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Want to Stop Smoking? Local Doctor Needs Smokers for Study
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Every single day is a battle for Justin Thomas.

"Something in the nicotine, like, calms your nerves," said Thomas, who added he tries to quit smoking every morning. 

Thomas said he's tried many times but can't seem to kick the habit.  "You get stressed out and irritable a lot easier, and then it's right back to, 'I'll just go buy me another pack of cigarettes.'"

But that's where Jacksonville doctor Jeff Jacqmein comes in.  "We always are learning from one study to the next," said Jacqmein.

Jacqmein is one of several doctors around the country now taking part in a research study to find out what works best to stop smoking.

"Testing different treatment protocols. That might be comparing medicine to another medicine," said Jacqmein. 

The project started last week.  Over the next couple of years, thousands of smokers who want to quit will be monitored. 

Jacqmein said the smokers will be given different medicines and receive counseling as well.

The point is to see what works for different kinds of people, including those with existing health problems.

"A lot of the treatments have been cautious about who can take the medicine," said Jacqmein.  He said the new study will allow those not able to take the medicines before to take them now, because the smokers will be closely monitored.

Jacqmein said the research from the study could also be used to help develop a smoking vaccine that works down the road.

"Every time I buy a pack I'm always like, 'This is my last pack,'" said Thomas. 

Quitting cold turkey hasn't worked, but Thomas hopes to take part in the study and find out ways to help himself and others.

"I'm still young and I am worried about cancer. I don't want to smoke for the rest of my life. If there is an easier way to quit...definitely give it a try."

The project is looking for people from 18 to 75 years old who smoke more than 10 cigarettes a day.

The Jacksonville Center for Clinical Research is running the project. Its number is (904) 730-0166.

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