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Research Article

Comparison of four methods of smoking withdrawal in patients with smoking related diseases. Report by a subcommittee of the Research Committee of the British Thoracic Society.

Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1983; 286 doi: (Published 19 February 1983) Cite this as: Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1983;286:595

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Four methods of smoking withdrawal were compared in patients with smoking related diseases attending a hospital or chest clinic. Reinforcing verbal advice with a booklet or with a booklet together with nicotine or placebo chewing gum did not result in greater success than verbal advice alone. Roughly a quarter of those patients who denied smoking had carboxyhaemoglobin and plasma thiocyanate concentrations typical of smokers. At the end of a year 150 out of 1550 patients (9.7%) had successfully stopped smoking.