About the Project

The Tobacco Harm Research Project starts with our professional staff collecting information from those eligible individuals interested in participating. We’ll ask about their goals, tobacco use history, previous attempts to change and current health. 

Weekly counseling and aids
Once enrolled in the project, participants will have brief, once-a-week counseling either in person, by phone or video and a choice of medications (Chantix, Zyban) or nicotine replacements (nicotine gum, patch, lozenge, snus or electronic cigarette). They also have the option of not using any aids to help them reduce their tobacco use. Each individual sets their own change goal.

Measuring progress
Once a month, we’ll measure any changes in tobacco use the participant has experienced. We’ll also collect a breathalyzer value to tell us how well the program is helping participants achieve their goal.

Project findings
We’ll post periodic updates on the research findings and outcomes on this site. No names or other personal identifiers will be used. We are serious about protecting anonymity: Each participant receives a research study number that we will use in any data we collect or disseminate.

Commitment and compensation
Participation lasts for six months and includes up to $40 per month compensation.

— All service, medications and products are free to participants. —

This three-year research project is funded by Foundation for a Smoke Free World. Foundation for a Smoke Free World is a fiscally sponsored project of the Rose Research Center.

This study is funded with a grant from the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World, a US nonprofit 501(c)(3) private foundation with a mission to end smoking in this generation. The Foundation accepts charitable gifts from PMI Global Services Inc. (PMI); under the Foundation’s Bylaws and Pledge Agreement with PMI, the Foundation is independent from PMI and the tobacco industry. The contents, selection, and presentation of facts, as well as any opinions expressed herein are the sole responsibility of the authors and under no circumstances shall be regarded as reflecting the positions of the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World, Inc.

Covid-19 and the Project
As health providers and researchers, we are especially committed to the safety of our study participants, colleagues and staff, and we will institute all necessary precautions to protect them. Changes have been made so we can conduct once-a-week counseling by phone, if a participant prefers.

Other aspects of the project, however, will require in-person contact. Before and during those contacts, we will confirm the participant’s recent and current health status; sanitize all spaces, devices and supplies after each participant’s procedure; and provide participants with disinfectant, gloves and masks. All procedures will comply with California and San Francisco health guidelines and mandates, and we will stay current on CDC and global guidelines.

Source: Average savings in S.F. Bay Area, thrrp.org, Tobacco Harm Reduction Research Project, 2020.

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