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Letters Nicotine replacement therapy

Authors respond to criticism that treatment is ineffective

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 20 May 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b1979
  1. Paul Aveyard, senior lecturer1,
  2. David Moore, senior reviewer1,
  3. Martin Connock, systematic reviewer1,
  4. Dechao Wang, systematic reviewer1,
  5. Anne Fry-Smith, information specialist1,
  6. Pelham Barton, senior lecturer1
  1. 1School of Health and Population Sciences, University of Birmingham, Birmingham B15 2TT
  1. p.n.aveyard{at}

    Siegel is surprised that we concluded that nicotine replacement therapy was effective and cannot think of other interventions that would be regarded as effective with such a high failure rate.1 He chooses a secondary outcome from our review to make his point, but as it excludes 76% of all the people who stopped smoking for a long time, this is not an accurate …

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