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University of Wisconsin looking for smokers who want to kick habit for study


MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - The UW is looking for up to 800 smokers from the Madison and Milwaukee areas who want to kick the habit.

They’re being recruited for a new study on whether the drug Chantix, a nicotine patch, or a lozenge is most effective at getting smokers to quit.

Doctor Tim Baker of the UW Madison Center for Tobacco Research says the study will also determine whether one type of treatment works better for some types of smokers than others.

The UW was recently given $10-million in federal money to continue the Wisconsin Smokers’ Health Study which began nine years ago.

The new smokers will join several hundred people who also took part in an earlier study on cessation treatments. 

About 1,500 people in all will get Chantix, a patch, or a lozenge to see how well they do with quitting.  In the earlier study, about a-third of the participants quit smoking and never started again.

Doctor Michael Fiore says the rate is about six times as high as those who try to quit on their own. The original study also helped discover genetic links to stop-smoking methods.

Fiore says the goals for the new study are to learn more about the health benefits of kicking the habit. He said they’ll look at the short-and-long-term implications of both quitting and continuing to smoke.