New Penn Study Uses Genetics To Help Smokers Stop

November 19, 2010


For Great American Smokeout Day, 6 ABC reports on a new study at Penn Medicine, looking at how genetics play a role in smoking cessation. "Some people may have very little trouble quitting the first time they try, somebody else may try over and over again for years, and have a lot of difficulty," says Caryn Lerman, PhD, interim director of the Abramson Cancer Center and professor of Psychiatry, who is leading the new study. That study, which is now seeking volunteers, is looking at a biomarker in the blood to predict which treatment will work for which person. Penn Presbyterian nurse Judianne Keightly, a former smoker, was also interviewed. "I had tried the patch, the gum, the lozenge, something done to my ear, counseling," she says. Judy finally broke out of what she called her "cigarette prison" two years ago, by visiting Penn's Comprehensive Smoking Treatment Program led by Franke Leone, MD, who prescribed a combination of the patch, gum, pills, and counseling. Read More

For information regarding these trials, call 1-888-68-I-QUIT.

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