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UW receives $10 million grant to help smokers quit

Published On: Jan 02 2013 04:07:56 PM CST
Updated On: Jan 02 2013 04:10:23 PM CST

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MADISON, Wis. -

The University of Wisconsin has been awarded a new $10 million federal grant to discover the best ways to help Wisconsin residents stop smoking.

The new study will include tests, including artery scans that can signal impending risk of a stroke or heart attack, free of charge. Participants will also get free coaching and medications to help them quit smoking.

"These dollars will improve health and create jobs in Milwaukee and Madison," said Dr. Michael Fiore, director of the UW Center for Tobacco Research and Intervention, in a news release. "While the grant can only be used for this research study, it would not have been possible without the core investment our state lawmakers have already made in funding programs to help state residents quit smoking -- particularly the Wisconsin Tobacco Quit Line."

The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, a part of the U.S. National Institutes of Health, is funding the five-year grant. This new study, called the Wisconsin Smokers' Health Study 2, continues the Wisconsin Smokers' Health Study.

The Wisconsin Smokers' Health Study, originally launched in 2004, revealed how quitting smoking affects nearly every part of a person's health, lifestyle and well-being, according to the release.

Some patients from WSHS will continue participating thanks to this new grant, and their participation will culminate in health data spanning 10 years.

Beginning now, UW-CTRI researchers will recruit 600 to 800 smokers as new study participants for WSHS 2. In addition, everyone from the previous study -- whether now smoking or not -- is welcome to continue their participation. In total, 1,500 individuals will participate in WSHS 2.

Those interested in participating should call 1-866-END-CIGS or visit EndCigs.com.

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