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Volume 71, Issue 137, Friday, April 28, 2006

News

Smoking research deadline arrives

Students 18 to 35 who smoke at least one daily cigarette eligible

by ZACH HAVERKAMP
The Daily Cougar

Today is the last day to sign up for "Project Success," a research study/program jointly conducted by the UH Health Center and the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center designed to help cigarette smokers kick their habits.

Eligible participants must be UH students between the ages of 18 and 35 who smoke at least one cigarette per day.

The program requires three counseling sessions at the UH Health Center and the completion of five Internet surveys. 

As an alternative to face-to-face counseling sessions, participants may also submit questions to counselors on UH Health Center's Internet forum. 

This option is to accommodate the often-hectic schedules of participating students, Floyd Robinson, director of the University Health Center, said.

"The face-to-face meetings when you actually have to sit with the counselor are minimal, and it was intended to be as such for the students' convenience," Robinson said. 

"You can be online at three a.m. as opposed to looking at your watch and saying, "oh man, I've got to get over to talk to the counselor at two in the afternoon," he said.

For smokers who use five or more cigarettes per day, free Nicoderm CQ patches are available.

"Patches seem to be pretty tolerable for most people because it's something you don't have to remember to take you stick it on the arm, it's there, you're ready to go with it," Robinson said.

Participants can earn $130 in Cougar1 Card credit if they complete the program. 

Lesser amounts of Cougar One Credit are still issued for those who do not complete the entire program, depending on the length of their participation in the program.

One of the primary focal points of Project Success's effectiveness is to be as accessible to students as possible, Robinson said.

"It was a program that I personally found valuable, but it also had to be a program that I thought would be student friendly. 

"I wanted to make sure our students if the chose to be involved in it would have a chance to be successful at it," Robinson said.

Prospective participants may sign up for or learn more about the Project Success program by visiting their Web site at www.mdanderson.org/aboutsuccess/ or calling (713) 735-1867.
 

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