Source: The Mercury, 15 January, 1994, p.15


Nicotine
replacement
does help

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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