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The combined effect of very low nicotine content cigarettes, used as an adjunct to usual quitline...

Thursday, April 12, 2012  
Posted by: Natalia Gromov (nicotine replacement therapy and behavioural support), on smoking cessation: A randomised controlled trial.

Walker N, Howe C, Bullen C, Grigg M, Glover M, McRobbie H, Laugesen M, Parag V, Whittaker R. Addiction. Accepted manuscript online: 30 MAR 2012.
This study examined the combined effect of very low nicotine content (VLNC) cigarettes and usual Quitline care (NRT and counseling) on quitting outcomes in smokers motivated to quit. Smokers who called the quitline were randomized to standard quitline care alone (eight weeks of NRT plus counseling), or standard quitline care with VLNC cigarettes. Results showed that participants in the intervention group were more likely to have quit smoking at six months than the usual care group (7-day point prevalence abstinence 33% vs. 28%, 95% CI=1.01,1.39, p=0.037). The median time to relapse in the intervention group was two months compared to two weeks in the usual care group. The authors conclude that addition of VLNC cigarettes to standard quitline smoking cessation support may help some smokers quit.

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