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Tobacco clinical trials at UC Health
13 in progress, 3 open to new patients

  • Effect of Packaging on Smoking Perceptions and Behavior

    open to eligible people ages 21-65

    The investigators are addressing two critical areas identified by the FDA: the impact of cigarette packaging and labeling on consumer perceptions and on smoking behavior; and the effectiveness of graphic warning labels on communicating risk of tobacco products. In a randomized controlled trial (RCT), investigators will enroll committed smokers who have no intention of quitting in the next 6-months. The three study arms will be: a) a plain pack with all marketing materials removed (PP); b) The Australian graphic warning images (Australian model-AM); or c) a standard pack with all marketing materials unaltered (ST). The study includes a three month purchasing intervention and continued follow-up through 12 months. Throughout the study interactive text messaging assessments will be used to measure acute and persistent impact of labeling and marketing on perceptions of tobacco products, subjective effects of consumption, awareness of tobacco-related harms, tobacco use behavior, and quitting motivation. At three separate time points, participants will: a) complete a web-based questionnaire b) provide a saliva sample for cotinine analysis. The rigorous design and extensive objective measurements are significant innovations on the currently published research in this field and should lead to significant advances in tobacco regulatory science.

    at UCSD

  • Impact of Very Low Nicotine Content Cigarettes in a Complex Marketplace

    open to eligible people ages 18 years and up

    This project will examine the impact of very low nicotine content (VLNC) cigarettes in a complex tobacco and nicotine product marketplace. We will compare the number of cigarettes smoked and cigarette-free days in an experimental marketplace that contains VLNC cigarettes versus normal nicotine content (NNC) cigarettes.

    at UCSF

  • Secondhand Smoke Respiratory Health Study

    open to eligible people ages 40-80

    Exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke (SHS) is associated with diverse health effects in nonsmokers. Flight attendants who worked on commercial aircraft before the ban on tobacco smoking (exposed FAs) had high, long-term levels of occupational exposure to SHS and are a unique population for the study of long-term health effects of chronic exposure to SHS. In previous studies, we have shown that many never-smoking SHS-exposed FAs to have curvilinear flow-volume loops, decreased airflow at mid- and low-lung volumes, and static air trapping (elevated residual volume to total lung capacity ratio [RV/TLC]), abnormalities that are not diagnostic of overt COPD, but do implicate the presence of an obstructive ventilatory defect, and are consistent with what has been recently described as preserved ratio impaired spirometry (PRISm). The main objective of the study is to determine the effect of a bronchodilator to counter the physiologic abnormalities that are observed in the population of never-smoking SHS-exposed FAs as both proof of concept of the presence of an obstructive lung disease and as a possible therapeutic option to counteract the adverse respiratory effects of chronic exposure to SHS.

    at UCSF

  • A Facebook Intervention for Young Sexual and Gender Minority Smokers

    Sorry, in progress, not accepting new patients

    The 2-year research plan will test the Put It Out Project (POP) in a pilot randomized trial (N=120) compared to TSP and two historical control conditions. Participants will be young adults who smoke, identify as sexual or gender minorities, and use Facebook. The primary outcome will be biochemically verified 7-day abstinence from smoking at 3 and 6 months. Secondary outcomes will be a quit attempt (y/n), stage of change, and thoughts about tobacco abstinence at 3 and 6 mos.

    at UCSF

  • An Extended Facebook Intervention for Young Sexual and Gender Minority Smokers

    Sorry, in progress, not accepting new patients

    The 2-year research plan will test the Extended Put It Out Project (POP-6) in a pilot randomized trial (N=168) compared to TSP-6, as well as comparing POP-6 and TSP-6 to the POP-3 and TSP-3 interventions from a previously-conducted trial. Participants will be young adults who smoke, identify as sexual or gender minorities (SGM), and use Facebook. Primary outcome will be biochemically verified 7-day abstinence from smoking at 3 and 6 months. Secondary outcomes will be a quit attempt (y/n), stage of change, and thoughts about tobacco abstinence at 3 and 6 months.

    at UCSF

  • Aspirin and Zileuton and Biomarker Expression in Nasal Tissue of Current Smokers

    Sorry, in progress, not accepting new patients

    This randomized phase II trial studies the effects of aspirin and zileuton on genes related to tobacco use in current smokers. Aspirin and zileuton may interfere with genes related to tobacco use and may be useful in preventing lung cancer in current smokers.

    at UC Davis

  • Cardiovascular Assessment of the Effects of Tobacco and Nicotine Delivery Products

    Sorry, in progress, not accepting new patients

    The overarching goal of this project is to develop a panel of cardiovascular risk biomarkers that can detect differences in the cardiovascular safety of various tobacco products, whether conventional, new or emerging, in order to help the FDA with the task of regulating them. This will be achieved through 4 aims: Aim 1: Determine the relative contributions of nicotine and combustion products to the cardiovascular risk of active cigarette smoking. Aim 2: Determine which cardiovascular risk biomarkers are affected by exposure to secondhand smoke. Aim 3: Determine the cardiovascular risk of smokeless tobacco use. Aim 4: Determine the cardiovascular risk of electronic cigarettes and the respective contributions of nicotine and electronic cigarette vapor.

    at UCSF

  • Cigarette Harm Reduction With Electronic Cigarette Use

    Sorry, not yet accepting patients

    This is an observational, crossover study that will be examine use behaviors, chemical exposures, and biological effects of SREC compared to TC use in subjects confined to a research ward setting.

    at UCSF

  • Connection to Health for Smokers

    Sorry, accepting new patients by invitation only

    The goal of the study is to develop and test Connection to Health for Smokers (CTHS), a comprehensive program to support smokers to quit and improve smokers' general health. The program will be designed for implementation by health educators in community health centers.

    at UCSF

  • Healing and Empowering Alaskan Lives Towards Healthy-Hearts Study

    Sorry, not currently recruiting here

    This study aims to identify effective and cost-effective interventions for tobacco use and other risk behaviors for cardiovascular disease among Alaska Native people in rural villages. In a randomized controlled trial, the study will compare interventions using telemedicine to promote the American Heart Association's identified ideal health behaviors (nonsmoking and physical activity) relative to ideal health factors (managing cholesterol and blood pressure).

    at UCSF

  • High Dose Bupropion for Smoking Cessation

    Sorry, not yet accepting patients

    This study aims to investigate the benefit of administering Bupropion XL (BUP-XL) to heavy smokers who also experience psychiatric symptoms.

    at UCLA UCSD

  • Smoking Tobacco and Drinking Study

    Sorry, in progress, not accepting new patients

    This trial will test the efficacy of a 3-month intervention on Facebook targeting tobacco use and heavy episodic drinking against a 3-month Facebook intervention targeting tobacco use. Both groups will be offered a nicotine patch starter kit. The primary outcome is verified 7-day point prevalence abstinence from smoking at 3, 6, and 12 months.

    at UCSF

  • Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation and Tobacco Use Disorder

    Sorry, not yet accepting patients

    The purpose of this study is to determine if brain stimulation using repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) directed at different parts of the brain can decrease feelings of cigarette craving and symptoms of cigarette withdrawal, and also if men and women have different responses to rTMS. Participants will visit the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) five times: First, for in-person screening, then for four rTMS sessions, stimulating three different brain regions and also a sham control stimulation. The sham procedure is similar to a placebo, and will use a lower-intensity stimulation than the active stimulations. Everyone in the study will be assigned to all four treatment arms (one sham stimulation, and active stimulation of three different brain regions), and they will take place in a random order.Before and after each rTMS session, a brief MRI will be performed, and participants will be asked to fill out questionnaires that describe how they are feeling.

    at UCLA

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