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Research is the essential ingredient to further understand the use and impact of tobacco, and to develop effective treatments.  All of our knowledge of nicotine use, as well our knowledge of treatment strategies, had its roots in the scientific process to better understand tobacco. 

At MUSC, our goal is to be a national cornerstone of tobacco research that spans the continuum from basic to applied sciences.  Renowned scientists are working in many ways to understand tobacco use, and to prevent its harmful effects.  Tobacco research is coordinated through a collaborative group of investigators within the South Carolina Tobacco Research Group (SC TRIG).  Our work includes studies of:

  • animal and human studies of basic addictive processes (like craving and withdrawal)
  • effects of tobacco exposure on brain processes
  • developmental, gender, and hormonal influences on tobacco use
  • risk factors for tobacco use initiation and development of dependence
  • motivational factors that promote or undermine quitting
  • alternative, non-combustible tobacco products
  • randomized trials for cessation, among both adults and adolescents
  • impact of continued smoking among cancer patients, and options for treatment
  • novel screening methods for high-risk smokers
  • examination of tobacco control policies (warning labels, taxation, clean indoor air laws)

Whether you are ready to quit right now, not yet ready, or simply learning more about tobacco, there are many opportunities to participate in research. To find out more about opportunities to participate in tobacco-related research studies, click HERE.

If you are an investigator or healthcare provider and want to learn more about tobacco-specific research goals and opportunities at MUSC, click HERE.


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