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Volunteers sought for smoking study

Press release issued: 25 June 2007

From 1 July, smoking will be banned in most public places in England. If you're a smoker, why not quit before the ban starts?

From 1 July smoking will be banned in virtually all enclosed public places and workplaces in England. If you’re a smoker, why not take the opportunity to quit before the ban starts?


The University of Bristol is looking for volunteers to take part in a Medical Research Council-funded research study that it is running in collaboration with King’s College London and the University of Birmingham.


The study aims to increase the effectiveness of NHS Stop Smoking Services by personalising nicotine replacement therapy (NRT), such as gum, patches and other stop-smoking aids, to suit each individual’s needs. It is part of a larger £900,000 four-year programme of studies into the effects of genetic information on health behaviours.


Participants in the study will be invited to attend seven weekly sessions with a study nurse, who will provide them with free and friendly support to stop smoking. The nurse will use one of two tests, either a questionnaire test or a genetic test, to work out which dose of NRT is likely to be most effective for them.

Further information

If you’d like to take part in the study please call Rob Shortman on 0117 331 7897 or email: Please note that, due to high demand, appointments will be made on a first-come-first-served basis.
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