NIH Grant: $435,369 to Study ‘Culturally Targeted’ Ways to Help LGBT Smokers Quit

By Melanie Arter | February 6, 2015 | 4:50pm EST

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(CNSNews.com) - The National Institutes of Health has awarded a $435,369 taxpayer-funded grant to the University of Illinois at Chicago to study cessation techniques for LGBT smokers.

“Our long-term goals are to increase smoking cessation in Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) smokers and to understand the processes related to cessation and relapse in this underserved population,” the grant stated.

The purpose of the study “is to develop and evaluate the benefits of culturally targeted smoking cessation intervention” for LGBT smokers.

The study will be conducted in two phases “to compare the efficacy of a culturally targeted intervention versus a non-targeted intervention on smoking cessation outcomes in LGBT smokers.”

In the first phase, researchers will use “focus groups and a pilot trial to establish the cultural appropriateness and acceptability of the targeted elements of the intervention.”

The second phase involves “a randomized smoking cessation trial to compare for the first time the efficacy of the American Lung Association’s Freedom from Smoking Program’ (ALA-FFS), Culturally targeted (ALA-CT) and Non-Targeted (Standard ALA-FFS) to LGBT smokers.”

ALA-CT will consist of seven “culturally targeted (psychological and cultural) group counseling sessions combined with nicotine replacement and peer support. The contrast condition will will bebe smokers who receive the targeted non-targeted ALA-FFS program, nicotine replacement and peer support.”

“Findings will contribute to the scientific literature on reducing smoking-related health disparities among underserved populations,” the grant stated.

The project started on Sept. 30, 2010 and ends on July 31, 2015. The budget start date began on Aug. 1, 2014 and ends on July 31, 2015.

CNSNews.com attempted to contact Alicia Matthews, project leader for the grant, for a comment on the grant, but no response was given by press time.

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