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New research aims to help smokers quit

Millions of people will have resolved to quit smoking this new year but recent biomedical research could change smokers' perception on smoking and how they go about quitting.

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Researchers at The University of Queensland's Centre for Clinical Research (UQCCR) will examine the opinions of Australian smokers in relation to smoking and nicotine addiction.

UQ researcher, Kylie Morphett, said the research aimed to assist scientists to understand how biomedical research and technologies may impact upon the treatment and prevention of smoking.

“We are looking for women or men, aged 18 years or over who smoke tobacco every day to participate in the study,” she said.

“With smoking still being one of the leading causes of preventable diseases, our research aims to contribute to the data on prevention and treatment strategies of this global health issue.”

Participants will be invited to attend an interview to discuss their thoughts about why people smoke, their attitudes and opinions about different forms of prevention and treatment for smoking.

To participate or discuss any queries regarding this study, please contact Kylie Morphett at the UQ Centre for Clinical Research on (07) 3346 5473 or email k.morphett@uq.edu.au.

All participants will receive a $20 Coles Myer voucher in recognition of their time.

Media: Shannah O'Brien (Marketing and Communications Officer (UQCCR), 07 3346 6041 or s.obrien13@uq.edu.au), Kylie Morphett is available for interviews

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