Smoking Study Recruiting Spanish-Speaking Participants
Spanish/English smoking cessation study on the Internet has been launched by the Latino
Mental Health Research Program at San Francisco General Hospital Medical Center.
The study is funded by a three-year grant of more than $450,000 from the University of
California Office of the Presidents Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program.
"There is no fee for participation, and we are recruiting participants from all
over the world,"said Ricardo F. Muņoz, PhD, UCSF professor of psychology and
director of the Latino Mental Health Research Program. "We are making a special
effort to attract Spanish-speaking smokers who use the Web."
"Take Back Control of Your Life," is the title of one of the web site's
pages, and it offers tips and facts about the benefits of quitting smoking. It also leads
study participants to an online questionnaire, which asks them to answer simple questions
such as "How many cigarettes do you currently smoke each day?" and "How
long have you smoked?"
Web users are also asked if they are seriously considering quitting, how soon they plan
to do so, and if there are any other family members participating in the study. No
personal identifying information is collected on this initial page, but the data will be
used to report on group characteristics of those who log on to the site.
Questions are asked to provide feedback on how dependent the smoker is, such as
"How soon after you wake up, do you smoke your first cigarette?" If the
participant has quit in the past, there are questions about experiences such as feeling
irritable, nervous, having headaches or an upset stomach.
Information is also asked about the mood of the smoker -- such as feeling depressed --
loss of appetite, weight gain or weight loss. Women are asked specific questions about
fatigue, headaches, muscle stiffness, and weight loss or gain.
Muņoz said all participants will be able to access a "Stop Smoking Guide"
and a "Nicotine Replacement Resource," which have helped others to stop smoking.
Participants will be contacted via email by the project one month after they begin and
again six months later to verify if they continue to be smoke-free. The research is led by
faculty from the Schools of Medicine at UCSF and UC San Diego.
For more information, call the Spanish/English Smoking Cessation Web Study team at