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Smoking Cessation

Despite significant progress in reducing the prevalence of smoking in the United States, smoking continues to represent a major threat to public health. In addition, decreases in smoking have not been consistent across the population and marked disparities exist with smoking prevalence continuing to remain high among certain populations. The Tobacco Control Research Branch supports research on the etiology of tobacco use and a broad range of behavioral & pharmacological interventions.

Contact

Erik Augustson, Ph.D., M.P.H.
augustse@mail.nih.gov

Yvonne Hunt, Ph.D., M.P.H.
huntym@mail.nih.gov

Glen Morgan, Ph.D.
gmorgan@mail.nih.gov

TCRB Grants Awarded in Response to an NIH Funding Opportunity

Click the links below to view a list of grants funded in response to the RFA, “Improving Effectiveness of Smoking Cessation Interventions and Programs in Low Income Adult Populations.” These grants are funded by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).

Improving Effectiveness Of Smoking Cessation Interventions And Programs In Low Income Adult Populations (R01) (CA08-022)

Improving Effectiveness Of Smoking Cessation Interventions And Programs In Low Income Adult Populations (R21) (CA08-023)

Funding Opportunities

View all Tobacco Control Funding Opportunities.

Projects

Smokefree.gov

The Smokefree.gov Website offers a variety of tools designed to help people quit smoking. Site features include an online step-by-step cessation guide, phone numbers for telephone support, a link to instant messaging with NCI counselors, facts about quitting and smoking, and self-help materials with links for downloading or ordering. Smokefree.gov was developed by NCI and received assistance from CDC. The site is free to the public.

Smokefree Women

Smokefree Women is an extension of Smokefree.gov. It is intended to help you or someone you care about quit smoking. The site offers a special focus on topics important to women. The information and professional assistance available on the Website can help to support both your immediate and long-term needs as you become, and remain, a nonsmoker. The Website also contains an interactive feature with Facebook to cultivate an online support community for women trying to quit. The Facebook group, Smokefree Women, contains a number of social encouragement applications and allow "fans" to share the quit resources with other women.

Smokefree Teen

Smokefree Teen Smokefree Teen is a teen-oriented smoking cessation program and provides teens who smoke with evidence informed resources. The initiative is comprised of four core components: Teen.Smokefree.gov; SmokefreeTXT, a text message based intervention; QuitSTART, an interactive quit tracking application that features games to play during cravings; and Smokefree Teen branded social media pages on Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr. Many of these components use mobile technology given teens’ unique usage patterns of emerging mobile technologies, social media, and text messaging. The use of text messaging to deliver cessation treatment is seen as a core feature of the teen site.

Smokefree 60plus

Smokefree 60plus Smokefree 60plus is intended to help you or someone you care about quit smoking. This website is designed to provide information about topics that are often important to older adults. Different people need different resources as they try to quit smoking cigarettes. The information and professional assistance available on this website can help support both your immediate and long-term needs as you become, and remain, a nonsmoker.

Smokefree.gov en Español

Smokefree.gov en Español Smokefree Español is a website featuring evidence-based smoking cessation information and interactive tools designed for Spanish speakers in the United States. SmokefreeTXT en Español is one of the major features of the new website which provides smoking cessation tips, information, and support in Spanish. Users can enroll in the free text messaging service by signing up online or by texting the word LIBRE to 47848. SmokefreeTXT en Español provides 24/7 encouragement, advice, and tips to help Spanish-speaking smokers quit.


North American Quitline Consortium

The North American Quitline Consortium is a state/federal partnership that provides tobacco users in every state with access to the tools and resources they need to quit smoking, ensuring the highest level of assistance to tobacco users who want to quit. The new toll-free number 1-800 QUIT NOW (1-800-784-8669) serves as a single point of access to state-based quitlines. TCRB has played a critical role in the development of the National Network of Tobacco Cessation Quitlines and helped facilitate $13 million in funding to the Cancer Information Service (CIS), which is the lead organization within NCI on this initiative. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other partners were key collaborators on this initiative.

Resources

National Institutes of Health State-of-the-Science Statement on Tobacco Use (PDF, 2.3 MB), special issue in the American Journal of Preventive Health Medicine, December 2007

Quitting Smoking Is Easier With Help exit disclaimer, supplement published by Tobacco Control, December 2007

National Institutes of Health State-of-the-Science Statement on Tobacco Use: Prevention, Cessation and Control, Final Statement, June 2006

PHS Clinical Practice Guideline - Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence, 2008 Update (PDF), May 2008
A comprehensive document, this guideline contains evidence-based strategies and recommendations designed to assist clinicians, tobacco dependence treatment specialists, and others in delivering and supporting effective treatments for tobacco use and dependence.