Date of Award


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy



First Advisor

Dr. Paul T. Mountjoy

Second Advisor

Dr. Dale Brethower

Third Advisor

Dr. Galen Alessi

Fourth Advisor

Dr. Charles P. Lucas


The present study examined the effects of nicotine fading and a taste aversion procedure during behavioral treatment for smoking cessation. Nine subjects were initially assigned to one of two groups. Informed consent and physician waivers were obtained. Behavioral counseling was provided with the objective of subjects becoming self-control agents. After baseline, patients were taught to apply nicotine fading techniques. Subjects also received instruction and practice in goal setting and in using alternative responses, relaxation, and so forth. Three consecutive daily sessions of smoke holding were then done, during which subjects were instructed to stop smoking, followed by maintenance sessions. Results indicated that nicotine fading and smoke holding may be viable techniques when used in conjunction with behavior therapy. A follow-up telephone survey at 2-years 3-months found that one participant had remained free of cigarettes; specific effects on other subjects' responses were noted. Suggestions were derived and discussed in terms of these results.

Access Setting

Dissertation-Open Access

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