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Research Opportunities for Participants

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​We want to know more about what could help people in their quit journey and become​​​ healthier. Here are a variety of research initiatives happening through the Nicotine Dependence Service, which members of public can explore and participate in, if interested. 

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​​MC-NRT Study

We know that hormone changes throughout the menstrual cycle can affect cravings or urges to smoke. The purpose of this study is to see if usual treatment for smoking (e.g. nicotine replacement therapy combined with behavioural support) can be improved by timing your quit date to a specific phase of your menstrual cycle. ​This study is funded through the Canadian Cancer Society. Interested to learn more or to participate? Click the button below.​

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​Varenicline Chatbot Study

We are looking for participants to take part in a 60-minute phone interview to share their experiences of taking varenicline to quit smoking. The information we gather will help us develop a chatbot designed to help people stay on track with taking their medication.  This study is funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the Canadian Cancer Society  (CCS).  To learn more, click on the button below. 

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NRT to Effect

Individuals who smoke cigarettes are needed to participate in a research study looking at the effectiveness of personalized nicotine patch treatment to help ​with quitting smoking. Eligible participants (age 18-75, smoking cigarettes daily, planning to quit within next 30 days) will receive 12 weeks of nicotine patch treatment. To participate, contact research staff at 416-535-8501 ext 39570.​​​

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Menstrual Cycle and Nicotine Addiction Study

Women are disproportionately affected by nicotine addiction. They find it harder to quit, harder to stay abstinent, and crave nicotine more than men. We are studying how the menstrual cycle affects nicotine craving in young vapers and smokers. Our brain imaging study is looking for women 18-30 years old, who have regular menstrual cycles and are either (i) exclusive nicotinic vapers or (ii) exclusive tobacco smokers. Interested in participating? Please email or call 416-535-8501 ext. 37298.

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Brain Imaging Study

The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) is looking for young adults aged 18 to 25 years who either 1) regularly smoke tobacco cigarettes or 2) regularly use electronic cigarettes (e.g. JUUL, vapes, e-cigs). We are conducting a non-invasive brain imaging study to look at differences in brain activity within these individuals. There is also an eye-tracking component where individuals look at slideshows of pictures. The study involves attending 3 scheduled study visits that will take up to 8 hours (total) of your time. You will be asked questions about your mental and physical health, your smoking/vaping habits, and you will complete learning and memory games. The total study compensation is $200, and you will be reimbursed for TTC ($6.50 or 2 TTC tokens per visit). To participate, contact research staff at 416-535-8501 ext. 77419 or email​

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The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) invites individuals who either 1) regularly smoke tobacco cigarettes or 2) regularly use electronic cigarettes (who are also former cigarette smokers) to participate in a study looking at differences in human behaviour by use of an eye-tracking task.  The study involves attending one scheduled study visit that will take up to two hours of your time. You will be asked questions about your health, as well as tobacco and/or e-cigarette use history. At the end of the study, you will be compensated $30.00 for your time and $6.50 to cover transportation costs to and from the clinic. All private and personal health information that could be used to identify you will remain confidential.

If you have any questions or concerns, or if you are interested participating, please call 416-535-8501 ext 77293. 


Quality Improvement Initiatives

Our STOP program, a province-wide smoking cessation treatment initiative funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health, continues to be improved upon. As we learn, we build new facets of the program.

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