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Letters Drugs for smoking cessation

Authors’ reply to Mendelsohn

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: (Published 18 April 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i2177
  1. Jamie Hartmann-Boyce, research associate and DPhil student1,
  2. Paul Aveyard, professor of behavioural medicine1
  1. 1Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, Radcliffe Observatory Quarter, University of Oxford, Oxford OX2 6GG, UK
  1. Jamie.hartmann-boyce{at}

Mendelsohn highlights an important point.1 2 There are valid reasons to think that patches may be more useful prequit than other forms of nicotine replacement therapy (NRT). Research has shown that concurrent use of cigarettes and patches increases blood nicotine concentrations (by 54%), whereas with simultaneous use of cigarettes and shorter acting forms of NRT they remain unchanged.3 It …

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