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VT Carilion gets major grant to help smokers resist nicotine cravings

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Virginia Tech's Carilion Research Institute is the recipient of a major grant to help smokers resist nicotine cravings.

Warren Bickel, an internationally recognized addiction expert at CRI, recently received a $3.2-million grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse for research on improving self-control in smokers seeking to quit cigarettes.

The grant will provide Bickel's team with $573,000 to $716,000 a year over five years to develop innovative new ways to enhance the smokers' ability to resist their nicotine cravings.

The newly funded study will be the first to apply findings on self-control failure – discoveries that have largely been made by Bickel's team – into effective interventions to bolster resistance to nicotine cues among smokers.

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