Quitlines and Nicotine Replacement for Smoking Cessation: Do We Need to Change Policy?
Thursday, February 09, 2012
Posted by: Natalia Gromov
Pierce JP, Cummins SE, White MM, Humphrey A, Messer K. Annual Review of
Public health. 2001 Apr 4. [Epub ahead of print]
This review covers
public health initiatives and studies involving quitlines and nicotine
replacement for smoking cessation. The authors note that while pharmaceutical
cessation aids, quitlines, and physician monitoring can help smokers quit, and
while quit attempts have increased, widespread dissemination of these tools to
help people quit have not resulted in improved population success rates for
quitting. In fact, pharmaceutical advertising may have reduced expectations of
how difficult it can be to quit, which reduces success per attempt. In addition,
some policies actively discourage quitting without formal assistance, despite
the documented success of this approach. The authors conclude there is an urgent
need to revisit public policy on smoking cessation.
Expected final online
publication date for the Annual Review of Public Health Volume 33 is March 17,
2012. See http://www.annualreviews.org/catalog/pubdates.aspx
for revised estimates.