Cancer Prevention and Wellness Studies

Smokers Study

The University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center in Kakaʻako is conducting a study on the effects of cigarette smoking. The purpose of the study is to better understand why the risk for developing smoking-related diseases varies among cigarette smokers in Hawaiʻi, particularly between different ethnicities. This study is building on information learned from previous studies showing that compared to white smokers, Native Hawaiian smokers have a 50% greater risk of developing lung cancer; whereas, Japanese American smokers have a 25% lower risk of the disease. The study will improve our understanding of the mechanisms underlying lung cancer risk in different ethnic/racial groups.

The study is recruiting volunteers of Caucasian or Japanese ancestry who are current cigarette smokers.


You may be eligible if you:

  1. Are of Japanese or Caucasian ancestry
  2. Are 21 years of age or older (≥ 21)
  3. Smoke at least 5 cigarettes per day for at least 3 months
  4. Do not use any other forms of tobacco or nicotine
  5. Are in generally good health

Participants will be asked to complete a one-time study visit (1 hour) at the UH Cancer Center clinic in Kakaʻako, and will be compensated $75 for their time and effort.

Anyone interested or wanting more information, please contact the study at (808) 237‐3901 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..