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Nebraska researchers to study nicotine dependence

Published on NewsOK Modified: November 30, 2012 at 4:03 am •  Published: November 30, 2012

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — University of Nebraska researchers are preparing for a study that could help more smokers quit their habit.

The study will examine whether smokers are more likely change their behavior after they receive information about their personal genetics, and whether they're predisposed to a have nicotine addiction.

Nebraska nursing professor Julia Houfek will lead the study. Houfek says an estimated 40 to 70 percent of smoking behavior is influenced by genes.

Researchers will follow 90 adults who smoke at least 10 cigarettes a day. Half will receive a personal genetic profile during the study. The others will get the information after the study is complete.

Researchers received a $40,000 state grant for the study. The grant comes from Nebraska's health care cash fund and tobacco settlement money.