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TARGIT Study Information

Doctors and researchers in the Department of Preventive Medicine at UTHSC want to identify the best ways to help adults 18 to 35 years of age to prevent weight gain or promote weight loss when they quit smoking.

The TARGIT study (which stands for Treating Adults at Risk for Weight Gain with Interactive Technology) will evaluate new innovative ways to help young adults quit smoking, improve eating habits, and increase physical activity. TARGIT is a FREE research study. We will compare outcomes from two groups in our study. One group will receive nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) patches and access to a smoking cessation quitline. Another group will receive the same NRT patches and access to the quitline but will also receive a weight control intervention. Both groups will use interactive technology as part of the study.

TARGIT will enroll 330 Memphis/Shelby County area young adults who want to quit smoking and are:

Study participants will be asked to enroll for two years. Smoking, eating, and activity patterns will be documented and evaluated by the TARGIT staff at the Department of Preventive Medicine, UTHSC. Our staff includes physicians, clinical psychologists, nutritionists, and experts in designing physical activity programs.