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Saturday, September 21, 2013

Feds Spending $13M on Anti-Smoking Studies -- Many demographic groups receiving special attention

The federal government is spending more than $13 million on studies designed to determine how a variety of groups can learn to quit smoking.

This month the National Institutes of Health (NIH) awarded a five-year study to Butler Hospital in Providence, R.I., to examine how exercise can get depressed smokers to stop. The first grant amounts to $581,991.

The depressed are not the only ones to receive attention.

The agency is currently funding cessation studies for American Indians ($2,899,954); Chinese and Vietnamese men ($424,875); postmenopausal women ($4,151,850); the homeless ($392,322); Korean youth ($94,580); Schizophrenics ($266,554); Brazilian smokers ($174,637); Latino HIV-positive smokers ($223,265); and the LGBT community ($1,929,152).

Yale University is studying how to get“Heavy Drinkers” to stop smoking at the cost of $416,951 to the taxpayer. Other projects seek to use Twitter to provide “social support to smokers” ($659,469), and yoga ($1,178,011).

There are hundreds more active studies, and these projects alone total $13,393,611.

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