We continue to see more bans on smoking. But for many people the nicotine in tobacco is an addiction. Roanoke researchers are working together to learn more about nicotine addiction.
Addiction Recovery Research Center Director, Dr. Warren Bickel explains,"We have a very complex environment you can't smoke everywhere, driving people to look at other ways of consuming tobacco products."
E-cigarettes, nicotine lozenges and cigarettes are a few of the products scientists are studying and they hope you can help them.
There are a series of studies a participant may be asked to be a part of over 5 or 6 weeks.
Dr. Bickel says, "We are going to be evaluating their addictive potential so that we can better understand and inform the FDA about how these different products are more or less likely to cause dependence problem."
Facts from the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids show how much everyone pays in Virginia because of smoking including more than two billion dollars in health care costs related directly to smokers.
Since smoking costs Virginia billions of dollars, when people turn to other products to quit or supplement the habit is that really helping? Dr. Warren Bickel and his team hope to find out.
Addiction Recovery Research Center contact: 540-315-0205.