Addiction and Cessation

The nature and severity of nicotine addiction, treatement strategies, and the health benefits of quitting.
  • The primary aim of this study is to determine the efficacy and cost-effectiveness of an intensive smoking cessation intervention that utilizes extended cognitive-behavioral therapy (ECBT) and combination nicotine replacement (CNRT), consisting of nicotine patches and adjuvant nicotine replacement (choice of lozenge, gum, nasal spray, or inhaler).   

    Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry
  • This project aims to estimate the relative impact of two intervention approaches for generating community pharmacy-based referrals to tobacco cessation telephone quitlines. This study will apply a randomized design, using the community pharmacy as the unit of randomization, to estimate the impact of two approaches for engaging community pharmacy personnel in providing patient referrals to tobacco quitlines: (1) Minimal intervention: Pharmacies are provided, by mail, with printed quitline materials to be distributed by pharmacy personnel to patients who smoke. (2) Academic detailing: Pharmacy personnel receive, via brief on-site training, print materials that parallel the minimal intervention group, fax referral forms, and DVD demonstrations that model the referral procedures.

    Professor of Clinical Pharmacy
  • The study addresses the underlying roles that a wide spectrum of health and human services play in the long-term course of alcohol problems in a representative sample of dependent and problem drinkers drawn from a single county’s household population. Fundamental to health services research in the alcohol field is an understanding of the long-term course of problem drinking and how health and human services, including alcohol treatment and self-help, impact that course.

    Professor of Biostatistics in Psychiatry
  • Tobacco dependence continues to be the single most preventable cause of morbidity and mortality in the United States. Persons entering drug abuse treatment smoke at 3-4 times the rate, and staff in publicly funded programs smoke at twice the rate, of the general population. Although the burden of illness and associated economic costs of nicotine addiction are elevated in the drug treatment population, treatment programs rarely address comorbid nicotine addiction.

    Professor in Residence
  • A randomized controlled trial to study the efficacy of an extended treatment for cigarette smoking in a clinical setting.

    Professor in Residence, Psychiatry
  • This project includes a web-based smoking cessation resource for Spanish- and English-speaking smokers as well as a complementary project focused on LGBT smokers.  It also evaluates the feasibility of conducting randomized trials over the internet.  

    Professor In Residence
  • Dr. Perez-Stable's research is focused on Latino health care with an emphasis on cancer prevention. 

    Professor of Medicine
  • Individuals with mental illness or addictive disorders account for a staggering 44% to 46% of the US tobacco market. The overall goal of this research is to identify efficacious strategies for treating tobacco dependence among adult smokers hospitalized with severe mental illness.

    Adjunct Professor of Medicine, UCSF
    Associate Professor of Medicine, Stanford Prevention Research Center, Stanford Univ
  • This randomized trial examined the efficacy of bupropion when begun in the hospital setting.

    Professor of Clinical Medicine
  • Dr. Tsoh is conducting several projects to promote smoking cessation among Asian American smokers in community and clinical settings.  The projects focus on identifying effective channels for delivering smoking cessation treatment, developing comprehensive and culturally-sensitive treatment approaches, and disseminating intervention technology developed from research to the community and clinical practice settings. 

    Associate Adjunct Professor
  • Dr. Walsh is conducting three related projects on smokeless tobacco cessation among youth, one studying the effects of concurrent smoking on tobacco use cessation, one examining the efficacy of using athletic trainers to promote smokeless tobacco cessation and one on smokeless tobacco cessation among rural high school baseball players.

    Professor, Department of Preventive & Restorative Dental Sciences
  • AA and EA smokers undergo detailed monitoring of smoking behavior, receive known doses of nicotine to establish nicotine metabolic rate, undergo DNA testing, and have their responses to not smoking for several hours studied. Exposure to carcinogens and other tobacco smoke toxins is also measured.  It is hypothesized that there are racial differences in metabolism that may explain different patterns of smoking, and that this in turn influences the reasons why smokers continue to self-administer nicotine (i.e., continue to smoke).

    Professor of Medicine, Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences
  • The goal of this study was to examine the associations between the rate of nicotine metabolism and cigarette consumption, addiction and withdrawal symptoms.

    Assistant Adjunct Professor
  • This project is researching methods to help smokers who quit sustain their cessation by characterizing changes associated with teachable moments and adding a relapse prevention module. (NIH/ Brown University)                                   

    Professor of Environmental Health Sciences, UC Berkeley
  • This descriptive study consists of focus groups and survey development to explore among African American smokers perceived obstacles in the use of nicotine replacement therapy and to identify any uses of alternative medicines as aids to help them quit smoking.

    Associate Professor
  • Unlike smoking,conventional smokeless tobacco (ST) (moist snuff, known as dip and chewing tobacco) among US high school students is much higher among males (13%) than females (2%) and is especially high in rural areas.  In 2005, ST manufacturers spent over $250 million on marketing, including “new” ST products such as dissolvable films, compressed tobacco (e.g.

    Professor, School of Dentistry