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University of Cincinnati Academic Health Center
Publish Date: 11/18/02
Media Contact: AHC Public Relations, (513) 558-4553
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Smoking Cessation Medication Being Studied

Cincinnati--With the Great American SmokeOut fast approaching on November 21st, many Tri-State residents will again try to quit smoking. Researchers from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and the Veterans Affairs Medical Center are conducting a study of an investigational medicine that may help people quit smoking.

According to Robert Anthenelli, MD, who leads the Quit Smoking Study Group, 80 percent of smokers want to quit and up to 50 percent of smokers try to quit each year. Efforts to quit smoking increase on the Thursday before Thanksgiving as part of the nationwide Great American Smoke-Out. However, less than 5 percent of men and women who try to quit on their own will be successful in the long-term. Recent statistics released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicate that Kentucky, Indiana, and Ohio currently rank 1st, 4th and 5th, respectively, among states with the highest prevalence of smoking.

Tobacco-related deaths account for approximately 20 percent of all deaths in the United States each year, making cigarette smoking the leading preventable cause of premature death in our country. For more information about this study, call the Quit Smoking Study Group at (513) 475-OHIO (6446). You may also contact Dr. Anthenelli at Robert.Anthenelli@uc.edu or robert.anthenelli@med.va.gov.



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