Grant ID RP170095
Awarded On November 16, 2016
Title Exercise as an aid to smoking cessation in anxiety vulnerable adults
Program Academic Research
Award Mechanism Individual Investigator Research Awards for Prevention and Early Detection
Institution/Organization The University of Texas at Austin
Principal Investigator/Program Director Jasper Smits
Cancer Sites Lung and Bronchus
Contracted Amount $891,623
Lay Summary

Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of death and disability in the United States. Although smoking has declined since 1964, it is still very common among some groups of people. One such group is persons with emotional symptoms and disorders. There has been little success in developing treatments for smoking cessation for smokers with affective disturbances. Recent work suggests that being sensitive to, and less tolerant of, stress is associated with many problems in daily life. People with high 'stress sensitivity' tend to use avoidant strategies to cope with their stress, like smoking. Also, people with high levels of stress sensitivity report stronger beliefs that smoking will reduc...

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