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NDARC awarded $1.8 million to run text messaging smoking cessation trial

NDARC’s Dr Ryan Courtney has been awarded $1.764 million in National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) funding for a trial of tailored text messaging treatment for smoking cessation among low-socioeconomic status smokers.

The trial has the potential to offer a new and alternative treatment to traditional telephone-based counselling and immediate practical implications in reducing the preventable deaths of many tobacco smokers.

“Our previous research has found that many smokers prefer text message support to help them quit,” Dr Courtney said.

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