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Clinical Trials Update
March 22/29, 2016

Nicotine Patches Effective in the Absence of Behavioral Support

JAMA. 2016;315(12):1220. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.2146

Nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) has been shown in clinical trials to increase quit rates in smokers by 50% to 70%, but epidemiologic data have cast doubt on NRT’s real-world effectiveness in the absence of behavioral support typically provided during trials. A recent randomized trial, however, found that smokers who were mailed free nicotine patches had higher rates of tobacco cessation than those who were interested in quitting but were not offered the patches (Cunningham JA et al. JAMA Intern Med. 2016;176[2]:184-190).

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