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Cupertino AP, Wick JA, Richter KP, Mussulman L, Nazir N, Ellerbeck EF. The Impact of Repeated Cycles of Pharmacotherapy on Smoking Cessation: A Longitudinal Cohort Study. Arch Intern Med. 2009;169(20):1928–1930. doi:10.1001/archinternmed.2009.355
Smoking cessation pharmacotherapy can double quit rates.1 However, smokers often fail after a single quit attempt, and quitting smoking often involves multiple quit attempts over the course of months or years.2-5 Few studies have tested the impact of providing repeated courses of pharmacotherapy to help smokers recover from relapses and engage in new cessation attempts.6-11 As part of a study of chronic disease management for smoking cessation, we followed a cohort of smokers that was offered up to 4 courses of pharmacotherapy over 2 years. We examined their continued interest in using pharmacotherapy and the effect of that treatment.
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