The Duke Clinical and Translational Science Institute in Kannapolis completed the MURDOCK Smokeless Tobacco Cessation Study, a study researching whether text messaging is an effective way to help people who want to quit using smokeless tobacco. Examples of smokeless tobacco include chewing tobacco, dip and snuff.
Principal Investigator: Dr. Devon Noonan
Eligibility Requirements: People who qualified for this study were at least 18 years old; were current users of smokeless tobacco products and had a desire to quit; enrolled in the MURDOCK Study; and had access to a cell phone with text messaging capabilities.
- Participants were asked to make a 30 minute appointment, by phone or in-person, to answer a series of questions about their history of smokeless tobacco use.
- Following the appointment, we sent text messages every day for four weeks encouraging participants to stop using smokeless tobacco.
- At the end of three months and six months, we asked another set of questions about how helpful they found our texts, and whether they were successful in quitting smokeless tobacco.
- Participants had an opportunity to come to the MURDOCK Study office for an interview about their experience at the three-month mark.