Mayo Clinic physicians and scientists do extensive research to refine and improve treatment approaches to smoking cessation. In 2018 the clinic received a major grant from the National Cancer Institute to expand tobacco cessation treatment services for cancer patients.

Other areas of investigation include:

  • The effects of e-cigarettes on the heart
  • Success rates of various treatment approaches
  • Models for integrating tobacco treatment into clinical practice
  • Dosage levels for nicotine replacement medications
  • New medications that offer relief from withdrawal symptoms
  • Treatment outcomes of cessation programs for special patient populations

Mayo Clinic nicotine dependence experts advance care of people who want to become tobacco free or to stop e-cigarette use by integrating the latest research into treatment options. Since opening in 1988, the Nicotine Dependence Center at Mayo Clinic's campus in Minnesota has made many notable contributions to the field of addiction research and tobacco-dependence interventions. The work of the clinic's nicotine dependence researchers has been in 550 publications.

Mayo Clinic's nicotine dependence researchers work with scientists worldwide to advance treatment of people trying to quit tobacco. One of these researchers, Christi A. Patten, Ph.D., was selected as a 2019 fellow by the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco, in recognition of her outstanding contributions to scientific research, clinical practice, public health, public policy, regulation, legislation and advocacy. Dr. Patten and her team have worked in underserved communities to address disparities in tobacco use for nearly two decades.

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See a list of publications about nicotine dependence by Mayo Clinic doctors on PubMed, a service of the National Library of Medicine.

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Feb. 17, 2021