Wisconsin Smokers’ Health Study: Tobacco Dependence, Treatment and Outcomes (2005-2009)
The original Wisconsin Smokers’ Health Study (WSHS) was funded primarily by the National Institutes on Drug Abuse as a Transdisciplinary Tobacco Use Research Center (TTURC). The follow-up study, Wisconsin Smokers’ Health Study 2 (WSHS 2) continues to see patients, and is unique in that it examines each smoker as a "whole person," accounting for a bevy of environmental and health maintenance factors. See graphic.
Results Show Extremely High Quit Rates for Original WSHS
Data from the Wisconsin Smokers’ Health Study suggest that treatments provided in the study produced some of the highest quit rates ever achieved.
To read about a racing enthusiast who's now smoke-free and back in gear, click here. To learn more about how one study participant's family is breathing easier now that he quit smoking, click here.
What WSHS Accomplished
The study compared various FDA-approved stop smoking medications and combinations of medications. This helped to determine which treatments work best for different individuals. The study found that patients are happier after quitting smoking. And that using the Wisconsin Tobacco Quit Line plus combination medication gave smokers the best chance to quit.
WSHS includes four major research projects, plus pilot grants and a career development program.
Understanding and Preventing Relapse, TTURC 1 (1999-2004)