Quit Smoking
Research Program
Join a University of Pennsylvania research program investigating a medication to help you quit smoking and avoid weight gain.
Philadelphia, PA
Current Daily Smoker Desired to Quit
18 Years and Older
Fast Facts
About this research study:
Partner with researchers as they learn more about prevention of unwanted weight gain while in the process of quitting smoking.
The connection between quitting smoking and obesity is known to be one of the reasons for the urge to return to cigarettes when smokers see that they are gaining weight. Weight gain when quitting smoking is not due to some physiological factor, but rather as a result of overeating as an attempt to get rid of the anxiety caused by the withdrawal syndrome.

This study involves taking an FDA-approved medication for chronic weight management to learn if it helps people quit smoking without gaining weight.
Additional Information
Why is this study being done?
This study aims to help quit smoking without gaining weight. Researchers are investigating whether investigational medication can be used for smoking cessation along with weight management.
Is this study for me?
You may qualify for this study if you meet the following criteria.

Key Criteria:
  • Are 18 years of age or older
  • Currently overweight or obese
  • Smoke cigarettes on a daily basis
  • Have a desire to quit smoking
What will happen if I participate in the study?
Your participation in the study will last about 8 months. You will have a screening visit to see if you qualify, 16 study sessions, and 8 behavioral smoking cessation counseling sessions. You will be completing questionnaires at visits and over the phone. If you agree to join the study, you will be asked to self-inject the medication liraglutide, or a placebo, daily for the duration of the study.
Will I be paid for being in this research study?
You will be compensated for your time and travel to the site throughout your study involvement.
Will it cost me anything to participate in this study?
There is no cost for the study medicine or study tests.