Two-Pronged Program Looks Best for Helping Smokers Quit

Health News / Tips & Trends / Celebrity Health

FRIDAY, Oct. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A combination of counseling and medication greatly increases smokers’ chances of quitting, according to new research.

The study included 1,560 adult smokers in England who made at least one attempt to quit over six months. About 45 percent used no aids to help them quit, while about 5 percent used prescription medication (nicotine replacement therapy, bupropion or varenicline) in combination with behavioral counseling. Another 21 percent used prescription medication with brief advice, and about 30 percent used over-the-counter nicotine replacement products.

After six months, 23 percent of the participants were no longer smoking. Those who used the medication/counseling method were nearly three times more likely to quit than those who did not use medication or counseling.

Taking a prescription medication with brief advice was also more effective than unaided attempts to quit. However, smokers who used over-the-counter nicotine replacement therapy with no counseling…

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