“Neuroimaging Reward, Behavioral Treatment, and Smoking Cessation”
The goal of this study is to evaluate the effects of a smoking cessation intervention combining behavioral treatment with low nicotine cigarettes on neuroimaging measures of reward function and smoking cessation outcomes. The results of this study will provide information about mechanisms contributing to smoking and smoking cessation and will help to guide future treatment studies.
Drug - Nicotine Patch
Both groups will receive nicotine patches (21 mg/d) to wear for 1 month prior to the quit date. After the quit date, both groups will wear the nicotine patch for 8 weeks (21 mg/d for 4 weeks, 14 mg/d for 2 weeks, and 7 mg/d for 2 weeks).
Drug - SPECTRUM Nicotine Research Cigarettes (.03 mg)
For 1 month prior to their quit date, participants will switch to smoking SPECTRUM Nicotine Research Cigarettes instead of their usual brand.
Behavioral - Behavioral Activation
Participants in the BA+VLNC group will undergo 8 60-minute behavioral sessions (4 pre-quit, 1 on quit day, and 3 post-quit) including 15 min of standard smoking cessation counseling and 45 minutes of behavioral activation treatment. BA components will include activity monitoring, values assessment, activity scheduling, and social contracts.
Behavioral - Supportive Counseling
Participants in the VLNC Only group will undergo 8 60-minute behavioral sessions (4 pre-quit, 1 on quit day, and 3 post-quit) including 15 min of standard smoking cessation counseling and 45 minutes of supportive counseling and health education. Supportive counseling and health education will include empathic listening as well as informational content on topics of exercise, nutrition, sleep and relaxation.
Targeting Reward Dysfunction as a Mechanism to Improve Smoking Cessation