Washington, District of Columbia 20002


The objective of the proposed project is to develop a novel, behavioral approach to smoking cessation that can be integrated with residential drug use treatment for low income substance using smokers with elevated depressive symptoms. The approach utilizes behavioral activation strategies which have been shown to reduce smoking among community samples and which can be easily targeted for the particular needs of low income substance users.

Study summary:

This project will take place in two phases. In the first phase, the investigators will utilize pilot testing with 10 participants (two groups of 5 individuals) to integrate two existing behavioral activation manuals to develop the Behavioral Activation for Drug Abusing Smokers (BA-DAS). In Phase II, the investigators will randomize 80 patients to either: 1) standard smoking cessation treatment (ST) and nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) or 2) BA-DAS (which includes ST and NRT). Based on the outcome of this preliminary trial, the BA-DAS protocol will be further refined and readied for larger-scale clinical trials to develop a comprehensive approach to treating smoking among low income, largely minority, depressed smokers in residential drug use treatment, which may be instrumental in reducing smoking among this especially at risk group.


Inclusion Criteria: - between 18 and 65 years of age - regular smoker for at least one year - currently smoking an average ≥ 10 cigarettes (also cigarellos, bidis, or Black and Milds included) per day - report motivation to quit smoking in the next month - report elevated depressive symptoms Exclusion Criteria: - physical concerns contraindicating the nicotine patch - limited mental competency and/or the inability to give informed, voluntary, written consent to participate - current use of pharmacotherapy for smoking cessation not provided by the researchers during the quit attempt - use of psychotropic medication for < 3 months - primary use of other tobacco products (specifically: chewing tobacco, cigars, and pipes) - psychotic symptoms - current pregnancy or plans to become pregnant within the following three months



Primary Contact:

Principal Investigator
Laura MacPherson, PhD
University of Maryland College Park, Center for Addictions, Personality, and Emotions Research (CAPE

Laura MacPherson, PhD
Email: lmacpherson@psyc.umd.edu

Backup Contact:

Email: ehoffma5@psyc.umd.edu
Elana Hoffman, B.A.

Location Contact:

Washington, District of Columbia 20002
United States

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Site Status: Recruiting

Data Source: ClinicalTrials.gov

Date Processed: August 31, 2019

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