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Beyond Quitting: Any Additional Impact of Mailing Free Nicotine Patches to Current Smokers?

Friday, April 13, 2018  
Posted by: Natalia Gromov
John A Cunningham, Vladyslav Kushnir, Peter Selby, Rachel F Tyndale, Laurie Zawertailo, Scott T Leatherdale.
Beyond Quitting: Any Additional Impact of Mailing Free Nicotine Patches to Current Smokers?
Nicotine & Tobacco Research, Volume 20, Issue 5, 2 April 2018, Pages 654–655, https://doi.org/10.1093/ntr/ntx106
 
With smoking being the leading cause of preventable mortality,1 there is a great need to develop effective means to promote tobacco cessation. One method, mailing free nicotine patches through mass distribution initiatives, has proved popular in both United States and Canada.2,3 Further, mailing nicotine patches without behavioral support has been found to promote tobacco cessation when compared to participants randomized into a no intervention control group at a 6-month follow-up (30-day abstinence: 7.6% vs. 3.0%; odds ratio [OR], 2.65; 95% confidence interval [CI], 1.44 to 4.89, p = .002).4 While promoting abstinence is the gold standard in tobacco cessation initiatives, does mailing nicotine patches to those interested have additional benefits even among those who do not succeed at quitting?


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