Join a Research Study

A research study tests or evaluates treatments—such as new or current medications, behavior treatments, medical equipment, clinical therapies, procedures, or programs—to determine if they are safe and effective.

Why Should I Participate?

If you are looking for a way to stop smoking, participating in a research study may be right for you. People in research studies can receive new treatments before they reach the public. You may also help other smokers by contributing to research that could lead to new treatment options in the future.

Who Conducts Research Studies?

There are countless smoking cessation research studies going on around the world to help determine the best, most effective ways to help people stop smoking and stay quit. A number of the studies being run in the United States are funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and carried out by researchers outside of NIH, usually at universities or medical schools.

Where Can I Learn More About Research Studies?

To learn more about smoking research studies currently recruiting around the world, visit the clinicaltrials.gov database.

Studies Currently Recruiting

Development of the Smoking Cessation App “Smiling Instead of Smoking”

If you smoke cigarettes on some days (but not daily), and are interested in using a smoking cessation app to help you do so, you may be eligible to participate in our research study. We’ll provide smoking cessation support via our newly developed smartphone app and will compensate you for your time (up to $434). To set up a phone-screen call and get started with this study, please call 617-724-3129 or email sis@mgh.harvard.edu. Please note that our app currently is only available for Android smartphones.

Multimodal Neuroimaging Genetic Biomarkers of Nicotine Addiction Severity

Study Location: Baltimore, MD (Local Recruitment)

Quitting smoking is hard. Let us help you through it. If you are 18-60 years old and ready to quit smoking, we need you for a research study on nicotine dependence at the National Institute on Drug Abuse in Baltimore. The study’s treatment plan is customized to your individual needs and includes free nicotine replacement combined with one-on-one counseling. This is a program that offers a research/treatment combination.

  • Earn up to $1690 for completing the study
  • Receive compensation after each study visit
  • Receive an MRI image of your brain on a t-shirt
  • Evening and weekend study appointments available

We want you to succeed. Call today to see if you qualify.



UCLA Smoking Cessation Study

Study Location: In-person visits in the Los Angeles area

Are you ready to quit smoking? The Addictions Research Laboratory in the UCLA Department of Psychology is looking for smokers, between the ages of 21 and 65 who drink alcohol regularly, to participate in a research study. Participants will receive 14 weeks of FREE treatment with effective smoking cessation medication and will be asked to attend study visits at the UCLA campus in Westwood.

mSMART Smoking Study

Study location: Nationwide

Department of Psychiatry at Duke University is conducting a research study on how you take Chantix® (varenicline) medication to quit smoking. You will receive electronic pill bottles called “MEMS Cap” to use while you take your medication. You will need to have an Android or iOS smartphone. If you have recently started taking or planning to take Chantix® (varenicline) to quit smoking, then make the most of your quit attempt by joining the mSMART Smoking Study.

To learn more about the study or volunteer to participate, please contact:

Dr. Jennifer Stevenson
(919) 684 5403

More For You

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