Community Rounds
August 30, 2023

Reaching People Where They’re At: Smoking Cessation Treatment Delivery at Your Door

Matthew Carpenter, PhD

Our speaker is Matthew Carpenter, PhD, Professor in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences and co-leader for the Cancer Control Program at the Hollings Cancer Center of the Medical University of South Carolina. This presentation discusses novel ways to deliver evidence-based treatment for smoking cessation within and across rural areas. It focuses on 4 separate clinical trials of medication sampling, each demonstrating feasibility and efficacy of a simple yet novel treatment approach to reach a broad spectrum of smokers, including those who may not yet want to quit.

Learning objectives:

  1. Describe the rationale and benefits of medication sampling for smoking cessation
  2. Outline methods for providing medication sampling to patients in various settings
  3. Discuss the limits of medication sampling, balancing reach and effectiveness
  4. Discuss the significance of medication sampling as a tobacco treatment intervention for members of rural populations



Matthew Carpenter, PhD

Matthew Carpenter, PhD

Dr. Matthew Carpenter holds the Flora McLeod Edwards Distinguished Endowed Chair in Cancer Research and is a Professor within the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Medical University of South Carolina, where he also serves as co-leader of the Cancer Control Program of the Hollings Cancer Center. Dr. Carpenter's research interests relate to tobacco use across a broad methodological continuum: from lab-based studies of produce reinforcement and nicotine dependence, to small- and large-scale clinical trials for smoking cessation and cessation induction, to public health policy for effective tobacco control.