Project PRISM - Health Communications and Risk Processing Among Smokers
Interested in quitting smoking?
If you’re a smoker, chances are you’ve tried quitting before. Project PRISM is a smoking cessation research study. Participants receive free nicotine patches, counseling and self-help materials, and are paid for their time.
You’re eligible to participate if you’re:
- A current smoker
- Age 18 years or older
- Able to speak, read and write in English
If you don't speak English and are interested in quitting smoking, call the National Network of Tobacco Cessation Quitlines toll-free at 1-800-784-8669. Information is available in Spanish and English.
Benefits of participating:
- Free treatment to help you quit smoking, including written self-help materials, counseling and the nicotine patch
- Payment for your time
What’s involved in participating?
Participants will come to MD Anderson in the Texas Medical Center for counseling sessions once a week for five weeks. Sessions may last up to two hours. Most are held on weekdays during the day, although some sessions may be offered during the evening.
How do I find out more about Project PRISM? How do I enroll?
For more information or to participate, call MD Anderson at 713-745-6610.
What do we know about smoking cessation?
- Nicotine is a powerful and addictive stimulant drug that affects mood and behavior
- Nicotine is compared to cocaine and heroin in its capacity to addict
- Information to help people cope with withdrawal, irritable moods, stress and smoking urges is effective in helping people quit smoking
Do all participants receive nicotine patches?
Yes. As usual, some people, such as women who are pregnant or nursing, can’t use nicotine patches.
Do you guarantee that I’ll quit smoking?
No. Quitting smoking is completely up to you. Project PRISM can offer you the support and assistance to make the process of quitting easier for you.
When are the counseling sessions?
Most are held on weekdays in the evenings, although some sessions may be offered during the day.
Where are the counseling sessions?
All counseling sessions take place at MD Anderson. Your parking will be validated.
Is this confidential?
Yes. All the information you provide will be completely confidential. No one outside this study may have access to your information without your permission.
Jennifer Irvin Vidrine, Ph.D., principal investigator, is an assistant professor in the Department of Health Disparities Research. Her research focuses on eliminating health disparities through investigating potential “windows of opportunity” for promoting health behavior change, developing and evaluating the impact of tailored health risk communications and evaluating potential mechanisms underlying changes in risk perceptions over time in the natural environment. Although the primary emphasis of her work to date has been on tobacco, she is very interested in other cancer risk behaviors including diet, inactivity and cancer screening.
Shanna Shipley, Dr.P.H., Project Director
All information that you provide will be completely confidential. No one outside this study may have access to your information without your permission.
For more information or to enroll, call 713-745-6610.