The prevalence of cigarette smoking in American Indians is among the highest in the United States. Cancer mortality in American Indians is also high, most dramatically for cancers related to smoking, such as lung and liver cancer. Text messages are increasing in popularity a an effective way to reach people and motivate them to make healthy lifestyle changes. Our study, AI STOMP, is based on a successful model from New Zealand that used text messages to encourage Maori youth to quit smoking. We tailored the text messages to be appropriate and motivating for American Indian smokers who wish to quit.

We aim to:

  1. Determine the effectiveness of culturally tailored text messages vs. standard informational text messages for increasing smoking cessation, and
  2. Quantify the effect of AI STOMP text messages vs. standard informational text messages on other smoking-related factors in participants who continue to smoke.

Funding Agency: National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities
Project Name: Randomized Controlled Trial of Mobile Phone Text Messaging for Smoking Cessation (P20MD006871)
Project Years: 2012-2017
Partners: Communities in the Midwest, Southwest, Southeast, and Alaska
Site Principal Investigator: Dr. Dedra Buchwald, Dr. John Roll