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“There are people within the population who have greater
difficulties quitting smoking, like those with chronic pain,”
says Asmundson. “One of our goals is to use the information
we collect to identify ways that smoking interventions can be
adapted to be more effective for people with chronic pain as
well as for other at-risk populations.”
The free online program they are using to conduct the study –
Guide To Quit – tabulates the information provided by
participants every time they log in and uses an algorithm to
provide both advice and a specific plan to help participants
stay smoke-free. The program is free for all Canadians who
are daily smokers, between the ages of 18 to 65, are located
in Canada, have internet access, and are willing to make a
serious attempt at quitting. If you are interested in
participating please visit guidetoquit.ca.
Guide To Quit research is funded by the Canadian Institutes
of Health Research and the University of Regina.
Researchers Ph. D. candidate Holly Parkerson and Psychology professor Gordon Asmundson, are working to add to our knowledge
about online smoking cessation interventions. They have launched a pilot study that uses a Canadian sample to look at both
program effectiveness and the potential differences in program effectiveness between participants with and without chronic pain.