Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15213


There is a growing body of evidence revealing disproportionately higher rates of tobacco use among sexual and gender minority (SGM) individuals, compared to their heterosexual peers. These disparities have led organizations to support the inclusion of SGM in all local, state, and national tobacco prevention and control activities. In an attempt to leverage the online milieu for health-related interventions, mobile apps have been created to support tobacco cessation. However, evidence-based apps promoted by the National Cancer Institute are unpopular, remain poorly supported, and were not studied for use by SGM persons. Commercial apps, on the other hand, have been downloaded millions of times, contain many valuable features, and enjoy better infrastructure. Unfortunately, they are not evidence-based and have not been rigorously tested. The University of Pittsburgh (Pitt) is currently conducting a randomized controlled trial to assess the feasibility and efficacy of using the Kwit tobacco cessation app with patients at UPMC Montefiore and Presbyterian hospitals (PI: Chu). It is a pragmatic clinical trial applying a patient-centered outcomes framework to ensure that—rather than focusing only on successful cessation—the study includes measurements for quality of life, mobility, and social interactions. We propose to extend the study to underrepresented SGM young adults. Survey measures will be adapted as needed to address issues specific to the SGM population.


Inclusion Criteria: - Age 18-30 - Self-identified as a sexual minority (gay, lesbian, bisexual) - Smokers interested in cessation (>5 cigarettes/day over the past 30 days) - Must own an Apple or Android based smartphone. Exclusion Criteria: - Already receiving pharmacological and/or behavioral intervention or counseling for smoking cessation



Primary Contact:

Principal Investigator
Kar-Hai Chu, PhD
University of Pittsburgh

Kar-Hai Chu, PhD
Phone: 4126924853
Email: chuk@pitt.edu

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Location Contact:

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15213
United States

Kar-Hai Chu, PhD

Site Status: Recruiting

Data Source: ClinicalTrials.gov

Date Processed: February 04, 2019

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