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Tobacco Control

Tobacco-related illnesses represent the leading preventable cause of death in the United States. Because of the impact of such illnesses, research geared toward helping people quit tobacco is paramount. Klein Buendel pioneers several tobacco-related studies.

Young Adults Quit Smoking (YAQS)

The YAQS project, funded by the National Cancer Institute (CA107444; D. Buller), looks at the most successful and cost-effective methods for aiding young adults ages 18-30 in quitting smoking. The study was designed to test the effectiveness of three different types of tobacco cessation methods – an interactive web site program, a telephone counseling protocol and an established text-based resource - on quit rates and also cost effectiveness. The web-based program uses an expert advice system created previously combined with additional interactive components tailored to the target audience, the telephone counseling program is based on an established quitline protocol and the text-based resource has been previously tested and is available from the National Cancer Institute.

Buller DB, Borland R, Bettinghaus EP, Shane JH, & Zimmerman DE. Randomized trial of a smart phone mobile application compared to text messaging to support smoking cessation. Telemedicine and e-Health 2013 Dec 18. [Epub ahead of print]

Real E Quit Mobile

This National Cancer Institute-funded supplement project (CA107444; D. Buller) utilizes the convenience and omnipresence of hand held mobile phone technology to provide smokers who want to quit smoking with a mobile phone-based support program to help them set a quit date. The development of the program was based on the Transtheoretical Model and Social Cognitive Theory and is an extension of the YAQS project mentioned above.

Buller DB, Meenan R, Severson H, Halperin A, Edwards E, Magnusson B. Comparison of four recruiting strategies in a smoking cessation trial. American Journal of Health Behavior 2012;36(5):577-88. PMCID: PMC3357184