Last updated on December 2016

New Approaches to Smoking Cessation in Heavy Drinkers


Brief description of study

The purpose of this study is to develop and test an integrated cognitive-behavioral intervention for smoking and alcohol among heavy drinking smokers. The current pre-pilot phase will be used to refine this protocol for the subsequent randomized, controlled pilot phase. The current study phase has two parts: 1) an intake session and brief physical; 2) a 12-week treatment phase in which participants receive varenicline (Chantix) and weekly, personalized counseling.

Detailed Study Description

The purpose of the proposed project is to develop and test a 12-week integrated cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) intervention for smoking and alcohol (SA) + varenicline (Chantix) among heavy drinking smokers (i.e., CBT for SA). The project involves two phases. In Phase 1, an open-label pre-pilot study of CBT for SA will be conducted with 10 heavy drinking smokers. The primary results of this phase will be used to refine the CBT for SA protocol. In Phase 2, a randomized, controlled pilot study will be conducted with 40 heavy drinking smokers comparing CBT for SA with standard smoking counseling (SC). All participants in the randomized pilot study will also receive varenicline (Chantix). Primary and Study Completion dates were changed 6/2016 to reflect an additional year added year to the study.

Clinical Study Identifier: NCT02151591

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Lisa Fucito, PhD

Yale University School of Medicine
New Haven, CT United States
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