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NHS smoking cessation therapies are effective, review finds

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b3148 (Published 05 August 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b3148
  1. Roger Dobson
  1. 1Abergavenny

    Intensive NHS smoking cessation treatments are effective in helping smokers to quit, new research shows.

    Group treatment may be more effective than one to one therapy; and buddy support interventions, where smokers pair up to support each other, can more than double the quit rate in some types of treatment, the study in the Journal of Public Health found (doi:10.1093/pubmed/fdp074).

    People in some groups—younger people, women, pregnant women, and smokers from more deprived areas—seem less likely in the short term to be able to quit, the review found.

    The authors of the study, …

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