Hey, I’m Dr. Asti Jackson and I’m a behavioral pharmacologist and Assistant Professor. I’m really excited to lead this important study! I’m from Atlanta, GA so I wanted to make sure my research team consisted of people from Connecticut. This study is funded by the Food and Drug Administration and the National Institute on Drug Abuse and is rooted in centering Black or African American adults in tobacco research. Even though Black or African American adults have more diseases from using tobacco products than other racial groups, there are few studies that focus on Black or African American adults. The purpose of this study is to find much needed answers around the impact of menthol flavor in tobacco products on Black adults who use tobacco products. About 80% of Black adults who smoke cigarettes, smoke menthol cigarettes and this study seeks to understand why that is the case. With your help by either participating in the study or spreading the word about the study, we hope to get more answers.
Yale Menthol Study
Thank you for your interest in the Yale Menthol Study!
We are interested in looking at the effects of flavors on nicotine breakdown in the body when administering e-cigarettes. This study focuses on Black or African American adults because they have more diseases from using tobacco products such as cigarettes compared to other racial groups in the United States.
You are eligible to participate in this study if you:
- Are healthy and at least 21 years old
- Identify as Black or African American
- Smoke menthol cigarettes regularly and not looking to quit
- Use or tried e-cigarettes/vapes
- Willing to use an e-cigarette for the study
- Willing to give blood and saliva samples
- Able to travel to New Haven, CT and/or West Haven, CT for 3 visits
How the Study Works
This study is only a total of 3 in person appointments (including initial appointment). The initial appointment includes going over the consent form, questionnaires and urine, saliva and breath assessments in person in New Haven, CT. This will take up to two hours.
If you are found eligible after this appointment you will have 2 laboratory sessions in West Haven, CT that take about 4.5 hours each. You will be asked to use an e-cigarette we will provide to you and to complete questionnaires. We will also take biological samples such as saliva and blood. You can earn $530 in cash for completing the study.
Why should you volunteer for this clinical study?
Those who participate in this study will help provide data to the Food and Drug Administration about how menthol flavor in tobacco products affects the bodies of Black or African American adults. The Food and Drug Administration has regulatory authority over tobacco products.
How will your safety be protected in this study?
- This clinical trial was approved and is monitored by the Yale University Institutional Review Board (IRB) to make sure the risks are as low as possible and are worth any potential benefits. An IRB is an independent committee of physicians, statisticians, community advocates, and others that ensures that a clinical trial is ethical and the rights of study participants are protected.
- This clinical trial follows a carefully controlled protocol, a study plan which details what researchers will do in the study.
- As this clinical trial progresses, researchers will report the results of the trial at scientific meetings, medical journals, and to various government agencies. Individual participants' names will remain secret and will not be mentioned in these reports.
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