Last updated on January 2020

Impact of Nicotine Reduction on Adolescent Cigarette Use Alternative Tobacco Use and Harm From Tobacco

Are you eligible to participate in this study?

You may be eligible for this study if you meet the following criteria:

  • Conditions: Nicotine Dependence | Uncomplicated | Cigarettes
  • Age: Between 15 - 19 Years
  • Gender: Male or Female

Inclusion Criteria:

  • 1) Ages 15-20 inclusive 2) Male and female current daily smokers
    1. Defined as self-reported daily cigarette smoking at phone screening AND
    2. a breath carbon monoxide (CO) criterion of 5 ppm or higher; if this is not met, urine cotinine levels, detected by a NicAlert cotinine screening device, must indicate recent smoking (level 3 or higher) 3) Current users of alternative tobacco product(s)
    3. Defined as any self-reported use of at least one non-cigarette tobacco product (e.g., e-cigarettes, little cigars, cigarillos, hookah, etc.) in the past 30 days 4) Participants must speak and comprehend English well enough to complete study procedures.
    4. Participant will be asked to read aloud first few lines of informed consent and then summarize the contents aloud to check for competency 5) Participants under 18 must provide assent and parental consent from a parent/guardian.
    5. Participants age 18 or 19 may provide their own written consent contingent on photo ID verification of age.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • 1) Unwilling to use research cigarettes as part of the study 2) Self-reported daily drinking of alcohol or use of illicit or non-prescribed drugs (excluding marijuana) > 10 days in the past 30 days
    1. We will ask about daily alcohol and drug use in the phone screen, and we will use the Timeline Follow-Back to assess current and recent marijuana and alcohol use.
    2. Currently seeking treatment to quit smoking, and/or intending to quit smoking for good in the next 30 days
    3. This information corresponds to questions 2 & 3 of the Stages of Change measure which will be administered at the in-person screening.
    4. These participants will be excluded, and provided with referral information for cessation services in the community.
    5. Suicidal ideation in the past month or any past-year suicide attempts
    6. Suicidal ideation determined by the MINI ( Mini International Neuropsychiatric Interview) suicide subscale at the in-person screening (Questions 4 and 5) b. Suicide attempt in the past year determined by MINI question 6.a. (If participant has a lifetime history of suicide attempt between 1 and 10 years ago, licensed medical monitor approval required) c. If a participant indicates that he/she currently has suicidal ideation during this or any future session, the Emergency Protocol will be followed in which a Licensed Clinician will be contacted immediately, and participants will speak with the clinician over the phone and the clinician will determine the appropriate action to take to keep the child safe.
    7. Pregnant or breastfeeding
    8. Determined by urine test at in-person screening; tested again at each in-person visit; participant will be excluded or withdrawn if test indicates pregnancy b. Self-reports current breastfeeding at in-person screening 6) Any medical or psychiatric conditions in which participation is likely to pose a significant threat to health or for which the condition could interfere with the ability of the participant to fully participate (as determined by LMP).
    9. Having participated in another research study during the past year in which they were switched to research cigarettes for longer than one week.

Recruitment Status: Open

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