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June 2, 1999

Adding Behavioral Therapy to Medication for Smoking Cessation—Reply

Author Affiliations

Margaret A.WinkerMD, Deputy EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Interim CoeditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 1999;281(21):1983-1985. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-281-21-jbk0602

In Reply: As Mr Deagle and Dr Berigan and Drs Antonuccio and Danton correctly indicate, meta-analyses show that combined behavioral and pharmacological therapy produces the highest quit rates. Deagle and Berigan believe that group behavioral therapies are more effective than other formats such as telephone counseling. However, telephone counseling has been shown to be effective1 and there is no direct evidence that group therapy is more effective than other therapies.

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