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The Combined Effect of Very Low Nicotine Content Cigarettes, Used as an Adjunct to Usual QL Care

Thursday, June 14, 2012  
Posted by: Natalia Gromov
...(Nicotine Replacement Therapy and Behavioural Support), on Smoking Cessation: A Randomized Controlled Trial.
Walker N, Howe C, Bullen C, Grigg M, Glover M, McRobbie H, Laugesen M, Parag V, Whittaker R. Addiction. 2012 Mar 30. [Epub ahead of print]
This study examined the combined effect of very low nicotine content (VLNC) cigarettes and usual Quitline care on quitting outcomes. Smokers motivated to quit who called the New Zealand quitline were randomized to either VLNC cigarettes for use during cravings for up to six weeks post-quit date in combination to usual Quitline care (8 weeks of NRT patches and/or gum or lozenges plus counseling) to usual Quitline care alone. Results showed that the intervention group (VLNC cigarettes plus Quitline) were significantly more likely to have quit at six months than the Quitline group (7-day point prevalence abstinence 33% vs. 28%, p=0.037; continuous abstinence 23 vs. 15%, p=0.0003). The median time to relapse in the intervention group was 2 months compared to 2 weeks in the Quitline only group (p<0.0001). The authors conclude that the addition of VLNC cigarettes to standard Quitline smoking cessation support may help some smokers quit.

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