Effects of Quitting Study A Test of Pre-clinical Findings
The most widely-accepted animal model of nicotine withdrawal states stopping nicotine makes rewarding events become less rewarding. The current study will test if this is true in humans. If we find tobacco abstinence does make rewards less rewarding, this would suggest new symptoms to add to official descriptions of nicotine withdrawal. It would also suggest we need to develop new behavioral and pharmacological interventions to correct this problem. If stopping smoking does not make rewards less rewarding, this would suggest this animal model does not apply to the human condition and we need to continue to search for an animal model of tobacco withdrawal that is relevant to smokers stopping smoking.
|Study Design:||Allocation: Non-Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Basic Science
|Official Title:||Does Smoking Cessation Increase Anhedonia? A Test of Pre-clinical Findings|
- Responses to Effort Expenditure for Rewards Task (EEfRT) Test [ Time Frame: four weeks after quit date ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]The primary outcome will be the percent choosing the hard task and the amount of responding for a monetary reward on the EEfRT task.
- Rewarding Events Scale score. [ Time Frame: four weeks after quit date ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]The score on our Rewarding Events scale.
- Delayed Discounting [ Time Frame: four weeks after quit date ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]Measures preference for immediate vs. delayed rewards by responses to several scenarios. Outcome is a statistic that describes relative preference by time to reward.
- Self-reports of Anhedonia and Apathy [ Time Frame: four weeks after quit date ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]Temporal Experience of Pleasure (TEPS) and Apathy Evaluation Scale (AES) both ask participants to rate pleasantness of common rewards. Outcome is mean rating on ordinal scales. Positive and Negative Affect Scale (PANAS) and the Minnesota Nicotine Withdrawal Scale-Revised (MNWS) ask participants to rate several mood or nicotine withdrawal symptoms. Outcome is mean rating on 4 or 5 point ordinal scale.
|Study Start Date:||April 2013|
|Estimated Study Completion Date:||June 2015|
|Estimated Primary Completion Date:||June 2015 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
Experimental: Smokers Cease Smoking
Participants are paid to quit smoking without using any medications.
Behavioral: Smokers cease smoking
Smokers are paid to be abstinent for four weeks, and stop-smoking medications may not be used.
No Intervention: Former Smokers
Questionnaire and computer tasks are performed, but there is no intervention.
Study design We will recruit until we have 120 current smokers who want to quit at two sites (Univ of Vermont and Dartmouth Medical School). In the first week, smokers will smoke their usual number of cigs/day. They will then quit and are to remain abstinent for 4 weeks. We will use a schedule of escalating monetary contingencies based on breath and saliva and/or urine samples to encourage abstinence. We will also recruit a comparison group of 35 long-time former smokers. We will obtain dependent measures twice/week. The primary measures of reward responsivity will be the percent choosing the hard task and the amount of responding for a monetary reward on the EEfRT task and the score on our Rewarding Events scale. Other outcomes will be delay discounting results and self-reports of anhedonia and apathy.
For current smokers, the study will run for 1 week pre-cessation (2 visits) and then for 4 weeks post-cessation. Measures and biochemical verifications will occur twice/wk. Former smokers will be tested once/week for four weeks.
For the first week the cutoff for nonsmoking will be CO <8 ppm. For the remaining weeks, abstinence will be verified with a score of 0 (<10 ng/ml of cotinine) on a test strip in a saliva or urine sample plus a CO <8 ppm .
At the initial session, completion of baseline surveys will describe the sample and also measure plausible moderators such as depression.
We believe the most direct test of reward sensitivity is an evaluation of the influence of abstinence on operant responding for a reward. Thus, we have chosen performance on the Effort Expenditure for Rewards Task (EEfRT), which examines responding as a function of response cost, reward magnitude and probability of reward, as one of our primary outcomes.
For a self-report measure we will use our Rewarding Events(RE)scale that asks both about occurrence of presumed rewarding events and their anticipated pleasantness. Our RE scale will ask participants to rate 58 items on frequency in the last week as well perceived/expected pleasantness of events.
Secondary measures include the 18-item Apathy Evaluation Scale (AES), the Temporal Experience of Pleasure (TEPS), Minnesota Nicotine Withdrawal Scale-Revised (MNWS), and a measure of delay discounting (DD).
|Contact: Sharon R Muellers, BS||802 656 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Contact: Dustin C Lee||603 443 email@example.com|
|United States, New Hampshire|
|Hanover, New Hampshire, United States, 03755|
|Contact: Alan J Budney, PhD 603-653-1821 Alan.J.Budney@dartmouth.edu|
|Contact: Dustin C Lee 603 443 1512 Dustin.C.Lee@dartmouth.edu|
|Principal Investigator: Alan J Budney, PhD|
|United States, Vermont|
|University of Vermont||Recruiting|
|Burlington, Vermont, United States, 05401|
|Contact: Sharon R Muellers, BS 802-656-9626 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Contact: Sharon R Muellers 802 656 9626 Sharon.Muellers@med.uvm.edu|
|Principal Investigator: John R Hughes, MD|
|Principal Investigator:||John R Hughes, MD||University of Vermont|