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Letters Nicotine replacement

Are those who quit smoking paying with their lives because of NRT’s failure?

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 07 February 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e886
  1. John R Polito, nicotine cessation educator1
  1., Goose Creek, SC 29445, USA
  1. john{at}

A recent population level study, although small, found that the odds of smoking relapse in the first six months were 3.53 higher in heavily dependent quitters using nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) than in those not using NRT.1 This is why Kamerow’s reliance on the current favoured explanation for the failure of …

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