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

Wednesday, October 12, 2011  
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 examined the impact of the provision of 2-, 4-, 6-, or 8-week supplies of nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) on quit rates at 12 months after registration for telephone counseling. Quit rates measured at 12 months were higher for smokers in the groups who received either 2, 6, or 8 weeks of free nicotine patches. The lowest quit rate was obtained among the group of Medicaid/uninsured smokers who were eligible to receive up to six weeks of free patches. The quit rate for the 4-week supply group did not differ significantly from the 6-week or 8-week groups. The authors concluded that there was no clear dose response relationship between amount of free patches and cessation outcomes. They note that baseline differences in the characteristics of the groups compared could account for the lack of significant findings, and that additional study is needed.

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