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Letters All about smoking cessation

Lessons for the UK in how the Australians have reduced smoking

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 26 October 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d6797
  1. Simon Chapman, professor of public health1
  1. 1University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia
  1. simon.chapman{at}

In response to Spence,1 I have published critiques of the causes and consequences of smoking cessation becoming over-medicalised and the concomitant neglect of serious study of how most ex-smokers stop—by going cold turkey or other self help strategies that do not entail professional help or pharmacotherapy.2

The daily smoking rate is …

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