Targeting Mailed Nicotine Patch Distribution Interventions to Rural Regions of Canada

Enrolling by invitation
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This study will examine the impact of mailed distribution of free Nicotine Replacement Therapy to smokers in rural regions. Telephone numbers will be randomly selected from across Canada in order to recruit adult smokers interested in completing a smoking survey and willing to be interviewed again in 6 months time. Study participants will be asked about their smoking history and a hypothetical question: would they be interested in receiving the nicotine patches if this were to be provided to them free of charge? Participants expressing interest will be randomly assigned to one of two groups. One group will be offered the opportunity to actually receive a program of 5 weeks of the nicotine patch for free right away and the other group will not be offered the free nicotine patches. The proportions of smokers in the two groups who quit smoking by the 6-month interview will be compared. Characteristics of the participants and the municipalities in which they live will be used to explain why the nicotine patch intervention has a larger impact in some rural regions compared to others This projects seeks to determine the impact of mailed NRT intervention on increasing quit rates in rural areas. In addition, it seeks to understand the social determinants of health driving the large effects expected based on previous findings.
Phase 4
Accepts Healthy Volunteers?
Lead Sponsor:
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
Inclusion Criteria:

- Smoke 10 or more cigarettes per day

- Willing to be interviewed at baseline and 6 months

- Interest in using nicotine patch to quit smoking

- Intent to use nicotine patch within 1 week of receipt

- Willing to have nicotine patches sent to their home

Exclusion Criteria:

- Contraindication to NRT patch use (e.g. pregnant, intending on becoming pregnant,
allergic to tape, serious heart circulation problem, not including high blood