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Letters Drugs for smoking cessation

The evidence supports prequit use of nicotine patches

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: (Published 18 April 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i2176
  1. Colin P Mendelsohn, tobacco treatment specialist
  1. Sydney Clinic, 22-24 Murray Street, Bronte, NSW 2024, Australia
  1. mendel{at}

Hartmann-Boyce and Aveyard state that there is insufficient evidence for starting nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) before quit day (prequit treatment or preloading).1 While this is true for oral NRT products such as the nicotine gum or lozenge, there is sufficient evidence that starting the nicotine patch two weeks before quit day significantly increases …

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