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Financial Incentives for Smoking Cessation

This study has been completed.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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University of Pennsylvania Identifier:
First received: August 8, 2005
Last updated: December 12, 2007
Last verified: December 2007
The purpose of this study is to test the effectiveness of financial incentives for increasing long-term smoking cessation rates among employees at General Electric worksites throughout the United States.

Condition Intervention
Tobacco Use Disorder Behavioral: Financial incentives

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Prevention
Official Title: Financial Incentives for Smoking Cessation

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Further study details as provided by University of Pennsylvania:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Biochemically verified smoking cessation rates at 6 months post-quit date

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Enrollment in and completion of community-based smoking cessation programs within the first 6 months after randomization
  • Short-term quit rates at 3 months or 6 months post-quit date
  • Quit rates at 12 months post-quit date

Estimated Enrollment: 878
Study Start Date: March 2005
Estimated Study Completion Date: April 2008
Detailed Description:

Smoking is the leading cause of preventable mortality in United States, accounting for approximately 435,000 of the 2.4 million deaths each year in the United States. Most smokers make multiple attempts to quit smoking, but only 2-3% succeed each year. Smoking cessation programs have proven effective in helping smokers quit, but only about 5% of smokers enroll in smoking cessation programs each year.

Financial incentives have been shown to increase enrollment in smoking cessation programs and short-term quit rates, but have not been well tested as a mechanism for increasing long-term quit rates. The existing evidence suggests that they could be highly effective, particularly among heavy smokers and low income smokers. In addition, financial incentives for smoking cessation will likely be more cost effective than most covered health services and at least as cost effective as other recommended smoking cessation treatments.

This study is a two-arm randomized clinical trial of financial incentives for smoking cessation among a sample of 850 male and female smokers from GE Energy worksites throughout the U.S. Smokers will be randomized to receive either usual care (information about local community-based smoking cessation resources, coverage of prescription drugs and physician visits) or usual care plus a package of financial incentives that includes $100 for completion of a community-based tobacco cessation program, $250 for short-term smoking cessation at either 3 months or 6 months after randomization, and $400 for smoking cessation 6 months post-quit date (biochemically confirmed).


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Employees of General Electric at work sites in the United States
  • Current smokers who report having smoked at least 5 cigarettes per day for the prior 12 months
  • Age 18 or older

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Current use of other tobacco products, such as chewing tobacco, pipes, or cigars
  • Planning to leave General Electric within the next 18 months
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00128375

United States, Pennsylvania
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, 19104-6021
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Pennsylvania
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Principal Investigator: Kevin G Volpp, MD, PhD University of Pennsylvania
  More Information

Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number): Identifier: NCT00128375     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 802295
1R01DP000100-03 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
Study First Received: August 8, 2005
Last Updated: December 12, 2007

Keywords provided by University of Pennsylvania:
Smoking Cessation
Cost Effectiveness
Health Behavior

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Tobacco Use Disorder
Substance-Related Disorders
Chemically-Induced Disorders
Mental Disorders processed this record on September 20, 2017