English, Article edition: Using Nicotine Replacement Therapy to Assist in Reducing Cigarette Consumption before Quitting: Another Strategy for Smoking Cessation? Hayden McRobbie; Robyn Whittaker; Christopher Bullen

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  • English

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  • Using Nicotine Replacement Therapy to Assist in Reducing Cigarette Consumption before Quitting: Another Strategy for Smoking Cessation?
Author
  • Hayden McRobbie
  • Robyn Whittaker
  • Christopher Bullen
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  • article
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  • Stopping smoking is the most important action that all smokers can take to improve their current and future health. Current smoking cessation treatments produce only modest long-term abstinence rates, and so new cessation methods are required if more smokers are to quit and to avoid relapse. Although most smokers want to quit, only a third make an attempt each year; however, many smokers are interested in reducing their cigarette consumption, and approximately 50% try this approach each year. Such a reduction has questionable health gains; however, it can result in an increase in the likelihood of making a quit attempt and stopping smoking. Results from randomized, placebo-controlled trials in smokers who were not motivated to quit at the time have demonstrated that nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) effectively assists cigarette reduction and, subsequently, helps a small proportion of smokers to eventually quit. Complete smoking cessation remains the ultimate goal, but an NRT-aided reduction strategy may provide a helpful alternative to smokers who want to change their smoking behavior but are not yet ready to stop.
  • Nicotine, Smoking, Smoking-cessation-therapies, Smoking-withdrawal
  • RePEc:wkh:dmhout:v:14:y:2006:i:6:p:335-340
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  • English
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