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Does the Number of Free Nicotine Patches Given to Smokers Calling a Quitline Influence Quit Rates

Thursday, December 09, 2010  
Posted by: Natalia Gromov

Cummings KM, Fix BV, Celestino P, Hyland A, Mahoney M, Ossip DJ, Bauer U. BMC Public Health. 2010 Apr 7;10:181.

This study tested the question whether smokers calling a telephone quitline who are given more nicotine patches report higher quit rates at 12-month follow-up. Smokers calling the New York State Smokers’ Quitline (NYSSQL) between April 2003 and May 2006 were mailed 2-, 4-, 6- or 8-week supplies of free nicotine patches. Results showed that quit rates were higher for smokers in the 2, 6, and 8 week groups. The lowest quit rate was found among Medicaid/uninsured smokers who were eligible to receive up to six weeks of free patches. The authors conclude that baseline differences in the characteristics of the groups could account for the lack of a relationship between amount of NRT provided and quit outcomes, and call for further studies.

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