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Enhancing Cancer Outreach for Low-income Adults With Innovative Smoking Cessation

18 Years
Open (Enrolling)
Smoking Cessation, Smoking

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Trial Information

Enhancing Cancer Outreach for Low-income Adults With Innovative Smoking Cessation

Baseline Interview:

If you are found to be eligible to take part in this study, you will complete a series of
questionnaires on a laptop computer. You will be asked questions about your smoking habits.
You will be asked how much tobacco you use, how many times you have tried to quit, how ready
you are to quit, and how dependent you are on nicotine. You will be asked about symptoms
related to nicotine withdrawal and any breathing problems associated with smoking. You will
also be asked about support you receive from family and friends. The questionnaires on the
laptop will take about 1 hour to complete. You will also complete an interview with the
study staff to test your level of basic health knowledge. This test will about 10 minutes to

Study Groups:

You will be assigned to a study group based on the location of where you enroll in the
study. Everybody enrolled at a location will be in the same group and will get the same

Study Procedures:

For participants in Group 1:

- You will receive a cell phone for study staff to call you about scheduled follow-up

- Right after the baseline interview, you will be asked by the study staff to set a quit
date. The study staff will explain why it is important for you to quit and will also
explain how to use the nicotine patches you will receive.

- You will receive a manual that explains how important it is to quit smoking, how
smoking hurts your health, and how family and friends can help while you try to quit.
You will receive this manual at the beginning of the study.

- You will receive a 10-week supply of nicotine patches that may help you to quit.

In addition to everything Group 1 receives, for participants in Groups 2 and 3:

- You will receive a telephone number to a hotline for you to use to call and talk to
someone who can help you to quit. You can use the cell phone you are given to call the
hotline anytime you need support in your effort to quit smoking or stay quit.

- You will receive between 1-5 supportive text messages a day on the cell phone. These
text messages will continue for 12 weeks.

- Once per week, you will receive a text message from the study staff asking if you have
smoked within the past 24 hours. You will be asked to respond to this text message
either by sending a text back to the study staff or calling the hotline. If the study
staff does not receive your response you may receive a phone call from the staff asking
about your smoking status over the past 24 hours.

If you are in Group 3, you will also receive 11 phone calls over a 12-week period. During
this call, you will be given support to help you quit and stay quit, and each call will last
about 15 minutes. These phone calls will be recorded, and the recordings may be used by the
study staff to check the quality of the support you receive.


Study staff will call you once per month for 6 months to ask you for information about how
you are doing with quitting smoking.

A year after you started the study, you will be asked to return to the site where you were
enrolled in the study for an in-person follow-up interview. You will be asked for more
information about quitting smoking and how the study went for you. At this visit, you will
also be asked to spit into a clean cup and to blow into a cardboard tube to check your
smoking levels. This session will last about 1 hour.

Length of Study:

You will be on study for about 1 year.

This is an investigational study.

Up to 756 participants will take part in this study. All will be enrolled at community
sites in the greater-Houston area.

Inclusion Criteria:

1. Male or female, 18 years of age or older

2. Smoked at least 100 cigarettes in lifetime

3. English or Spanish speaking

4. Currently smoking at least 5 cigarettes a day, on average

5. Willing to set a quit smoking date within a week of the enrollment

Exclusion Criteria:

1. Positive history of a medical condition that precludes use of the nicotine patch

2. Current use of nicotine replacement therapy (NRT)

3. Current use of other smoking cessation medications (e.g., Chantix or Zyban)

4. Pregnant or nursing

5. Enrolled in another smoking cessation study

Type of Study:


Study Design:

Allocation: Randomized, Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Treatment

Outcome Measure:

Smoking Abstinence Rates

Outcome Time Frame:

12 Months

Safety Issue:


Principal Investigator

Alex Prokhorov, MD, PHD

Investigator Role:

Study Chair

Investigator Affiliation:

UT MD Anderson Cancer Center


United States: Institutional Review Board

Study ID:




Start Date:

June 2010

Completion Date:

Related Keywords:

  • Smoking Cessation
  • Smoking
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Low-Income
  • Cigarette smoking
  • Uninsured and underinsured
  • NRT
  • Nicoderm CQ
  • Habits
  • Smoking



UT MD Anderson Cancer CenterHouston, Texas  77030