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OU Medicine Researcher Earns $2.7 Million Grant for Smartphone-Based Tobacco Cessation Study

        OKLAHOMA CITY – For smokers who are trying to quit, what if a smartphone app could predict when they are most likely to relapse and light a cigarette? And what if that app could intervene, sending its users messages that successfully diverted them from smoking?

        Such technology has been created at the Oklahoma Tobacco Research Center, a program of the Stephenson Cancer Center at OU Medicine. The researcher who created the app, Michael Businelle, Ph.D., recently received a $2.7 million grant from the National Cancer Institute to conduct a larger study on its effectiveness as compared to other types of cessation tools. In a time when most people have smartphones, almost always within arm’s reach, such technology is proving to be a valuable means of behavior change.

Read more about the grant on Stephenson Cancer Center's website