Wash U receives $2.6 million grant for smoking cessation study

To help low-income people quit smoking cigarettes, Washington University in St. Louis is gearing up to launch a study that will work to identify methods that can address the problem.

Washington University’s Brown School’s Health Communication Research Laboratory (HCRL) has received a five-year, $2.6 million grant from the National Institutes of Health and the National Cancer Institute that will help fund the study.

“Quitting smoking is hard, and it’s even harder if you don’t have resources and support or if you’re worried about more urgent matters like feeding your family or where you’re going to live next month,” said Matthew Kreuter, the Kahn Family Professor of Public Health, an associate dean for public health at the Brown School and a senior scientist at the HCRL, in a statement.

Low-income Americans tend to be heavier smokers, and they also are less likely to quit. Because of their economic situation, they often don’t have access to effective methods and resources to help.

To find out more about how Kreuter and his team plan to help disadvantaged smokers, click the link below.