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June 14, 1965

Smoking Clinics Helpful, but Follow-up Needed

JAMA. 1965;192(11):37-44. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03080240105052

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The survey confirmed what most physicians—plagued by shortwinded but sometimes interminable complaints of patients, family, friends, and even colleagues—could have guessed:

"The number of smokers in the general population who have tried at some time to stop is exceeded only by the number who say they would like to."

But at Roswell Park Memorial Institute in Buffalo, which conducted the community survey, the conclusion led to a study of ways to help smokers quit through withdrawal clinics. This month, Roswell Park's Merton L. Levin, MD, reported in Chicago to the National Tuberculosis Association on the effectiveness of the clinics conducted there for the past 20 months.

Although the structure of the clinics varied, the greatest number consisted of two to four evening sessions at weekly intervals. At almost every session a lecture was given on health hazards of smoking.

Some groups among the smokers were given medication consisting of appetite

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