dunder, by either calling 919-681-0529 or e-mailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.     

What will I do as part of the study?

If the physician or physician assistant approves your participation, you will be asked to set a target quit-smoking date in approximately five weeks.

The study visit with LIVE FOR LIFE® will take place as soon as possible after your screening visit.  At this visit you will be given 21mg nicotine patches to apply daily for the next four weeks.

You will receive phone calls or e-mails from us weekly after you start using the nicotine patch.  The last of these contacts will take place the day before your scheduled quit day. Based on your response to the nicotine patches, you may be given the option to start taking Zyban with the nicotine patch or switch to Chantix. If the study physician feels that it is medically acceptable for your take either Zyban or Chantix (based on information collected at the screening visit) you will be given the choice of which drug you prefer to take for the next 12 weeks.  You will also select a new quit date for one week later.

Six months after your quit-smoking date you will be contacted by LIVE FOR LIFE staff to ask about your current smoking status.  A saliva collection kit and instructions will also be sent to you in the mail.

What’s in it for me?

One of the benefits of participating is that you may quit smoking based on receiving a treatment program that is tailored to you. We also hope the information learned from this study will benefit smokers in the future. You will also be reimbursed up to $150 for participation in this study.

Who is conducting the study?

The principal investigator is Jed Rose, PhD, a professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Duke, and the director of the Duke Center for Nicotine and Smoking Cessation Research.

How can I join the LIVE FOR LIFE study?

Contact our tobacco specialist, Diane Dunder, by either calling 919-681-0529 or e-mailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to schedule an appointment.

Who can I call if I have questions about the study?

If you have questions or would like to change your contact information, e-mail the study coordinator This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

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