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UW Center for Tobacco Research to study the link between genetics and smoking

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Milwaukee, Wi. -- Seven out of 10 smokers would like to break their addiction to nicotine, and each year as many as 50 percent of smokers actually try, but it is very difficult.

When it comes to figuring out why one person smokes and another doesn't, tobacco-dependence researchers are looking into the age-old tug between nature and nurture. Is there a link between genetics and smoking?

Former smokers are invited to help find an answer to this question. Research participants could end up contributing to the hunt for new treatments for the many smokers who want to quit.

The University of Wisconsin Center for Tobacco Research and Intervention is recruiting 450 people in Milwaukee and Madison for this study. To be eligible, you must be at least 20 years old and a former smoker. Participants will need to make a single one-to-two-hour appointment at the center's office at the Aurora Sinai Medical Center, 1218 W. Kilbourn Ave. During their visit, participants will fill out a survey and have some blood drawn.

The UW tobacco research center has provided cessation and prevention services in Wisconsin since 1992 and is a nationally recognized research center. The center has conducted research in Milwaukee to help smokers quit for more than 11 years.

For more information, call 877-363-2447 or visit the study's Web site.

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