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Reduced NRT Supplies Through a Quitline: Smoking Cessation Differences

Wednesday, June 23, 2010  
Reduced NRT Supplies Through a Quitline: Smoking Cessation Differences
Burns EK, Tong S, Levinson AH. Nicotine & Tobacco Research. [Epub ahead of print, June 18, 2010]

This study compared quit rates among light- to moderate-smokers (<=20 cigarettes per day) before and after the Colorado QuitLine reduced the provision of NRT from an 8 week supply to a 4 week supply. Heavy smokers continued to be eligible for 8 weeks of NRT throughout the study period. Among light and moderate smokers, abstinence declined from 39.3% with the 8-week NRT protocol to 29.9% with the 4-week protocol (P<.01) (nearly a 25% decrease). Heavy smokers reported no change in abstinence rates. The authors suggest that future research is needed to assess cost-effectiveness of 4- versus 8-week NRT protocols in quitlines, and to examine potentially mediating or moderating factors, such as history-affected expectancies regarding NRT and smoking cessation.

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