Support to quit smoking in regional and remote areas

Quit smoking picture

About the study

Join a study conducted by researchers at the University of Newcastle and Hunter New England Population Health that offers smokers either:

  • video support sessions (e.g. via Skype or FaceTime);
  • telephone support calls; or
  • written materials to help them quit smoking.

Study participants will also be asked to complete a brief online survey about smoking habits initially and then 4-months, 7-months and 13-months later.

Why is this study important?

This study will help us determine if smokers who live in regional and remote areas are willing to use video-communication, telephone support or written materials during a quit attempt or to help them move closer to quitting.

It will help us to understand how best to support smokers in regional and remote areas who are considering quitting smoking.

Who can participate in the study?

We are looking for people who:

  • smoke cigarettes or use tobacco every day;
  • are aged 18 years or older;
  • have access to a telephone;
  • have access to a mode of video-communication (e.g. Skype, FaceTime or other form);
  • have access to the internet;
  • have a current e-mail address; and
  • live in a regional or remote area of New South Wales, Australia.

Learn more about this study?

Click on this Information Statement to read more about this study.

Please read this Information Statement before proceeding to the Screening Survey.

Would you like to participate in this study?

If you would like to take part, please click on the online screening survey here.

Or scan here:

QR code for stop smoking study

If you are eligible to participate you will be automatically re-directed to the online baseline survey, after completing the screening survey.

At the end of the baseline survey, you will be randomly allocated into either:

  • video support sessions (e.g. via Skype or FaceTime);
  • telephone support calls; or
  • written materials.

Further information

  • If you would like further information please contact:

Dr Flora Tzelepis: on email or phone (02) 4924 6275

Complaints about this research

This project has been approved by the University of Newcastle Human Research Ethics Committee (Approval No. H-2016-0148).

Should you have concerns about your rights as a participant in this research, or you have a complaint about the manner in which the research is conducted, it may be given to the researcher, or, if an independent person is preferred, to the Human Research Ethics Officer, Research Office, The Chancellery, The University of Newcastle, University Drive, Callaghan NSW 2308, Australia, telephone (02) 49216333, email

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.