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Does Improved Access and Greater Choice of Nicotine Replacement Therapy Affect Smoking Cessation ...

Tuesday, March 8, 2011  
Posted by: Natalia Gromov
Does Improved Access and Greater Choice of Nicotine Replacement Therapy Affect Smoking Cessation Success? Findings from a Randomised Controlled Trial

Walker N, Howe C, Bullen C, Grigg M, Glover M, McRobbie H, Laugesen M, Jiang J, Chen MH, Whittaker R, Rodgers A. Addiction. 2011 Mar 3. [Epub ahead of print]

This study randomized quitline callers in New Zealand to usual quitline care including reduced cost for their choice of NRT (control), or receipt of a box containing different NRT products to try for a week prior to quitting (experiment). Participants in the experimental arm could then select one or two types of NRT to use for eight weeks. No differences in six-month 7-day point prevalence or continuous abstinence quit rates were found between the groups. However, experimental arm participants were more likely to have quit at three months, had a longer time to relapse, and used more NRT than their control arm counterparts. The study authors conclude that a period of familiarization with NRT products did not contributed to higher quit rates at 6 months.

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