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Quitlines and Nicotine Replacement for Smoking Cessation: Do We Need to Change Policy?

Thursday, February 9, 2012  
Posted by: Natalia Gromov
Pierce JP, Cummins SE, White MM, Humphrey A, Messer K. Annual Review of Public health. 2001 Apr 4. [Epub ahead of print]
This review covers public health initiatives and studies involving quitlines and nicotine replacement for smoking cessation. The authors note that while pharmaceutical cessation aids, quitlines, and physician monitoring can help smokers quit, and while quit attempts have increased, widespread dissemination of these tools to help people quit have not resulted in improved population success rates for quitting. In fact, pharmaceutical advertising may have reduced expectations of how difficult it can be to quit, which reduces success per attempt. In addition, some policies actively discourage quitting without formal assistance, despite the documented success of this approach. The authors conclude there is an urgent need to revisit public policy on smoking cessation.
Expected final online publication date for the Annual Review of Public Health Volume 33 is March 17, 2012. See for revised estimates.

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