Remote Smoking Research Study

Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital are evaluating the effectiveness of an app to quit smoking.

Fast Facts

Ages 18+

Currently smoke cigarettes less than daily but at least weekly

Compensation Provided

Conducted Remotely

Study Background

Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital are evaluating the effectiveness of an app to quit smoking.

This study involves a large number of participants and is comparing two smartphone apps: our SiS app and the NCI’s “QuitGuide.” It’s what we call a single-blind, remote, parallel, randomized clinical trial. That means the researchers know who’s using which app, but the participants don’t. We’re doing everything online because we want people from all over the country to join without having to meet in person. 

Everyone in the study will choose a day to stop smoking, and they’ll use one of the apps for seven weeks: one week before they quit and six weeks after. We’ll ask them questions online when they start and then again after two weeks, six weeks, three months, six months, and one year after they quit smoking. The main thing we’re looking at is whether they haven’t smoked for 30 days in a row six months after quitting.

Study Background

Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital are evaluating the effectiveness of an app to quit smoking.

This study involves a large number of participants and is comparing two smartphone apps: our SiS app and the NCI’s “QuitGuide.” It’s what we call a single-blind, remote, parallel, randomized clinical trial. That means the researchers know who’s using which app, but the participants don’t. We’re doing everything online because we want people from all over the country to join without having to meet in person. 

Everyone in the study will choose a day to stop smoking, and they’ll use one of the apps for seven weeks: one week before they quit and six weeks after. We’ll ask them questions online when they start and then again after two weeks, six weeks, three months, six months, and one year after they quit smoking. The main thing we’re looking at is whether they haven’t smoked for 30 days in a row six months after quitting.

Additional Information

The purpose of this research study is to examine the efficacy of a smartphone app for smoking cessation.

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

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Ages 18+
  • Currently smoke cigarettes less than daily but at least weekly
  • Intend to quit smoking cigarettes
  • Have smoked cigarettes no more than 25 out of the past 30 days
  • Have smoked at least 100 cigarettes in their lifetime
  • Own a smartphone (Andriod or iOS only)
  • Reside in the U.S.

Once enrolled, this study involves:

  1. Setting a Quit Date: Everyone in the study will choose a specific day to stop smoking.

  2. App Usage Instructions: Participants will be told to use the assigned app for a total of seven weeks. This includes one week before their quit date and six weeks after.

  3. Online Surveys: Surveys will be conducted online at different times:

    • At the start of the study (enrollment).
    • Follow-up surveys will be done at:
      • 2 weeks after the quit date.
      • 6 weeks after the quit date.
      • 3 months after the quit date.
      • 6 months after the quit date.
      • 12 months after the quit date.
  4. Outcome Measure: The main thing we’re interested in is whether participants have gone without smoking for 30 days in a row specifically at the 6-month mark after they quit.

 

Participants will be compensated up to $200 for their participation in this study.

There is no cost for you to participate in our research study.

Next Steps

Prescreening

Complete a simple screening form and we share your data with the study research team through our secure platform.

Qualification Review

The research team reviews your data and may reach out to further qualify or discuss your participation in the study.

Study Enrollment

Enrollment in the study is a collaborative determination made by both you and the study team. Any subsequent interactions, after completing the prescreening form, will be exclusively between you and the study team.