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 database.

Studies Currently Recruiting

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 at 1-866-START NOW or email at

Overcoming Nicotine Dependence to Enable Quitting (ON-DEQ Study)

Study Location: Chicago, IL

RUSH University Medical Center is conducting a research study to test the role of treatment components to help people increase their readiness to quit smoking. If you agree to participate in this study, you will be assigned at random to receive one of two types of counseling, which involves completing four weekly sessions with a study therapist. You may also be assigned to receive nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) sampling, containing both nicotine lozenges and patches. All study activities will be conducted by phone or online, and no in-person visits to RUSH University are required. In addition to treatment, you will be asked to complete eight online study assessments over the course of approximately eight months, and you will be paid up to $250 for completing all parts of the study.

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