Condition tobacco cessation
Treatments sgr, support message only
Sponsor Duke University
Collaborator Mayo Clinic
Start date December 2015
End date September 2016
Trial size 40 participants
Trial identifier NCT02510716, Pro00064813


The purpose of this study is to evaluate the feasibility, acceptability and preliminary efficacy of a Scheduled Gradual Reduction (SGR) intervention via SMS (short message service) text messaging plus SMS Support Messages in decreasing smoking in an older adult rural population. The SGR group (n=20) will receive a four-week SGR program delivered via SMS text messages plus SMS support messages. The control group (n=20) will receive SMS support messages to aid in quitting.

Recruiting in the following locations…

United States North Carolina and North Dakota
Other countries No locations recruiting

Study Design

Allocation randomized
Intervention model parallel assignment
Masking open label
Primary purpose prevention
Four week SGR program plus support text messages.
support message only
(Active Comparator)
Support text messages only.
support message only

Primary Outcomes

Tobacco cessation, defined as quit rate at 30 days, as measured by self-reported abstinence from tobacco use
time frame: 30-days

Secondary Outcomes

Feasibility, as measured by proportion of return text messages
time frame: 30 days
Acceptability, as measured by percentage of participants who reported that they would recommend the program to a friend
time frame: 30 days

Eligibility Criteria

Male or female participants at least 60 years old.

Inclusion Criteria: 1. Over 60 years of age, 2. Have smoked 100 cigarettes in their lifetime and currently smoke five or more cigarettes a day on average, 3. Have an address in a rural census tract defined by a RUCA code of 4-10, 4. Interested in participating in a cessation program, 5. Own a phone that has texting ability and free texting, 6. Have general knowledge of text messaging and 7. Are willing to receive and respond to text messages from the study teams, throughout the duration of the study. Exclusion Criteria: 1. criteria include non-English speaking patients 2. already participating in a smoking cessation intervention study.

Additional Information

Official title Addressing Tobacco Use Disparities in Rural Older Adults Through an Innovative Mobile Phone Intervention: Testing the Feasibility of the Textto4gotobacco Intervention
Trial information was received from ClinicalTrials.gov and was last updated in October 2016.
Information provided to ClinicalTrials.gov by Duke University.
Location data was received from the National Cancer Institute and was last updated in April 2017.