West Los Angeles,
The purpose of this study is to determine whether sampling nicotine replacement treatments
(NRTs) is superior to learning about them by computer. Testing also covers preferences
among the treatments. Subjects will be enrolled veterans who smoke.
Hypothesis: Direct experience ("sampling") of NRTs will increase knowledge about NRTs,
motivation/confidence, use of NRTs and quit attempts in contrast to learning about NRTs by
The study was designed to compare sampling of several nicotine replacement treatments (NRTs)
in contrast to a computer learning control. The NRTs include: 2 dosages of nicotine gum, 2
dosages of nicotine lozenges and 2 dosages of oral nicotine inhalers. In the sampling
group, each participant tries each of the 6 NRTs for 3 minutes. In the control, the
individuals read about the treatments. Dependent measures include: quit attempts, use of
NRTs, preferences among NRTs, and learning and motivation.
- Must be enrolled veteran who smokes.
- Any event or condition that could be exacerbated by the local effects of nicotine
treatments (e.g., throat or stomach problems; any kind of wheezing from a condition
- other criteria as determined by PI and study physicians
- reactions to menthol (inhaler) or to aspartame (lozenge)