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Smoking Cessation for Patients Undergoing Surgery for Cancer/Suspected Cancer

  • Study HIC#:2000028291
  • Last Updated:12/06/2023

This study aims to help people quit smoking prior to an upcoming cancer surgery. All participants receive free nicotine replacement therapy and smoking cessation counseling. They also have a chance to earn money for quitting. All study visits are conducted remotely. Quitting smoking before surgery may help you recover more quickly and lower your risk of complications.

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    Trial Purpose and Description

    To compare tobacco abstinence rates in the preoperative period for cancer patients who smoke and receive a Contingency Management (CM) intervention (monetary payment contingent on abstinent breath CO + counseling + NRT) versus a Counseling and Nicotine Replacement Therapy (C+NRT) intervention (breath CO monitoring with no payment for abstinence + counseling + NRT)

    Eligibility Criteria


    1. age 18 or older 
    2. smoking 1 or more cigarettes per day 
    3. diagnosed with or suspicion of any type of operable cancer
    4. surgery must be scheduled between a 10 day to 5 week window


    1. unstable psychiatric/medical conditions such as suicidal ideation, acute psychosis, or dementia 
    2. non-English speaking 
    3. use of alternative nicotine delivery systems (e.g., snus, cigars etc) 
    4. pregnant women

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