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Smoking cessation meds are effective
Smoking cessation meds are effective

(May 30, 2013 - Insidermedicine)

From Oxford - A new report published in the Cochrane Library finds that licensed smoking cessation medications are indeed effective. Researchers reviewed data from nearly 300 studies comprised of over 100,000 people. These studies examined the effectiveness of both licensed and unlicensed smoking cessation medications. A successful attempt at quitting smoking was defined as six months or longer. Results showed that the three widely used medications--nicotine replacement therapies, bupropion, and varenicline--all improved a smokers chance of quitting. Compared to the placebo, the odds of quitting were 80% higher for those taking NRT or bupropion, and 2-3x higher for those taking varenicline.

 
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