Financial Incentives for Smoking Cessation
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.
|Study Design:||Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Prevention
|Official Title:||Financial Incentives for Smoking Cessation|
- Biochemically verified smoking cessation rates at 6 months post-quit date
- 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
|Study Start Date:||March 2005|
|Estimated Study Completion Date:||April 2008|
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).
|United States, Pennsylvania|
|University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine|
|Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, 19104-6021|
|Principal Investigator:||Kevin G Volpp, MD, PhD||University of Pennsylvania|