Moffitt goes to school to quit smoking
By Staff Script – June 19, 2019
Cigarettes without a nicotine addict can sometimes be the norm, if the Food and Drug Administration follows a rule proposed last spring. But can nicotine-reduced cigarettes also help smokers quit? Moffitt Cancer Center researchers and volunteers are trying to help with that investigation.
Nicotine is the main factor in tobacco cigarettes that starts and prevents smoking addiction. Smoking cigarettes can substantially reduce nicotines, which can reduce smoking incentives and satisfaction, which can increase the benefits of smoking cessation.
The Tobacco Control Act of 2009 gave the Food and Drug Administration the power to reduce nicotine inside cigarettes. While the federal regulation to reduce the levels of nicotine in cigarettes is pending, the availability of nicotine research has diminished, and cigarettes provide a new opportunity to examine their effectiveness as a cessation tool.
“Prior studies have shown that even among non-smokers who attempt to quit, those who gave research cigarettes smoked with very reduced levels of nicotine, up to 30% less than those given higher nicotine cigarettes.” They also reported lower levels of emotional dependence, cravings, and withdrawal. In theory, these effects are for smokers who attempt to quit, says Dr. David Drobes, Countdown Research Principal and Senior Member of the Tobacco Investigation & Media Program at Moffitt.
The countdown study was created to test this therapeutic smoking formula. The Investigation team is refreshed with 200 adult smokers in the Tampa Bay area to participate in the study. After the initial screening visit, participants will receive low nicotine mictures for 6 weeks of each trial in order to help them quit smoking. Then the following two visits will be made for the next two months.
Dr. Drones says it will take about three years to complete the study. If interested in participating, you can visit the Countdown curriculum website.