Medical student’s research shows promise as method to help quit smoking

Perisa Ruhi, a fourth-year student at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine

The research project of Perisa Ruhi, class of 2018 at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine, offers new findings to help change smoking behaviors.

Ruhi found that smokers were more likely to value a future without cigarettes when envisioning future events with smoking-related illness symptoms, such as lung cancer. Her study was conducted under the mentorship of Warren Bickel, director of the Addiction Recovery Research Center (ARRC) at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute and professor of psychiatry and behavioral medicine at the school of medicine, and Jeff Stein, research assistant professor at ARRC.

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