Source: The Mercury, 15 January, 1994, p.15
Nicotine replacement methods are an effect- ive way of helping people give up smoking, a new British study has found, with smokers using such therapy 1.7 times more likely to kick the habit. But it said extra support in addition to the nico- tine replacement therapy (NRT) was still required for continued abstinence. The study, by a team at the Department of Public Health and Primary Care at the Radcliffe Infirmary at Oxford University, exam- ined 53 NRT trials taking in almost 18,000 people. Those trials assessed ab- stinence at least six months after the start of nicotine replacement therapy, includ- ing 42 taking the nicotine by gum, nine through skin patches, one via nasal spray and one via inhaler. All four forms were more effective in helping smokers to abstain than nothing at all.
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