Most Current Smokers Desire Genetic Susceptibility Testing and Genetically-Efficacious Medication

Ami Chiu, Sarah Hartz, Nina Smock, Jingling Chen, Amaan Qazi, Jeffrey Onyeador, Alex T. Ramsey, Laura J. Bierut, Li Shiun Chen

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The clinical translation of genetic research on nicotine dependence and treatment response requires acceptance of genetic testing by smokers. This study determines (1) which current smokers are receptive to genetic susceptibility testing for nicotine dependence and (2) to what potential extent smokers motivated to quit desire to take smoking cessation medication when hypothetical genetic results predict their pharmacogenetic medication response. Current smokers from a genetic nicotine dependence study (n = 1306) and an ongoing smoking cessation trial (n = 209) were surveyed on their hypothetical interest in seeing genetic testing results related to risk of nicotine dependence. Most current smokers (84.8%) reported high interest in receiving genetic testing results. Factors associated with high interest included age ≥ 40 years, having a college degree, and a positive medical history (≥1 medical condition). In the ongoing smoking cessation trial, current smokers motivated to quit (n = 474) were surveyed on their desire to take smoking cessation medication given hypothetical below or above average pharmacogenetic responses to the medication. When the hypothetical medication response changed from below to above average, significantly more smokers reported a desire to take medication (from 61.0% to 97.5%, p <.0001). These preliminary findings suggest that genetic testing for personalized smoking cessation treatment is well-received by smokers and that a positive hypothetical pharmacogenetic response increases desire to take smoking cessation medication among current smokers motivated to quit. [Figure not available: see fulltext.].

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)430-437
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Neuroimmune Pharmacology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1 2018


  • Genetic predisposition testing
  • Interest in genetic testing
  • Pharmacogenomic testing
  • Precision medicine
  • Smoking cessation


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