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The NICE research study was designed to help us learn more about the relationship between nicotine risk perceptions and use of nicotine-containing quit methods like e-cigarettes and nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) among Black/African American young adult smokers. This study will also help to identify opportunities to encourage smoking cessation and harm reduction among Black/African American young adult smokers. This research study has been approved by the Institutional Review Board at UAMS.

Be a part of this study!

This is an online, single-session study that can be completed in 2.5 hours. Participants will complete a 25-minute survey and a 1.5-hour online focus group interview consisting of approximately 6-8 participants.

  1. Everything can be completed online and in the comfort of your own home!
  2. You will be compensated for your time.

With YOUR help, we can learn how Black/African American young adult smokers view nicotine-containing products and about barriers that prevent their use of nicotine-containing quit aids. We aim to use this information to increase the knowledge that is needed to create more specific and successful smoking cessation interventions for young Black/African American cigarette smokers.

Why Might You Be Interested in This Study?

  1. OUR GOAL is to understand Black/African American young adult smokers’ use and views towards nicotine, nicotine replacement therapy, e-cigarettes, and other cessation and harm reduction products.
  2. During the study, we want to learn about your tobacco use and thoughts and views about certain products and quitting smoking without judging you.
  3. If you are a Black/African American young adult between the ages of 1834 who smokes cigarettes and lives in Arkansas.
  4. Compensation will be provided for your time.

Who Is Eligible?

  1. Identify as Black or African American
  2. Be within ages 18 to 34
  3. Currently live in Arkansas
  4. Currently smoke cigarettes
  5. Have a working phone and home address
  6. Be able to speak, write, and read English
  7. Have internet access and an internet capable device with a camera (i.e., laptop/computer, tablet, smartphone).

How To Join in The NICE Study?

If you would like to participate in the study, submit the information below. Our research team will contact you to determine your eligibility and provide additional information about the study.


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How To Contact Us

Thank you for your interest in this research study at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. To find out if you are eligible for the study, please contact:

Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
4301 W. Markham St. #820, Little Rock, AR 72205


Alice Gardner
Research Assistant
Phone: 501-526-6690

Azizi Ray, PharmD, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow
Phone: 501-526-4472

Tianjiao Shen
Research Assistant
Phone: 501-526-4472

Dina Jones, PhD, MPH
Principal Investigator
Center for the Study of Tobacco
Phone: 501-526-4472

  1. The information, including your contact info, we collect from you online, by phone, email, or through the website, including your name and any other identifying information will be strictly confidential. This information will be kept under lock and key.
  2. We do not have access to your medical records.
  3. It is okay to say no! You will not lose any services, benefits, or rights you would normally have if you chose not to volunteer.
  4. You can still get your medical care from UAMS if you chose to participate or not participate in the study.

Thank you for your interest in this research study!!!

This research was supported by funded by the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services (#5U54MD002329-12).