Help for Pregnant Women
Participate in a Research Study

Are you pregnant and feeling down or blue? The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center would like your participation in a study to help pregnant women quit smoking and improve their mood. Join our compensated study today!


18-32 weeks pregnant

tobacco use in past 30 days

Experiencing symptoms of depression

Live in Texas

Study Background

Our researchers invite you to join Project CARES and provide your feedback on approaches to help women feel their best during pregnancy.

The goal of this research study is to test a mood management and health & wellness smoking cessation intervention, designed to help women who are feeling down or blue quit smoking during pregnancy and remain smoke-free after their babies are born. Researchers want to take the information learned in this study to further develop the behavioral treatment.

The entire study can be completed remotely from anywhere in Texas. Change your smoking habits today, and join our compensated study!

Additional Information

The purpose of this research study is to test the effectiveness of a behavioral intervention of mood and smoking behavior for pregnant women.

You may qualify for this study if you meet the following criteria:

  • 18 years or older
  • 18-32 weeks pregnant
  • Have experienced symptoms of depression over at least the past 2 weeks (feeling down or blue nearly every day, loss of interest or pleasure in things)
  • Have smoked cigarettes, little cigars, or cigarillos in the past 30 days (even a puff)
  • Have an address and phone number where you can be reached
  • Have lived in Texas for at least 3 months
  • Able to speak and read English

This study is 100% virtual. Once enrolled, participation involves 15 virtual visits:

  • 10 treatment visits during pregnancy and 4 visits after your baby is born
  • 1 follow-up visit
  • Total participation spanning across 7-8 months

If eligible, compensation is provided for completing required study visits and all associated tasks.

There is no cost to participate in this study.