Sunday, August 14, 2011

WebQuit, a free, online smoking-cessation study

Are you trying to quit smoking and interested in participating in an online smoking-cessation study? If so, you're in luck. Until August 31, 2011  you can see if you are eligible to enroll in WebQuit, a free, online smoking-cessation study being conducted by Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

The study began in June 2010 and was designed to look at to improve effectiveness of online smoking-cessation programs. Many people who would like some help to quit smoking but don't want to or can't attend personal group meetings or help groups may choose to use an online program. However, they aren't always effective and can stand some improving, study directors say.

 Considering their easy availability and accessibility (24 hours a day), it may be surprising to learn that online smoking cessation programs aren't very successful overall.

According to a recent press release:

Study participants will learn new tools for dealing more effectively with urges to smoke. They also will receive step-by-step quit guides and create personalized plans for staying smoke-free.
Participants will be randomly assigned by computer (like the tossing of a coin) to one of two online smoking-cessation programs. The success rates of participants will then be compared. 

To participate, you will have to complete online questionnaires, including one 15-minute follow-up survey. Eligible participants must be at least 18 and not currently participating in other smoking-cessation programs, among other requirements.The study is funded by a grant from the National Cancer Institute.

To enroll in the WebQuit study or for more information, please visit

Good luck!

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